Often, when considering the many weapons used in conflict and war, an important category is left out: small arms. Given the estimation that 90% of the worlds war victims die from small and light arms such as rifles, machine guns, and pistols, a clear definition is necessary to assess their role in war, conflict and crime.
While small arms and light weapons are not easily defined, they basically consist of weapons that can be carried by an individual. The term 'small arm' covers a broad range of items from pistols, revolvers, rifles, ...
The solution provides a concise description of what small arms are in terms of their use in conflict and the theatres of war.