Yep, as soon as it became known that Lee Oswald's Carcano rifle wasI also remember that and you could just mail away for it and it was delivered to your door. Too many criminals out there now adays, such a shame.
Me too (US Army 1977-1980). In Korea we had 1911s dating back to WWII - some of the guys bought new barrel bushings, cleaned up the lock-up, etc. to improve acccuracy. We had a real good armorer in our unit who would do minor work on anyone's issued gun, so long as it didn't violate regs...I was a 95B so carried one for 3 years.