Bought a Mossberg 152 .22 auto for $10 from a pawn shop in Phenix City AL, 1982. Paid $10, out the door. Bluing gone, stock was a black as a pair of jump boots. Reblued, stripped stock and found BEAUTIFUL grained walnut. Still have it.
In the 1896 Sears catalog (bear in mind the year and inflation) they had a 69 cent revolver, 22 short.