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Bud's Model 10 Police Trade-in

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by HKGuns, Aug 19, 2012.

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  1. spotch

    spotch Member

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    I never even considered one of these police trade ins until now, and now I want one lol. What a smokin deal.
     
  2. rcmodel

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    They are a deal.

    Unless you send it to S&W to have it refinished for $240, after paying $300 + shipping + FFL fee.

    At that point, you are up-side down on the cost of a really nice used Model 10 at a gunshow or somewhere.

    rc
     
  3. PzGren

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    I got a couple of those as shooters early this year.

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  4. PzGren

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    They were $269 plus transfer and shipping is usually included from Buds.

    But you are right on it, a refinish is turning that deal into having thrown away money.
     
  5. Guillermo

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    RC rarely errs so it pains me to point out that you don't have to pay FFL if the gun is not being transferred.

    Just like a repair, the Feds are not involved for a reblue.

    That said, he point is spot on. Restoring a Model 10 is not money well spent.
     
  6. PzGren

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    I do not think that RC meant that FFL fees were applicable for the rebluing service, he listed FFL charges only for the purchase.
     
  7. The Bushmaster

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    Interesting posts.

    I have two model 10's. Both are turn-ins from Hong Kong. They have RHKP 114XX on the back strap. Both were test fired in Hong Kong and rerapped, boxed and never issued. I bought them in 1992 for $150.00 each.

    Absolutely love them.
     
  8. Guillermo

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    I misread

    you are correct

    As is he
     
  9. PzGren

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    Guillermoo,

    but you are right about him in general. He is a great source of information and has helped me more than once.
     
  10. Guillermo

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    no doubt

    one of the guys that makes this a great board

    he is one of several that have earned my respect for his knowledge and willingness to share it.
     
  11. Guillermo

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    guillerMOO?

    I have been called full of bull before :neener:

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  12. bluethunder1962

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    Everybody is worried about the resale of the gun. I don't think if you ask him that he bought it just to sell it. He is going to have a beautiful gun. The only value that matters is what it is worth to him.
     
  13. Guillermo

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    true

    but why spend $600 bucks on a restored model 10 when an uber nice NIB can be had for less?
     
  14. bluethunder1962

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    It is a classic.
     
  15. Guillermo

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    it is a classic

    but would you spend 10K to restore your Toyota Celica when you could buy a perfect one for 6K?

    and in the end you would have a Celica.

    good car but not valuable.
     
  16. Shoju

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    It's his gun and his money.
    If it makes his day, it's his business.

    And to answer the unasked question, yes, I have done something very similar with a shotgun. It may not be worth the money I have stuck into it, but it sure looks good and shoots just fine!

    Shoju
     
  17. btg3

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    ...and when it's posted on the internet, anyone may provide commentary. ;)
     
  18. Guillermo

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    absolutely

    He can spent 20K on a gold plated Rohm with diamonds for the "dots" of the sights if he wants.

    This is, or at least recently was, America.



    it was even encouraged
     
  19. Eb1

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    I'd like to have an issued Mod 10, and then have S&W re-blue and true it up for me. I'd take that route before buying a new S&W Mod 10. That is just me. Other opinions may very.
    If I had the money put back for a new handgun, I might go that route. As it is, I am wanting new reloading gear, but it seems unexpected surgery is gong to take that money. So back to putting pennies into the coffee can I go.

    OP, I hope your Mod 10 comes back looking new, and shoots good for you. Be sure to post up pics when you get it back with a range report of at least 15 yards, but even better a range report at 25 yards. :) Seven feet doesn't count as a range report.
     
  20. HKGuns

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    Bingo. I've never sold a gun after buying, add to that I am not asking anyone to pay for it with their income or tax dollars. :)

    Thanks EB1, I will most certainly post up pics when done.
     
  21. SGW42

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    If you send it off to S&W, you get a package sent back that will look like this:

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    Now that it looks so much better, I have more pride in owning it, and I actually shoot it much more. HOWEVER, mine had a bunch of stuff going on with it. The wear on it was obviously negligent. Yours on the other hand, looks clearly honest (and dare I say attractive), and if it locks up tight and shoots straight I would keep it that way!

    Here is the thread detailing my S&W service experience, in case you do decide to send it to them. They have my highest compliments: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=458550
     
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    Like many have said, "it's his money", but what is a good price for a refinish and bluing?
    I paid $125 at a local gunsmith and he did a great job. He gave me the option of bead-blast or polished finish and I chose the bead-blast. I don't think it would hurt to check the local arena first (a smithy with good references). Heck, it might save you a couple bucks. Money that could go for ammo. :)
     
  23. bluethunder1962

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    SHW42. That is what I am talking about. Beautiful.
     
  24. Driftwood Johnson

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    Howdy Again

    fourinchsmiths.jpg

    Here is a photo of a couple of 4" Smiths. The gun at the bottom is a Model 10-5. If you look closely you will see the number 54 stamped on the frame just above the trigger. I always figure this gun was probably a LEO trade in, the number is handstamped, looks like a department armorer would have stamped it. The SN says it was made around 1965 or so. I found the gun in a local shop about ten years ago. The dealer had it marked $125. I had not bought a gun in a long time and did not realize what a great price that was. When I asked if he could do any better he got mad and told me what an idiot I was. So I forked over the $125. Best deal I've ever made on a Smith. One of the grips even has some pretty nice figure.

    The gun at the top is a M&P from about 1940 or so. The point of the photo is to illustrate the similarities and differences between a Model 10 and a M&P. Different shaped front sight, hammer, and ejector rod, as well as the older gun being a 5 screw. Don't recall what I paid for the M&P, but I know it was more than $125.

    By the way, I would not dream of refinishing either of them. I like a little bit of honest wear on a revolver. If I were to refinish any of my old guns, I would probably never shoot them any more.
     
  25. rcmodel

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    Yea, but see, the OP's gun will look like a new Model 10 when he gets it back.
    And bear the S&W refinish stamp collectors will look for in the future and pay more for.

    Your $125 bead-blast job?

    Not so much!

    rc
     
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