INTERPOL Firearms Reference Table (IFRT)

The INTERPOL Firearms Reference Table (IFRT) is an interactive online tool which allows users to automatically import the unique identifiers of a firearm to conduct a search or make a trace request thanks to a direct connection to the INTERPOL illicit Arms Records and tracing Management System (iARMS).

The INTERPOL Firearms Reference Table (IFRT) 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.

INTERPOL supports member countries in ensuring the accuracy of firearm identification.

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 showing its pertinent characteristics.

Terrorist attacks – IFRT identification

During terrorist attacks in Western Africa in November 2015, the IFRT has been used to identify the country of manufacture of seized AK-type rifles in order to send trace requests to the proper countries of manufacture.

Contact us

For more information regarding the INTERPOL Ballistic Information Network or other aspects of the INTERPOL Firearms Programme, contact us.

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