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police trade in's, Do you trust them

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  1. wolverine_173

    wolverine_173 Member

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    So i want a glock but dont want to pay 550 for one. There are a couple places i can get police trade ins for 400.

    does anyone have experiance buying a police trade in? what condition was it in? where did you buy it? how much was it? would you do it again and post pictures of internal wear please if recently purchased! Or is it better to buy used from a civilian?
     
  2. General Geoff

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    Most police trade-in pistols are very lightly used, often having little more than the number of rounds fired during annual or semi annual qualification through them. I purchased a Smith & Wesson SW99 in .40S&W back in 2006 that was a police trade-in, and it was in remarkably good shape. I paid $425 for a gun that normally retails for $600+. I purchased it from a gun shop that is no longer in business. I would have absolutely no problems buying it again. The gun has been nothing but dead nuts reliable.
     
  3. Deanimator

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    You have to check out ANY used gun.

    I've got three former police guns, a former VA Beach Sheriff's Dept. Glock 19 (2nd Gen), a 3" S&W Model 65, and a 4" S&W M&P.

    All were safe to shoot.

    Of the three, the Glock had no functional issues. I hated the 8lb. connector, which I replaced with a Ghost 3.5lb.

    The Model 65 had a tendency to fail to fire for no obvious reason. I discovered that a previous owner decided to cut off the strain screw to lighten the pull. This gave me light hits. I replaced the screw with a stock unit and now it's 100%.

    The M&P required minor timing corrections.

    I definitely got my money's worth from all three guns.
     
  4. Sky

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    5906 I purchase last month from CDNN for $299 was in good shape and no problems. It had night sights and match barrel and so far it has shot everything without failure.
     
  5. Joe Demko

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    I have S&W 4566 that was a NH state police gun. It has some holster wear and came wearing a fugly rubber Hogue grip, but internally it shows little evidence of ever having been fired. I think I paid $325 for it. Absolutely no regrets.
     
  6. Hypnogator

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    I have a police trade-in 5906 that I bought for $299 at a gun show years ago. It shows a little holster wear, and the grip is a tad battered from being worn exposed, but the rifling is like new, and it shows very little shooting wear. It's accurate and 100% reliable with anything I put through it. What's not to like? :cool:

    YMMV, but you pays your money and you takes your chances! ;)
     
  7. hso

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    I've had great luck with police trade-ins.
     
  8. kingpin008

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    In most cases, I would happily choose a police trade-in over a random person's personal pistol. The trade-in's likely have less wear (internally, at least) and have been professionally maintained and serviced by armorers.
     
  9. Claude Clay

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    Hartford's been keeping the guns and trading in their police. So far reports of complete unreliability are the norm. Local officials faced with the fact that the new police are worse than the old ones are announcing another new program--Police buy-backs.
    Further details when the officials can no longer hide them from us.
     
  10. WC145

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    I have a trade-in Mossberg 590A1 and a Ruger PC9, both great guns in great shape, they look like they never left the armory.
     
  11. jbkebert

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    I have purchased 3 police trade ins. All directly from the officer. I don't know how it goes everywhere but here. The officer has the choice between giving up the gun or just buying it for what ever the trade in value is. The most recent case. Glock 19 9mm. Trade in value for the officer was $295 bucks towards the new department gun. So the officer just sold it to me for $295. The leo's I know have to buy their own guns but are reimbursed over the course of a month or two.

    I also purchased a model 60 chiefs special for $150 this one actually had a cracked barrel. I sent it in to S&W and they replaced the barrel for another $100 or so.

    The last was a Sig 220 I think I gave somewhere around $350-375 with 5 mags.

    All except the chiefs special were flawless with I would guess no more than a couple hundred rounds fired. I have sold the Glock and the Sig for far more than I had invested.
     
  12. Kurt S.

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    Two Glocks (M23, M36), a S&W M66, and a Winchester 1200 shotgun. All are great. The M66 showed a little external wear, but it doesn't show up much on a SS gun and any way I've owned it myself now for over 20 years.

    The shotgun shows some cruiser mount wear but otherwise is fine. I have completely bubba-ized anyhow, extended mag, ATI stock, etc.

    The Glocks were both pristine. I replaced the connector and trigger spring on the M23 as it had the NY2 11 lb trigger pull when I got it.
     
