I this story comes from an earlier time in my life when I was young and still finishing college. Like any college student, my income came in spurts. I lived off what I could make working while in school. My most useful and prized possession was a Sig Sauer P229. Due to money constrains I found myself having to pawn it to pay tuition. I got a whopping 300.00 for a gun that retails for 999.00 in a lot of stores. The gun was flawless. I shot 50 rounds and cleaned it when I got it. When I went to get it back, there were some scratches under the trigger right about where a man's ring finger would hit hit if he were shooting left handed. This gun was FLAWLESS. I called them out on it because it isn't their property until I forfeit it. They said it was not their fault. They told me the local police come in to check serial numbers from time to time. Bulls$&@. The number is on the box and also on the gun. And there were many scratches. It appears a southpaw took it for a test drive. I could tell someone tried to clean it, because it had way too much oil on it too. What can a poor college student do? Scratches and too much oil are hardly evidence. After I got it out, I ended up selling it. It was my first gun, and now I felt it was tainted. I got mad every time I looked at it because of the while incident. Any readers: do police really review serial numbers? Do pawn shops play with the toys before they are forfeited? Some friendly advice. Don't pawn what you aren't willing to part with.