Rifle Factory Ishapore
|D. K. Mahapatra (General Manager)|
|Parent||Ordnance Factories Board|
The first arms manufacturing facility on the site was a gunpowder factory, which was started in 1787 and began production in 1791, whilst a gun & carriage manufacturing facility was set up nearby in 1801.
In 1904, a rifle factory was established at Ichhapur, anglicized as Ishapore, and began production of the Lee–Enfield rifle, which has continued- more or less- until the mid-1980s, and possibly the present. The factory also manufactured the Vickers-Berthier (VB) light machine gun, which was adopted in 1932 by the Indian Army and still remains in reserve use.
Military rifles manufactured at Ishapore 1949 and pre-1949 are stamped "GRI" on the buttsocket, referring to George Rex, Imperator (i.e. King George VI, last Emperor of India), whilst military rifles manufactured 1949 and post-1948 are stamped "RFI", which stands for Rifle Factory, Ishapore.
The .303 British calibre Short Magazine Lee–Enfield Mk III, the 7.62×51mm NATO calibre Ishapore 2A1 rifle and the 7.62mm NATO L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle were manufactured at the factory. It now manufactures the 5.56mm INSAS rifle assault rifle, Kalantak rifle, Ghatak rifle (7.62×39mm AKM-style assault rifle) and Pistol Auto 9mm 1A for military and other firearms such as .22 revolver and .315, .30-06, .22 sporting rifles for civilian customers.
The factory is administered by the Ordnance Factory Board of India.
- Bishop, Chris The Encyclopaedia of Weapons of World War II page 245 (Amber Books, London, 1998) ISBN 978-1-905704-46-0
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