Wikipedia:WikiProject Firearms

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Welcome to the Firearms WikiProject, a collaboration area and group of editors dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of Firearms.

(For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProject and the Guide to WikiProjects).

  • Improve articles on firearms, both civilian and military, with an emphasis on civilian firearms, as the WP:WEAPON already covers military arms.
  • To add the below infobox to firearm articles, along with the ammo infobox for ammo, and add the banner to firearms articles.
  • To add proper categories to firearm articles.
  • Firearms typically considered small arms and carried by an individual rather than vehicle-mounted and team-served military weapons. Topics encompassing both broad concepts and specific models, ammunition, manufacturers, organizations, legislation, and historical figures such as inventors and notable gunsmiths associated with such firearms.



The names of firearm articles should start with the proper name of the manufacturer, followed by the firearm's name. Examples of this policy are Heckler & Koch MP7 instead of MP7 or Smith & Wesson Model 1006 instead of S&W Model 1006. Exceptions to this are firearms named with military designations such as M16 rifle or AK-47. See WP:WEAPON#Naming conventions for the guideline on naming military firearms.


Firearm articles should be structured largely along the following guidelines (consistent with guidelines contained in WP:MILGUN for military weapons):

  1. History. A history of the firearm, including background events leading to the design and the evolution of the design.
  2. Design and features. A description of the major points of the firearm, including details of the operating mechanism, how the firearm is maintained and operated by the user, and the cartridge(s) the firearm is chambered in.
  3. Use. The intended/common uses of the firearm (ex: hunting, competitive shooting, defense, etc.)
  4. Variants. A list and description of all variants and close descendants of the firearm, plus production details when available.
  5. Accessories. A list and description of accessories that are commonly associated with the firearm.
  6. Cultural impact, if any. A general summary of the firearm's impact on culture, complying with the guidelines on popular culture.

Non-firearm articles associated with WikiProject Firearms should generally follow the structure guidelines that are already associated with the appropriate type of article, such as constitutional law articles, jurisprudence articles, chemistry articles, and other categories of articles that often overlap with WikiProject Firearms.

The goal of WikiProject Firearms for articles tagged with the project's banner is to improve the firearms related content, such as improving the accuracy of articles vs. misconceptions that often arise due to pop-culture fiction, movie physics, and similar non-factual beliefs. In general, WikiProject Firearms goals are to work on improving the quality of project-tagged articles without imposing WikiProject Firearms guidelines as mandates.

Popular culture

Appearances of firearms in popular cultural should only be listed if they have been discussed in reliable secondary sources. The depictions themselves (films, TV shows, video games, comic books, novels, etc) are primary sources and are insufficient for inclusion. Video games frequently depict firearms unrealistically and their use is rarely covered in secondary sources. For that reason unsourced entries concerning video games should be deleted without requesting a source first. Replicas, such as Airsoft and toys, are not notable to firearm articles unless they have been discussed in reliable secondary sources. Where sources are available, popular culture appearances should receive coverage appropriate to their significance to the subject of the article; as per WP:UNDUE. The material should explain the subject's impact on popular culture rather than simply listing appearances. See WP:MILPOP for the guidelines pertaining to military history, excluding firearms. Examples of good content include .44 Magnum and Mauser C96.

Criminal use

In order for a criminal use to be notable enough for inclusion in the article on the gun used, it must meet some criteria. For instance, legislation being passed as a result of the gun's usage (ex. ban on mail-order of firearms after use of the Carcano in JFK's assassination would qualify). Similarly, if its notoriety greatly increased (ex. the Intratec TEC-DC9 became infamous as a direct result of Columbine). As per WP:UNDUE, "Neutrality requires that each article or other page in the mainspace fairly represent all significant viewpoints that have been published by reliable sources, in proportion to the prominence of each viewpoint in the published, reliable sources.". Therefore, the addition of said information should be limited to a simple link in the "See also" section.


Variants of a model of a firearm such as folding/telescoping stock variants, target versions, variants chambered in a new caliber, compact/carbine variants, models covered by the same factory-issued users manual generally should not receive their own article. Instead, use a section for the variant in the parent firearm's article or consolidate it into a table or the text. The exception to this is where significant amounts of design and/or history would be lost by merging. An example of this is the M4 Carbine. Despite the fact that the M4 Carbine is only a carbine version of the M16A2 and its internal components are completely interchangeable with those of the M16 rifle, the M4's development history is significantly different, qualifying it for its own article.


When listing users of a certain weapon, only including users that have a citation to go with them. This citation must specifically say that the force, unit, or notable individual in question uses the weapon. That is to say a photograph of someone holding what appears to be the weapon does not qualify as a reference.


