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The term small arms describes any weapon that a person can easily transport and fire. It describes personal weapons such as pistols, rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, mortars and machine guns. Small arms find a variety of uses including police and military uses, hunting, personal protection, crime, civil war and sports shooting. Many small arms have a low power compared to other gun types.
See small arms proliferation issues for the international movement to restrict the sale of military-grade small arms in conflict zones.
See also: list of firearms
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