On Kimber's website,
the Custom TLE II it makes for the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT team and other law enforcement officials is listed at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,080.
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Kimber sells each Custom TLE II sells to SWAT team members on the LAPD at $600 per pistol, according to a Los Angeles Times report in 2013
. The same article noted that the resale value for these same pistols ranged between $1,600 and $3,500.
The LAPD caused a stir when several members of its SWAT team and SIS unit allegedly purchased large numbers of Kimber Custom TLE II pistols and later resold them for profit. Evidence of this act surfaced in May 2010, the L.A. Times noted, when sales records for 324 pistols were uncovered even though only 60 officers serve in the SWAT team. Specific details of how the gun sales took place – and how many officers were involved in the transactions – remained unclear.
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Law enforcement agencies that purchase the Custom TLE II from Kimber get a 1911 pistol with plenty of top-of-the-line features. It uses .45 ACP ammunition, features a five-inch steel barrel, steel frame, steel sliding, a seven-round magazine and night sights. The Custom TLE II is also offered to the public, with the key difference being the serial numbers used for the SWAT model.
Unauthorized reselling of discounted firearms intended for law enforcement officials to the public is against federal law. A seller must be a registered weapons dealer. Even in those instances, base models meant for the public should be sold by a dealer.
This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.
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