Cite as much information as possible. This way the articles will have more credibility. Extraordinary claims require citations from very reliable sources. If you don't want something you have added to be deleted, cite a reliable source, assuming the source supports your statement.

Open tasks

If you find anything that really needs to be on the list, just add it to the list. Be sure to say what you are adding in your edit summary, with wikilink to the article. When someone has completed the task, that person should cross out the article from the list, and if everyone agrees, it should be removed from the list two or three days after being crossed out (note: this doesn't include requests, once an article is created it should be removed completely or moved to one of the categories as needed).

For articles marked as "needing attention" see Category:Firearms_articles_needing_attention

When adding entries to the list, please do so in alphabetical order.

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject Firearms:
Here are some tasks you can do:


These are worklists based off Wikidata queries using Listeria.



  1. Mike Searson (talk · contribs)

Active members

Please feel free to add yourself here in alphabetical order, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

  1. 4twenty42o (talk · contribs), Military weapons, handguns, assault weapons
  2. Adolphus79 (talk · contribs), I mostly know about US service weapons, but have some general knowledge of other realms also...
  3. AliveFreeHappy (talk · contribs), Reloader, mostly rifles, some wildcats.
  4. Bardbom (talk · contribs) Firearms in general; most knowledgeable in long guns.
  5. Berean Hunter (talk · contribs)
  6. Burmiester (talk · contribs) I love any type of guns, although I prefer assault rifles, shotguns, machine guns, submachine guns, pistols and revolvers. I'll mainly be adding photos on cartridges and firearms to pages.
  7. Carguychris (talk · contribs), Smith & Wesson revolvers, Winchester bolt-action rifles
  8. Carlo71201 (talk · contribs), interested in firearms of different types
  9. Cavalryman V31 (talk · contribs) British gunmakers, Nitro Express, Black Powder Express and classic firearms.
  10. CEOMao (talk · contribs), Title II manufacturer and general firearms enthusiast.
  11. Cerebellum (talk · contribs), everything, specifically modern small arms
  12. Chillcat222 (talk · contribs), Rare, obscure, innovative and strange firearms.
  13. CuriousMind01 (talk · contribs), History
  14. Dellant (talk · contribs) History of military firearms and ammunition
  15. Doug (talk · contribs)
  16. DPdH (talk · contribs) Military firearms, special interest in: WW2, Latin American firearms.
  17. Everymorning (talk · contribs), gun control and its effectiveness (so mostly academic studies)
  18. Fallschirmjäger (talk · contribs)
  19. Felsic2 (talk · contribs) Gun use
  20. FeralOink (talk · contribs) Bolt-action rifles, shotguns, no handguns, mostly modern firearms, and I like to fix grammar.
  21. Fuzheado (talk · contribs) ontology of cartridges, handguns, long guns. Lots of work on Wikidata subclasses and Commons photos
  22. Georgewilliamherbert (talk · contribs) technology and engineering
  23. GMan552 (talk · contribs) proofreading and editing, general firearms knowledge
  24. Gruß Tom - de:Portal:Waffen (Portal:Weapons/Germany)
  25. Heyyouoverthere (talk · contribs), historical and theatrical usage.
  26. Hutcher (talk · contribs), good times
  27. jersey_emt (talk · contribs) General firearms knowledge and modern weapons (especially handguns).
  28. Jill Orly (talk · contribs) General firearm knowledge, Military firearms & history, Firearm related law & legislation.
  29. John (talk · contribs), modern weaponry, especially military automatic and sniper weapons.
  30. John Carter (talk · contribs) dumb two bit trigger pumping moron with low hairline, little piggy eyes and no conversation might be able to help in referencing and NPOV and the like
  31. JoshuaKGarner (talk · contribs)
  32. Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talk · contribs) Usage and Development if Firearms in War and Military -and Military Arms
  33. Kurousagi (talk · contribs) Amateur firearm enthusiast - big interest, tiny budget.
  34. L1A1 FAL (talk · contribs) Post WW1 firearms, obscure weapons, little bit of everything
  35. Limpscash (talk · contribs) Modern small arms
  36. L.J. Tibbs (talk · contribs)
  37. Mark Schierbecker (talk · contribs) Liberal!
  38. Matthewethanchowtoy (talk · contribs) Mainly World War Two vintage firearms and modern pistols and sidearms.
  39. Mendaliv (talk · contribs) Interested in military small arms and anything field-expedient. I own a few guns, including an oddball Smith and Wesson Model 10 in .357 Magnum.
  40. Miguel Escopeta (talk · contribs) Firearms. All kinds. Modern, ancient, replica, military, black powder, etc. Reloading. Gunsmithing. Long time instructor, too. Just about everything.
  41. Mike Searson (talk · contribs) little bit of everything
  42. MordeKyle (talk · contribs)
  43. Newportm (talk · contribs) little bit of...what have you got?
  44. Nohomers48 (talk · contribs) Modern firearms
  45. Nomad3000 (talk · contribs) Historic and modern firearms technology
  46. Niteshift36 (talk · contribs) Military and law enforcement career. Experience with a wide range of firearms, tactics and legal issues.
  47. OnBeyondZebrax (talk · contribs) Machine pistols. Also have an interest in contributing to the guidelines
  48. RAF910 (talk · contribs)
  49. Rdfox 76 (talk · contribs) Most modern small arms
  50. Samf4u (talk · contribs) WWII weapons
  51. SantiLak (talk · contribs) little bit of everything
  52. SeanNovack (talk · contribs) Certified Firearms Instructor and Permit-to-Carry instructor for Minnesota and Utah
  53. sf46 (talk · contribs)
  54. StarkeySuper64 (talk · contribs) Historical military issue weapons, revolvers, semi-automatics.
  55. Surv1v4l1st (talk · contribs) CCW, NFA items, gun culture, etc.
  56. Swatjester (talk · contribs) Ex military, infantry and reconnaissance, 3-gun, carbine, and precision rifle shooter.
  57. Thewellman (talk · contribs) ammunition.
  58. Trekphiler (talk · contribs) modern weapons, mainly military.
  59. Tsange (talk · contribs) creating better pages for new and old guns.
  60. Vkil (talk · contribs) I just like shooting the hell out of things. Helps relieve stress and whatnot. Trying to buy a Gatling gun; no luck so far.
  61. xaosflux (talk · contribs), all sorts of things, talk page me if any admin-related maintenance is needed (e.g. history merges).
  62. Zackmann08 (talk · contribs) recreational shooting. Leading editor of IMFDB.

