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Old 05-28-2009, 07:07 AM
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Greetings friends,

I have a Smith & Wesson 12 gauge shotgun I purchased at a gun show many moons ago. I think I gave $300 or so for it.

It has a very short barrel and a folding metal stock. I was told it was a police riot gun from the 60s. I keep it by my bed for home protection. I have the original factory cardboard box and all the paperwork, which I was told by the seller never to lose.

I did a search on here but didn't see it mentioned anywhere.

Everyone I've shown it to has said they've never seen one like it. I never knew S&W made 12 gauge shotguns until I saw it at that show. I'll put up some pics if needed.

Can anyone give me some info on this animal. Is it rare or valuable?

Thanks!!
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:14 AM
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The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson has a description and photo of a Model 3000 Police, 12 gauge, fixed or folding stock, blue or parkerized finished, 18 or 20 inch barrel. Value listed is $150 (fair) to $425 (ANIB). Sorry can't comment on its rarity.
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Yes, that's it. It's a model 3000, black parkerized finish with an 18" barrel. It's certainly a mean machine. Around $500 sounds like a fair value. I guess the seller was correct about it being a 60s police riot gun. It's perfect for home defense.

Thanks so much for the info!
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:08 AM
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Threr's already a thread started on these shotguns here.

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Old 05-31-2009, 10:47 PM
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$500 would be a very high price for a S&W 3000, even a factory folder with all documents, etc.

While solid enough guns, they simply aren't that highly sought after at the present time. Many fixed stock models are still turning up in the 200 dollar and under range. (I paid 169 for an excellent example a few years back on clearance from a shop after it had been sitting.)

These guns were made by Howa in Japan.

Most collectors focus on S&W handguns and the 3000s aren't any better than a comparable Mossberg or Remington gun (and indeed suffer from a lack of accessories and support), thus there is not a large demand for them.
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I have two 3000 police guns. They are functionally the same as a Remington 870, in fact are metric copies of the 870. I like mine a lot, especially with the factory side folding stocks. There is just not much in the way of collector interest. People buy these for actual use, not collecting. My most recent one was a blued 18" folder, like new no box, that I paid $300 to a dealer at a gunshow on a Sunday afternoon. It had sat on his table marked $400 all weekend and I think he was glad to get the $300.
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