‘Córdova’, the post-conflict weapon in Colombia

‘Córdova’, the post-conflict weapon in Colombia

By Dialogo
November 18, 2014




The Colombian military industry has created the first pistol completely developed and produced in the country.

The Córdova is a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun which weighs less than a kilogram designed to fire between nine and 15 rounds. It’s named after the Military Industry of Colombia (Indumil) plant General José María Córdova, a hero of Colombia’s fight for independence.

Officials presented the gun to the public during the Expodefensa fair in October in Bogotá.

“This is a gun completely designed and produced by Colombians and in Colombia. There has been no intervention by foreign persons in this process, not with information, nor with knowledge, only Colombians have worked on it,” Indumil General Manager Col. Néstor Raúl Espitia Rivero said. The colonel made his remarks as the handgun was presented at Expodefensa.

The Córdova evolved from a previous handgun, known as the Standard, which has a capacity of nine rounds.

As they did with that gun, Indumil officials plan on expanding on the capabilities of the Córdova. In 2015, Indumil plans on introducing the Tactical version, a weapon designed specifically for law enforcement officers. It will have a 15-round capacity and a 130.1 millimeter barrel. The company also plans on unveiling the Compact version of the pistol, a weapon which is designed for women. This will be smaller than the Tactical version, with a 94 millimeter barrel.

Indumil reaching out to new markets


With the launch of the Córdova, Indumil is trying to increase its international sales. Ecuador, Paraguay, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala have shown interest in acquiring batches of the gun. Chile and Peru are also potential new markets for the firearm.

Indumil has sold more than 1,000 units of the Córdova domestically, each costing about $500 (USD). It’s selling well because it brings together the best qualities of well-known firearms -- such as the barrel of the Bernardelli, the grip of the Sig Sauer and elements of the Pietro Beretta and the Taurus -- Colombia’s Ministry of Defense said in a news release.

In addition to being a high-precision weapon, the Córdova is ergonomically designed and can be used with equal ease by right-handers and left-handers.

“This is a post-conflict weapon, which will be used by police, private companies and any individual who requires its use,” Indumil Director Luis Carlos Perdomo said. The weapon is functional and precise and can be used for personal defense and for target practice.

Indumil aspires to become the main supplier of handguns in Colombia. About 5,000 to 6,000 handguns are sold in the country annually.

Decades of experience


For most of its 60 years, Indumil has focused on selling weapons domestically, with Colombia’s Armed Forces accounting for most of its sales.

The company has also sold its wares internationally; for example, Colombian weapons engineers improved the Galil rifle, which is widely used by the Israeli military.

“The ACE Galil Rifle was something we developed with technological transfer from Israel,” said Espitia. “This is one of the most modern and light rifles on the market.”

In addition to manufacturing revolvers and shotguns, Indumil mass produces all types of munitions, including grenade launchers, long-distance mortars, and bombs which are used by the Air Force.

The company is cooperating with the United States to produce equipment for the Colombian military.

“This year, as part of a strategic partnership with the United States, we have added the assembly and maintenance of monocular night vision equipment for our soldiers,” Espitia said.



The Colombian military industry has created the first pistol completely developed and produced in the country.

The Córdova is a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun which weighs less than a kilogram designed to fire between nine and 15 rounds. It’s named after the Military Industry of Colombia (Indumil) plant General José María Córdova, a hero of Colombia’s fight for independence.

Officials presented the gun to the public during the Expodefensa fair in October in Bogotá.

“This is a gun completely designed and produced by Colombians and in Colombia. There has been no intervention by foreign persons in this process, not with information, nor with knowledge, only Colombians have worked on it,” Indumil General Manager Col. Néstor Raúl Espitia Rivero said. The colonel made his remarks as the handgun was presented at Expodefensa.

The Córdova evolved from a previous handgun, known as the Standard, which has a capacity of nine rounds.

