An Introductory Guide to the Identification of Small Arms, Light Weapons, and Associated Ammunition

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 16 December, 2020

Arms and ammunition are evidence. Many weapons carry marks that, combined with their physical characteristics, reveal important information about them, including their manufacturer, age, and origin. This information, in turn, provides vital clues about the sources and flows of weapons in the area in which they were found.