Inactive members

This is a list of people who are members of the project but haven't edited Wikipedia for a year. If you find your name on this list, feel free to move it back to the list of active participants when you return to editing.

Featured content

Featured article Featured articles

Former featured article Former featured articles

Good article Good articles

Delisted good article Former good articles

Did You Know? Did you know? articles

Main page featured articles

In the News articles

New articles

Please feel free to list your new Firearms-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please). Any new articles that have an interesting or unusual fact in them should be suggested for the Did you know? box the Main Page.

Requested articles

  • .50-60 Joslyn (or .50-60-400 Joslyn), the commercial round used as the basis of the .50-70 Government TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura 03:14, 30 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Lipsey's: niche firearm distributor
  • Modes of carry for firearms This subject warrants its own article, although I may not get around to writing it anytime this decade. Someone beat me to it please. Some topics to be mentioned and linked therein: open carry and concealed carry; military carry modes; police carry modes; cocked-and-locked (e.g., military carry mode for M1911); hammer down on an empty chamber (SA revolvers); DA revolvers "just point and shoot"; how the "safe action" affected carry mode thinking (semi-autos can be "just point and shoot" too); how carry modes are designed based on gun safety and on what kinds of safeties are present (or not); holster styles and locations; carry modes for long guns (muzzle skyward, muzzle downward, break-action shotguns open); and others. — ¾-10 01:42, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
The spirit moved me, so I started a draft in my user sandbox. I'm gonna see whether I get bored with it or keep going to the point of creating an article. — ¾-10 02:07, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Article alerts (automated)

Articles for deletion
Requested moves

Articles up for merger

Add any articles that are up for merger in this section, newest at the top. When the merger discussion is concluded please remove it.

Articles up for deletion

Add any articles that are up for deletion in this list, newest at the top. When the AfD is concluded, please remove it.

  • The article Firearms Import & Export about the company FIE was speedily deleted. I think this is a notable company and I'd like to get some input from members of this Wikiproject.
News article that mentions the firm (Associated Press),951304
Mentioned in a gun enthusiast article
"The GT 27 and clones were made from the 1960’s or possibly earlier until 1990, and can be fun to collect. The earliest all steel Italian guns are of course the most desirable, followed by the early EXCAM imports. FIE sold several variants, including a highly ornate and gold plated “ladies” gun with painted roses on the grips. The best part about collecting the GT 27’s are their low cost and ready availability. Many thousands were sold in this country, and many still remain in sock drawers and closets gathering dust, and even the scarcest will not command much over $200 new in box."
The reason for creating the article was that I could not find this information, and there were many Google Search results with people asking at discussion lists, "Have you ever heard of this company?", "Where can I find information about FIE?", etc. They were apparently a major importer of cheap, foreign firearms.Ghostofnemo (talk) 13:46, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
The deleted article can be viewed here now: Ghostofnemo (talk) 06:43, 7 April 2016 (UTC)

Requests for Comment

Add any articles that request comments in this section, newest at the top. When the RfC is concluded, please remove it.

