Hi all and happy 4th of July American people, condolences on 4th of July British people! This is my first proper thread so forgive me if I've put it in the wrong section. Anyhow my question is this; you see in a lot of tv shows and movies former servicemen often owning a handgun that is described as their sidearm, implying it was a gun they used in the military. I was wondering under what circumstances officers or soldiers are allowed to keep their sidearms and other weapons after they leave the service? I would have thought it would add up cost wise if everyone who joined the army was allowed to go home with a 1911 .45... Do they perhaps give some people an option to purchase it or something? Finally I was also wondering under what circumstances servicemen were allowed to keep war trophies? I know Lugers were a hot ticket item in both world wars but was there a system for officially owning them once found or captured or did they just end up in peoples duffle bags and taken home on the down low? And had it changed by Vietnam? Ive heard, possibly Apocryphal, tales of Ak's being taken home as trophies, which I suppose would have been legal to own in the states back then. Is it the same system for non weapon war trophies? Flags, enemy equipment and the like? Is there a system for dealing with things like that? Thanks in advance for your answers, I've always been curious about this and I figured if anyone would know it would be the people on this forum. Thanks again.