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There's a $450 USP compact in 9mm available locally. The only catch is that it looks like it was dropped and slid a ways on the right side of the gun or something!

The seller says the gun functions fine, and the damage is purely cosmetic/aesthetic damage to the back end of the slide and a little minor damage to the frame.

Now, I love to take care of my guns. Maybe too much - if I buy a NIB gun, then I'm a bit of a stickler on keeping it pristine, a problem, I know. but Used guns have character, and I don't mind - or at least I'm less-concerned about them getting a little more character.. But with this one, I'd be slightly concerned of either unseen damage, or further damage to the now-bare metal.

I also remember a Poll on here asking if you'd rather buy a slightly damaged gun (chip on the slide) vs. a refinished or replaced slide.

I guess this is slightly more damaged than the gun that influenced that poll, but I do love a good deal, and I'm sorely tempted by this one. The picture is kind of dark, but I attached the one in the ad.

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It looks fine to me. The first thing I usually do with a new unfired pistol is to throw it down the driveway a couple of times. Especially if it's been cerakote'd .







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I'd buy that for $450. Use a heat gun to blend the damaged polymer back to the original pattern as much as you can. A little file work on the slide to take off the rough edges and apply something to coat it like blueing. Then run her hard and enjoy the fact that you got an HK for great price.
 

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Or look for a good price on a new one....not sure I could ever get past damage like that....


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Assuming the internals look good, I'd pick it up and use it for a dedicated car gun or something. A role where you want a decent pistol, but aren't really going to ever see it unlike a carry gun that you're putting on daily.

I'd probably also spend a little time like the others said, and try to get some of the damage cleaned up myself, and maybe either try to blue or paint the slide area.

EDIT: I'd say more like $300 though, maybe less. $450 is high for that amount of damage.
 

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I would steer clear of that one. Get a new one, and f#ck it up yourself. No firearm that is that damaged is worth $450. The thing is trashed, and if your looking for a truck gun, there are millions of them out there...................
 

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Buy it if you want to but it is no deal at $450. Personally I would not.
 

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What happened to that pistol? You say it was dropped...off a building?
The damage in the picture looks more than just being dropped from a few feet.
 

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It looks like it was used as a wheel chock or kick stand plate after the Harley skidded down the road.

I would not fire that pistol on a bet.
 

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Allready asked about it. He is set on $450 says it cheap as hell for an HK. I would never pay that for the condition that one is in. But to each his own.
 

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Allready asked about it. He is set on $450 says it cheap as hell for an HK. I would never pay that for the condition that one is in. But to each his own.
I bought an old P2000 for that much, and you can get police (full size) trade in guns that look better for that price. I'd pass on this one and I'm a penny-pincher
 

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I would pass on this. Seriously damaged guns sometimes have quirks that are not obvious when you first buy it. Maybe for $200-250, but not for $450.

What happened to that pistol? You say it was dropped...off a building?
The damage in the picture looks more than just being dropped from a few feet.
I'm guessing a previous owner got in a motorcycle crash.
 

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$450 is too much for the condition that pistol is in. If you look in your area online and with some patience you'll be able to find a USPc in 95-99% condition for $600-650.

If the shop was letting it go for $250 then it might be worth the risk and you could customize it. Personally, I would pass.
 

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Looks to me like someone was riding and took a spill.

If you can squeeze the seller a bit and get it cheaper, I'd roll the dice on the gun. Explain to him how the gun is damaged, will take several hours to make it tolerable, and how it will never be perfect.

The frame material is easy to work with. A little time with a file, some emery cloth, and maybe a buffer will make it look nice. The ugliness of the slide can be helped out just like the slide. I'd file out the abrasions, while trying to maintain the original "look" of the slide. Depending on how it turns out, I might do the other side to match. Symmetry is important to me. You might be able to fix it up so the gun looks perfectly normal to the casual observer.
 

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Too ugly to be HK, better to trade it in one of those buy back programs held by friendly LGBT grandma for $50 walmart gift card.
 

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I got a USPc .40 for $400 a few months ago. It came with box, 3 loaded mags and holster wear. You can do better. Just keep your eyes open and wait!
 
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