  • Shotgun slug is currently involved in an edit war. Two users are reverting my inclusion of a US DOJ article explaining that rifled slugs spin when fired. These two refuse to engage in talk and continually revert the edit saying that rifled slugs don't spin because the reference says that the spin does not stabilize them. I would appreciate anybody that can take a look at the edits and chime in after reading the DOJ article. As it stands now, I am alone in my edits an neither of the other editors (possibly one sock-puppeting) will yield or even discuss. --Winged Brick (talk) 15:41, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
  • I have proposed moving Beretta 9000, and figured it would be worth placing a notice here to (hopefully) increase the number of contributions to the discussion. If there is a more appropriate space for this notice that I have managed to completely miss, please just let me know and I'll move it wherever it needs to go. Thanks, RadiculousJ (talk) 14:55, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom (Arbitration Committee) case comments

Add any cases that request comments related to this Firearms WikiProject in this section, newest at the top. When the ArbCom decision occurs, of whether or not the case is taken, please remove the link below.


Collaboration and review



What is the purpose of article assessments? 
The assessment system allows the Firearms WikiProject to monitor the quality of articles that fall under its purview, and to prioritize work on these articles. The ratings are also used by the Wikipedia 1.0 program to prepare for static releases of Wikipedia content.
Are these ratings official? 
No. These ratings are meant primarily for the internal use of the project to better prioritze work on the articles, and usually do not imply any official standing within Wikipedia as a whole.

Assessing articles

Who can assess articles? 
In general, anyone can add or change an article's rating. However, the "GA" and "FA" labels should only be used on articles that have been reviewed and are currently designated as good articles or featured articles, respectively. Drastic changes to an article's rating should typically be discussed on the article's talk page before making the change.
How do I assess an article? 
Consult the quality scale below; once you have chosen the level that seems to be closest to the article, set the class parameter in the WPGUNS banner template to the level's name (omitting "Class" from the end). For example, to rate an article as "B-Class", use |class=B in the banner. Again, the "FA" and "GA" labels should not be added to articles unless they actually are currently designated as such.

Common concerns

Someone put a project banner template on an article, but it's not really within the WikiProject's scope. What should I do? 
Due to the large volume of articles falling under the project, occasionally a tag is added to an article that the project does not cover. Feel free to remove the tag if the article truly is not within the scope of the project. If there is any doubt, post a note on the article's talk page and discuss it.
What if I don't agree with a rating? 
Feel free to change it (within reason) if you think a different rating is justified; in the case of major disputes, the project as a whole can discuss the issue either on the project's talk page or on the talk page of the article in question and come to a consensus as to the best rating.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are somewhat subjective, but it's the best system we've been able to devise. If you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!
Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments on the talk page? 
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.

Quality scale

Label Criteria Process for rating Example
Featured article FA Reserved exclusively for articles that have received "Featured article" status, and meet the current criteria for featured articles. Follow the instructions on the Featured article candidates page. M249 light machine gun as of September 2009
A-Class article A Provides a well-written, reasonably clear and complete description of the topic, as described in How to write a great article. It should be of a length that suitably covers the subject, with a well-written introduction and an appropriate series of headings to break up the content. Sufficient external literature references should be provided from (preferably) reliable third-party sources. Any third-party sources should have a solid reputation for fact-checking and accuracy. Should be well illustrated when appropriate and have no copyright problems. Any article be considered for featured article candidacy should be an A-Class article before being submitted for FA status. Follow the instructions on the project's A-Class review page.
GA The article has passed through the Good article nomination process and been granted GA status, meeting the good article standards. Follow the instructions on the Good article candidates page. Enfield revolver as of September 2009
B The article has been reviewed by an editor and accepted to meet the following criteria: Any editor can assign this rating after having reviewed the article as per the previously mentioned guidelines. The proper banner filed should be filled out when assigning this rating. Equipment of the United States Army (as of September 2009)
C The article is better developed in style, structure, and quality than Start-Class, but fails one or more of the criteria for B-Class. It may have some gaps or missing elements; need editing for clarity, balance, or flow; or contain policy violations, such as bias or original research. Any editor can assign this rating after having reviewed the article as per the previously mentioned guidelines.
Start The article has a meaningful amount of good content, but it is still weak in many areas, and may lack one or more key elements. For example, a Start-Class article may have much useful content but lack:
  • a useful or descriptive image
  • an infobox
  • proper headings or properly named headings
  • proper section order

