The Gander Mt. here near my brother in Evansville, IN just inflated their MN 44 prices from $99 to $150 last week or so!
My brother tried to get the Manager to go below $130, but no luck.
I told my brother "Nope".
Not too far from my home (further down south) another Gander also wants $150, but they only have three, at least which are visible. This has me wondering whether all large stores often hide some of their guns to make customers conclude that only four are available and might be gone soon and thereby help to artificially support these over-inflated prices.
The reason? Up here in Evansville I also learned from my brother, who had looked yesterday (only in an "advisory capacity", as with some pilots who only 'instructed' the Laotians in tandem-seat, AT-28s in the 60s...) , that the four which you see on 'the Rack' are accompanied by three more in 'the Back'.
What is the reason for these stores' pompous attitudes, unless they have sold one for such a ridiculous price? It must be because the guns appear to have been fresh from a distributor, with a thin layer of cosmoline here and there. They hope that some guy has not checked the Internet, does not read websites? My brother prefers his LE and two K-31s...of course he wanted to buy a Mosin and keep it.