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Germany. 2016 ‘Marking.’ National Report of Germany on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 7, p. 6. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. 31 March

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Section 7: Marking and Record Keeping


14. Does your country take measures to ensure that all SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces for their own use are duly marked? YES

14.1. Describe the markings that are applied to government-held stocks.

The following markings apply to police-­held weapons:

- Name of the manufacturer;
- country of manufacture;
- serial number;
- year of manufacture;
- weapon type (model, caliber, proofing (testing);
- other weapons of the Federal Customs Administration are marked with the acronym "BZV" ("Bundeszollverwaltung")…

Under sec. 55 (4a) WaffG [(Waffengesetz], all firearms in use with the Federal Finance Administration carry the holding authorities' sign "BZV".

Serial numbers and other marks are stamped mechanically on the weapon with a pressure of up to 100 kilograms per square millimetre. The marks have a depth of 0.4 to 0.5 millimetres. Laser-­engraved marks used for hardened materials have a depth of 0.025 millimetres. In the case stamped or laser­-engraved marks are completely ground off and thus no longer visible, it is possible to restore the original marks by chemical and technical means.

Each weapon of the Federal Armed Forces is unambiguously marked and bears the following information:

- manufacturer;
- weapon type;
- caliber;
- month and year of delivery ex works;
- serial number;
- proof firing stamp;
- possibly additional marks, such as, e.g., maintenance information.

The marks are applied in accordance with the standards of applicable technical manuals and are unique.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapon]

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