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Just for interesting reading

#1 Post by OldRog » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:23 pm

This is an interesting read to see what the surplus weapon prices were back in the middle of the last century. If this link won't work copy and paste it in your browser, I'm not really good at this.
https://gunsmagazine.com/classic-guns-m ... -editions/

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#2 Post by Friedspam » Tue May 01, 2018 9:43 pm

I just read the Aug 61 issue, the month I was born, and it was very entertaining, Thanks for sharing that! I noticed that the garands where going for about 80 bucks, a new Weatherby deluxe under 3 bills, and assorted Enfields from about $15-$25.

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#3 Post by Rapidrob » Tue May 01, 2018 9:59 pm

If you made a $1.15 an hour back then you were in the tall grass. If you paid for dinner with a 20 dollar bill you got looks as if it was a 100;many restaurants had to get the manager to break a 20. I never held a 20 until I was in High school. You filled your car up for 3 bucks.
Firearms were always expensive, ammo was cheap and all over the place.
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#4 Post by ffuries » Tue May 01, 2018 10:20 pm

We all have read how low the prices were back then, talk about jealousy. But sometimes what has failed to be mentioned is what was the pay back then. Back in 1966 when i was born my parents talked about spending $25.00 a week or every two weeks for groceries. But the pay for an Air Force E-4 wasn't all that much to brag about. We are spending almost a $1000.00 a month in our household, but we are feeding the wife and I, helping feed our daughter, SIL and granddaughter, plus our son, DIL and two grandchildren that are staying with us during his transition period leaving the Marines and securing Government employment. So 6 adults and 3 kids, no wonder I'm so damn gray and grumpy nowadays.

My pay as a single E-1 in 1986 was $198.00 every two weeks, as a married E-3 in 1988 it was $366.66 every two weeks. After car insurance, car payment, groceries etc there was not much of that $366.66 left. There was no way I was going to afford a nice milsurp back then. By 1992 3 kids and being a E-4 Sergeant and I still wouldn't be able to afford it.

By the time I started buying milsurps a Turkish Mauser was $150.00 in my area, which was my first milsurp ever and I bought it in Jan 2011, and a M91/30 was $100.00 and started to climb pretty quick in price after I bought my first one in Mar 2011.

We need to remember inflation, cost of living, wages of the working class during the different times.

Hell my retirement (2008) as a 23 year E-6 is about $1600.00 plus a month. My dad's retirement (1988) as a 26 year E-7 was, $900.00 or so. So I was one rank lower, retired 20 years later, did 3 years less and got paid $700.00 or so more.

Now if we could have yesterday's prices with today's pay I would be buying every gun in sight, I'd have to have a bigger house to house it all........LOL.......Wishful thinking and dreaming.
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#5 Post by 72 usmc » Tue May 01, 2018 10:35 pm

Back in 1971 if I remember right, 2 wks pay was $139 as a pfc or Lcpl. After 2 nights of beer, girls, you had just enough for a hair cut each week and few hardcover books or a board game. If overseas, it went asap. At Pendleton the La Jolla college girls would show up in Oceanside on pay day for some extra cash.
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#6 Post by 72 usmc » Wed May 02, 2018 1:00 am

For a blast to the past read an old 1960s Dixie Gun works catalog or Hunters lodge ad from that period on surplus firearms.see
https://www.google.com/search?q=1960+hu ... 86&bih=973
How many SVT 40s at $49 do you need? :doh: :doh: :doh:
It seems just like yesterday we had Mosin 91/30s at 50 bucks, and now they are at $200 for a dog :snooty: :think:
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