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INTERPOL Firearms Reference Table (IFRT)

The INTERPOL Firearms Reference Table (IFRT) is an interactive online tool available to authorized users via INTERPOL’s restricted website.

It utilizes a standardized methodology to identify and describe firearms, and enables an investigator to obtain or verify the details of a firearm – including the make, model, calibre and serial number. 

This information is regularly updated in consultation with firearm experts. INTERPOL also welcomes input from the law enforcement community to identify additional firearms for inclusion in the IFRT.

The IFRT contains:

  • More than 250,000 firearm references;
  • More than 57, 000 firearm images;
  • Extensive information on firearm markings including trademarks, logos and insignias;
  • Thousands of useful definitions and terms for firearm parts, accessories, functions and processes;
  • Company histories;
  • Acronyms;
  • Manufacturers’ codes.

The proper identification and description of a specific firearm is a fundamental aspect of a firearm-related crime investigation, and significantly increases the chances of acquiring firearm ownership history through an international trace request.

As such, we recommend that all iARMS users consult the IFRT in order to verify the unique identifiers of a firearm for which a search will be conducted, or for which a trace request will be created.

What data is shared?

No data is shared through the IFRT as it is a reference tool. INTERPOL does, however, encourage users of the tool to provide us with information when the user identifies that a known firearm cannot be found in the IFRT. This voluntary process involves the submission of detailed information on the firearm, including close-up and detailed photographs of the firearm from various angles showings its pertinent characteristics.