ATF Police Officer's Guide to Recovered Firearms

U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

This guide is designed for Police Officers and includes the following topics:

  • Firearms Safety
  • Required Markings
    • U.S. Manufactured Firearms
    • Imported (Foreign Manufactured) Firearms
  • How To Identify Firearms
    • Revolver
    • Pistol
    • Rifle
    • Shotgun
  • Tips For Firearms Queries Using Mobile NCIC Terminals
  • Trace All Recovered Firearms
    • How to Request a Firearms Trace
  • Persons Prohibited by Federal Law from Possessing Firearms
  • Questions to Ask Unlawful Firearms Possessors
  • Visual Guide to Firearms
    • Pistol
    • Revolver
    • Other
    • Derringer
    • Rifle (Lever Action)
    • Rifle (Bolt Action)
    • Rifle (Semiautomatic
    • Shotgun (Pump Action)
    • Pistol Grip Firearm
    • AR-15 Type
    • AK Type
    • Machineguns

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