Database of U.S. Small Arms Shipments





Search the Arms Sales Monitoring Project's

database on U.S. small arms shipments to find the

quantity and type of small arms shipped to any

country or region from 1990 to 2000.





The ASMP's Small Arms Shipments Database contains shipment data on small arms and light weapons licensed for export between 1990 and 2000. The data* was obtained from the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Note: A "0" in the quantity column indicates that the State Department had no data on quantity for that particular shipment.

*Click here to read the State Department's description of the data.


Partial List of Definitions

Firearm: a weapon not over .50 caliber (12.7 mm) which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or which may be readily converted to do so.
Carbine: a lightweight shoulder firearm with a barrel under 16 inches in length.
Pistol: a hand-operated firearm having a chamber integral with or permanently aligned with the bore.
Revolver: a hand-operated firearm with a revolving cylinder containing chambers for individual cartridges.
Submachine gun, ‘‘machine pistol’’ or‘‘machine gun’’: a firearm originally designed to fire, or capable of being fired, fully automatically by a single pull of the trigger.
(Source: United States Munitions List)

Additional Resources

Database of Proposed Arms Transfers - Database of notifications to Congress of U.S. arms exports. Includes proposed small arms/light weapons transfers valued at $1 million or more.

"Section 655 Report" - Annual report on U.S. military assistance. Includes data on government-to-goverment small arms transfers and commercial small arms sales licensed for export by the State Department.

Excess Defense Articles Database - Database of defense articles, including small arms, transferred through the Defense Department's Excess Defense Articles program.

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    U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

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