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  Small arms - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term small arms generally describes any number of smaller infantry weapons, such as firearms that an individual soldier can carry.
What small arms are not, are large mortars, howitzers, cannons, vehicles, and larger pieces of equipment.
See small arms proliferation issues for the international movement to restrict the sale of military-grade small arms in conflict zones.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Small_arms   (214 words)

 UNICEF - UNICEF in emergencies - Small arms
The use of small arms in conflicts has scarred and traumatised generations of children, both physically and emotionally.
The Spread of small arms creates a serious global problem and requires an equally urgent response because the lives and future of children are at stake.
Small arms and light weapons are used in internal conflicts, crime and violence.
www.unicef.org /emerg/index_smallarms.html   (866 words)

 small arms. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Thereafter all small arms became rifled with the exception of the shotgun, a smoothbore firearm designed for short-range firing of either a single slug or a number of small shot.
Although gunsmiths had experimented with breech-loading cannon and small arms almost since the invention of firearms, it was not until c.1870 that practical breech-loading firearms came into general use.
The revolver and the magazine-loading rifle were the standard small arms throughout the world in the last part of the 19th cent.
www.bartleby.com /65/sm/smallarm.html   (1023 words)

 Small Arms and Light Weapons: Can They Be Controlled?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Small arms and light weapons used to maintain domestic order and to defend a nation's borders represent the most visible and enduring manifestation of these basic rights and thus will always remain closely identified with issues of independence and sovereignty.
The armed forces, police or militia in most countries are permitted to carry and use small arms in accordance with domestic laws, and in some countries such as the United States, private citizens can do so as well.
While small arms and light weapons play a significant role in exacerbating conflicts that exact enormous human and socioeconomic costs, the causes of such conflicts lie in political, economic, ethnic, and religious differences and disparities.
www.state.gov /t/pm/rls/fs/2001/3768.htm   (3878 words)

 Small Arms Proliferation--The Next Disarmament Challenge: Worldwatch Institute News
The report, Small Arms, Big Impact: The Next Challenge of Disarmament notes that in the aftermath of the Cold War, and as many "little" wars wind down, millions of assault rifles and similar military weapons fall into the hands of civilians, criminal elements, and irregular armed forces.
These small arms are the tools for as much as 90 percent of the killings in today's wars, and are the fuel of criminal violence.
While addressing the proliferation of small arms around the world is not a sufficient action in itself to bring peace and social stability to troubled societies, it is a necessary one step in that direction.
www.worldwatch.org /press/news/1997/10/25   (964 words)

 Small Arms—they cause 90% of civilian casualties - Global Issues
Small arms misuse means that instead of making investments in improving their well-being and economic development, the already poor are burdened with the cost of nursing the injured and paying for informal forms of security such as vigilantism and para-militaries.
Small Arms Survey is an independent research project serving as the principal international source of public information on all aspects of small arms, and as a resource centre for governments, policy makers, researchers, and activists.
Small Arms Survey is an international research organization serving as a principle source of information on all aspects of small arms.
www.globalissues.org /Geopolitics/ArmsTrade/SmallArms.asp   (4295 words)

 USATODAY.com - America's war on terrorism overlooks small-arms trade   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Arms move easily in a globalized world, and until that world comes together to stem their flow, new weapons and the ordnance left over from old wars will continue to fall into our enemies' hands.
John Bolton, the U.S. undersecretary of State for arms control and international security, told delegates that the United States does "not support measures that prohibit civilian possession of small arms," defined generally by the administration as automatic rifles, machine guns, shoulder-fired missile and rocket systems.
Small arms have been the weapons of choice in 47 of the 49 largest conflicts since 1992.
www.usatoday.com /news/opinion/editorials/2003-01-19-fishman_x.htm   (992 words)

 Small arms Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The term small arms is used to describe any weapon that a person can easily transport and fire.
It generally describes small caliber personal weapons such as pistols and rifles, but is also used to include grenades.
They say that roughly 500,000 people are killed each year by the use of small arms, and that there are over 600 million of such arms in circulation.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/s/sm/small_arms.html   (260 words)

 small arms on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
SMALL ARMS [small arms] firearms designed primarily to be carried and fired by one person and, generally, held in the hands, as distinguished from heavy arms, or artillery.
The small ice bits in the water of the Tracy Arm fjord south of Juneau are called brash.
She prepares a syringe with saline to clear a small tube in her arm used to administer antibiotics.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/section/smallarm_earlysmallarms.asp   (1900 words)

