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Bubacus
June 06, 2017, 06:25
Looks like the St. Louis PD is ready to let go of their Thompson SMGs as well as a number of their Berettas. I remember hearing that they were going to auction them....looks like NFA laws made that option less attractive.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-police-sell-surplus-weapons-including-tommy-guns-for/article_458188dd-f018-54fd-9d11-cdd498cf8ecd.html

St. Louis police sell surplus weapons, including Tommy guns, for $1.2 million

Part of the story:

The department had discussed auctioning the Tommy guns in May 2014, but only those who hold a federal license can buy such weapons. Obtaining a permit can take up to a year. An applicant must pass a background check, pay a $200 federal tax and notify the local police chief of the purchase.

That requirement severely limits the market, Shepard said.

In addition, the ATF must approve the transfer of the Tommy guns ó a process that can take 90 days, Reynolds said.

A local dealer appraised the departmentís collection in 2014 at $770,000. It includes rare 1921 and 1927 Colts and a model made in 1942.

Kentucky-based Midwest Distributors will pay $22,000 for each of the departmentís 27 Tommy guns, which makes up the bulk of the $618,500 the company is spending to buy the departmentís surplus weapons.

A second company, Minneapolis-based Bill Hicks & Co., will buy 1,748 Beretta handguns that have served as the departmentís duty weapons for about $221 apiece. The same company will buy a number of 223 carbine rifles and some other guns from the department, for a total of about $597,000.

Reynolds said police firearms are in high demand because they usually are well-maintained and only fired during training exercises.

ďBut at some point it costs more (to the city) to maintain them than the value they will receive for selling them,Ē Reynolds said.

Once the companies buy the departmentís surplus weapons, they will be sold only to those who pass background checks. Reynoldsí company will allow St. Louis police officers to buy back their duty weapons as personal weapons if they so desire.

The contract between Reynolds and the police department has been awaiting approval from the city counselorís office. The comptrollerís office also must approve it. Once the contract is final, the department will contact Police Trades and start transferring the weapons, Shepard said.

The department isnít letting go of all of its nostalgic Tommy guns. It is keeping two of them to be displayed inside the crime lab, she said.

TenTea
June 06, 2017, 07:12
I suppose they are set with AR's, precision rifles and shotguns, but there may come a day when they pine for a Thompson...oh wait, that's East St. Louis! :whistling:

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Blackmore
June 06, 2017, 08:53
Probably no 93Rs in those 1,748 Berettas. :sad:

planemarty
June 06, 2017, 09:34
Midwest Distributing is going to make a fortune on that deal!

Riversidesports
June 09, 2017, 10:13
Midwest Distributing is going to make a fortune on that deal!

Yeah they won't lose money but understand, a fair number of those TSMg's are in rather rough shape.

The SLPD had been toying with unloading them for some years, I know one fellow who looked them over. As he told me some were less than 50% finish, a few were poorly reblued and a couple were missing parts, some were broken or mismatched.

That said there are a number of high end guns in the lot

They can likely liquidate the great guns & break even on the investment.

Seem to recall there were a small hot mess of L drums, several C drums and other bits.

Another aside to the story is that there were a number of Tommys in the Armory that seemed to have grown legs over the years and are absent from the inventory they once held

Not all that unusual that...
local Sheriff's Office once had 4 or 5 1928 Navy Overstamps that had been purchased by one of the former Chief of Deputies out of his own pocket years ago on Form 10s from ARMEX in the late 70s.
By the late 90s they were down to two of them. The rest magically vanished...
At one point they were down to only one until a second was recovered from the trunk of a undercover car that had been parked behind the LEC for nearly a decade. New Sheriff sent out a couple trusties from the Jail to clean it up for a County Auction. The inmates found it loaded in the trunk coated in rusty scale :facepalm:

it was "rebuilt" by a deputy with a wire wheel and a can of BBQ paint...yeah I'm serious.

I had went through these guns for the County mid 80s, real nice shape.

Anyways the back side of the story on the SLPD guns is allegedly they didn't want to have the open temptation for them to walk anymore.
Heard they had some M3 Grease Guns, some BARs and other vintage bits as well. No idea if any of it was transferable. Cop shops were and remain notorious for not reporting seized MGs, just sticking them in the office and not even filing form 10 paper work to lawfully inventory the weapons for fear the Feds will come in and take them as "evidence".

Nearby Sheriffs Office has a cherry Inglis BREN that was "turned in"
Never registered to the Department and they don't give a hoot either.

enbloc8
June 10, 2017, 07:43
Cop shops were and remain notorious for not reporting seized MGs, just sticking them in the office and not even filing form 10 paper work to lawfully inventory the weapons for fear the Feds will come in and take them as "evidence".

Nearby Sheriffs Office has a cherry Inglis BREN that was "turned in"
Never registered to the Department and they don't give a hoot either.

One of the police departments in the far north Chicago suburbs supposedly has a Japanese aircraft-mount Lewis gun that was turned in from an estate. It's the pride and joy of their arms room.

MACV
June 22, 2017, 21:53
The Berettas are double action only