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1962 Surplus ad, what to get if you had 35 bucks

#1 Post by indy1919a4 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:20 am

So if you had 35 bucks in you pocket what would you get...
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#2 Post by steamer » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:40 am

I really like seeing those old ads - makes you almost shake your head is disbelief.

(and it always pisses me off that my father didn't collect guns when they were so plentiful).

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#3 Post by spentprimer » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:23 am

I know there wouldn't be any money left over for ammo, but, the 98 Persian Carbine would look good at the deer huntin' shack.
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#4 Post by Old Army Cook » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:59 am

To get an idea of how the price on surplus has gone up, $35 in 1962 is worth $298 now.
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#5 Post by professrh » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:29 pm

I'd probably get the Persian Mauser . . . or three of the Spaniards, hoping for a really good one in the bunch. But then, I remember seeing gas advertised at 26¢/gal. not long after 1962. . . .

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#6 Post by Hammerdown » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:00 pm

They have some nice rifles in the $9.95 price range. "I'm just going to make a hunting rifle out of it. It will never be worth anything" How many times has that been said in the 60's and 70's.
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#7 Post by Ghoulardi » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:35 pm

well, seeing that the OP was still in diapers and crawling around the floor, looking back 35 bucks may not seem to be much money. but 35 bucks was a lot of money back then, especially if you had a family to keep a roof over their heads (rent/mortgage) and had to cloth and feed them pay bills and all the other stuff associated with family/parental responsibility.
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#8 Post by FamilyFirearms » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:18 am

Definitely the k98.

On a similar note, we were at an auction and purchased a box of books. Inside was a book with reproductions of several old Bannerman catalogs. Wow, the stuff they sold was really awsome. Talk about the golden age of surplus!

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#9 Post by indy1919a4 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:23 pm

Ghoulardi wrote:
Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:35 pm
well, seeing that the OP was still in diapers and crawling around the floor,
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#10 Post by Rapidrob » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:45 pm

Ye Old Hunter was not cheap! If you really wanted quality surplus rifles you went to or bought from INTERARMCO in Alexandria,VA.
I went there in '65. In your wildest dreams you can not imagine what was for sale.
Enfields were the most expensive rifles at 30-35 bucks. Mausers were 15-25 bucks in Very good or better condition. 8mm surplus ammo was $1.00 for a hundred rounds.
Jap rifles were so cheap,no one bought them. No one wanted Jap anything. I saw barrels full of them for under eight bucks each in new condition.(7,7) and 6 bucks for the 6.5 rifles-no ammo!
Russian rifles were there but there was no ammo! A like new SVT-40 with all it goodies could be had for 35 bucks...no ammo other than $$$ NORMA.
Carcano rifles,every version you could think of were 7.50-15 bucks. 6.5 Ammo was cheap. 7.35 was not common to find. No 8mm's that I ever saw back then.
French rifles were not in great quantities as the rest were.
USA bolt rifles were there as new in crates. '03A3 were 22 bucks with tax, M-1's were there but were in big demand. You could get a really nice WWII made M-1 rifle for about 45 bucks.
Pistols were dirt cheap as well.
M1911's were 20 bucks
Lugers were 25-100 bucks depending on the model. I bought a "Black Widow" for 32 bucks-four months paper-route money.
INTERARMCO had everything from B-17's,Tanks,Jeeps,Cannons of every caliber,flame throwers,mortars,MG's...you get the picture.
It really was an experience.
My Uncle Walter took me there. He was impressed. He did say..."they have a lot to sell,but their no Bannerman Castle!" He had been there as well.
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Re: 1962 Surplus ad, what to get if you had 35 bucks

#11 Post by viking » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:28 pm

in 1974 i bought a m98=09 that had been converted to 30-06 from word lumber co. for 40. bucks.took a couple months to save for it.

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#12 Post by lifeon2 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:14 pm

I have a binder with a ton of those old ads in it :) I would buy 3 of the 10 dollar ones and some ammo

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#13 Post by bobvz » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:20 pm

$1.00 in 1962 is the same as $8.00 today. So a $35 rifle in 1962 would cost $280 today (not accounting for collect-ability). The real deal is those 1893 Mausers at $10.00 that are selling for nearly $400 today.

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#14 Post by noddaz » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:30 pm

Amazing... Simply amazing...

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Re: 1962 Surplus ad, what to get if you had 35 bucks

#15 Post by Candyman » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:01 pm

Here are some adds from the August 1963 American Rifleman magazine.
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