As they did with that gun, Indumil officials plan on expanding on the capabilities of the Córdova. In 2015, Indumil plans on introducing the Tactical version, a weapon designed specifically for law enforcement officers. It will have a 15-round capacity and a 130.1 millimeter barrel. The company also plans on unveiling the Compact version of the pistol, a weapon which is designed for women. This will be smaller than the Tactical version, with a 94 millimeter barrel.

Indumil reaching out to new markets


With the launch of the Córdova, Indumil is trying to increase its international sales. Ecuador, Paraguay, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala have shown interest in acquiring batches of the gun. Chile and Peru are also potential new markets for the firearm.

Indumil has sold more than 1,000 units of the Córdova domestically, each costing about $500 (USD). It’s selling well because it brings together the best qualities of well-known firearms -- such as the barrel of the Bernardelli, the grip of the Sig Sauer and elements of the Pietro Beretta and the Taurus -- Colombia’s Ministry of Defense said in a news release.

In addition to being a high-precision weapon, the Córdova is ergonomically designed and can be used with equal ease by right-handers and left-handers.

“This is a post-conflict weapon, which will be used by police, private companies and any individual who requires its use,” Indumil Director Luis Carlos Perdomo said. The weapon is functional and precise and can be used for personal defense and for target practice.

Indumil aspires to become the main supplier of handguns in Colombia. About 5,000 to 6,000 handguns are sold in the country annually.

Decades of experience


For most of its 60 years, Indumil has focused on selling weapons domestically, with Colombia’s Armed Forces accounting for most of its sales.

The company has also sold its wares internationally; for example, Colombian weapons engineers improved the Galil rifle, which is widely used by the Israeli military.

“The ACE Galil Rifle was something we developed with technological transfer from Israel,” said Espitia. “This is one of the most modern and light rifles on the market.”

In addition to manufacturing revolvers and shotguns, Indumil mass produces all types of munitions, including grenade launchers, long-distance mortars, and bombs which are used by the Air Force.

The company is cooperating with the United States to produce equipment for the Colombian military.

“This year, as part of a strategic partnership with the United States, we have added the assembly and maintenance of monocular night vision equipment for our soldiers,” Espitia said.
Great national ability, congratulations to the creative people of the Colombian Military Industry Congratulations to Indumil, finally they pinch themselves and get into a competitive market, but what counts is the quality of the weapon when it is being sold, the U.S. market is very big for this kind of weapon. What is important is the price. I think that it's a bit high compared to the 10 best pistols on the market that are at an average of U.S. $450 to $600. It is very important to advertise in specialized magazines in defense-type weapons. Another very important thing is the weapons' functioning under not very favorable circumstances, safety, the finishing of the weapon, a good importer would take charge of doing all the tests and the advertising campaign to police and security organizations. The power of weapons is good (very useful) for ensuring the security of orderly people and countries' economies. All nations that value their sovereignty need to have a big and strong army. The success of a pistol lies in the following characteristics: proof of operations in sand, mud, water and releasing it from a height of 15 meters, tests with PLUS ''p" high force bullets. Safety is a very important factor, the weapon's precision, its finish should be durable and resistant to rust, a smooth operation with a trigger that requires 7 pounds of pressure, and easy to carry. And it has to have an appearance that appeals to the buyer. If you want to get into the U.S. market, which is very big, you should advertise it in magazines such as HANDGUNS, GUNS& AMMO, with a good photo and a selling acronym "BEST COMBAT PISTOL". If you can reach this market, sales will be very good. Much success. ACCORDING TO A VIDEO I SAW ON YOUTUBE, THIS WEAPON IS EXCELLENT WHEN SLOW SPEED AMMUNITION IS USED, BECAUSE WHEN HIGH SPEED AMMUNITION IS USED IT JAMS. THIS IS A GREAT DISADVANTAGE AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON WITH ANOTHER BRAND OF GUN. THEY HAVE TO BE BETTER PERFECTED....WITH ALL DUE RESPECT I THINK IT IS SO AND MORE SO IF THEY'RE GOING TO COMPETE WITH OTHER BRANDS THAT ARE ALREADY POSITIONED IN THE MARKET. Better weapons can be made with the help of another well-known company.
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