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A Nordenfelt submarine in 1886. Infamous arms dealer Basil Zaharoff sold this model to both the Greeks and the Turks in the late 1880s.
A Nordenfelt submarine in 1886. Infamous arms dealer Basil Zaharoff sold this model to both the Greeks and the Turks in the late 1880s.
A Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet, a popular export product of the Russian military industry
A Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet, a popular export product of the Russian military industry

Source: photo by Sergey Krivchikov

A tower of confiscated smuggled weapons about to be set ablaze in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2007
A tower of confiscated smuggled weapons about to be set ablaze in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2007

Source: photo by Fredrick Onyango

A U.S. Marine firing an AK-47
A U.S. Marine firing an AK-47

Source: photo by Lana D. Waters

AK-47 bullets from China, Pakistan, and Russia
AK-47 bullets from China, Pakistan, and Russia

Source: photo by Todd Huffman

An Afghanistan National Police instructor demonstrates use of a Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifle.
An Afghanistan National Police instructor demonstrates use of a Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifle.
An early German matchlock musket, perhaps from the 16th century
An early German matchlock musket, perhaps from the 16th century

Source: photo by Rainer Halama

British soldiers operate a Vickers machine gun during the Battle of the Somme, July 1916.
British soldiers operate a Vickers machine gun during the Battle of the Somme, July 1916.

Source: photo by John Warwick Brooke

Ceramic illustration of an arms transaction over the entrance of the Lambert Sevart weapons factory in Liege, Belgium
Ceramic illustration of an arms transaction over the entrance of the Lambert Sevart weapons factory in Liege, Belgium
DEA agents escort international arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was extradited to the United States in 2010.
DEA agents escort international arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was extradited to the United States in 2010.

Source: Drug Enforcement Administration

Detail of the flintlock of an 18th-century hunting rifle
Detail of the flintlock of an 18th-century hunting rifle
Dutch artist Jacob van Gheyn created this print of a musketeer in 1608.
Dutch artist Jacob van Gheyn created this print of a musketeer in 1608.
Hiram Stevens Maxim, an American who invented the Maxim machine gun
Hiram Stevens Maxim, an American who invented the Maxim machine gun
International arms dealer Samuel Cummings
International arms dealer Samuel Cummings
Russian AK-47 assault rifle, also called a Kalashnikov after its designer
Russian AK-47 assault rifle, also called a Kalashnikov after its designer
The Dreyse needle gun is a military breechloading rifle used by the Prussian infantry beginning in 1841. This model is from 1865.
The Dreyse needle gun is a military breechloading rifle used by the Prussian infantry beginning in 1841. This model is from 1865.
Weapons reportedly found on a Palestinian boat by the Israel Defense Forces in 2011
Weapons reportedly found on a Palestinian boat by the Israel Defense Forces in 2011

Source: photo provided by the Israel Defense Force

Workers assemble Browning-Inglis Hi-Power pistols at a Canadian munitions plant in 1944.
Workers assemble Browning-Inglis Hi-Power pistols at a Canadian munitions plant in 1944.

Source: photo by Ronny Jaques, Office national du film du Canada