In WWII my father was in the RA and then REME and after being in Egypt and Malta he ended up assigned to Washington, D.C. He took his discharge in Canada. He kept his Enfield revolver (which I am about to get back from a Canadian cousin). Can anyone explain why he was permitted to keep his pistol? Was it usual in the British Army to permit officers to keep their sidearms upon discharge? In the US the military is normally very strict (at least for the past 30-40 years) about keeping all its firearms regardless of how otherwise innocous (even a standard .38 cal revolver) they may be. Is it (or was it) usual or traditional for those being discharged to be able to keep their sidearms?