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okdonk 06-15-2012 05:02 AM

We all know recently since past few months, prices on firearms and ammo had gone up rapidly. Some said due to the Obama election thingy, supply & demand or maybe something else.
I bought my Daniel Defense V4 for about $1300+ from my LGS last november. I could get it for $100-300 cheaper but somehow the online retailer which i ordered from had none aka backorder. And now an average brand new DD V4 is about at least $1300-1400, if you are lucky enough to get it online. The MSRP shown at DD site is about $1679.
Same thing with a Spike's enhanced lower which i got it on february, i noticed Spike's increased $25-50 for the same one.
My question is, excuse me for being curious, how much and when were they (any kind of firearms, guns, rifles, class 3 & etc) when you bought yours 1, 2, 3, 5 or more years ago?
We see threads everyday like building this and that, this vs that, so let's talk about past prices vs present prices. ;)

Quentin 06-15-2012 05:32 AM

As I remember, prices really went up last election, Nov. 2008, and remained high most of 2009. Shelves were empty so people were buying no matter what the price. Then in 2010-11 demand and prices dropped but have crept up again this year. I expect this to continue up through this election then it's hard to predict beyond that.

With the lousy economy there's a lot of used guns for sale at good prices. Bargains to be found but sad for those who must sell.

bearrwe 06-15-2012 05:34 AM

When I went to gunsmithing school in 80 you could buy a new Essex Arms 1911 slide and frame for around a $100. You could get surplus internal parts a decent barrel, bushing and sights for around another $100. You could easily build a decent 1911 for under $250 tops. I didn't buy many new guns back then and usually looked for guns that needed a little work but you could easily walk into a gun show with $200 and come out with a decent gun or two.

sparky17 06-15-2012 03:14 PM

I paid $480 for a Glock 19 for my wife in '92 or '93.

Quentin 06-15-2012 11:05 PM


Originally Posted by sparky17 (Post 837291)
I paid $480 for a Glock 19 for my wife in '92 or '93.

And you still can get a new Gen 3 for about the same today. Less in fact, considering inflated dollars.

okdonk 06-15-2012 11:14 PM

Yes.. Glock prices been steady for the last 6months or more, IMO.

bigrock44 06-17-2012 04:56 AM

I noticed that around the last election time that prices on firearms and ammunition. I feel it will happen again this election agin. For the most part I will shop for better bargains on the firearms I want, even though it may be time consuming at times. It usually pays off in the prices I actually pay for the firearms. I am also not opposed to driving to get a good deal.

clr8ter 06-17-2012 04:08 PM

Back in '96 or so, I bought a Ruger 77/22 All Weather, and had a scope mounted for $475. I think it goes for a fair amount more today.

The_Kid 06-17-2012 06:11 PM


Originally Posted by okdonk (Post 836943)
how much and when were they (any kind of firearms, guns, rifles, class 3 & etc) when you bought yours 1, 2, 3, 5 or more years ago?

In 1983 my new Winchester 94 30-30 cost $150, they cost about $1100 now.

Odd thing is, My S&W 649 9mm cost about $650 20 or so years ago. I traded it for a used 357 686, which cost $650. I just bought a new Remington 1911 for $650. $650 seems to be the price I will not go beyond.

Gonzilla 06-17-2012 08:58 PM

I found the box my SW 686 came in recently. I bought it at Ft. Bliss's Rod & Gun club for $343. Same time, I bought a Colt Combat Elite for $600. This was 1988. In the late 90s, I bought a pair of minis for $400 each SS.

Some of the higher prices could be old fashioned profiteering...

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