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Posted: 3/22/2002 1:05:03 PM EDT
when I bought my first colt for $425.00 N.I.B.(no such thing as pre ban then), also at at gun show i could buy Norinco AK-47 for 89.95 alkl day long!! boy o boy i wish it was still that way i could have bought a Colt and five or six AK's for what i just paid for my latest Colt
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 1:30:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/22/2002 1:31:10 PM EDT by Schnert]
I remember passing up a used SP1 for $350, because it was "too expensive." STUPID!STUPID!STUPID!
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 1:37:14 PM EDT
I remember my dad buying his Colt Sporter at Sportmart for $500. Can't do that anymore.
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 2:56:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 3:02:07 PM EDT

My HK91 , NIB $400 - Long gone

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Link Posted: 3/22/2002 3:09:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CAMPYBOB:
cheapest chi-com ak i ever saw was for $275...with a free 1200 rounds of steelcore! no...i thought it was too much money in 1984!

thats about what i apid for my first ak but bout when i was 17 me and my dad was at a gunshow in pa and this dealer had sks's for 29.
95 and ak's both 7.62 and .223 for 89.95 i allready had a .223 but i wanted a 762 and he wouldnt buy me one. there were pepole buying 10 or more at a time....
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 3:22:59 PM EDT
Gonna show my age here, I remember the SP1 going for $230 way way back when, and being horrified when it passed the "three bill" level.

Still got my $335 HK91 and it ain't for sale.
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 3:43:29 PM EDT
When I could actually BUY an AR in Kalif.
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 5:10:43 PM EDT
When I could get an SKS for $69, and take it home the same day.
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 5:16:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/22/2002 5:17:15 PM EDT by cmjohnson]
Passing up a pristine (possibly new) HK-91 for a princely 325 bucks.


Oh, if only we had known, huh?


If I ever get my hands on a real time machine I'm going to get me an arsenal.

I wonder how much a GE M61 Vulcan (20mm) would have sold for in 1967, anyway....?

CJ

Link Posted: 3/22/2002 6:27:47 PM EDT
When penny candy was actually $.01
When Butterfinger candy bars were only $.10

When you could eat candy all day long & not gain any weight.

ColtShorty

GOA KABA COA JPFO SAF NRA

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted
and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do
these things to other people and I require
the same from them."
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 6:37:02 PM EDT
When nobody heard of the name bill clinton.
When magazine capacity was more than 10 rounds.
When nobody had heard the word "Preban"

CAPITALIST
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 6:59:50 PM EDT
I was 20 in 9/1994 and struggling along with my family to recover from my father's death and the financial ruin of the L.A. riots.

No such thing as the good old days for me and even without the setbacks I would have been cutting it close.

Now I'm stuck in no man's land (aka California) and the weather forecast for firearms ownership is looking decidedly worse by the year.
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 7:25:06 PM EDT
I remember when you could buy a Colt AR15 for $164.95, Garands for $70.00, (thru the mail) M1 Carbines for around $35.00 and carry your gun down the highway right next to the airport on your way to a hunting area.
One time I purchased a gun in town and caught the bus home with the gun, never had a problem.
The good old days.
Bill
Link Posted: 3/22/2002 8:10:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AKsRule:

My HK91 , NIB $400 - Long gone

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We must have bought one at about the same time, around '82? ChiCom underfolder w/ folding spike bayonets $225 from B&B in LA. My first Colt .45 at MCRD was $325....
Link Posted: 3/23/2002 12:37:20 AM EDT
When you could walk into a car dealer, plunk down $4k or so, a roar off in a REAL car like a Hemi Cuda or a Boss 429 Mustang or (insert you vision of badass here). When you opened the hood all you saw was engine, not hoses and sensors. Gas was $.35/gal for 106 octane.

More recently, when you could buy new surplus UGGI mags for $6.00 each, sometimes less if you got a deal.

A full auto M16 was around $400 + $200 transfer fee (tax).

You didn't need an interpreter to shop at 7-11.

When flying cost more, but the food tasted good and there was room to stretch. The flight attendants were called "Stewardesses" and were usually hotties.

You could buy guns via mail order directly to your house.

Schools educated as opposed to indoctrinated.

New immigrants tried hard to learn English as quickly as possible and be assimilated into society as Americans - not Mexican/Arab/African/Asian Americans (granted, they were treated worse by the general populace than are today's immigrants, but then that says something of their character that they persevered, doesn't it?).

FBI agents were admired and respected by the law abiding. Unlike today where there is the "they're not all bad" qualifier.

Hoodlums stole hubcaps, fought with fists, and drank beer - as opposed to thrill killing, drug dealing, and drive by shootings.


All the above are memories, thanks to actions taken over the years by the federal government.

