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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:30 pm 
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I was going through a file folder box of gun literature a few days ago and found this old mailer from Century International Arms. There is no date on it anywhere, but I have dated it to 2005 (from research on the NRA 2nd Amendment Chopper announcement) At that time, I held a C&R FFL, and ordered firearms and related items through Century, and the guns were shipped directly to my door. I have no idea why I held on to this catalog, but I did. My parents were both notorious "pack rats"; I no doubt inherited the trait.

As you look at these prices and compare them with what you would pay today, I think it is important to keep in mind that US median income only rose 19% from 2004 to 2014. Compared to these official US government economic statistics, the real income of many people has not risen at all, or has in fact fallen. Finally, I'm sure that many here will remember prices lower than the ones advertised here. I know I do.

Here are some advertised items I thought some here may find interesting:

From the front cover: AK Parts Kits:
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WASR 10

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Two Populated Romanian AK Barrels

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Russian M44 Mosin Nagant in Arsenal Wrapper

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Russian M38 Mosin Nagant & German K98

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From the rear cover: Tin of 7.62X54 Ammunition

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Yugo M59 & M59/66 SKS

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Romanian SKS

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K98 R/C & NRA Second Amendment Chopper Announcement

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:43 pm 
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Awesome.

Ouch.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:16 pm 
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I still have some of my receipts from that time, and I remember some of the prices.
My internal price guide has not been reset to today and I'm routinely shocked at the prices of surplus now. A friend will ask if something is a good deal, and I have to think twice about it before answering.


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I think it is important to keep in mind that US median income only rose 19% from 2004 to 2014.


2000-2014 saw a decrease in median income by 27% in my area.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:07 pm 
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Oh yes the good old days, wish I had my C&R back then...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:49 pm 
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shoot4fun wrote:
I still have some of my receipts from that time, and I remember some of the prices.
My internal price guide has not been reset to today and I'm routinely shocked at the prices of surplus now. A friend will ask if something is a good deal, and I have to think twice about it before answering.



I obtained my C&R FFL in 2004.

Just a few purchases I remember:

Bulgarian Makarov $99.99

Czech CZ-52 $99.99

Swiss K-31 $99.99

Mosin Nagant M91/30 $69.99

I bought a lot from AIM Surplus, Southern Ohio Guns, and Century International Arms.

Maybe one of these days good cheap surplus firearms will return.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:02 pm 
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shoot4fun wrote:
Maybe one of these days good cheap surplus firearms will return.

I hope so...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:22 pm 
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Supply and demand. Back then vendors had lots of milsurps that nobody wanted. Now milsurp collectors want milsurp firearms that vendors no longer have.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:05 am 
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Prices right now are ridiculous and can not continue at these levels. There is a lot of inventory sitting in collections of those over the age of 75.

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