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Retired state trooper trades badge for barber stripes

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FRANKLIN CO. -- A retired Illinois state trooper put down his badge and picked up a pair of clippers in retirement, becoming a barber just like his grandfather.

Ray Minor has created one of the most unusual barber shops you've ever seen.

Minor has made quite the retirement career here at 9-1-1 South River Bend Road, and if you come here to get a haircut you'll quickly realize this isn't your normal barber shop: it  also doubles as a gun range.

Minor is taking a step back in time at his new shop. He's snipping away, trying to bring back the meaning of what his grandfather's barbershop used to be.

Minor found his new friend and business partner John Sweet while in barber school after retiring as an Illinois state trooper, giving them the name of the Armed Barbers.

"We had a free concealed carry class for veterans this last weekend and had 22 veterans here," Minor said.

Although he's hung up the badge, Minor said continuing serving others keeps him going, because when you sit down at the Armed Barber....

"You're the most important person in the room and that is not the norm now but back then it was just going to the barber," Sweet said.

It's something Sweet and Minor are working to bring back, one haircut at  a time.

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