Think of it this way. Your character has acess to every handheld weapon in the Empire, but can only choose 1.
Usually Commanders would have pistols.
"Dulce bellum inexpertis."
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As Odin says in the Hovamal:
"Praise no day 'til evening; no wife 'til on her pyre; no sword 'til tested;
no maid 'til bedded; no ice 'til crossed;
no ale 'til drunk."