Hand grenades and more than 1 million rounds of ammunition have been pulled from the ashes of the Branch Davidian home, a court document says.

Evidence of a stockpiled arsenal seems to support claims by federal agents who tried to serve the religious sect with search and arrest warrants for illegal weapons.

The document, filed Friday in federal court, is the first public accounting of what Texas Rangers have found in the charred ruins of the Davidian compound.

The Rangers, who are heading the investigation into the cult’s 51-day standoff with authorities and its aftermath, collected almost 2,000 pieces of evidence by late last week, the document says. That number does not include bullet casings.

Assistant U.S. Attorney W. Ray Jahn wrote in his report that investigators have recovered 200 recognizable firearms, numerous gun parts and tools that could be used to manufacture automatic weapons.

“Initial and preliminary examination of these weapons indicate they included (semi-or fully-) automatic weapons and two .50- caliber weapons,” Jahn said,

The document did not make clear whether the guns were legal semiautomatic weapons or had been converted for automatic fire.

The gun battle Feb. 28 erupted when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms attempted to arrest cult leader Vernon Howell. Four federal agents and six Branch Davidians were killed.

Investigators have removed 78 bodies from the burned-out compound site.

Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part 2 appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.

Federal officials left the compound site in late May 1993. As identifications of bodies continued, questions about the survivors, the compound and the cult itself began to emerge.

As the world began to take a critical look back at the events and legal proceedings continue, the ATF's bombshell report forces a shakeup at the top after the raid gone "tragically wrong."

In 1994, the surviving Davidians went on trial in San Antonio. Over six weeks, more than 140 witnesses testified, with the verdict coming just two days prior to the anniversary of the ATF raid.

The Rodenville shootout and the 1988 trial, the end of the world in 1959 and more stories from deep in the Trib archives.