What if it was extremely dirty and lead fouled when confiscated, but returned perfectly clean?
Would that be considered evidence it was fired?
Even if it was, since it was cleaner when returned than when it was confiscated, could it still be argued that it depreciated?
At this point, when the gun is returned and has any damage or wear, it would not take much convincing to a small claims court judge that after 6 years of being"lost" and damages that occurred they owe you the cost of a new gun , plus damages($$) for them unlawfully "renting" it all this time. When you go to court , bring with you proof what several different shooting range rents a handgun similar to this for every day at the range……and your loss of not having it.
I'd like to shake the hand of the gunsmith that could determine with any certainty a certain pistol had fired 300 rounds or only fired 100.