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.
Sections in this article:
- Early Small Arms
- Breechloaders and Revolvers
- Automatic Weapons
- Evolution of the Rifle
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