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Personal weapon

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Semi-automatic pistol Grand Power K100 Target produced in Slovakia - an example of a personal firearm.
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Collection of early modern swords (17th to 18th centuries) at the George F. Harding Collection of Arms and Armor, the Art Institute of Chicago.

A personal weapon or ordnance weapon is a weapon that is issued to an individual member of a military or paramilitary unit, e.g. to individual infantry soldiers. These weapons in pre-modern contexts tended to be melee weapons (i.e. blade weapons, polearms, bayonet or the officer's sword.) In modern contexts, this includes personal defense weapons and side arm firearms.

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