Why are US Mil-surps so Expensive?

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Trez, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

    Im just wondering why US milsurps are so expensive? I mean they were made here, shouldnt there be more Us made mil-surps here, than from other countrys? (ok, maybe not Russia..:p)

    I see Arisakas from $100-$300, Mausers are like $200-300, Mosins are around $100, Nagant revolvers about $100.. But I never seen a Krag for under $1000, 1903's are $800-$1000, M1 Garands are like $800-$1000 (This I really dont understand, there like $600 from the CMP, How does everybody get away with marking them up so much?) M1 carbines start a at least $600, 1911's are insane like $1500 and up...

    It just seems weird to me... :confused:
  2. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

    Price and demand.
    They only made some 7mil. Garands and some 37mil. Mosin Nagants, I have no idea how many other rifles were built.

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    It's what I call the "Patriotic Premium" and the market allows this to be collected.

    Then again, have you compared a Arisaka/Mosin and even a Mauser to a M1 Garand? It's not rocket surgery why we won the "Big One"!

    Oh yea, besides the two JM Browning creations; the M1911(A1) and the P35, what other "Mil-surps" pistols (that you would buy) are still in production?
  4. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

    Basically, there are millions more people on earth now...
    and less guns than when they made 'em on WW2...
    and a LOT more folks interested in those WW2 rifles than in the 60's to 80's...

    Consequently, the demand pushes the prices up...combined with the ever-shrinking US Dollar since
    Obama is printing trillions in funny money which makes the dollar worth Less....the price REALLY went up...
    so...we're screwed.
  5. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    'cuse there are a 10,000 M1 Garands sitting in Korea that are not coming home.
    Oh, don't forget the ammo.
  6. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

    Ok, I guess my question now is, Why are some so cheap?

    Why can I get a Arisaka for the same price as a Mosin, when the Arisaka is 100x a better rifle? The fit and finish is way better than the Mosin, the action much smoother, the trigger is nicer, and the Arisaka was proven to be the strongest military bolt action of WWII.. Werent most of the Arisakas dumped into the Pacific? So why are they the same price as "crude, cheap" Mosins that theres millions of?

    If its because of the history, Then why are Nazi guns worth so much? To me the genocide of complete races is more "evil" than bayonet practice on ones "enemies"... I mean its not like they just did it to American solders, the Japanese have tested their blades on prisoners and cadavers ever since before feudal times....