Police Trade In Glocks?


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ObsidianOne
April 7, 2012, 03:58 AM
I've been REALLY wanting a Glock 19 lately and I came across these:

http://www.mississippiautoarms.com/glock-19-9mm-law-enforcement-trade-p-2570.html?currency=USD

Now, I see they are out of stock, but it got me thinking.
From a police trade in of a newish gun (not 10-20+ years old), most likely the majority of the 'issues' with the gun would just be finish due to holster wear, correct?
Everything should (SHOULD) be mechanically sound and well maintained, as police have armorers that take care of this for them, again, correct?

Anyone buy police trade-ins without inspecting them in person first?
Should I just cough up the extra dough and buy a NIB?

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OARNGESI
April 7, 2012, 04:34 AM
most police trade in glocks are good guns. but thats just a gun 1 magazine and nothing else ive seen 3rd gen glocks new for 469 id pay the extra and buy new

GLOOB
April 7, 2012, 05:31 AM
There are a number of parts that wear out on a Glock, and most are pretty cheap. If you know your way around a Glock, you could check the expensive parts for wear and tear.

1. Slide and frame - obviously, these parts are kinda pricey. Check the breechface for gas cutting. Check the frame for wear. Check the slide above the locking block for peening. Check the slide rails for undue wear.

2. Striker. This is the most expensive internal part. I wanna say it's 80 bucks, offhand. Check that the trigger break is smooth and consistent. If you can field strip it and look at the the sear/striker interface, make sure the nickle plating isn't worn through on the striker tang.

3. When the nickel wears through, there's a thin layer of copper underneath before you hit steel. Look for telltale copper colored bits on the internal parts, esp the aforementioned striker tang.

* Oh, I see you're thinking of buying sight unseen. Well, oops. All I can say is if it's a Gen3 that looks as good on the outside as that picture, I'd probably take the risk. The good thing is that parts are cheap, readily avail, and easy to replace - in the unlikely event that the gun isn't in good working order, as is. I say this just as I broke my 4th trigger return spring on my FEG-PA63. As I'm putting in what might be the last spare original replacement spring for sale on the planet, in a gun that is extremely unpleasant to work on, I'm thinking I'll put it up and never fire it, again. That's when I notice that the firing pin spring is also broken. For the second time. Grr.

jmr40
April 7, 2012, 07:58 AM
Most, if not all of the Glock trade-in's that I've seen have been returned to Glock for refurb before being put up for sale. They dis assemble the guns, inspect all parts and repalce anything not up to spec., clean and then reassemble them. I'd buy one with no worries. Even if it does have issues Glock will fix the problem even on a used gun.

I'm not sure if they still do this or not, but about 3 years ago I carried 6 Glocks belonging to me and some friends straight to Glock headquarters in Smyrna. Left them there to have night sights installed on all of them. Cost came out to just under $61 each, which also included being inspected and worn parts replacement. I went to eat lunch, came back in a couple of hours and picked them up.

Storm
April 7, 2012, 09:24 AM
A handful of years back I bought a G36 used. It wasn't a police trade-in but the slide needed to be re-blackened. Living just a stone's throw from Smyrna I dropped the gun off. I didn't get it back immediately, about two weeks later. When I picked the gun up I sat down with the tech who went over the pistol with me. I was informed that when the slide was blackened they went over the entire pistol and that any parts that were worn would have been replaced. While I have since gotten away from Glocks (and recently returned with a purchase of a 2nd gen 17) I consider Glock customer service to be the very best in the biz. Top notch.

BTW, my return to Glock, just a few weeks ago, was with a police trade-in. It is a 2nd Gen 17 made in 1996. I assume that it was a police trade-in as it was sold with a bunch of them and at the same price ($400). The thing is that the gun is in pretty much mint condition. I'm not quite sure how that would happen with an ex-police gun made in 1996. The problem is that my buddy wants a 2nd gen 17 and he is judging all of the other used guns he sees based on mine. While many are darn nice he can't get past some slide finish wear. Heck, last I knew it was only something like $55 to get the slide re-blackened plus you get your gun inspected and worn parts replaced.

The-Reaver
April 7, 2012, 09:30 AM
I've had an 80's Washington DC metro Police department trade in Glock 17 for years now.

Shoots awesome. I love it.

Taurus 617 CCW
April 7, 2012, 10:31 AM
FWIW, I just did a full armorer inspection on 3 Glock 22 LEO trade in pistols for customers purchased from a local shop. The only parts that were replaced were magazine springs and one of them needed the firing pin/striker replaced. Other than that, they were solid generation 2 guns. One had a lot of rounds through it but the other two were lightly used.

nathan
April 7, 2012, 10:50 AM
Get a new one !

