Ron L here = Seresurplus
While I think Most gun by back programs are stupid, Don't work, Never do criminials turn thier n and Often go to People too stupid to know what they are turning in? Many Good firearms are lost to that madness?
I will relate a short story of how me and my Mates turned a Very silly program into a Christmas wash? While Most Navy Enlisted Folks do get Paid on the 15 Of December, the navy (In thier great Wisdon) always does an audit of Pay records on the Month of DEC and if you were over paid or your travel Funds were not in Order, many a sailors check would be 0 on the 15TH dec payday Just before Christmas! This had Happened to me oftem as I traveled a lot, But on December, Due to heavy Gas Bills and Travel overpayments, I was shorted all but $50.00 of my pay! While we had gotten the Children Gifts, we still didn't have Gifts for each other, as well the Dinner $ was lacking, so we saw an TV ad for Norfolk Police Dept GUN By Back, $50.00 Handguns, $10-15 Rifles and Shotguns! While I would never sell off any of my own Guns, I had Buckets (5 Gallon) of Crunched Guns I had Bought a few months back for parts! I told the Wife, if we can make any of them work, perhaps we could Save our Christmas? We Looked thought the entire 3 Buckets and came up with the 3 Handguns each that we could Let them BUY BACK? These were Twisted, Crunched Guns, Mostly Zink Frame Ravens, Jenings, RG REVOLVERS and the Like, with a lot of Pounding, Putting them in my Vice and Smashing them back strait we came up with 6 guns to turn in! I took 3, the wife the other 3! These were sorry examples of work, but no worse than many I saw that were on the table after turn in! While Mine were a Bit less mangled and More Intact, the Sargent doing the Receipt, looked at them and Me with a hard eye? You really mean to Turn these in he asked? I said, sure, why? He said, man will any of these even shoot? I looked him strait in the eye and said, your ad doesn't say anything about Operable? He laughed and Gave me the $150.00 and I stepped out! Wife was next, Hers were Older Raven auto's and RG Revolvers, some Looked OK, 1 was Really Bad off? The same Sargent that asked about mine, Picked up one RG revolver and Pulled the hammer back, The Cylinder started to Rotate, but stuck! OH NO, we thought? He Pulled Harder on the Trigger, NO GO, He Pulled Back on the hammer with his, thumb and the hammer Broke off in his hand? I sucked in a breath as we all thoguht that one would not be accepted! The Corporal next to Him, Laughed, the whole Room Started to laugh and The Sargent Said, 'What the Hell, It's Christmas?", the Wife Tucked her $150.00 and with Mine, we Bought the rest of the Christmas Gifts and Dinner! We Bribed our Consience by brining part of the Turkey Dinner back down for the Cops to Snack on, till the Buy back was over? While it might not have Been Moral or correct, it did save the day and I can't see a Gun Buy back ever again, without getting a smirk on my face?
I have seen some Places actually buy Back Cap Guns? One Buy back in Pittsburg, Had Hypes buying out the toy stores so they could turn them in? OH the Madness that these programs always brings? LOL