Favorite FFL emailed his list of customers to say that he had some police trade-ins:
Available starting tomorrow at 9AM are these police department trade in guns.
Bushmaster XM15E2S 5.56mm rifles. 16″ barrel, collapsible stocks, will come with one 30rd mag. Used, cosmetic blemishes from being in cruiser racks however mechanically sound. We also have a special going with our Cerakote vendor to get $25 off a refinish with Cerakote gun coating if you so desire. $475
Remington 870 Police Magnum 12ga pump shotguns. These have 18.5″ standard barrels with sights. Two have BlackHawk recoil reducing stocks and two have regular stocks with side saddle shell holders. These also will have some finish wear as well but are mechanically sound. $325
They’re going to be gone by now, probably; he just had single-digits of each.
Meanwhile, SF Buddy on the phone described his new score:
An HK imported Benelli shotgun that the local detectoves used to use. They have changed (not upgraded) to Mossberg pumps.
Aside: asks your humble host: “Wha’s wrong with a Mossberg pump?”
Turns out, lots of things, but basically, the single aluminum alloy op-rod is prone to bending when used hard. When Army Mossbergs had this problem, the answer was, per Mossberg, a thicker aluminum op-rod… result? One thicker bent aluminum op-rod.
He’s very pleased with the new gun so far. It was a lot more expensive than the above-referenced 870s, but it was a good buy for an HK-era Benelli.
Pros and Cons of Police Trade-ins
Police trade in weapons when they buy new ones, in most states and cities. This lets them save a lot of money on this vital equipment, while keeping their equipment pool up to date (and sometimes, even, under warranty).
The strengths of these weapons usually are:
- The weapon design and manufacture was generally good. Police agencies seldom buy junk. When they trade them, it’s more likely to be because they are out of fashion than any real substantive difference between the new guns and the old.
- Police weapons are usually chambered for what is thought at the time to be an effective cartridge. All 20th and 21st-Century police firearms can be effective on homo sapiens, to the extent that a handgun can be, with well-selected or handloaded rounds.
- The weapons are usually little shot and in good mechanical shape. 90% or more of cops would sooner attend a Free Mumia rally that shoot a single round more than minimum to qualify, so few of these weapons are shot out.
- The weapon was subject to some kind of periodic maintenance and inspection.
- The police provenance may give you an entertaining story to go with the gun. Or not.
Weaknesses of these weapons usually are:
- Because PDs so dependably follow trends, you’re probably picking up something from one trend ago.
- They generally only come in limited configurations. If you prefer, say, the 9mm to the .40 S&W, you don’t get to choose, the way you would with a new gun.
- The weapons are usually in fair to poor cosmetic shape, and may not have been cleaned in a long time — if ever.
- Cop trades, unless a very large agency suddenly gluts the market or the agency’s version of the gun had market-toxic lawyer “improvements” like a New York or DAO trigger, tend to be priced a little higher than similar used guns.
- Police guns are bought by collectors as well as users, especially if the firearm is marked with police identification.