From when I was a rookie until the late 1990’s, I carried a Monadnock PR-24 on duty. My first one was the aluminum shafted model. Our agency had gone to dark navy uniforms with a large shield-style badge in the early 1980’s.
With that dark blue uniform, oval shield, and PR-24, we fairly looked like the LAPD. That was by design. We had hired a progressive chief who wanted to get away from the Stetson hat and cowboy boot look that he had inherited.
When I arrived, it was mandatory to carry the PR-24 on all calls for service, including any self-initiated activity. You could leave it in the car only for breaks and meal.
Back then we also carried full sized rechargeable Maglites. With the large flashlight and straight aluminum baton, your gun belt was pretty weighed down. Both items rode on the left side of my driver’s seat and I grabbed them up when I got out.