Other Databases

In the world of small arms research, monitoring and control several institutions have developed useful (online) tools complementing one another’s range of knowledge and facilitating transparency and global access to the issue of SALW. The following, inclusive but not exhaustive, list informs about the different tools and their unique approaches and contributions in the field of SALW control or related areas.

Arms Trade Mapper

Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers (NISAT), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

The NISAT Arms Trade Mapper displays the top ranked (10, 20, 30 or 50) small arms importers and exporters, plus exports and imports by country. Additionally, users can select to view a country's exports to destinations involved in war, human rights abuses, high levels of homicide and low GDP per capita. The data is based on the United Nations Comtrade from 1992 to 2011. By clicking on the map, the user can also view country profiles.

Tags: SALW, online tool, arms trade, trafficking, tracing, transparency

Armed Conflict Database

International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

The Armed Conflict Database is an online tool monitoring and collecting data about conflicts worldwide - therefore it does not focus on SALW, but is still related to the issue. The database provides conflict maps and figures about fatalities, active conflicts, refugees and more. Additionally, the website provides background information about the conflict and a timeline of events and trends. In order to access the database, the user has to create an account.

Tags: transparency, online tool, conflict data

Arms Embargoes Database

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

The SIPRI Arms Embargoes Database aggregates data about all multilateral arms embargoes that have been adopted by an international organisation (EU, UN), or a group of nations. It shows the embargoed target, the entry into force, the expiration date (if applicable) and the establishing document. Further information and the development of arms embargoes since 2002 are also provided.

Tags: arms embargo, online tool, transparency, trafficking, arms trade

Arms Transfers Database

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database traces suppliers and recipients of arms. It enables individual comparisons between countries with their option to select the range of years to cover and the weapon systems to include. It contains information on all transfers of major conventional weapons from 1950 to today, thus making arms flows around the globe transparent and explorable for everyone. For all deals information are provided about the number of arms ordered, the weapon designation, type of weapon, year of order/licence, year(s) of deliveries, the number of delivered/produced items and additional information (if available). Nevertheless, the database does not include SALW. In order to generate information, the supplier and recipient countries(s) need to be selected, then the range of years to cover and the weapons systems to include. Then, the information can be downloaded in English as a rtf-file.

Tags: conventional arms, download, tracing, trafficking, arms trade, transparency

Collaborative ORDnance data repository (CORD)

Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CSIR)

The Collaborative ORDnance data repository (CORD) is an online tool enabling web-based search of landmine and other unexploded ordnance data. This project assists humanitarian demining and ordnance disposal operations. The user can select information by ordnance type, geographical reference (country of origin or use), physical properties, explosive content, ordnance shape or simply the ordnance's name.

Tags: ordnance, marking, tracing, trafficking, identification, online tool, transparency


University of Sydney, United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR)

The free accessible website Gunpolicy.org, provided by the University of Sydney, aggregates data collected by other research organizations which can be easily retrieved and ordered by country or region including the data sources for further information. They collect a broad range of data such as arms trade by country, armed violence, gun laws, weapons industry, international treaties and give references about the sources used.

Tags: transparency, online tool, conflict data, military expenditure, arms trade, arms embargo


Conflict Armament Research (CAR)

The publicly accessible weapons tracking database iTrace, operated by Conflict Armament Research (CAR) is a European Union-funded project which provides information on transfers of diverted conventional weapons and ammunition. In order to access the mapping tool, the user has to create an account.

Tags: transparency, tracing, arms trade, trafficking, online tool

Mapping Arms Data (MAD) visualization

The Igarapé Institute, Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers (NISAT), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Google

The Mapping Arms Data (MAD) project offers an interactive small arms and ammunition online mapping tool presenting arms flows around the globe. Incorporated is data on the trade in small arms and their ammunition between 1992 and 2012. The animated globe displays arms flows by country. Furthermore, trade figures on imports and exports can be viewed as a graph.

Tags: SALW, online tool, arms trade, trafficking, tracing, transparency, military expenditure

Military Expenditure Database

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

The SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, which can be downloaded in English as an Excel spreadsheet, contains data about the military spending of 171 countries since 1988, and of NATO member states from 1949 or from their time of accession. The table contains information about military expenditures of the world, regional and subregional units, expenditures by country in current price local currency and in constant price (2014) US$ (millions) as well as other estimates (as a share of GDP, expenditure per capita, expenditure as a percentage of general government expenditure).

