in the land of the "Big PX", personally owned firearms had to be registered with PM and stored in company weapons storage and be signed in and out by company armorer.
I had to chuckle at that.. It has been a lifetime since I heard, "the land of the big PX and round door knobs".. Of course, by now we have adopted door levers.
At least a couple times I took my Ruger 10/22 in it's box, and walked to a German range a couple miles from the front gate of the post, to shoot for an afternoon.
I likely unknowingly broke several laws in doing so, but never ran afowl of the polizei !
Now in retrospect, I think about it.... 1.Carrying outside a vehicle 2. Having a semiauto 3. Carrying back with me, any remaining ammo.
I guess I didn't stop to think about the paranoia obsessing some people...but then, that was 1965, a different time,
even then however, the Europeans had some very restrictive laws..and the "status of forces" agreement as I recall, in 1964.