Hello! My name is Richard Hopkins. I've been a collector of militaria for going on 40 years. Recently, I have begun re-building a lifietime collection of militaria after most of it was stolen in a burglary a few years ago. I was just made aware of this forum by a fellow collector and am excited to begin sharing and most importantly, learning! I like to think that I know a little bit about most topics, but by no means do I pretend to know everything about all topics, and anybody that does is either lying, or overconfident...or both! I'm a retired police officer, husband and father to SEVEN children! I'm also an avid metal detectorist, historian and relic hunter and live by the motto, "Passion over Profit." I have been blessed in my life to know and be mentored by some of the big names in this hobby from the time I was a teenager. It's my goal, now that I have reached their age when I was young, to pay forward what I have learned to a younger generation of collectors, preservationists and historians while continuing to learn and grow, myself. I look forward to getting to know many of you, as much as that is possible through the world of social media.