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Unread 06-08-2013, 07:36 AM   #1
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Buying a Police trade in gun.

I'll start by saying I'm looking for a gun to keep in my desk at work. I'm not looking for anything fancy or something I'm going to be upset if I scratch. No debates on calibers, stopping power, or revolver hate. I've found these http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/i...654_910/gunbar. What do you guys think.

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Unread 06-08-2013, 07:43 AM   #2
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I have a Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm and it is a fine gun. Nothing wrong with a .38 either. I always wonder, if someone breaks in and confronts you pointing a revolver at them, is he thinking - "Hmmmm.... that's only a .38 (insert whatever caliber you want), or is he thinking - "Oh $h!t!" I vote the latter.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 08:04 AM   #3
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Seems like a good deal on a wheel gun to me and I think it will look nice in the drawer of my desk. Something with a little wear and character.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
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Nothing wrong with those 38's. I'd go for it.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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Good price. Just make sure its secure and not just left in a desk drawer for the cleaning lady to find. A 38 at reasonable ranges will do everything the 357 will do.


Bids on gb has them at 300-400.
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Unread 06-09-2013, 04:48 PM   #6
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Oh yea always locked when I'm away. For more reasons than a pistol.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 09:08 AM   #7
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what I was going to say has been said so I will leave you with a quote.

"you will shoot your eye out"
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Unread 06-11-2013, 10:56 AM   #8
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Nothing wrong with LEO trade ins in my opinion. I have a H&K .40 that was used by an officer and it cycles and shoots great.
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"you will shoot your eye out"
We'll I hope not. Anything is possible when I'm practicing my Dirty Harry routine though.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 12:00 PM   #10
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^-- you can avoid issues if you only use speer gold dot ammo

But seriously I am even thinking of snagging a .38 one of the only ammo I can find around here in lib land

the things I would do for some .22
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Edited bc I posted in the wrong thread
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Unread 06-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #12
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I bought a PD trade in once. It was great and i wish i still had it. PD trade ins tend to be carried often and shot very little. Their finishes are generally rough but their internals are generally damn near perfect.
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I'd probably go with a used revolver before a semi.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 05:10 PM   #14
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I bought a PD trade in once. It was great and i wish i still had it. PD trade ins tend to be carried often and shot very little. Their finishes are generally rough but their internals are generally damn near perfect.
Except when they need to qualify on a monthly basis. Most of the ones I've seen have had several hundred thousand rounds through them.
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Except when they need to qualify on a monthly basis. Most of the ones I've seen have had several hundred thousand rounds through them.
I don't know of any police departments that need to qualify once a month, most are once a year, the feds are once every 3 months. Most departments can't afford to qualify more than once a year. Very few police officers shoot much, in my experience most are not gun people. Maybe 3 to 5% are gun people, and most of them have a duplicate of their duty weapon for practice.

Most police trade ins will have a worn finish as they spend a great deal of time in holster and are usually not taken care of the best, but have very low round count.

Nothing wrong with a 38 special revolver IMO.

Qualifying usually consists of less that a 100rds. So to get a a hundred thousand rounds would take about 1000 years in most departments.
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