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Recent Publications

  • Following the Headstamp Trail: An Assessment of Small-calibre Ammunition Documented in Syria, by N.R. Jenzen-Jones, April 2014. Working Paper No. 18

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  • Traditional Military Rifles, January 2014. Research Note No. 38, Weapons and Markets.

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  • Small Arms of the Indian State: A Century of Procurement and Production, January 2014. India Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 4 (Hindi version coming soon).

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Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites

Between 1987 and 2013 some 466 events involving unplanned explosions at munitions sites were recorded. The Small Arms Survey has released online detailed findings from its Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS) database, providing information on the location, causes and casualties of each incident.

For up-to-date information, see the Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites pages.

Weapons and Markets

 
 

   

   

   

   

   

   

There are an estimated 875 million small arms in circulation worldwide, produced by more than 1,000 companies from nearly 100 countries. All countries—and numerous non-state armed groups—procure small arms; the Small Arms Survey estimates that their annual authorized trade exceeds USD 8.5 billion. Accurate assessments are difficult, complicated by the reluctance of many states to report publicly on their legal production, exports, and imports of small arms. Analysis of their illegal activities is even more difficult. Significantly, many important exporters are not major producers of small arms, with substantial numbers of legally acquired small arms entering illicit markets through corruption, seizure, and loss.

The Small Arms Survey provides information on:

  • definitions of small arms and light weapons
  • the producers who make them
  • the range and specifications of the products
  • their import, their export, and the value of these transfers 
  • where they are held, and who possesses the stockpiles.

The Survey has also developed a number of tools to assist with identifying, tracing, and monitoring weapons proliferation and movement:

Further information on various small arms control measures—such as disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programmes, security sector reform (SSR) initiatives, and stockpile management or surplus destruction activities—are available on the control measures section of this website.