Rifle Factory Ishapore

Coordinates: 22°48′11″N 88°22′08″E / 22.803°N 88.369°E / 22.803; 88.369

Rifle Factory Ishapore
HeadquartersIchhapur, India
Key people
D. K. Mahapatra (General Manager)
ParentOrdnance Factories Board
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Rifle Factory Ishapore (also known as Ishapore Arsenal) is an Indian state owned arms manufacturing unit located at Ichhapur in the state of West Bengal.


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 by the British 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.[1]

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)[2][3] and Pistol Auto 9mm 1A for military and other firearms such as IOF .22 revolver, IOF .315 sporting rifle, IOF .30-06 sporting rifle and IOF .22 sporting rifle[4] for civilian customers.

The factory is administered by the Ordnance Factory Board of India.


  1. ^ Bishop, Chris The Encyclopaedia of Weapons of World War II page 245 (Amber Books, London, 1998) ISBN 978-1-905704-46-0
  2. ^ "OFB develops new rifle for army in quick time | Nagpur News - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  3. ^ "Rifle Factory Ishapore to display Ghatak Assault Rifle during Ordnance Factories Day celebrations | Kolkata News - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  4. ^ "Rifle factory celebrates 106 years of glory | Kolkata News - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2018-04-15.

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