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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by jolly roger, Sep 26, 2012.

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  1. jolly roger

    jolly roger Member

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    I am in a quandary...ready to retire after 32 years as an LEO. They give us our duty gun for a buck...yeah I know...spoiled. The ONLY quandary is this. Should I retire with my Glock 30SF or the fairly pristine Model 12 S&W Airweight snub I carried when I first became a Detective? That's still in the armory amazingly enough. I already have other 45s and 38s. Just can't find old pinned barrel Model 12 snubs too often anymore. Leaning toward taking the 12. What to do?
     
  2. bluethunder1962

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    After 32 yrs you can't get both?
     
  3. rcmodel

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    Thats for sure what I would do.

    They still make all the Glocks you could possibly want.

    And every one of them is pretty much the same cookie cutter, soulless, bullet launching machine as all the rest of them.

    You show a retirement Glock to a guy on the street, and it's just another Glock.

    You show him, or most anyone else an older S&W Model 12 Airweight and they will never have seen one before.

    rc
     
  4. forindooruseonly

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    The model 12 snub, for sure.
     
  5. jolly roger

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    Yep...just needed validation :) Thanks
     
  6. tekarra

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    No question, the model 12.
     
  7. Old Fuff

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    I too would jump at the S&W model 12. In addition you might consider:

    Also one of our members (user name: Robbit) might be able to duplicate the holster you used to carry it in, and maybe a cartridge slide.

    And do be sure to write a short statement about your history when you carried the revolver (What years, doing what, any special cases, etc) and have it signed and noterized. Someday a century from now someone will thank you.
     
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  8. ColtPythonElite

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    Snub for sure....Thanks for 32 years of service.
     
  9. MedWheeler

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    Did anyone mention yet that you should go for the snub..? :D
     
  10. jolly roger

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    Thanks Colt

    Still gonna serve a while dispatching at the local Sheriff's Office where I live. WHOLE lot less stress than where I work presently...plus not in charge of squat...
     
  11. jolly roger

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    You know, I believe I'll go for the snub :)
     
  12. Fotno

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    The S&W without doubt, and thanks for your service.
     
  13. gearchecker

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    S&W without any doubt. Glock's are just too utilitarian to show to your friends as what you got for retirement. The Model 12 has personality and a bit of old school Panache'.
    Besides Glock Pistols are so ugly, I find them unbearable to look at.
     
  14. beatledog7

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    Take the snubbie, order a new Glock.
     
  15. Old Dog

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    Holy cow, you have to ask? The Model 12 in a heartbeat.

    Glocks are a dime a dozen ... I'm still kickin' myself for trading off a LNIB Model 12 snubby a few years back, and haven't seen one in near-mint condition for years ...
     
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    Sounds to me like you already made the decision in your original post. :D Congratulations on your retirement, but I agree with bluethunder. You should get both after 32 years.
     
  17. Arp32

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    Forget what these other guys said. I'd take... The 12.
     
  18. Capt. Ct.

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    The last gun I bought was a model 12. Not that easy to find. Not like a Glock anyway. Go for the 12. Try to get both. ;)
     
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    Nothing really more personal or sentimental than a good snubby carried back in the day.

    Tell your armorer that you gots your eye on thatn so it doesn't get traded or sold or whatall in the interim.
     
  20. 1911 guy

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    Go with the Model 12. As stated, they make Glocks every day. Even though I'm not a revolver guy, I still recognize a decent piece of workmanship when I see it.
     
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    I'm going to have go against the flow and recommend the Model 12.

    (Seriously, you had to even think about it?)
     
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    have mine currently on my desk, wish I could have got her for a dollar
     
  23. bikerdoc

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    I faced the same dilema in 88, when I retired, Take the new wonder nine, or the Ruger Police Sevice Six.
    Took about 6 seconds to get my Ruger back, Still have it, Still carry it.
     
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  25. Judah Ben-Hur

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    Maybe stick it out for another 32 years and get both. :eek:


    Congrats on your service!
     
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