Tags: transparency, military expenditure, download

Small Arms Trade Database

Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers (NISAT); Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

The Small Arms Trade Database contains information about transfers of small arms, lights weapons, and their ammunition, parts and accessories. Incorporated is data about around 250 states and territories between 1962 and (currently) 2011 . Similar to the SIPRI arms trade database, countries, years and weapon type can be selected for analysis. In addition to the units, values and weight of SALW traded, the database displays the data sources and estimates its quality.

Tags: SALW, online tool, download, pdf, arms trade, trafficking, transparency, tracing

Transparency Barometer

Small Arms Survey (SAS)

The Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer was first published in 2003. The reports assess and compares countries' arms export reports taking into account national arms export reports, submissions to the UN Register of Conventional Arms and to the UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Un Comtrade). The Barometer applies seven categories for their assessment: timeliness, access and consistency, clarity, comprehensiveness, deliveries, licences granted, licences refused. All the information can be downloaded in English as pdf.

Tags: arms trade, download, pdf

Uppsala Conflict Data Program

Uppsala University

The Uppsala University runs an online conflict database collecting figures and background infor-mation about past and present violent conflicts since the 1970s. The user can access the data without creating an account. Conflicts can be displayed on an interactive map which provides background information when clicking on a country. The Uppsala conflict database is also available as a mobile application for smartphones and tablets.

Tags: transparency, online tool, conflict data

Visual Glossary

The Omega Research Foundation

The Omega Research Foundation operates an online visual glossary recording and identifying military, security and police (MSP) equipment used in human rights violations, torture and ill-treatment. The glossary offers information about electric shock equipment, restraints, launchers for chemical irritants, kinetic impact and other munitions, chemical irritants, and kinetic impact weapons (launched & handheld). The glossary is available in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish.

Tags: transparency, identification, guidelines, conventional weapons, SALW, online tool

Weapons Identification Database

Small Arms Survey (SAS)

The Weapons Identification Database, run by the SAS, includes several small arms and light weapons. The database about these weapons includes information about the producer, type, calibre and photos. The tools further provides information about the geographic distribution, but only by region (not country) and the weapon's characteristics: stock type, grip type, stock material, grip material, fixed accessories, muzzle device, magazine, country of origin. Interesting for the daily handling with weapons may also be the Small Arms ID Cards - playing cards which provide information about a limited number of SALW and their most important features. All the information may be downloaded in English as pdf.

Tags: SALW, online tool, download, pdf, identification

Civilian Arms Registration and Marking Handbook

Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

In collaboration with Sudan's National Focal Point on Small Arms Control, BICC has published the Civilian Arms Registration and Marking Handbook, available in both English and Arabic as pdf. This Handbook is a guide on arms registration and marking (ARM) for practitioners, government officials, and project managers working on the control of small arms and light weapons in conflict-affected areas. Drawing on experiences from Darfur, it provides a practical overview of how to design and implement an ARM project, focusing in particular on arms owned by civilians.

Tags: SALW, download, pdf, marking

Arabic Version

Firearms Reference Table (FRT) Web

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

The Firearms Reference Table is an online database that provides up-to-date and comprehensive firearm descriptions and images for law enforcement officers to use to fulfill their duties for domestic and international policing, weapons tracing and counter-terrorism initiatives. The FRT is closed to the public -- the use of the online tool is only available to individuals who have been authorized by the RCMP.

Tags: SALW, online tool, trafficking, tracing, identification.

INTERPOL Firearms Reference Table (IFRT)


The IFRT is an interactive online tool that helps to describe, identify, and verify details of a firearm, including the make, model, calibre and serial number of a weapon. It helps international law enforcement agents to properly identify a specific crime-related firearm or to request a firearms trace. The IFRT is closed to the public - the use of the online tool is only available to authorized users via INTERPOL's restricted website.

Tags: SALW, online tool, trafficking, tracing, identification.

INTERPOL Illicit Arms Records and tracing Management System (iARMS)


iARMS is a tool that facilities the exchange of information and investigative cooperation between law enforcement agencies with regard to the global movement of illicit firearms, as well as licit firearms that have been involved in the commission of a crime. It is only available to users authorized by INTERPOL.

Tags: SALW, trafficking, trade, tracing