:............ but generally, infantry likes to travel light.*
*Which is why those stories about how "my uncle left me six German Mausers that he captured and carried with him until he came back...." are unlikely to be true.
Most of those who brought back Mausers were not Infantry, but Ordnance, Supply, Chaplain's Assistants, etc. My former next-door neighbor, a captain in Engineers, I believe, did bring home nine Mausers. At least two of these were converted to sporters by Memphis gunsmith H.L. Highsmith for African hunter Berry Brooks. And I believe Mr. Highsmith converted one for himself. My neighbor kept two, which disappeared at his death.