  13. CJS06

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    Police trade ins can be great deals. As a couple of posters have mentioned if it is a Glock or an M&P or a couple of others they may have heavier triggers. These were required by some departments for additional safety. Its not hard to change springs or install a DCAEK and for the low price of these pistols usually more than worth it.
     
  14. Kingofthehill

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    I trust them 100%

    I currently have police trade in's for the Glock 22, Glock 23, Steyr and a S&W 5906.

    All have been perfect and I trust my life to all of them.

    JOe
     
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    ............:evil: the guns yes......................:scrutiny:
     
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    Local gun shop here was selling Smith 6906's for $300. I have one and the rifling is certainly worn, but it eats any type of ammo and is accurate. I'm happy with it.
     
  17. Fleetman

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    Back in the late 80's I purchased a S&W 586 police trade-in and it looked like new. The only issue I had was the firing pin recall had not been done yet....sent it in for the recall repair and it has been flawless since.

    I wouldn't have any reservations buying a police trade-in....just look it over carefully first as you would any used firearm.
     
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    I wish Buds still had some of the S&W Mod 64's that they had last Christmas. I hope that one of my dealers picks up some LEO trade in Glock 17's before Summer gets here, thats what im leaning towards with my next purchase.
     
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    I bought a San Diego Sheriff S&W M66 a number of years ago.
    I have bought and sold a lot of revolvers since then, but this one's a keeper.

    I also bought a G19 that was a Washington DC police gun. Seemed the height of irony that this little refugee had escaped from DC, and I was happy to give it a home for a while. Probably should have kept it too, but I can't afford to own them all at one time, and I'm not a Glock guy...
     
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    Most of the time I do.
     
  21. Sauer Grapes

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    I have a S&W 5906 and a 4506. Both have been well worth the money I spent.
    I actually carry the 5906. It's right at home in a OWB duty holster.
     
  22. Slamfire

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    I bought an excellent condition M870 shotgun that came from the Toledo Police Department. Only had a little bluing wear and most of the wear was from the locking system used to hold the shotgun in the car.

    Most of the TPD shotguns at this store were absolutely beat to heck. This one was nice enough that the store owners put new wood on it.

    And it was a good deal.

    Took it out and shot it. First shot went bang, just as expected. Second round was jammed in the mechanism. After fiddling I was able to clear it and get that round in the chamber. Fired great. Next round from the tube got jammed in the mechanism.

    After verifying that the shotgun worked fine in single shot mode I took it home.

    Turns out there was this burr on part #7, the carrier. http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Products.aspx?catid=11943 The rim of the cartridge would stop at this burr jamming the mechanism.

    That explains why the gun was in such good shape, only been fired once.

    A bit of stoning and polishing the burr out, and I have a really nice shotgun!!

    Maybe the worn ones are the good ones? :scrutiny:

    Sometimes police tradeins have interesting stories.

    These were police trade in pistols from the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police.

    Not the worse for wear considering the PIPP had them since 1931.

    This is PIPP No 35 J
    [​IMG]

    This is PIPP No 36J. It was carried by Chief Richard G. Piper, the first Chief of Police for the NJ section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police. See all the butt wear? He retired between 1977 and 1982. It was nickled for Chief Piper by a member of the PIPP.

    It is a little loose in the timing department but goes bang.

    [​IMG]
     
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  23. Wishoot

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    I've purchased 4 police trade in's including...

    Ruger GP100
    S&W 4586
    S&W 4006
    Glock 22

    You could include the 2 CZ82's I own as well.

    Each one of these guns has been 100% functional. Other then selling off the 4586 (I didn't care for the DAO action), I still shoot them as frequently as time and money permits.
     
  24. pittspilot

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    Bought a trade in 3rd gen G19. Late 90's vintage. Very little holster wear except for a scrape on the butt of the gun. Didn't really care because this is a go anywhere travel gun, and Well, it's a glock.

    I believe all the springs were replaced because it feels so tight. Runs like a top. Perfect for what I was looking for.
     
  25. danprkr

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    I've had many of them, and rarely any problems at all. Once in a while if you're not cosmetically picky (and looking at a Glock you obviously ain't ;) ) you can get a SMOKING deal on one.
     
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