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Capie, David. 2003 ‘State Stockpiles.’ Under the Gun: The small arms challenge in the Pacific, p. 66-7. Wellington: Victoria University Press. 1 January

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The Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) is poorly equipped by the standards of modern military but still has a significant arsenal especially when compared to other Pacific nations… [including 270] Vietnam War era 7.62mm SLRs… 6 Sterling machine guns, 70 SLRs configured as light machine guns, and a number of obsolete .303s… 50-70 Glock and Beretta 9mm pistols and a number of .38 Smith and Wesson pistols…

Most of the VMF weapons originally came from Australia… [and are] in poor condition… most are unserviceable… In addition to having stocks of aging, inoperable weapons, Vanuatu's police force is desperately short of small arms ammunition.

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