Sucks, don't it?
Link Posted: 3/23/2002 5:19:15 AM EDT
shadowjack and gus are both *really really* old . . .
Link Posted: 3/23/2002 6:11:40 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/23/2002 9:55:40 AM EDT
"pea-shooters", Straw & dried peas.Came in a paper sack with a bullseye printed on it.-.10 cents.
Schwinn's Orange Crate, or any 20" stingray w/sissy bar or banana seat. You could lay em in the yard over night,wake up the nxt morn & get up,they'd still be there.
.05 cents for a soda bottle return refund,A kid could be an jr. enterpreneur if he knew the right roadside ditches to check,
Toy Guns were BLACK not safty orange/red & It was okay to say "Bang-Gotcha,Your Dead !!!"
The worst thing to get on Halloween was a homemade popcorn ball.
Link Posted: 3/24/2002 12:41:28 AM EDT
AAAAHHH Those were the days: gas-14 cents/gal, smokes-16 cents a pack, movie- 25 cents, hot dogs- 10 cents, cokes- 5 cents. Then as I got older, my first ar-15; traded a m1 car and a .45
plus 25 bucks for it. But I did miss the best deal. I have an old add for for the new Colt AR-15. When Colt first brought out the ar-15 it sold for $89.95.
Link Posted: 3/24/2002 1:32:27 AM EDT
I remember back in when I was in Taiwan we could shoot off bottle rockets and firecrackers without fear of police and nonsense, too bad they dont allow guns... (well only the elites, the rich people and the crimials have guns)
Link Posted: 3/24/2002 2:08:13 AM EDT

Does anyone remember The good ol'days?????


Hell Yes !
I bought a couple of guns through the mail prior to the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Now those were the "Good ole" Days !

DAMN..I'm gettin' old.
Link Posted: 3/24/2002 2:44:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By gus:
When you could walk into a car dealer, plunk down $4k or so, a roar off in a REAL car like a Hemi Cuda or a Boss 429 Mustang or (insert you vision of badass here). When you opened the hood all you saw was engine, not hoses and sensors. Gas was $.35/gal for 106 octane.

More recently, when you could buy new surplus UGGI mags for $6.00 each, sometimes less if you got a deal.

A full auto M16 was around $400 + $200 transfer fee (tax).

You didn't need an interpreter to shop at 7-11.

When flying cost more, but the food tasted good and there was room to stretch. The flight attendants were called "Stewardesses" and were usually hotties.

You could buy guns via mail order directly to your house.

Schools educated as opposed to indoctrinated.

New immigrants tried hard to learn English as quickly as possible and be assimilated into society as Americans - not Mexican/Arab/African/Asian Americans (granted, they were treated worse by the general populace than are today's immigrants, but then that says something of their character that they persevered, doesn't it?).

FBI agents were admired and respected by the law abiding. Unlike today where there is the "they're not all bad" qualifier.

Hoodlums stole hubcaps, fought with fists, and drank beer - as opposed to thrill killing, drug dealing, and drive by shootings.


All the above are memories, thanks to actions taken over the years by the federal government.

Sucks, don't it?



I hear you on the cuda where you could actually
buy a real car and you could actually Work on it
without specialized equipment. i had a pontiac grandam that the waterpump took 6 hours to replace! and you actually got horsepower. now
you get 4 cylinder's and 6's.
Link Posted: 3/24/2002 5:13:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/24/2002 5:17:51 AM EDT by seamusmcoi]

Originally Posted By HvyAR:
When I could get an SKS for $69, and take it home the same day.



I'm with ya on that one.

Too young to remember $300 AR's.

But I do miss the days when I could buy a rifle and take it home that day.

I get delayed EVERYTIME I get run through the check.

I did pass up a PWA carbine with telestock for $450 at a local pawn shop once. And that was a month before the ban. Didn't know a thing about AR's back then. Passed it up because I had never heard of PWA.
Link Posted: 3/24/2002 5:32:31 AM EDT
One of my fondest memories is of being about 9 or 10 years old----this was the mid to late '50's---and riding my bike over to the Western Auto hardware store----and buying .22's for my rifle----and being able to do so because I had a note from my Mom saying it was okay.
Link Posted: 3/24/2002 6:26:10 AM EDT
Well, I think that these are the Good Old Days...Or will look like them in about 10 years.

But yes, I do miss the days when you could buy a Carcano (sp) for $15.00, and carry it home uncased.

Now I am going to cry!


Link Posted: 3/24/2002 6:37:12 AM EDT
I guess I am too young. I had neither the money nor was old enough to buy pre-ban before they were pre-ban, but I am buying up Yugo SKS's, Mausers, & Mosin's and having them delivered to my door.

Thanks god for the Curio FFL, it is the closest thing to a time machine I have.
Link Posted: 3/24/2002 10:08:36 AM EDT
I bought a P-38 from an ad in AMERICAN RIFLEMAN for $44.95 and P-08's were $48.95. This in 1963, one or two months before JFK's assassination.

Now remember that a $1.50/hr job was a decent wage for a college student and a union construction worker earned about $2.50-2.70/hr.
Link Posted: 3/24/2002 3:22:37 PM EDT
How about these deals back in the good ol'days:
Steyr AUG-under $700
HK 91 and 93-under $600
AK mags-$8.00
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