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small arm

noun
1.
Usually, small arms. a firearm designed to be held in one or both hands while being fired: in the U.S. the term is applied to weapons of a caliber of up to one inch (2.5 cm).
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90
Related forms
small-armed, adjective
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  • Wilhelm placed himself in a small arm-chair, which stood against the tapestry where he had entered.
  • Extend proficiency with this flexible small arm far beyond fundamental levels.
  • Lux stated that the range is only proposed to handle small arm type weapons that individuals would carry.
  • And first thing in the morning mortar rounds started screaming in on us and all kinds of small arm fire and everything.
  • Demonstrates much habituated small arm, leg, or head movements.
Encyclopedia Article for small arm

any handheld firearm.

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