My father just recently showed me his colt .45 that he was issued during the Korean war, and he said that he has my grandfathers pistol from when he was in the army. I hear about this kind of stuff all the time, where military members kept their sidearms. How come we can't do that anymore? I would love to have kept the Beretta M9 that I carried in Iraq! If we were issued a pistol and could keep it, I could have carried the same pistol throughout my 3 middle east deployments and then I could pass it down one day and it would have a story to go with it. Who else wishes they could keep their pistol???