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boredelmo
August 6, 2007, 01:47 PM
So everyone fill in that sentence with something gun related.

I'm sure there will be a lot of answers that include ammo, so lets be really specific.

Also as a side question, if you knew prices were going to be this high, realistically how much of X would you have bought?

I remember SKS's used to be around $89(last year), now I can only seem to find them at around $200. If i had known, i would have bought two early on.

-Elmer

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tydephan
August 6, 2007, 01:56 PM
My dad was telling me the other day that he remember when he was offered to buy some premium grade garands for about $50 a piece (back in the late 70's I think).

Needless to say, he wishes he would have bought 4 or 5. I know I wish he would have bought me one.

joab
August 6, 2007, 02:00 PM
Ligett's drug store in Apopka used to have a converted Timex display case full of every configuration of M1 Carbines you could think of for around $100

I could have bought one a week and retired selling them now

I bought two Arisakas with perfect mums for $25 a piece in '83, I coulda got many more

Jim Watson
August 6, 2007, 02:00 PM
I wish people who fondly recall how cheap stuff used to be would remember how little they got paid at the time.

Zundfolge
August 6, 2007, 02:15 PM
I wish people who fondly recall how cheap stuff used to be would remember how little they got paid at the time.

Indeed!
http://www.westegg.com/inflation/

Prince Yamato
August 6, 2007, 02:18 PM
I remember when I could have bought a milled Arsenal of Bulgaria AK for ~$500 and now they're all $900. Granted, I've only been into guns for the past 2 years. :D

You know, if you use the inflation calculator, the price of an NFA Thompson is actually pretty much what they were NEW back in 1933.

damien
August 6, 2007, 02:20 PM
"What cost $1000 in 1970 would cost $5311.61 in 2006.
Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2006 and 1970,
they would cost you $1000 and $188.27 respectively."

True, but I still wish my dad had bought an M-16 to pass down to me. What was certainly well less that $1,000 then goes for over $15,000 now. Some things beat inflation!

BruceB
August 6, 2007, 02:24 PM
I remember well that at the time I bought a Stevens 77 12-gauge pumpgun in 1962 I was making $1.92 per hour, and the gun cost $69. This meant that I paid almost a week's GROSS earnings for the gun.

Today, still working for hourly wages in the same industry (mining) my week's gross income would easily buy a Ruger Red Label or Model 77 African Magnum in .416 Rigby or .375, or a Les Baer .45 in one of his less-ornate versions. I'd say I'm a LOT better off today....

I do wish I'd bought one of the Lahti 20mm anti-tank rifles for $100, with 100 rounds of AP tracers included!

GRIFFIN1
August 6, 2007, 02:26 PM
I can remember when Academy Sports sold CCI Blazer 9mm ammo for $3.86 a box. Less than 2 years later, it's now $6.87.

DogBonz
August 6, 2007, 02:28 PM
Sold NIB for $125 in 1968.

I have the box and right in the bottom there is a price sticker for $125. Amazing huh? Funny thing is someone offered me almost 10 times that much a few weeks ago, and I had to say no.

SnakeEater
August 6, 2007, 02:32 PM
I don't know guys. I believe 20 or 30 years ago the average person had more buying power. For instance, a product that cost $186.73 in 1980 cost $500 today. Average real income in the upper middle bracket was $60,462, that same bracket is at $79,713 today.What, were you in a lower bracket? Next down is $43,580, same bracket today is $53,016.

Are you sure things even out? I'm not.

joab
August 6, 2007, 02:34 PM
In 83 I was making ?1200 a month the $25 for Arisaka was hardly noticeable
I couldn't say that for the $250 they would cost today

But I did buy a Randal just a few years ago
I paid $400 for it
The old invoice for $1190 was still in the box from the previous owner

MD_Willington
August 6, 2007, 02:37 PM
mid 1990's

Canadian Tire brand #7 12gage 25 pack of shells was just about $4.00 Canadian.. that was back when the Canuck buck was about 50% of the US buck... we spent a lot of time shooting 12 gage at a sand pit...

erict
August 6, 2007, 02:50 PM
Heck, if I would've known 9mm was going from $8 per 100 up to $15 per 100 in the last year, I would have picked up at least 8,000 rounds.

LotI
August 6, 2007, 03:18 PM
12/29/06: 1000 Hornady HAP 125gr. .355 bullets=$58.29
08/6/07: same 1000 Hornady HAP bullets=$$94.99 :eek:

I would have bought another 1000, at least.

05/06: 5000 Primers, any type except benchrest $85.99
08/07: Same 5k primers $118.99, local with no Hazmat.

I would have bought another 5000, each type, at least.

DoubleTapDrew
August 6, 2007, 03:26 PM
I remember when personal computers used to cost $2,000 :neener:

Even though I didn't have an AK a few years ago, I wish I would have picked up several thousand rounds of 7.62x39 when it was $80 a case, along with every other caliber I shoot.

pharmer
August 6, 2007, 04:05 PM
Well I can remember a dozen years ago, Glock magazines were $150. Just look at the price now. What? Oh yeah. Well they're still pricey at $18. Joe

fletcher
August 6, 2007, 04:06 PM
I remember Makarovs being somewhere around $150 (might have been less) at AIM surplus. It's hard to find one for under $225 now.

