As to the "partial match"- that is what I believe I heard. I may have misunderstood, since I was on my cell phone having this conversation when it happened. One person I talked to off-line said that the larger PDs won't even run the number unless they have the weapon in hand, so that if it is stolen, it can be confiscated. It may be for that reason- I don't know for sure.
@icedogg88- the seller requested a face to face exchange.