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Old 05-13-2022, 9:37 PM
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Default Old Cops and H.R.218

So, yesterday I was sitting at my old Departments Range awaiting my opportunity to complete my annual H.R.218 qualification. I marveled at the "Young" Deputies stepping up to the firing line with a duty belt full of the latest state of the art equipment plus a body Cam on the front of their uniforms. I must admit to being a little envious.
I was the only "Retiree" there and I was truly a dinasour in comparison. Anyway, as I sat there, I wondered how many Old retirees were still H.R.218 qualifying annually and still carry daily?
My choice of weapons has changed over the years. I like smaller and lighter now. Currently, I carry a 9mm Springfield Armory Hellcat with a Hex Wasp red dot. I carry it in a Vedder light Tuck with the "Claw" AIWB holster and a spare mag. It's very comfortable and disappears under a tee shirt.
As my eyesight got older, shooting open sights became more challenging. The red dot makes a world of difference, and I shoot this combo very well.

I'll go first:
I'm 73. 32 years LEO. 18 years retired. I carry everyday.
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Old 05-13-2022, 9:56 PM
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I carry almost every time I leave the house; depends on what I’m doing as to what I’m carrying. Going to a somewhat sketchy place: 1911. Most days: SW Airweight (I really should carry the 1911 more; but the airweight is easy to conceal and doesn’t aggravate my back much like the 1911 can on a bad day). Trip into the back country: Glock 20

Most everyone I know retired keeps their quals up to date. But then again I didn’t really run in the same circle as the few lazy, worthless folks who I know are retired. Doubt most of them have kept their qualifications current.
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Old 05-13-2022, 11:16 PM
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60 years old
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Carry everyday, Sig P365 with RMRcc red dot or G43X MOS with Holosun red dot.
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Old 05-14-2022, 8:43 AM
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70 this year, 30 years OTJ, 17 years retired, I carry everywhere I can, every day. Just renewed my HR 218, had to get livescanned too. They added that in 2020, but Covid shut down fingerprinting, but now it's back. Idk what the purpose is, I have a Texas CHL, and all LEO files are flagged by state and federal DOJ's. But, whatever.

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Old 05-14-2022, 8:45 AM
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66 years old, 30 years active, retired 16 years ago and carry a Taurus 856.
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Old 05-14-2022, 10:41 AM
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I typically carry a Sig 238 or a Sig 365. I carry everyday. Plain iron sights (for now).

I do have retired friends who never used to carry a gun, but now they do. Times have changed with the felons being released and reduced charges/prosecutions.

Retired in 2009 after 31 years.
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Old 05-14-2022, 5:33 PM
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72 years old. 37 years (30 active, 7 level 1 reserve. Glock 27 every day.
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Old 05-14-2022, 8:15 PM
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Me: 68 years old, retired since 2014, but stayed on as a Reserve until 2017.

I carry all the time. I just renewed my LEOSA permit this week and will do so again next year. Right now, my own department I retired from doesn't do a LEOSA permit; only the 5 year retired California LEO permit. My old department explained to us California law doesn't require issuing a LEOSA permit and a monthly retiree shoot would take too much time (and, hence, money).

I now live in Nevada where a LEOSA permit is codified within Nevada law for each county to issue a LEOSA permit if the resident qualifies for one. I also have a regular Nevada permit, too, so I'm always covered in CA & NV should my LEOSA permit expire. The permit is dated exactly one year from the date of qualification regardless as to when you actually get the hard-copy card made and then received.

Although I could carry any handgun with my three permits, I'm usually carrying a full-size .45ACP 1911 or a Glock 19, but do have several other Glocks which I own. My minimum-sized guns are a couple of S&W J-Frames and a Glock 43, but generally haven't felt the need to go minimum. These smaller guns were used as backup gun choices when I was working.
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Old 05-15-2022, 7:40 AM
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65 years old.
28 years active duty.
13 years retired from the PD.
11 years at my current job.
218 expires June 15. Will have to qual prior to.

Primary carry is a 1911, or when traveling light, S&W 340PD. I just picked up a S&W 9 Shield. Have a holster on the way. Will shoot it for the first time Monday.

Size and weight of my CCW gun doesn't bother me. Its the clothing I wear that determines which gun I carry.
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Old 05-15-2022, 11:38 AM
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It gives me hope to see many of you with well over 5 years of retirement (as well as many of the annuitants in my agency). I can only hope to have the proper outlets, hobbies, interests, and health to live a long and prosperous life after retirement.
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Old 05-15-2022, 8:34 PM
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Live long and beat your respective retirement entities out of as much money as possible.
Kudos to those of us who remain armed.
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Old 05-15-2022, 9:11 PM
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Guys with 10 plus years of retirement, great job.

Me, 64 years old. 30 years active, retired 6 years ago. I stay active on HR218 and qualify annually. I carry every day, Glock 43, and most days with a back up (old habits).
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Old 05-15-2022, 11:29 PM
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Yes and yes.
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Old 05-16-2022, 5:27 AM
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72 years old, retired for 17 years. Active for 26 years, but grew up in the Department(2nd generation Deputy). I carry with me daily, and qualify yearly. Our Department actually has a huge annual qualification/BBQ for the retirees at the Department range every year. Unfortunately, I gave my preferred EDC gun to my daughter 2 years ago when the Covid and riots started. So, now I'm carrying a Officer sized 1911.

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Old 05-16-2022, 6:30 AM
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Such a great thread! Kudos OP, and respect and admiration to all who got out healthy and happy! Best wishes and protection to those working active duty to get to retirement!

Iím 56 years old. Spent 33 years on the job. Retired 4 years ago and still trying to figure out what to do when I grow up. Carry anytime I leave the house- a Sig P365 with a Foxtrot pressure switch flashlight.

I do part time coaching to guide new people into our profession. Iíve found that the great majority of applicants truly know very little about the job, and very little about how to prepare themselves for oral boards and the background process. I also do part time VIP escort and risk assessment. For VIP work Iíll usually make a P365XL the primary, backed by a P365.
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Thank you to all the active and retired LE who carry every day.

So many of the folks I've worked with who retire, just don't carry per 18USC 926C

1. Retire and get an ID
2. Qualify Annually
3. Carry every day to protect you and loved ones.
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RIP to the retired LEO who engaged the Buffalo mass shooter. Unfortunately, the perp was wearing body armor. Truly a Hero!
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Medically retired in 2008, Carry ever time I leave my house. Hell sometimes even when I mow my lawn. A well worn Glock 27 and sometimes 43X.
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