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Muggah, Robert and Philip Alpers. 2003 ‘Number of Illicit Firearms.’ Reconsidering Small Arms in the Solomon Islands: Findings; Working Paper, p. 1. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 August

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Number of Illicit Firearms

As of July 2003, there are between 2,640-3,520 small arms in the Solomon Islands. Among these are an estimated 1,010-1,270 illegal "high powered" and "commercial" firearms -- considerably more than the 500-700 commonly reported.

"High powered" weapon types include, but are not limited to, Singaporean SR88 5.56mm assault rifles, FN-FAL 7.62mm assault rifles, GPMG M-60 7.62mm machine guns and older Webley revolvers.

"Commercial" weapons are also common, including .22 calibre rifles and 12-gauge shotguns. Crude, single-shot "homemade" weapons made from water pipes and other materials use mainly .30 and .50 calibre ammunition, some of it of WWII vintage.

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