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Snips or shears are hand tools used to cut sheet metals. Compound action snips, also known as aviation snips, maille snips, or sheet snips, are a type of shears designed to amplify the exerted force to cut through materials such as aluminium up to 18 gauge, mild steel up to 24 gauge or stainless steel up to 26 gauge. There are three cutting styles for aviation snips namely straight cutting, left cutting, and right cutting to allow maneuverability during cutting.