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FBI Gun Collection Helps Solve Crimes

The FBI’s reference firearms collection contains more than 7,000 guns—just about every make and model, from John Dillinger’s Prohibition-era revolver to the modern battlefield’s M16 and almost everything in between. But, as the FBI’s firearms examiners will tell you, the single most important piece is the one that helps investigators close a case on any given day.

Apr 12, 2013 02:00 PM

FBI Gun Collection Helps Solve Crimes


If every gun tells a story, the FBI’s reference firearms collection could fill a very, very large book. The inventory of more than 7,000 firearms—curated over 80 years—contains just about every make and model, from John Dillinger’s Prohibition-era revolver to the modern battlefield’s M16 and almost everything in between.

But, as the FBI’s firearms examiners will tell you, the single most important piece—in a collection that spans more than a century of firearms history and ingenuity—is the one that helps investigators close a case on any given day.

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