Clipper
August 6, 2007, 04:26 PM
I paid $129.00 for my new Browning BL-22, and $1.98 for a box of CCI Stingers to shoot in it...

isp2605
August 6, 2007, 04:35 PM
GI surplus 1991A1s were $17-$21 each and you could dig thru the barrel and pick out the ones you wanted. 1903A3 were just a bit more. Some very nice surplus military rifles were in the $10-$12 range. A new Model 28 S&W was $115, including tax. A satin nickle Colt Combat Commander in .45 ACP was $125 new.

Euclidean
August 6, 2007, 05:18 PM
There are two things inflation doesn't account for. Well okay four.

1. Ammunition prices. Ammunition used to be much much cheaper than it is now and it wasn't that long ago either. The adjusted price was much lower. This is due to lots of factors including the reality that surplus ammo is dwindling away.

2. The glory days of surplus rifles. There are some surplus rifles still to be had sure, but not like there used to be. I was born far too late to get in on it.

3. Things which were made that are still desirable now, but their worth and cost has gone up to the point where they are worth more used than new. Example, Colt Series 70. Colt revolvers. Smith and Wesson 696, or any prelock Smith and Wesson (give it 5 years).

4. Things which have skyrocketed in value due to legislation. Think machineguns.

I'd say that shooting overall is more expensive now, due to all the restrictive laws and ammunition costs. Who needed an expensive CCW permit in 1950?

Jubjub
August 6, 2007, 05:23 PM
My Remington 514 cost $21.50 new in 1970.

My Marlin 336C cost $97.50 new in 1975.

My Diamondback .22 cost $265 new in 1980. I thought my buddy was a sucker for paying $320 for the 6" version a year later.

My ugly beat up but perfect functioning Remington 10C was $45 at a gun show in the early 80s.

I paid more for .22 LR ammo in 1980 than in 2004.

boredelmo
August 6, 2007, 05:25 PM
remmeber to include an approx date guys!

CajunBass
August 6, 2007, 06:09 PM
When I was first married in 1971, I remember drooling over a Smith & Wesson, Model 28, "Highway Patrolman", in a walnut (?) presentation case for $128.00. I made $3.50 an hour at the time. That $128.00 might as well been 1.28 million.

goings_51
August 6, 2007, 06:27 PM
I can remember when Academy Sports sold CCI Blazer 9mm ammo for $3.86 a box. Less than 2 years later, it's now $6.87.

I don't think the guy at Sportsman's Wharehouse believed me when I told him that one.

PS - Wallyworld has CCI Brass .40 S&W for $7.57. I've been keeping that secret unitl after I loaded up :)

larry_minn
August 6, 2007, 07:03 PM
I had the income to buy guns in mid 70s. THing is I didn't. :( :( I could have gotten a FFL easy and bought guns/ammo dang cheap and now sold them off one a yr and had good side income.

Walter
August 6, 2007, 11:41 PM
I bought a Colt Mk IV Series 70 Gov. Model .45 new in 1972 for $139.
At the time I was making $2.75 per hour.

My new wife and I got an income tax refund of about $300 that
year, so we splurged and blew it all. I got the Colt, and she got
a Singer sewing machine. I still have the Colt, who knows where
the sewing machine is.

Walter

GW
August 6, 2007, 11:56 PM
1984 NIB Series 70 Colt 1911 350.00

sm
August 7, 2007, 12:33 AM
Jim Watson wrote:
I wish people who fondly recall how cheap stuff used to be would remember how little they got paid at the time.

Year : 1959, I was Four years old.

Soda bottles brought 2 pennies each.
Best recall a box of .22 shorts were 15 cents, .22 longs were 17 cents, and .22 long rifle were 19 cents each.

My very own nine shot revolver could shoot all kinds. :)

Then one day, one of the Brothers that owned the Mom&Pop Grocery Store said soda pop bottles were going to bring 3 pennies each!
I was going to be Rich!

.22 shorts went up to 17 cents, .22 longs went up to 19 cents and .22 long rifle went up to two whole dimes!

Oh Phooey, Heck, and Darn!

<pulls red wagon back home, looking for soda bottles along the way>

:D

Scoupe
August 7, 2007, 12:42 AM
1973, a pack of Camels was 45 cents out of the machine at work. Quit smoking soon after that.

scout26
August 7, 2007, 12:50 AM
I wish people who fondly recall how cheap stuff used to be would remember how little they got paid at the time.

I remember when a 25# bag of lead shot was $10-12.....until about two years ago. Now it's $40+ if you can find it.....

and no my pay didn't quadruple in the last two years.

.cheese.
August 7, 2007, 01:34 AM
just a thought:

I wouldn't use that CPI based inflation calculator for an accurate measure. It's similar to using the Big Mac index, but still not quite as thorough as other approaches.

rugerdude
August 7, 2007, 01:40 AM
I remember when 7.62x39mm was 170 bucks per 1,000 in 2007. Man, if I had only known what it would be now, i'd have bought 40,000 rounds!!!

I remember when mosin nagants were 70 bucks!!!!!

I remember when WWB 9mm was only 15 bucks per 100 rounds. I should have bought all that I could have at the time.

.....just some input for the next thread like this in 5 or so years;)

dfaugh
August 7, 2007, 07:43 AM
1973, Texas---gasoline was 17 cents a gallon...19 cents for the Premium I used in my car.

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