Price Guides last updated: January 2019
The State of ... The run of prices into 2018 had seen 100% increases for some models and healthy values across the board. The party doesn’t last forever and the dog days of Summer 2018 brought a pause to the revelry. By the Holidays, doom and gloom spread across the land as prices had flattened. “Why is there no 5% increase this week, sir?”, begged Tiny Tim as the Grinches
General Ranting - Postponed temporarily (see below) to bring you the following PSA
Once again Adam Kraut was nominated by the membership for election to the NRA Board of Directors. Adam is a lawyer and has dedicated his career to defending our firearm rights. He is politically active locally, in the PA Legislature and across Federal issues in support of existing gun rights and future expansions. Best of all, he’s NFA friendly, believing the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of the people to all guns, including machine guns.
Adam has a vision for the NRA Board of Directors to become more active and expand the role of the NRA in education and outreach. He proposes changes to the bylaws to move non-active celebrity members to an Honorary Board and transitioning the Board to a true management advisory role. Given the NRA’s current fiscal shenanigans, true or not, this sounds like a pretty good idea. Bullet voting for Adam only will not increase the totals of other nominees. More about Adam at adamkraut.com.
Corporate Gun Control
At one time, NRA-ILA published a list of gun control sympathizers, both corporate and individual, that was so detailed, it went from your neighbor’s cleaning lady’s dry cleaner to the President of the World Bank. It’s no longer available so here’s a starter list of the companies that don’t deserve our money because they want to restrict our rights. You can only vote with your feet and the fact is that there are lots of alternatives to these gun grabbers and misguided social warriors.
Dicks - #1 on the hit parade. Corporate leaders announced they were not only removing so-called assault weapons from their stores, but also hiring lobbyists to promote gun control in Congress. Then the corporate wizards said they would destroy (melt down?) existing inventory. In case you didn’t know, Dicks customer base is solidly outdoor, hunting & fishing types.
Levis - President/CEO announces millions of dollars being donated to anti-gun groups because they were ‘inspired by the young people who are speaking up on America’s gun violence epidemic’. The groups include Bloomberg’s Everytown and the Gifford’s Fight Gun Violence.
Yeti - Terminates NRA-ILA partnership promotion using the terminology ‘recent events’ as the issue. Then they double down by calling the NRA spokesman’s account a big lie, but do nothing else to solve the issue. Yeti coolers are equipment used by campers, hunters and fisherman.
Benchmade - An Internet picture surfaces showing the knife maker’s proprietary equipment being used by the Oregon City, PD to destroy guns. The pic quickly disappears, but further investigation finds the company almost exclusively donates to Democrat Party anti-gun politicians. The owner tries to spin the picture fact but doesn’t talk about donations. The jury is still out, but the real issue is anti-gun political donations.
Buffalo Wild Wings - Beer and wings sports bar joint with many locations. These guys display large no guns allowed signs on their entrance. Lots of places have beer, wings and TVs everywhere, so comply with their wishes and go somewhere else.
Nike - These people piss me off, but they know their customers and they’re not me.
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 many 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.
The uniqueness of our Constitution and the rights recognized and protected by the Bill of Rights makes the US one of the only countries in the world to allow civilian ownership of automatic weapons. This privilege is controlled by various laws and regulations that exist to control and restrict ownership. Regardless of your stand on the fairness or even the constitutionality of the regulations, follow the links below to begin understanding what defines a machine gun an individual may own and how to acquire/dispose of them in ordinary commerce.
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