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Old 02-09-2020, 02:46 PM
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Default My friend’s “NYSP” John Jovino Highway Patrolman

I know, you probably thought it would be snub nose like those they are famous for here. In 1983 my friend wanted his first handgun and I turned him on to the Shotgun News ad From Jovinos that we’re selling mint 4” Model 28-? for $189. After a 20 year hiatus I saw my friend and his gun collection now includes Colt Pythons, SAA, and Uberti sixguns.
My question, this gun is marked NYSP. What do you know about these and were there lots of them? I think so since the ad was up for a long time. Sorry, no pic of it, but just picture a HP with about 95% and target trigger & hammer which I thought unusual.
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Do you remember if these were State Police turn-ins? If they were, there were probably quite a few. I seem to recall reading somewhere about an order for guns from NYSP at around 5,000. I don't remember Jovino's ads in SG News at all, so I'm no help there.
A bit of trivia I am certain of, though, is having target options on a gun ordered by a department is frequently nothing more than the armorer's, firearms instructors, or even the department chief's personal preference. In my own experience it's surprising how those things count more than practicality in so many categories of department equipment purchases.
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Do you remember if these were State Police turn-ins? If they were, there were probably quite a few. I seem to recall reading somewhere about an order for guns from NYSP at around 5,000. I don't remember Jovino's ads in SG News at all, so I'm no help there.
A bit of trivia I am certain of, though, is having target options on a gun ordered by a department is frequently nothing more than the armorer's, firearms instructors, or even the department chief's personal preference. In my own experience it's surprising how those things count more than practicality in so many categories of department equipment purchases.
I always took for granted they were police turn ins but this many years later I can’t remember if they said it in the ad. I think so. I also kicked myself for not getting one. But when my friend bought his, I was buying my 4” Model 24-3.
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I do remember the Jovina ads in Shotgun News back then. I had a subscription to the magazine and also an FFL at the time. It seems he had a lot of police turn-ins at the time and sold them at reasonable used-gun prices. I did get a Colt turn-in from him which was well used.

Jovina also got large orders of new Colts from the factory and modified them before selling as new. For instance, I got a Python and a Gold Cup which he had refinished in the then-new process of electroless nickel. I believe this was just before Colt started using that finish. I still have those two guns.
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I think that the NYSP 28s all had factory red ramp and white outline sights from the factory. Kinda makes them different also the NYSP stamp.

People have an interest in them today
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I think that the NYSP 28s all had factory red ramp and white outline sights from the factory. Kinda makes them different also the NYSP stamp.

People have an interest in them today
My friend’s gun did have red ramp and white outline like RdrBill’s above. I think it came with service grips but he immediately put Rubber Pachs on it which it still wears today.
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I want one. That’s 100% of my knowledge on the Jovino NYSP 28
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Matt, no matter how many were sold or issued your friend has an iconic revolver in many different ways. I hope he continues to enjoy it for what it is.
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I want one. That’s 100% of my knowledge on the Jovino NYSP 28

There is a NYSP for sale in the classifieds now.
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There is a NYSP for sale in the classifieds now.
I bought it. Thanks
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