Gunbroker lately has had about five full pages of Mini 14s and now they display about twice as many Mini 30s as they did two-three months ago. Shooting x39 ammo is a bit cheaper than .223, helping many Russian-designed semi-autos to remain really popular, along with the threat to ban so many types.
Combining the reality of cheaper ammo with their status as the most reliable and affordable combat weapons, along with news of possible legal prohibition to acquire in the near future, create a strong appeal and it has been growing lately.
Looked at Gunbroker's 14s last night, out of curiosity.
Will keep all of my guns, and almost all are carbines (Minis, SKS, MN 44).
As the economy gets worse, if people feel much more insecure (more crime reported or chances of 'uncivil' insurrection), either this or the anti-gun idiots in Congress could make most semi-autos much more attractive in the mid-term.
Economic problems might keep these Senators focused more on agendas which have nothing to do with firearms (but let's not underestimate their potential for stupidity: i.e. Schumer, Pelosi, Feinstein).
A good pair of AK-47s or Saigas might be a decent investment for later profits/trades for ammo. The option of an actual Mini 14 Ruger factory 20-round mag. at no extra charge to the buyer (now selling for $45-60) could make or break a deal. Aftermarket mags are mostly a major reliability problem now for 14s and 30s, that is if they function at all.
Wish I had the cash for a few AKs or Saigas, just to spite Congress, then sell for a profit.
I'm 53 and made my first gun purchase only one year ago.
You might try "Perfectunion.com", the Mini website.
Last edited by Laufer; 10-11-2008 at 07:00 AM.