Price Guides last updated: June 2015
The State of ... It appears that the significant price increases of the past 2+ years may be leveling off. This seems to be the normal state of the NFA market since discovered by the Internet; great leaps up followed by periods of leveling. We’ve recently experienced price increases of 25-100%, so maybe we’re in for some quieter time. Asset inflation brought to you courtesy of the Fed’s QE experiments probably also played a part, but in a trivial way compared to securities and real estate. Curiously, there are still a few self-
Two charts have been added to compare weapons within the same category. The first is comparing prices of UZI Registered Receivers to Registered Bolts. The second is comparing prices of “regular” M60s to M60E4 (MK43 Mod 0) to M60s originally built by Saco Maremont. We have a database of close to 100,000 observations to do this analysis, so if there’s something you want to see, just ask for an evaluation.
General Ranting - What is it about Donald Trump that energizes large parts of the population? Simple, The Donald is speaking his mind and telling you what he really thinks. No politically correct claptrap sprinkled with cleverly veiled references in order not to offend or, really, not to inform. You wouldn’t vote for them if they told you what they really want to do, so they have to deceive you and jump on the opposition’s gaffs. How refreshing would it be if they all spoke their mind?
Hillary: I’m much smarter than you, so I will socially engineer you to be happy and prosperous, equally.
OK, so Trump says that the increasingly mobile Mexican border jumper is bringing crime into the US and nobody, especially the Feds, are doing anything about it. The chronically offended (Hello, I’m Betsy and I’m looking for something to offend me today. You’ll do.) and their media sycophants hear that he hates all Mexicans and wants them dead. Worse yet, his Repub non-buds jump on with blah, blah, political speech, blah, disapproval, even though they think similarly.
As an aside, who decided that the media circus is composed of intelligent beings worthy of our respect?
So next Trump goes after John McCain after he disparaged Trump’s supporters in AZ. To be frank, McCain’s done nothing highly significant except being served up by the media pimps as Obama’s perfect 2008 doormat. Trump says he likes heros that don’t get captured, singularly cutting McCain’s primary claim to fame; 5 1/2 years in the Hanoi Hilton. Sure, we all should respect veterans and especially POWs for their sacrifices, but you don’t get a free life-pass for being one. Your sainthood gets earned every day by your actions and some just don’t cut it, regardless of their past experiences. You can feel differently and jump on the bandwagon with the horribly offended media, but their tears are the crocodile variety, so don’t break anything climbing off. Again, his Repub non-buds jumped on with blah, no respect, blah, political speech, blah, disapproval.
So The Donalds got them jumping and responding and looking like the infantile back stabbers that they are. The statist media is apoplectic that anyone would listen to this guy, but the people are soaking it up. Does he have any staying power to run the table? Time will tell, but he really needs to modify his gun ownership views to gain our support.
More of the STILL Continuing JPFO Rant - There’s been a few negative comments about this, but if you had a father or grandfather that fought in the Pacific during WWII, you may be alive today due to the nuclear bombing of Japan that ended the war in the Pacific. At least 1 million US and up to 4 million Japanese lives were saved when Japan surrendered, negating the anticipated invasion of Japan. My dad was Army Air Force in India and Burma during the war and was being readied for the invasion. His life was likely spared due to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For JFPO to allow revisionists a voice to equate these events with the Nazi Holocaust is disgusting. This rant will stay until JFPO addresses the issue. It’s been over 2 years and haven’t heard from them yet. If you don’t like it, skip it or try out your delete key.
UPDATE On JPFO - Apparently JPFO has fallen apart after the death of Mr. Zellman and other unfortunate events befallen their leadership. They have merged with the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) sometime in 4Q 2014. SAF’s leader, Alan Gottlieb has previously stated his opposition to Class III guns, while barely tolerating semi-automatic weapons. Additionally, Gottlieb supported the Toomey/Manchen universal background check/gun registration bill. Maybe not the best of friends for automatic weapon advocates. I expressed my reservations about the “Japanese genocide” to Alan Korwin of gunlaws.com who has joined with SAF/JPFO to promote their alliance and received a big fat no response. I even bought one of his books; how ungrateful!
JPFO used to be a no-nonsense civil rights organization with special emphasis on the rights of self defense. Unique for a Jewish organization. Then Mr. Zellman passed away and they may have lost their compass. Last October (2011!), one of their correspondents penned an article about government sponsored genocides that included this paragraph:
“I've seen many other programs about the Nazi Holocaust -- or Shoah (the "Catastrophe") as it's also been called -- and so have you. Along with the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians, the Chinese "Massacre of the Landlords", Stalin's deadly crimes, (I would also include what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki), and the insanity of the Cambodian Killing Fields, the Nazi Holocaust, the principal horror of the 20th century, was the crowning achievement of untrammeled statism in an age which, not by any means coincidentally, saw the rise of the gigantic super-government.”
Include what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki among the genocides of the 20th Century? We know what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Nuclear bombs were dropped on Japanese cites causing widespread destruction and massive casualties causing the previously reticent Japanese to surrender. Subsequently, the planned invasion of Japan was canceled, saving millions of Japanese and Allied lives. The casualties numbered in the hundreds of thousands. JPFO was way out-of-line to equate those acts of war with the 100s of millions liquidated by their own governments. You be the judge as I still haven’t seen any retraction from JPFO.
Machine Gun Price Guide - The definite source of machine gun price information on the Internet. The MGP contains price information for over 100 transferable automatic weapons. Navigate to the Price Guides to find a particular category and select a thumbnail for a full screen display of an easily understandable chart of average prices and trends in a high/low window over many years of history.
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