Tcruse
April 7, 2012, 10:58 AM
It depends your need for the newer features on the current Glocks. The Gen 4 series have some real improvements that may be important for your usage. Like the different size back straps and the dual re-coil spring to reduce recoil.
In these parts, the police trade-ins are generally refurbished before being put up for sale so functionally they should be good. All that I have seen show no signs of a high round count, just holster wear.

Zerodefect
April 7, 2012, 12:13 PM
The Glock is one of the only pistols I'd buy used.

Chances are they are in fine shape. Everything short of the barrel, frame, and slide are cheap to replace. Those also hold up very well. As long as you can see a pic of the gun you're fine. I've never seen a Glock that was bad, but looked ok.

Just replace all the springs, get fresh mags, and maybe try a Lone Wolf 3.5 connector. A smooth Glock35 trigger would be nice.

If i could get a used G19 for $350, I would.

The_Armed_Therapist
April 7, 2012, 12:22 PM
I have a police trade-in Glock 22 and have about 1,000 rounds through it without a single issue of any kind. Additionally, it had a couple mods that I really enjoy and had been re-finished. $400.

svtruth
April 7, 2012, 01:53 PM
If the turn ins go through Glock, I would trust them. Part of Glock's "perfection" is reliability. They would be unlikely to let any problematic guns back out the door.

Steelholder
April 7, 2012, 07:16 PM
Can you guys please post the sites or places you purchased used or pd trade in glocks??

Okiegunner
April 7, 2012, 08:39 PM
I would tend to think it would be fine. I have considered purchasing a LEO trade Glock 22. I did buy a Sig 2340 LEO trade, and it is a great buy. I really could not be happier.

I do have enough .40s, however no Glocks. 22s in LEO trade seem to be fairly common. Are there any LEO trade Glock 17s out there?

bluethunder1962
April 7, 2012, 08:48 PM
I just bought a police trade in without seeing it. It wasn't a glock or a plastic gun at all but so far I love it. It has changed my mind on somethings. I like big cal. it is a 9 that has changed my mind and I am used to compact guns and it is full size. I like that to. So I am glad I did it.

Taurus 617 CCW
April 8, 2012, 11:08 AM
This is our local Glock trade in shop. He frequently gets LEO trade in pistols. He currently has a Glock 22 pistol listed for $349. He frequently has trade in pistols listed for under $450.

http://www.downtownguns.com/Glock-22-Glock22.htm

WinThePennant
April 8, 2012, 11:12 AM
Glock LEO trade-ins are considered to be some of the best bargains around on handguns.

Buy with confidence!

Robert101
April 8, 2012, 12:36 PM
Buy new. Used guns are typically not worth the price.

mgmorden
April 8, 2012, 02:13 PM
Half of my handgun collection is surplus or trade-in from various militaries or police departments. All have functioned flawlessly. Why pay extra for a "new" gun that is now a used gun after the first range trip?

jmr40
April 8, 2012, 03:25 PM
Buy new. Used guns are typically not worth the price.


I buy/sell/trade lots of guns. Buying new is foolish unless there is simply no other option. If you buy new and decide to sell it, the gun will sell for exactly what you could have paid for the same gun used.

Buy used, and if you decide to sell it it will sell for exactly what you paid for it, or quite often more if you keep it a few years.

There are currently close to 70 guns in my safes, all but 3-4 were purchased used. There is only 1 that I couldn't sell at a profit and it was one of the few I purchased new. In 30 years of gun trading I've only ran across 2-3 used guns that were problems that I ended up losing money on. I've had far more new ones that had to be returned to the factory for issues than used.

mljdeckard
April 8, 2012, 03:41 PM
I'm with Zerodefect completely. It's not impossible to damage a Glock, but you have to get creative. Seriously, I wouldn't much care if it was 20 years old.

Like they say, police trade-ins have been inspected and refurbished.

PabloJ
April 8, 2012, 04:53 PM
I've been REALLY wanting a Glock 19 lately and I came across these:

http://www.mississippiautoarms.com/glock-19-9mm-law-enforcement-trade-p-2570.html?currency=USD

Now, I see they are out of stock, but it got me thinking.
From a police trade in of a newish gun (not 10-20+ years old), most likely the majority of the 'issues' with the gun would just be finish due to holster wear, correct?
Everything should (SHOULD) be mechanically sound and well maintained, as police have armorers that take care of this for them, again, correct?

Anyone buy police trade-ins without inspecting them in person first?
Should I just cough up the extra dough and buy a NIB?
I'm surprised these are sold out. The price + handling + FFL fee and only one magazine does not seem like good deal at all.

ObsidianOne
April 8, 2012, 10:03 PM
Thanks for all the great responses guys, I'll keep my eye out for police trade ins :)

Lt.Dan
April 8, 2012, 10:30 PM
We are selling gen 2 glock 21s for $335 right now. Only one mag tho, great shape with old night sights.

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