I watched one of those Outdoors channel "armed citizen" shows where folks are learning CQB tech on the range and for the home. These students had some really nice side arms. Not all of them were LEOs, just folks that like to shoot reality style. Looking at those nice pistols and tactical shotguns I was reminded of some advice I was given by an LEO way back in the last century when I took my CC class.
In that class a retired LEO that worked private security taught part of the class. People were talking about the various arms that they had and were planning on carrying with their new permits. Someone had a nice 1911 that cost him about $1,200 with all the work it had. Lots of folks with their Glocks and a few Sig owners, and a few of us didn't yet know what we would be likely to carry. Small wheel gun was my own consideration.
Then this retired LEO told the class that it was best if they only carried a gun that they would not care if they never saw again or at least didn't mind being beat up if not out right broken by the time they got it back from APD. Forensic testing can be awfully hard on a gun he joked.
The room was pretty quite at this point. The LEO went on to state that if you were to use that fancy 1911 and kill someone it would be in the APD evidence room for at least a year sitting on a metal or wood shelf. It most likely would not be in any kind of protective cover, or only a paper bag. Banged around by other guns or pieces of evidence.
If a LEO investigating your justified homicide didn't think it was justified, but couldn't get a DA to see his side to press charges, APD might just hang onto the gun until they find a DA that wanted to take a chance. You go free, but your gun might be kept for a long while. At this point there were some protesters, but the LEO made it clear that if you shoot someone it is a homicide and they have to retain evidence related to the case. Even if it was justified.
Looking at a lot of the CC posts on here there are a lot of recommendations about different types of guns. Especially these days with the new XD and P250s super poly guns there is a large investment people make in their weapons. Put would you be willing to loose them for a year, or forever, if you happen to use it for its purpose?
It is something to think about.
ps. any LEO that actually knows what really happens in a police evidence room can offer their opinion to counter the scare tactic the old guy was giving us way back when. OR confirm that he was right.