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Last Updated: November 8, 2015
What is a weapon?
How has weapon development evolved?
What are the types of weapons?
How are weapons classified?
What are the most common materials required for weapons?
What should you know about weapons legislation?
What is a weapon of mass destruction (WMD)? Why is it essential for a medical doctor to know about weapons?
    What is a weapon?
    Here are further guidelines.

How are weapons classified?
Lists of weapons by type
By target
By user
By function
Listed in alphabetical order

What are the types of weapons?
Lists of weapons by type

Aircraft weapons
Antiaircraft weapons
Martial arts weapons
Mle weapons
Premodern combat weapons
Nuclear weapons

By target

Anti-aircraft weapons target missiles and aerial vehicles in flight.
Anti-fortification weapons are designed to target enemy installations.
Anti-personnel weapons are designed to attack people, either individually or in numbers.
Anti-radiation weapons target sources of electronic radiation, particularly radar emitters.
Anti-satellite weapons target orbiting satellites.
Anti-ship weapons target ships and vessels on water.
Anti-submarine weapons target submarines and other underwater targets.
Anti-tank weapons are designed to defeat armored targets.
Area denial weapons target territory, making it unsafe or unsuitable for enemy use or travel.
Hunting weapons are civilian weapons used to hunt animals.
Infantry support weapons are designed to attack various threats to infantry units.

By user- what person or unit uses the weapon

Personal weapons (or small arms) - designed to be used by a single person.
Light weapons - 'man-portable' weapons that may require a small team to operate. The 1997 UN Panel of Governmental Experts originally listed "heavy machine guns, hand-held under-barrel and mounted grenade launchers, portable anti-aircraft guns, portable anti-tank guns, recoil-less rifles, portable launchers of anti-tank missile and rocket systems; portable launchers of anti-aircraft missile systems (MANPADS); and mortars of calibers of less than 100 mm."
Heavy weapons - typically mounted or self-propelled explosive weapons that are larger than light weapons (see SALW).
Hunting weapon - primarily for hunting game animals for food or sport
Infantry support weapons - larger than personal weapons, requiring two or more people to operate correctly.
Fortification weapons - mounted in a permanent installation, or used primarily within a fortification. Usually high caliber.
Mountain weapons - for use by mountain forces or those operating in difficult terrain. This includes modifications of existing weapons for paratroopers.
Vehicle weapons - to be mounted on any type of combat vehicle.
Railway weapons - designed to be mounted on railway cars, including armored trains.
Aircraft weapons - carried on and used by some type of aircraft, helicopter, or other aerial vehicle.
Naval weapons - mounted on ships and submarines.
Space weapons - are designed to be used in or launched from space.
Autonomous weapons - are capable of accomplishing a mission with limited or no human intervention.

By function- the construction of the weapon and principle of operation

Antimatter weapons (theoretical) would combine matter and antimatter to cause a powerful explosion.
Archery weapons operate by using a tensioned string and bent solid to launch a projectile.
Artillery are firearms capable of launching heavy projectiles over long distances. Biological weapons spread biological agents, causing disease or infection.
Chemical weapons, poisoning and causing reactions.
Energy weapons rely on concentrating forms of energy to attack, such as lasers or sonic attack.
Explosive weapons use a physical explosion to create blast concussion or spread shrapnel. Firearms use a chemical charge to launch projectiles.
Improvised weapons are common objects, reused as weapons, such as crowbars and kitchen knives.
Incendiary weapons cause damage by fire.
Non-lethal weapons are designed to subdue without killing.
Magnetic weapons use magnetic fields to propel projectiles, or to focus particle beams.
Mle weapons operate as physical extensions of the user's body and directly impact their target.
Missiles are rockets which are guided to their target after launch. (Also a general term for projectile weapons).
Nuclear weapons use radioactive materials to create nuclear fission and/or nuclear fusion detonations.
Primitive weapons make little or no use of technological or industrial elements.
Ranged weapons (unlike Mle weapons), target a distant object or person.
Rockets use chemical propellant to accelerate a projectile
Suicide weapons exploit the willingness of their operator to not survive the attack.

Listed in alphabetical order
Aircraft weapons
    Aircraft weapons
    F/A-18 jet
    Sukhoi-30 MKI
Antimatter weapons
Archery weapons
Artillery (Tank)
Anti-aircraft weapons
Anti-fortification weapons
Anti-personnel weapons
Anti-radiation weapons
Anti-satellite weapons
Anti-ship weapons
Anti-submarine weapons
Anti-tank weapons
Area denial weapons
Armoured fighting vehicles
Battle Tanks
    Battle Tanks
    Abrams battle tanks
Biological weapons
Biological Warfare Quiz
Current aircraft and weapons
Chemical weapons
Combat Gear Quiz
Energy weapons
Explosive weapons
Explosions Quiz
Fortification weapons
Grenade Quiz
    Apache Helicopters
Heavy weapons
History of Weapons Quiz
Hunting weapon
Handgun cartridges
Infantry support weapons
Improvised weapons
Incendiary weapons
Land Mines and IED Quiz
Light weapons
Machine Gun Quiz
Missile Defense Quiz
Mountain weapons
Magnetic weapons
Mle weapons
Naval weapons
Non-lethal weapons
Nuclear weapons
Nuclear Weapons Quiz
Nuclear Materials
Personal Defense
Martial Arts
Police, Security, Military Gear
Personal weapons (or small arms)
Primitive weapons
Ranged weapons
Railway weapons
Rifles Quiz
Rifle cartridges
Space weapons
Suicide weapons
Trojan weapons
Vehicle weapons
Vehicle Quizzes
Caliber and Ammunition - Hand Guns and Rifles
Shotgun Gauge and Ammunition
Potassium Nitrate
Smokeless powder
Weapons by function
Weapons by target
Weapons by user
Weapons by type
Weapons of Mass Destruction

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