Had two guns stolen about 3 years ago. Got the turd who stole them, but will not likely ever get them back.
As a Detective, I recovered a number of stolen firearms. Fun tracking down the owner and making the call. Had one guy break down in tears after I told him his M-1A was recovered. He was planning on turning it into a target rifle. He had a NM barrel sitting next to the rifle when it was stolen. He had just looked at the barrel the day before and considered selling it. On another occasion, I recovered a rifle stolen 37 years earlier. I was lucky to find the owner and return his rifle. He was amazed, to say the least.