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Posted: 10/26/2002 12:13:36 PM EDT
Just curious as to opinions on what year(s) you think were the best for firearms of all kinds (least restritive, availabilty, variety, etc.)
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 12:24:17 PM EDT
Pre 1994, I was too young then to buy any though. [:(]
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 12:31:05 PM EDT
Well, when I was in grade school in the late 50's, I took my great grandfather's civil war rifle to school, for Show and Tell. No one batted an eye.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 12:31:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MAHABALI: Pre 1994, I was too young then to buy any though. [:(]
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While I agree with the above (I was too young as well), I'd have to say 1933 and before. No regs what so ever. I don't even think that they has serial numbers on anything before that.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 12:32:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By -UHLEK-:
Originally Posted By MAHABALI: Pre 1994, I was too young then to buy any though. [:(]
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While I agree with the above (I was too young as well), I'd have to say 1933 and before. No regs what so ever. I don't even think that they has serial numbers on anything before that.
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what about selection of guns?
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 12:37:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 1_153_370_371_407:
Originally Posted By -UHLEK-:
Originally Posted By MAHABALI: Pre 1994, I was too young then to buy any though. [:(]
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While I agree with the above (I was too young as well), I'd have to say 1933 and before. No regs what so ever. I don't even think that they has serial numbers on anything before that.
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what about selection of guns?
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Colt 1911, 1928 Thompson, Old Hogs Leg. What more do you need? [:D]
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 12:38:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 12:39:21 PM EDT
Ok I guess I was just talking about availibility.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 12:42:53 PM EDT
I'm with UHLEK. Pre 1934, you could have a water cooled .30 or a French 75mm howitzer (or BAR, or Thompson, or Whippet), if you wanted it, and shoot it on the back 40 without any governmental restrictions or complaints.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 12:46:00 PM EDT
While I was only in the 4th grade at the time I was thinking like early 80's a lot of semi auto versions of modern guns still used today, but widely available to the public, ie uzi, etc. silencers without all the hassle? Maybe no on the last one, like I said I was only in the 4th grade.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 1:07:51 PM EDT
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Anyone remember Rose's department store selling M1 carbines, SKS, and AK's?
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 1:10:11 PM EDT
Not to hijack your thread, but the most important questions is, "When is the best time to own firearms?" The answer is "RIGHT NOW!" 934
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 1:12:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 1:51:34 PM EDT
For me early 60's. I discovered reloading.Grew up hunting (Shooting)nearly every day on the TEXAS Gulf Coast. Wore a Ruger 4-5/8" barrel 357 everywhere! Still got it. Thousands of rounds went down that barrel and I still enjoy shooting it and it's still in perfect shape! Never sent it in for the free safety deal either. Why? Could order guns by mail and they would deliver to your door. When I went to college my roommate and I lived across the alley from a gun store....ran out of primers, powder,bullets...just walk out the back door and across the alley into the back door of the store...had an account with the owner...just told him to put it on my "TAB"....ohhh those were the days for me .[^]
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 1:58:41 PM EDT
That would be the pre 1968 gun law days. After that was just not the same. Those were the days. I've heard (but not compared) that the '68 gun laws are ver much like the 38 laws passed in Germany? Any thoughts?
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 2:04:09 PM EDT
I liked the early 1980's a lot. You could buy a new SP1 for under $400. Or you could order an M16 for about $450-500 and pay the $200 tax, and you were ready to go! Mags were around $2-6 brand new. True, the era prior to 1934 was the most free, but they didn't have cool stuff like HK91's back then (an HK91 was around $500 NIB in the early-mid `80's). I only wish I had bought more cool stuff back then, and then had the brains to hold onto it. In my case, I got distracted by an expensive Drag Racing hobby! By the time I got really interested in guns again, it was already 1994.
Link Posted: 10/26/2002 2:18:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ARgon: That would be the pre 1968 gun law days. After that was just not the same. Those were the days. I've heard (but not compared) that the '68 gun laws are ver much like the 38 laws passed in Germany? Any thoughts?
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oh boy, now we get to hear the fucking "88" idiots chime in defending Hitler's gun laws.
Link Posted: 10/28/2002 12:49:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 1_153_370_371_407:
Originally Posted By ARgon: That would be the pre 1968 gun law days. After that was just not the same. Those were the days. I've heard (but not compared) that the '68 gun laws are ver much like the 38 laws passed in Germany? Any thoughts?
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oh boy, now we get to hear the fucking "88" idiots chime in defending Hitler's gun laws.
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Really did not want to open that damn can of worms. Strike the above and let's talk about single malt scotch!
Link Posted: 10/28/2002 1:28:05 PM EDT
1875 to 1912. Shooting then was as much a social venue as sporting pastime. Firearms as we know them today all evolved during this time (yes I know centerfire cartridges date to the 1840's but they were not popularized till this time). Firearms never held as much acceptance in society as then. Styles of shooting fashion caught the attention of aristocracy and literature. Shooting games were a part of social life with shooting clubs in cities like London, Paris etc. and match results printed in newspapers the next day. World War One and the Maxim gun started the decline in mass popularity. Women shooters disappeared overnight at the start of WW1.
Link Posted: 10/28/2002 1:44:46 PM EDT
Wow, sounds like its been downhill since!
Link Posted: 10/28/2002 1:49:53 PM EDT
Since May 23rd 1977 untill the day I die. ;-)
Link Posted: 10/28/2002 5:47:52 PM EDT
probly pre 68. could mail order a mortar and no one cared. sadly way before my time.
Link Posted: 10/28/2002 7:39:24 PM EDT
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The mid-80's were good! You could get assault-type firearms (as the liberals like to say) reasonable. Styer AUG's for < $500 and any HK's for same, AR's for < $400,Armalite 180's for < $300, FN-FAL's for <$900, SIG AMT's and PE-57's,Valmet's, UZI's, FNC's, Daewoo's, AK's, and towards the end of 80's FAMAS, SIG 550's, Galil's, ect... . Think the 70's were good too- BM-59's and CETME's... . Of course, I had a FFL then some the price may vary a little but 10% over cost wasn't uncommon.
Link Posted: 10/28/2002 10:41:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By m96223: Just curious as to opinions on what year(s) you think were the best for firearms of all kinds (least restritive, availabilty, variety, etc.)
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Before FDR got in the white house. Before he got in office a person could buy a full auto Tommygun through the mail or at their local hardware store.
Link Posted: 10/29/2002 5:32:02 AM EDT
When I first got into guns, the paperwork was the coupon that you cut out of the back of the magazine. You filled it out, attached $25.00 (you mailed cash all the time back then) and mailed it in. In about 4-8 weeks the mailman brought you a fully refurbished 1911-A1.
Link Posted: 10/29/2002 5:42:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/29/2002 6:12:00 AM EDT
From the day you turn 21 to the day you die and every day in between.
Link Posted: 10/29/2002 6:45:42 AM EDT
oh boy, now we get to hear the fucking "88" idiots chime in defending Hitler's gun laws.
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Yup, here it is: the fact is that Hitler made gun ownership for Germans EASIER after he was elected Reichschancelor. Post WWI laws (Allied laws) were very restrictive, and after WW2 we confinscated ALL weapons from the German populace, including inoperable family heirlooms and fencing swords. To this day you cannot own a gun (in your home) in Germany. Anyway, I agree that things were better for US gun ownership in the past. But get yer guns now, before you can't! I wish I had sucked it up and gone into debt for an AR or two in 1993. Pray for the silent death of the AWB in 1994!
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