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Infantry Weapons

Colombia working to sell its new Cordova pistol in North America

28 September 2017

Colombia’s Military Industry (Industria Militar: INDUMIL) is negotiating to sell its new 9 mm Cordova pistol, the first such weapon fully designed in Colombia, to North American customers as it nears completion of local orders.

Colombia's INDUMIL has begun marketing its new Cardova pistol, pictured here in the standard (estandar) configuration, to North America. (IHS Markit/Daniel Wasserbly)Colombia's INDUMIL has begun marketing its new Cardova pistol, pictured here in the standard (estandar) configuration, to North America. (IHS Markit/Daniel Wasserbly)

The state-run INDUMIL began design and development of the Cordova pistol in 2010, production started in 2015, and more than 3,000 have been sold to Colombian armed forces, the country’s penitentiary system, and some local security companies, Nestor Raul Espitia Ribero, INDUMIL’s chief commercial officer, told Jane’s at the General Jose Maria Cordova arms plant near Bogota.

About 500 more Cordova pistols are on order, but once those are complete the company is hoping to keep the production line running with international orders. INDUMIL projects it could sell up to 2,000 to customers in Mexico and Canada, Espitia said.

In mid-September INDUMIL sent 10 pistols to a prospective client in the United States and three to Mexico, seeking to open North American markets. It is also in talks with possible buyers in Guatemala, Honduras, and Ecuador.

The Cardova shares some characteristics with the Sig Sauer P320 – recently ordered as the US Army’s new sidearm – and comes with three interchangeable grip sizes and can be purchased in a 3-inch compact, 4-inch standard, or 5-inch tactical configurations, an INDUMIL engineer told Jane’s .

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