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Old May 1, 2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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Police trade in questions (model 10)

Hey guys. new to TFL! I recently purchased a police trade in model 10 from buds. Its a 10-10 and i was wondering if anybody would be so kind as to date it for me?? The serial # is bht3xxx. Also ive herd of people being able to identify where (which P.D) there police trade in guns came from. Any idea how anyone? Mines got a sticker on it with vpa01xxx on it and there are numbers that looked post factory ingraved on the arm that the cylinder is mounted. Thanks guys happy shooting
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Old May 1, 2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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mine had the vpa sticker on it, IIRC what i was told it stands for victoria police armory
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Old May 1, 2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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It served with the Victoria police in Australia. I have a 10-5 3" from there. It is my favorite smith and Wesson. Have fun and enjoy. The 10-10 was produced from 1988 to 1997.

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Old May 1, 2012, 09:15 PM   #4
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Yo thanks guys! Cool im stoaked.
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Old May 1, 2012, 10:23 PM   #5
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BHT prefix use in early 1992 mostly but the three letter codes were not always used to completion and may be used out of sequence making it a bit earlier or later than that. You gota love S&W's serial and numbering systems.
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Old May 1, 2012, 10:24 PM   #6
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according to the thread at the top of this forum mine was made march 1992
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Old May 3, 2012, 12:13 PM   #7
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Police trade-ins are great bargains. For the most part they were carried a lot and fired little. Some external wear or loss of finish is acceptable (IMHO) to get a good, reliable revolver at a low price.

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Old May 3, 2012, 12:25 PM   #8
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Hard to find these days...But if you can find one for sale...Pending the condition and price. Get it.

I never had a problem, nor issue with my Beretta's or S&W.
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