40 years of carrying

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    40 years of carrying

    I just realized this is my 40th year of carrying concealed. It happened just a little while ago as I put on my 1911. It was my 1st new 1911 purchased in 1971. It has been customized, rebuilt twice and refinished a few more times but it works better than the day I got it. I can not say that about me after carring it (plus many others) for 40 years. I should have been born a 1911, I would be in better shape.
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    I've got 38 years carrying (most of it as part of my jobs) and still enjoy quality firearms and shooting as much as I did when I first started.
    I can appreciate both the older weapons I began with and the newer ones available now, but still lean toward the 1911s as my favorites.
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    Congrats! I started carrying late in life. I'm just glad I made it through the unarmed years.
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    About 26+ years of carrying[civilian,LEO and military(full/part-time)]and it is such a part of my routine now that when I don't carry I feel "naked". Better to have a gun and not need it,than need a gun and not have it !
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    Only been carrying 36 years, started out with a USAF issued 2 inch S&W Model 10 and still enjoy shooting the pre-lock Smiths. I also have gravitated to the 1911 platform and carry them as an EDC.
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    Congrats!
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    I've got you beat, 46 years, so far. I've been carrying concealed and open, depending on the job since I was 18 years old. As long as I can see the target and hit it to qualify I'll keep my LEOSA permit, when I can't do that, I'll keep my Delaware permit, don't have to qualify for it.
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    30yrs here....my goodness, it has been a long time since 1981.

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    This why this site is so good. Over 200 years of experience so far in this one thread.

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    Congrats!
    You made me feel like a kid. I've only been carrying for 22 years.
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    Happy Anniversary.

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    It's been 38 yrs for me and it only feels like 20 geting old

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    48 years.
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