portable firearms of relatively small calibre
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How to use small arms in a sentence
Small-arms fire crackled close by and sounded as if it were getting closer.
“The Cold War resulted in the introduction of millions of small arms into the continent over the years,” he said.
Ichikowitz acknowledged in the interview that the African continent is awash in weapons, particularly small arms.
With just small arms and RPGs, the men of Al Alam kept ISIS forces at bay for almost two weeks.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight | Andrew Slater | June 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The couple had purchased several small arms, obtained permits and learned to shoot.
So he flooded the powder magazine, threw all the small arms overboard, and knocked holes in the bottom of the ship.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
The earth taken out, being thrown against the work, formed an excellent rampart against small-arms, three or four feet high.The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Volume II (of 3) | Elliott Coues
Our commander had the forethought to see that we lay well out of range of the small-arms of the period.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
She flung both her small arms about his ungainly body and held up her face.In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim | Frances Hodgson Burnett
At night we heard the report of cannon and of small arms but we could not tell from whence it was.The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers, 1758-1775 | Abraham Tomlinson