Just stumbled on a LA Sheriff's Dept Model 81

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Just stumbled on a LA Sheriff's Dept Model 81

Post by Pony Express » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:10 am

I'm actually not even a Model 81 collector, but I found a local guy who had a Model 81 for sale, and needed money, so I went to look at the gun. It turned out to be a Model 81 LASD department marked gun that he had bought in California about 40 years ago. The gun is in near excellent condition with a matching 15 round magazine.

From my reading it appears that about 200 were purchased by the LASD? This is gun #8, and so marked on the receiver. I'm just wondering if there's a list of known guns that I could add to, since this one looks to have come out of the woodwork and certainly hasn't been presented for sale in some time.

Thanks for such a great website!

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Re: Just stumbled on a LA Sheriff's Dept Model 81

Post by Hardrada55 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:13 pm

Pony Express wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:10 am
I'm actually not even a Model 81 collector, but I found a local guy who had a Model 81 for sale, and needed money, so I went to look at the gun. It turned out to be a Model 81 LASD department marked gun that he had bought in California about 40 years ago. The gun is in near excellent condition with a matching 15 round magazine.

From my reading it appears that about 200 were purchased by the LASD? This is gun #8, and so marked on the receiver. I'm just wondering if there's a list of known guns that I could add to, since this one looks to have come out of the woodwork and certainly hasn't been presented for sale in some time.

Thanks for such a great website!
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Re: Just stumbled on a LA Sheriff's Dept Model 81

Post by Pony Express » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:42 pm

Yes, it's now in my possession. Just deciding if it's going to be an addition to my collection, or if it'll be up for sale.

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Re: Just stumbled on a LA Sheriff's Dept Model 81

Post by 81police » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:20 am

welcome Pony Express. And congrats on the LA rifle. That county did purchase 199 Model 81's comprising both standard rifles w/ 5 round magazines and "Special Police" versions with detachable 15 round magazines. It's not known exactly how many of each version made up that 199, but the rumors are that only 45 of the 199 were the "Special Police" models. We have approx. 26 of those on file and documented. Rifle #8 is not in that list and I would love to add it and provide you any additional information on your rifle that I can. If interested please email photos of the rifle to my address below...

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Re: Just stumbled on a LA Sheriff's Dept Model 81

Post by Pony Express » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:41 pm

Thanks for the welcome! Photos are on their way, and you should have them by the end of the day. The rifle magazine has (in very light, neat etching) "Norwalk Armory LASD" so that should at least narrow down what part of LA County it went to. Anything else you can add is greatly appreciated. I never had this much appreciation for the Model 8 & 81, but after enjoying this rifle and looking at the work that went into manufacture, I am starting to think of collecting these! If you don't have photos shortly, please post and I will resend!

Thank you again.

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Re: Just stumbled on a LA Sheriff's Dept Model 81

Post by 81police » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:03 am

Thanks Pony, I haven't received any photos yet but i'll keep you posted
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