Any editor can assign this rating after having reviewed the article as per the previously mentioned guidelines. Heckler & Koch HK21 as of September 2009
Stub The article is very short lacks and great deal of information, or the information is incoherent or severely disorganized. Any editor can assign this rating after having reviewed the article as per the previously mentioned guidelines. Rotating bolt as of April 2011
Deferred Quality ratings on this article are deferred to other projects covering the article. Any editor can assign this rating. This rating should be used sparingly and only be used when project coverage is completely redundant. Nighthawk Custom as of September 2009
NA Is not an article, and fits no other classification. Any editor can assign this rating. Care should be taken to not assign this rating to articles, but only non-article pages such as project pages and templates. None Available as of September 2009

Importance scale

Importance of the article to WikiProject Firearms, regardless of its quality. Any editor with knowledge of the subject can assign ratings following these guidelines. Articles may be assessed higher than these guidelines after reaching consensus on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Firearms.

Label Criteria Example
  • Broadly descriptive firearm or ammunition types, features or components representing at least ten percent of military or civilian firearms or ammunition inventories at some point in history.
  • Civilian firearms in production for more than a decade.
  • Civilian cartridges produced by more than one manufacturer for more than a decade.
  • Firearms inventors and gunsmiths associated with High-importance firearms or cartridges.
  • Police firearms.
  • Civilians notable for legal use of firearms.
  • Military firearms with notable civilian ownership.
  • Military cartridge calibers commercially produced for sale to civilians by more than one manufacturer.
  • Military firearms or cartridges not meeting above criteria.
  • Civilian firearms or cartridges in production for less than a decade.
  • Manufacturers of firearms or ammunition.
  • Individual accessories
  • Firearms related legislation, court cases, organizations, and competitive events.

Peer review

The Firearms WikiProject's Peer Review process is an informal process aimed are gathering ideas for further improving a given article. You can submit an article for peer review via the project's Peer review page.

A-Class review

The Firearms WikiProject's A-Class review process is a more formal process for determining if an article, as viewed by the project, meets featured article criteria. Articles successfully passing A-Class review typically soon become featured article candidates. You can submit an article for A-Class review via the project's A-Class review page.





Project userbox

Userbox Styles
SIGP226.png This user is a member of WikiProject Firearms.
Pistola-metralhadora Lusa A2.svg This user is a member of WikiProject Firearms.
S&W 60 3in.png This user is a member of WikiProject Firearms.
SIGP226.pngM&P15-22.png9mmLuger.png This user is a member of WikiProject Firearms.
S&W Triple Lock.pngM&P15-22.png9mmLuger.png This user is a member of WikiProject Firearms.
Pistola-metralhadora Lusa A2.svgM&P15-22.png9mmLuger.png This user is a member of WikiProject Firearms.

The {{User WP Guns Member}} userbox can be added to the user page of anyone becoming a member of the project. The userbox is configurable for several different optional colors and layouts. Specifying only {{User WP Guns Member}} without options displays the default userbox shown first in the table on the right.

{{User WP Guns Member


  • color – "1" through "4", chooses between four different color schemes, show below.
    • 1. White
    • 2. Blue
    • 3. Green
    • 4. Beige

  • layout – "1" through "6", chooses among six different layouts as shown on the right.

Alternative userboxes

The template {{WPGUNSMEMBER2}} yields the following.

Colt-Python.jpg I am a member of the Firearms WikiProject, a project devoted to the improvement of firearms coverage on Wikipedia with an emphasis on civilian firearms. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the project and see a list of open tasks.

The template {{WPGUNSMEMBER3}} gives:

I am a member of the Firearms WikiProject, a project devoted to the improvement of firearms and ammunition coverage on Wikipedia. I understand that a personal firearm is, at the same time, a Weapon, Tool, Machine, and a Work of Art.

Alternate userbox {{User:AliveFreeHappy/userbox/cartridge}} gives:

5mm-35 SMc Ammo.jpg This user is a member of
WikiProject Firearms (TODO)

Project banner

The {{WikiProject Firearms}} project banner template should be added (not subst:ed) to the talk page of any article within the scope of the project. All parameters listed below are optional, however the article should at least be given a class rating.

{{WikiProject Firearms

General parameters:

B-Class checklist (available only for articles rated as "Stub-Class", "Start-Class", or "B-Class" — see the assessment page for more details):


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