 The Terror Trade Times 2001 - Proliferation: global growth in small arms - Amnesty International
Estimates of the number of companies producing small arms around the world vary greatly, mainly because of the scarcity of information and the differences in definitions of what constitute ''small arms''.
In 2001 the Small Arms Survey in Geneva estimated that over 600 companies in 95 states were involved in small arms.
The global spread of small arms production facilities coupled with poor state controls on small arms in most countries is contributing to the massive proliferation and misuse of such weapons for human rights abuses.
web.amnesty.org /web/ttt.nsf/june2001/proliferation   (1143 words)

 Birmingham Small Arms Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) was a British manufacturer of military equipment and vehicles.
BSA was founded in 1861 in the Gun Quarter, Birmingham by fourteen gunsmiths of the Birmingham Small Arms Trade Association, England, who had together supplied arms to the British government during the Crimean War.
The company branched out as the gun trade declined; in the 1880s the company began to manufacture bicycles and in 1903 the company's first experimental motorcycle was constructed.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Birmingham_Small_Arms_Company   (890 words)

 Small Arms Campaign - Obstacles to Progress (Human Rights Watch, 19-7-2001)
It is also imperative that governments muster the political will and bolster their ability to bring to justice those who by misusing small arms, or facilitating their illicit flows, have been either instrumental in perpetrating human rights abuses or have acted in contempt of international humanitarian law.
A lack of data on small arms movements hampers efforts to track the flow of such weapons, monitor possible diversions, and sound early warnings.
Therefore, states should compile and make public annual reports on the import and export of small arms, as well as their procurement by government agencies from domestic manufacturers.
www.hrw.org /campaigns/small-arms   (1103 words)

 Small Arms Survey - Home
The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.
It serves as the principal international source of public information on all aspects of small arms, and as a resource centre for governments, policy makers, researchers, and activists.
Armed and Aimless: Armed Groups, Guns, and Human Security in the ECOWAS Region, edited by Nicolas Florquin and Eric G. Berman.
www.smallarmssurvey.org   (410 words)

 Reuters AlertNet - Small arms threaten Sri Lanka’s stability
According to Robert Muggah, a researcher for the Small Arms Survey and visiting fellow of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, the solution is to combat the consequences of militarisation long after a peace agreement is reached.
Small arms are particularly easy to obtain in Sri Lanka because of the intricate system of smuggling the LTTE has shaped over the past 20 years, according to Wallace.
The 2003 Small Arms Survey found that traditional methods of disarming such as the destruction and collection of weapons were most effective as part of a holistic approach.
www.alertnet.org /thefacts/reliefresources/106491445988.htm   (1595 words)

 Small arms are weapons of mass destruction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Small arms are weapons of mass destruction, killing hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year.
Small arms kill an additional 200,000 people in ‘peaceful’ nations each year in homicides, suicides, unintentional shootings and shootings by police.
Small arms proliferation is on the agenda of the United Nations.
www.iansa.org /media/wmd.htm   (1006 words)

 UN: Global Action Needed on Small Arms (Human Rights Watch Press release, New York, July 7, 2003)
Small arms have been misused by governments and rebel forces in Burma, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Macedonia, and Nepal, and in fighting in Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Small arms also are used to carry out abuses in countries not affected by war - such as Cambodia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, and Serbia.
Ensure adequate laws are in place to punish the misuse of small arms by private actors, and that these are effectively implemented and enforced.
www.hrw.org /press/2003/07/small-arms-070703.htm   (540 words)

 Small Arms and Light Weapons - Global Policy Forum - UN Security Council   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
These small weapons are only part of a larger trade that includes heavier and more lethal weaponry, but light arms are often especially baneful because they are cheap, easy to transport and can be handled by ill-trained rebel soldiers and even children.
In this resolution, the Council recognizes the close relationship of the problem of illicit arms flows to and in Africa with international peace and security and the commercial and political motives in the illicit transfer and accumulation of small arms in Africa.
The trade in small arms fuels conflicts around the world and poses a grave threat to the stability and development of many countries and UN peace operations.
www.globalpolicy.org /security/smallarms/salwindx.htm   (3013 words)

 Small Arms Survey - Publications - Yearbook 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Small Arms Survey 2005: Weapons at War is dedicated to exploring issues surrounding armed conflict, including the sourcing of weapons to conflict areas, weapons use, conflict deaths, and post-conflict disarmament initiatives.
In addition, this volume surveys representations of small arms and armed violence in contemporary art.
The Small Arms Survey is recognized as the principal international source of impartial and reliable information on all aspects of small arms.
www.smallarmssurvey.org /publications/yb_2005.htm   (304 words)

