Some of the other "EOF" here know that my FIRST center-fire handgun (My dad had given me a Colt's Woodsman for my 16th birthday.) was a PRE-WWII .38SPL revolver, with holster, Sam Browne belt, handcuffs, cuff-case, etc. for FORTY BUCKS with a 1/2 box of shells.
(I was in NOV 1965 a "red-hot 18YO rookie" Deputy Constable & my MOTHER had to buy my revolver/ammo for me, so that I could "start work". = I liked to have NEVER "lived that down", as I think that the owner of People's Hardware told EVERYBODY in the county about my mother riding the Greyhound bus to town, so that she could buy it.)
Btw, the Sheriff gave me a copy of the State Penal Code, a "sawed off" Parker 10gauge DB, "a tin star" & a county credit card (for gas, oil, tires, etc.), shook my hand, wished me LUCK and sent me out to enforce the law in Pct.3.
(In those long-ago days/DAZE, city/county officers had NO police academy to go to. - New LEO "learned by doing".)
I'm ashamed now to tell anyone about my "fumbling about" trying to enforce the law, as I had essentially NO HELP in that BIG but sparsely populated Pct. - I didn't even HAVE a "county 2-way radio" for nearly a year & carried a roll of dimes to call the SO for "back-up", from a pay-phone!!!!
Note: My "first real case" (I suspect that every LEO remembers their "first case".) was reported to me on my home phone about 0400 on 08NOV65. = It was the night-time theft of HALF of a "Winter pig" from a small farm "out on the Katy Road".
(Fwiw, I caught the 2 thugs "red-handed", arrested them, testified against them & they got 120 days "hoeing vegetables" on the prison farm, for "theft over 50.oo".)
My college-GF was a reporter on the local newspaper & you'd have thought that I was Sherlock Holmes from the "write up" that she got published that Friday!!!
(I never got "GOOD PRESS" like that ever again in 3 decades of "being pinned to a star". = CHUCKLE.)