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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 of small arm
1680-1690
1680-90
Related forms
small-armed, adjective
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  • Here it is adjusted upon the hydraulic rifling machine which will prepare it to carry the small-arm bullet (.303 inch).

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • Not a native clinging to the sides escapes the small-arm men.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose William H. G. Kingston
  • The small-arm men are to be formed into companies of 80 men, with four petty officers.

  • The small-arm of the infantry is the "3-line" rifle of the 1901 model.

  • "We must break up a cask of small-arm ammunition, and make the best use we can of that," replied Major Vogelsang.

    Yule Logs Various
  • They must have been short of small-arm ammunition and bombs, because on that last strafing they cleared out and stayed.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • Consequently gun and small-arm drill was almost as frequent as the practice of making and shortening sail.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • That in which the powder-charge and projectile are fixed; as examples, the ammunition for small-arm pieces and that for the 6-pdr.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
  • Dan had gone through some small-arm drill in the fortnight he spent at Portsmouth, and his eyes were too keen for the bull's-eye.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • Formerly batteries were further hampered by having to carry the reserve of small-arm ammunition for infantry and cavalry.

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