I am reminded that, when Britain prepared for a potential invasion, they issued handguns to citizens with the idea that "You can take one with you".[/quote]
Indeed, and they're quite collectible now, have seen several at local gunshows.
The S&W Model 10 military revolvers produced from 1940 to had serial numbers with a "V" prefix, and were known as the Smith & Wesson Victory Model. It is noteworthy that early Victory Models did not always have the V prefix. During World War II over 570,000 of these pistols were supplied to the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa under the Lend-Lease program, chambered in the British .38/200 caliber already in use in the Enfield No 2 Mk I Revolver and the Webley Mk IV Revolver. Most Victory Models sent to Britain were fitted with 4" (102 mm) or 5" (127 mm) barrels, although a few early versions had 6" (150 mm) barrels. In general, most British and Commonwealth forces expressed a preference for the .38/200 Smith & Wesson over their standard Enfield revolver.
I don't carry because this neck of the woods is quiet as Mayberry. Places I go I'd worry more about losing the thing than needing it.
But i may get a concealed permit just because of creeping regulation - i'd like to grandfather in before they make it prohibitive.
Cogito ergo doleo.