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I know nutzink! NUTZINK!!
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.
Some bought theirs as was mentioned, many just "came home" with the soldiers and little was said. A great many of them were sold through the NRA in the 1960s.The other day I was talking to someone about WW2 and th 1911, I was wondering If the soldiers got to keep their 1911.
"The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper
"Dilgentia Vis Celeritas"
My uncle has my grandfathers' 1911A from WWII. My brother is dying to get his hands on it. My Uncle is no gun nut (my brother is) and neither are our cousins. I hope ol' Uncle Snake gives it to my bro someday. The whole thing begs the question of how my Grandad got to keep the gun. He was a P-47 pilot in the Army Air Corps. I wish I had thought to ask him.
I'm a pilot in the USAF. Don't get to keep the M9s or the M4s we shoot. But...if the SHTF, I know where they're kept!
I know when you retire from the Marine Corps you can still buy your service M9. Lots of little catches though, like you can't just get out, you have to retire, and they don't issue you the same weapon throughout your career. I've had a different rifle and pistol on all 3 deployments, so it's not going to carry much sentimental value, it's just going to be a well used and worn pistol.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
No, soldiers do not get to keep their weapons.
And not all officers get M9's, and allot of enlisted soldiers do, it's all based off the unit MTOE, different units are organized differently and have different missions.
But the original point, most soldiers from WWII and Korea did keep their weapons, not sure about the legality but some did.
Timid people sleep peacefully at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
My late Father served in the US Army during WWII, European Theatre.
I remember him telling me that he somehow got ahold of a 1911 for a while until an officer confiscated it from him (he was a PFC, Infantry and carried a BAR or Garand).
After Berlin fell, he told me that he had 4 handguns (war souvenirs) that he was taking back home on the Queen Mary (IIRC) but lost 3 of them in poker games. He did bring back a Luger that he liberated from a German Army Major at the end of the War and I have it now along with the official paper authorizing him to take it as a War Trophy.