I don't believe it, because it is not true, I was in DESERT STORM........now units could bring back captured weapons, and equipment ie artillery pieces, tanks etc.., for training or display in their BN Hqs or in front of their Hqs if it was a piece of equipement. but as far as individual soldiers being allowed to bring back weapons, demilled or not, legally nope that never happened. so whoever told you that, is BSing you. the CinC centeral command (schwarzkopf) issued that order himself. we were allowed to bring back mags, and soldier items gas mask, uniforms, patches and such.actually believe it or not, some units in desert storm let men bring semi automatic guns home, and even demilled RPGs and machine guns.
SfcRet is correct on this one...Trust me, I tried as hard as I could to bring back an SVD...No luck.there are no existing parts kit for those, and iraq never ever sold those in the US, it is a smuggled in iraqi weapon......there are no such of a animal as "bring backs" anymore, a 'bring back" would be a firearm with capture paperwork, they are not letting troops legally bring back weapons, the correct term for things like that is contraban.