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  1. Remember, ultimately it was his failure to pay income taxes that finally brought Al Capone to justice. In the case of illicit income, paying taxes is an essential component of covering the source of the money ...
  2. Exactly. It's a dog and pony show for the upcoming elections, in which all those who oppose this bill will be portrayed as enablers of the child-killing mass murderers. This will play well in reliably blue districts and among the donors to the sponsors, those who would vote against the representatives supporting this would do so anyway. It has zero chance of mustering 60 votes in the Senate, and everyone who voted for it knows that already ...
  3. Ah, I see. I guess it depends on how you define "overpaid" and "common". I didn't post this auction as an example of either, as PE snipers are virtually unknown outside of museums. This one is a (mostly) original and complete example, and therefore highly desirable among those who know these firearms. As for overpaying, that's debatable, as the supply of these is essentially none and the demand relatively high among Mosin collectors. The buyer is well-known in that community and knew exactly what he was buying, as did his chief competitor in the bidding. I meant it more as an example of how high prices can go for some of the uncommon examples of Russian/Soviet weapons today ...
  4. https://www.gunbroker.com/Item/939230281
  5. Like the others said, better buy what you can when and where you can now. An even better plan, wait until availability improves then stock up, sometimes referred to as "hoarding" by the unprepared types ...
  6. In many cases, regardless of what side of the aisle a policritter happens to sit on, abortion is a loser of an issue and most want to avoid it at all costs. As with many of the "hot button" issues, it's much better (from an election standpoint) to be able to rail against laws you know are unlikely to ever get changed than to actually have to make decisions regarding enforcement or other actions relevant to the issue at hand. It's also a lot easier to raise money by opposing positions your constituency finds objectionable than by defending laws they agree with ...
  7. Updating a long-dead thread, but there actually have been some Mosins imported this year. One of Finland's biggest collectors recently started liquidating at least part of his collection (rumored to number 20k rifles), Century brought in a bunch of M28's and M28/30's which have been gradually making their way to distributors this summer. Anyone who's still looking for the proverbial $100 Mosin will be disappointed though, most of these are selling quickly at $800 and up ...
  8. A couple of points to consider: 1. The federal government owns the Lake City Ammunition plant, Winchester only has the contract to operate it. Nothing in this EO affects Winchester's own plants or production ... 2. M855 is essentially already out of production, as the military switched to M855A1 years ago. There may be some quantities of M109 still being produced, but M855 is already obsolete, at least as far as military contracts go. Therefore banning "excess" sales of a product no longer made is meaningless ... Although I have no doubt that the current administration would gladly curtail most, if not all civilian ammunition sales, this probably isn't the calamity its made out to be on some of these websites ...
  9. Hang around with any of the 30-and-under crowd, and you can add "nobody much wears them anymore" ...
  10. There's a reason why every circular saw made is called a "skill saw". It's actually from "Skil", who made the earliest, and potentially best circular saws. I know today everyone has gone cordless, and I don't have any problems with that, the batteries of today are not those of yesteryear, but I bought a 6" Skil 552 in 1980 when I was doing this for a living. It's still the first saw i reach for in the shop ...
  11. I read a quote on another forum I'm active on - "I don't want to be the richest corpse in the graveyard". It's certainly true that many can, and do carry this philosophy to an extreme, saddling themselves with crippling debt, however that statement does have a ring of truth to it ... ...
  12. Minimum wage in the 60's was $1.60, I think, so you could buy about 18 rds/hr then. At $7.25 today, you can buy the same number of rounds if they're priced at roughly 40 cents each. In terms of purchasing power, not much has changed with ammo prices, seems like ...
  13. Typically, recessions aren't "officially" noticed until after they've begun, often until after they've ended. My bet is you're right, we're in the beginning stages of a full blown recession, one which will most likely persist at least until the fall ...
  14. WWII ended 77 years ago. Many of the milsurps we came to accept as "normally" priced came from that era, or before, and were declared surplus either shortly after that conflict or in the next few decades that followed. The flood of older, Comm-bloc weapons entered the markets during the 90's after the fall of the communist regimes in Russia and eastern Europe. The stockpiles of those weapons have either been depleted by now, or are held in countries from which future importation is forbidden by our laws, or theirs, and in some cases by hostile relations between our country and others. We will never see masses of cheap, easily available milsurp weapons again, as the period after WWII saw most countries adopt automatic or select fire rifles and carbines, none of which are legal to import or possess. That's not likely to change under any future conditions. If you want to play the milsurp game, you have to pay current pricing and use all avenues to locate whatever you want, pickings in local gun stores and pawn shops will be slim compared to even the limited availability online. Those who spend their time complaining about prices and the inconvenience of not being able to walk into a gun show and pick through barrels of milsurps, all the while waxing poetic about the "good old days" will be left empty handed ...
  15. There's a really simple answer to this ...
  16. Practically indestructible ...
  17. Mine too, along with a lot of other repairs in 1977. Made it to 2018 before I had total replacement. It never was completely right after the first surgeries I had back then, but I learned to live with it. The last 10 years before they installed the bionic knee, I had multiple injections each year, some of cortisone, many with the ground up rooster comb concoctions. I should have had it replaced years before I did, but at least I can walk again now, albeit slowly and with a slight limp. The arthroscopic surgeries they can do now are much less intrusive and the recovery period is far less, my advice would be to bite the bullet and get it done right away, hopefully preventing some of the long-term damage that I did to mine by waiting too long ...
  18. Famous last words ...
  19. In all fairness, I doubt that primer costs represent much of a percentage in the CPI though. In fact, the entire guns/ammo industry is too small to have any discernible effect on the calculated inflation rate ...
  20. We have these little episodes every few years. Give it some time, prices will fall and availability will increase again at some point. Then remember, hoarding is your friend ...
  21. I suspect the freefall isn't done yet - I'm anticipating a real, live bear market coming on ...
  22. On the other hand, estimates are that when I-Bonds reset the next time on May 1, they'll be paying out over 9% for the next 6 month interval. It's been a long time since anyone with money could get any sort of return on bonds, Treasuries, CDs and the like ...

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