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Weapons and ammunition identification


The proliferation and use of small arms and light weapons play an important role in numerous issues of global concern, such as armed conflict, crime, governance, and development. Knowledge of these weapons is key to understanding and reporting on these and other critical issues.

The Small Arms Survey recently conducted the second in a series of workshops for journalists, aimed at expanding and improving reporting on weapons and ammunition. The workshop, held in New York, provided an overview of the contemporary landscape of weapons proliferation and control, including how weapons make their way from legitimate users to non-state armed groups and criminal organizations. 
Participants were also taught how to identify and record weapons and ammunition encountered in the field with a particular focus on tracking the sources of weapons and understanding the strategic and diplomatic implications of their proliferation. 

By encouraging closer collaboration between journalists, researchers, and other specialists, the Survey aims to contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics of weapons and conflict.

The Small Arms Survey has developed several tools and publications to assist with weapons identification.

  • Ammunition Tracing Kit: designed to enable rapid, reliable, and responsible reporting of small-calibre ammunition in a variety of circumstances.
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