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First off, I've always wanted a USP. But wasnt always in my price range. Quality costs. When I saw an add for police trade ins at what seemed to be a very good deal, I bit on one. The internals look to be almost new, slide has just a little holster wear. The slide is in very good condition overall. Not bad for a gun marked as made in 1994. I like the look. Now the frame...one side of the grip looks and feels like it was lightly used. But the other side looks like it was dragged with a rope behind a Mazda for a few miles. The stippling is smooth on that side. The frame I'd say is in fair condition. Barrel is scratched up quite a bit, not that big of a deal, expected. Bore looks brand new. The magazines are marked for law enforcement only. The springs seem fine, followers are well used. Seems like they would still work fine. The polymer magazines were beat up pretty good, received 3. All serial numbers match. The owner said these were in very good condition when I asked, not quite I'd say. Paid $475 and probably won't ever get close to that if I had to sell it. Maybe I just got one of the less than stellar ones. But I did get a gun I've always wanted and that makes me happy. Since this gun is over 20 years old, should anything be replaced, recoil springs etc? Thanks for any input!
 

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The police trade-ins always have more wear that use. No need to replace anything. I would do a good clean and lube and call it done. If you had a preference in aftermarkets sights that would be a nice upgrade.
 

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The police trade-ins always have more wear that use. No need to replace anything. I would do a good clean and lube and call it done. If you had a preference in aftermarkets sights that would be a nice upgrade.
Yeah, the sights need changed. Thanks for the advice!
 

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I don't think you did too bad, I really don't consider the wear on the frame any worse than what is commonly seen from riding in a holster for years exposed to random bumping and grinding. Now I am tempted to jump on a similar deal I have found for PD turn in .40 USP.
 

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I picked up this beauty about a year ago for $550, mags included. It's date code AA and in pretty good shape - some wear on the grips but nothing distracting.

 

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MrRush; I think you did fine. Shiny, perfect guns are like nice cars that people worry about getting scratched and have to park at the far end of the parking lot.

If the grip is not already large for your hand you could get a grip sleeve -- Hogue makes a good one. It adds some to the size and improves the ergonomics to more of a HK45 shape. There are textured grip tapes too (Talon) that do not add to the size much.
 

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got a USP 45 V3 leo trade in off GB. the USP is one helluva workhorse, mine has been 100% reliable .

give it a thorough inspection/cleaning, get some ammo, head out to the range and shoot the hell out of it !

i did replace the mag springs and need to replace the sights soon, other than that the weapon functions fine . if the weapon is used for SD or HD then you may what to replace some of the high wear parts . i dont own the .40 so ill let the more knowledgeable members help you out with what should be replaced .

great choice and good luck !
 

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I appreciate all the feedback. Even though the polymer frame seen better days, internally this gun looks brand new. Being 22 years old,I bet this things got less than 500 rounds through it. I have no doubt this thing is gonna function perfectly.
 

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First off, I've always wanted a USP. But wasnt always in my price range. Quality costs. When I saw an add for police trade ins at what seemed to be a very good deal, I bit on one. The internals look to be almost new, slide has just a little holster wear. The slide is in very good condition overall. Not bad for a gun marked as made in 1994. I like the look. Now the frame...one side of the grip looks and feels like it was lightly used. But the other side looks like it was dragged with a rope behind a Mazda for a few miles. The stippling is smooth on that side. The frame I'd say is in fair condition. Barrel is scratched up quite a bit, not that big of a deal, expected. Bore looks brand new. The magazines are marked for law enforcement only. The springs seem fine, followers are well used. Seems like they would still work fine. The polymer magazines were beat up pretty good, received 3. All serial numbers match. The owner said these were in very good condition when I asked, not quite I'd say. Paid $475 and probably won't ever get close to that if I had to sell it. Maybe I just got one of the less than stellar ones. But I did get a gun I've always wanted and that makes me happy. Since this gun is over 20 years old, should anything be replaced, recoil springs etc? Thanks for any input!
Congrats on the USP! I use Decal Grips on my USP's. They add just a small amount of girth, and add lots of grip. They would also cover the worn grip on yours and give it a cleaner look while adding grip. Have them on this one.
 
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Most of that wear on the right side comes from a right handed officer. Grip side and mag well edge rub against seatbelt latch mostly when sitting in the cruiser. When I worked security I saw an officer tackle someone he was chasing. He sat in my office cleaning grass and dirt out of his Glock and holster while I was writing the incident report!!
 

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Get a set of talon grips, that's what I would do.

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It's a shooter. Shoot it or have it stippled.

An old adage that rings true in most things in life. Buy once, cry once. If you want something nice, spend the extra money the first time.
 

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Received my USP 40 LE trade-in last week. AA (2000) date code. Slide has holster wear. Adds character. Night sights need replaced. Runs great. Super accurate. Might get a match trigger. For sure getting a HK45C mag release. It is probably one of the last batch of trade-ins. I feel like I was more than a couple of years behind the curve in getting a shot at one. Only one I found left available. I was entertaining the idea of purchasing a new USP 45, and found this LE one in AZ. Thought it would be fun to keep this thread alive and see how all of these old duty pistols are getting along in their new homes. Maybe you guys can post if you hear of other batches hitting the market again.
 

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Not infrequently, a careful Google search of PDF documents will turn up the serial number on a government document that is an accounting report of the disposal of the firearm. You may be able to find out who has been carrying that gun for all these years. You often have to break up the SN to find it, because many come in blocks that begin with the same several characters and are inventoried down list by the ending characters. Make a few guesses, and good luck.
 
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