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Thread #91828   Message #1750623
Posted By: Rapparee
31-May-06 - 11:00 AM
Thread Name: BS: Suddenly Britain has a knife culture
Subject: RE: BS: Suddenly Britain has a knife culture
The Small Arms Survey, an organization advocating the control of small arms (see external links) claims in their 2003 report that at least 1,134 companies in 98 countries worldwide are involved in some aspect of the production of small arms and/or ammunition. The largest exporters of small arms by volume are the European Union and the United States.

In addition, massive exports of small arms by the US, the former Soviet Union (AK-47), China (AK-47), Germany (H&K G3), Belgium (FN-FAL), and Brazil (FN-FAL) during the Cold War took place to support ideological movements. These small arms have survived many conflicts and many are now in the hands of arms dealers who move them between conflict areas as needed.

That from the Wikipedia, a source I don't completely trust. However, this extract seems true from what I know from other sources.

Bear in mind that this lists more-or-less modern assault rifles. Millions of bolt action rifles (Enfield, Mosin-Nagant, Springfield, Mauser, etc.) and pistols (Colt, Fabrique Nationale, Steyr, Luger, Markov, etc.) were also exported to "friendly forces" or dumped on the international arms market, snatched up by dealers, and sold.

In brief, if you want a gun badly enough you can get a gun. In the UK, in France, in Russia, in China, in Australia....