 NISAT - Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers
A Farewell to Arms This 28 minute video raises awareness about the dangers posed by the spread of military-style small arms, and about steps being taken by Africans to combat this plague.
Small Arms Survey in Darfur And Investigation of the Child Soldier A study of the effects of small arms proliferation in Southern Sudan.
Small Arms Are Big Problems, but Norway's on the Case, Peace Magazine, March 1998.
www.nisat.org /publications   (645 words)

 BBC News | AFRICA | US blocks small arms controls   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control John Bolton said a clear distinction had to be made between firearms used for traditional and cultural reasons, and those that are traded illegally and fuel conflicts around the world.
The UN denies these accusations, accepting that small arms are necessary for a country's legitimate right of self-defence.
Seven million small arms are circulating in countries such as Sierra Leone and Angola and another two million are in Central Africa.
news.bbc.co.uk /hi/english/world/africa/newsid_1430000/1430077.stm   (591 words)

 The Birmingham Small Arms Company
However, probably the best reference relating the circumstances under which, and the period over which, the grouping of Birmingham gunsmiths metamorphosed into the Birmingham Small Arms Company, can be found in their own later company history of the period of the Second World War (1939-45), "The Other Battle".
Finally, at a meeting of members of the Birmingham Small Arms Trade in June, 1861, it was resolved to form a company, "The Birmingham Small Arms Company", to manufacture euns by machinery.
Within two weeks all the machinery at Small Heath had been readapted and work on the 20,000 rifles was in full swing with a double shift operating.
www.rifleman.org.uk /Birmingham_Small_Arms_Co.htm   (2966 words)

 small arms
small arms: Early Small Arms - Early Small Arms The first small arms came into general use at the end of the 14th cent.
small arms: Bibliography - Bibliography See W. Carman, A History of Firearms from Earliest Times to 1914 (1955); A. small arms: Breechloaders and Revolvers - Breechloaders and Revolvers Although gunsmiths had experimented with breech-loading cannon and...
small arms: Evolution of the Rifle - Evolution of the Rifle The rifle, invented in the 15th cent., is a firearm with a grooved, or...
www.infoplease.com /ce6/history/A0845576.html   (226 words)

 British American Security Information Council
Arms Brokering Seeking tighter regulation of arms brokering and shipping agents in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and globally.
NATO currently is engaged in a process of developing new policies for arms control and disarmament, under a mandate given by the heads of state and government of the 19 member nations during the Alliance's April 1999 summit.
UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects Resources for the United Nations' conference scheduled for 9-20 July 2001.
www.basicint.org /WT/smallarms/main.htm   (1281 words)

 Infantry Small Arms Infanteriewaffen Sturmgewehr   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Small arms such as rifles or submachine guns can hardly be called anti-tank weapons; they can be of use against non-armored and very lightly armored vehicles only.
Nevertheless, the most numerous small arms shall be rudimentarily covered here, not the least because they accompanied the AT-weapons.
Both the the G 41 (M) and the G 41 (W) could be fixed with bayonets, early models often were fitted with the small 1.5x scopes, late G 41 (W) mounted the 4x scopes.
www.geocities.com /Augusta/8172/panzerfaust7.htm   (3398 words)

 Small Arms & Light Weapons
This summary is intended to be a survey of the evolution of U.S. governmental policy, in order to give a broad history, as well as insight, into the U.S. position on the small arms issue in future international fora.
Stohl discussed the illicit trafficking in small arms and the relationship the fl market has to the legal trade in arms.
With thousands of small arms in Haiti, the threat to US soldiers, Haitian civilians, and sustainable peace is real.
www.cdi.org /program/index.cfm?programid=23   (475 words)

 UNDP - United Nations Development Programme — Bureau for Crisis Prevention & Recovery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The widespread availability of illicit small arms and light weapons in crisis situations, disenfranchised ex-combatants, and incidence of armed violence, threaten the very foundations of sustainable human development.
Building the capacity of national institutions to control the flow and supply of illicit small arms.
Supporting public awareness campaigns to emphasize the importance of small arms reduction and control for the restoration of community life and sustained economic recovery.
www.undp.org /bcpr/smallarms   (342 words)

 The Small Arms Monitoring Page
These wars are being fought primarily with small arms and light weapons carried by individual soldiers or on light vehicles.
Statistics on light weapons trafficking are hard to come by (none of the standard sources of information on the arms trade, such as the SIPRI Yearbook, provide such data), but the available evidence suggests that this trade is flourishing in the post-Cold War era.
The widespread availability of small arms and light weapons compounds the difficulty of alleviating civil crises, and it may actually encourage the resort to warfare (as opposed to non-military means of conflict resolution and state formation).
www.fas.org /asmp/campaigns/smallarm.html   (838 words)

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