- The Criminal Code of Canada is enacted, requiring individuals to have a permit to carry a pistol unless the owner had cause to fear assault or injury. It was an offence to sell a pistol to anyone under 16. Vendors who sold handguns had to keep records, including purchaser's name, the date of sale and a description of the gun.
- The Colt Model 1892, a double action revolver with swing-out cylinder, replaced the Colt Peacemaker as the primary U.S. military sidearm.
- Winchester began cranking out their own Model 1892 as well.
- The .30-40 Krag, .38 Long Colt and 7 x 57 mm Mauser all debuted.
- The ordnance factories of Tula Arsenal, Izhevsk Arsenal, and Sestroryetsk Arsenal began producing the Mosin-Nagant. Due to the limited capacities of these facilities and the newly formed Franco-Russian Alliance, an order of 500,000 rifles was placed with the French arms factory, Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Châtellerault.
- John M. Browning filed for a patent for what would be the M1895 Colt-Browning machine gun's operating mechanism. It was one of Browning's earliest patents for automatic rifles; he had previously been working on lever action rifles for Winchester such as the Winchester 1886.
- The Rifle, Magazine, Lee-Metford Mark I*, a conversion of the original Mark I was adopted into service by the British Army. The sights were changed from the "Lewes" and "Welsh" pattern to the barleycorn front and v-notched rear sight.
- Frank and Anna Tobin’s first child was born in Nebraska.
- After only 3 months, the Brits dumped the Lee Metford Mk I* for the MK II; it was the first to be fitted with the ten round magazine. The bolt was modified and the outside contour of the barrel was changed. A half length cleaning rod was fitted and the brass marking disk on the buttstock was omitted.
- May 19 — Battle of Yemoja River: British troops defeat Ijebu infantry in modern-day Nigeria, using a single maxim gun.
- October 5 — The infamous Dalton Gang, attempting to rob 2 banks in Coffeyville, Kansas, are gunned down by armed townspeople; only Emmett Dalton, with 23 wounds, survives, to spend 14 years in prison.