An SAS sniper jailed for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition could be home for Christmas if he wins an appeal.
Sergeant Danny Nightingale, 37, will try to get an 18-month sentence imposed by a military court quashed by appeal judges in London next week.
His wife Sally, 38, who lives near Crewe, Cheshire, said she was delighted to hear that the Court of Appeal would analyse the case on Thursday November 29.
But Sgt Nightingale said - in a statement issued by a lawyer - that he could not allow himself to "get optimistic".
Sgt Nightingale - a father of two - was sentenced to 18 months' military detention earlier this month after admitting illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition at a court martial.
Lawyers representing Sgt Nightingale say they will challenge his conviction and sentence. Court officials said a panel of appeal judges - including the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge - would hear legal argument about the sentence on Thursday November 29.
They said argument about conviction was scheduled to be heard at a later date.
Mrs Nightingale, Sgt Nightingale's father Humphrey, 64, of Linford, Hampshire, and a solicitor travelled to the Royal Courts of Justice in London to lodge appeal papers.
Humphrey Nightingale and Mrs Nightingale said they were delighted to get an appeal date next week.
Mrs Nightingale added: "We hope he'll be home for Christmas. That would be the best Christmas present ever."