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I just found an old flyer from AIM from 1996. I thought you all might like to hear some of the offerings and prices.

Yugo 59/66 SKS rifles $109-$169 delivered
Russian new production 7.62x39 ammo. Case of two 700rd cans. $115
.30 Carbine 1080 rd can. $189
SIG Sauer P225 police trade-in $300
Albanian SKS all matching very-good to excellent. $270
Hungarian 7.62 x54R ammo. 4 cans (1760 rds) $160
Korean surplus .30-06 M2 ball. 70-80 production non corrosive boxer 800 rds for $170
Portuguese surplus 7.62 NATO non-corrosive in battle packs 1000 rd case for $139.50
 

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A gallon of gas was only a dollar back then too.

Where you been lately Expert? I haven't seen you around much for a little while now.
Clayshooter, I've been checking in fairly regularly, but mainly reading and not posting too much, as I don't seem to have as much to say as I used to. That, and being buried under work.....:)
 

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If AIM offered those today at that price UPS would have to have a semi come to my house to unload the stuff. >_<
 

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A gallon of gas was only a dollar back then too.

Where you been lately Expert? I haven't seen you around much for a little while now.
Yep, while it's cool to sit around and reminisce about the "good old days" of collecting, I was making half as much then as I am now.
I can still get those SKS's for a bit over $300 and same for the ammo, except maybe for the carbine ammo, double those prices above and those items or a close replacement are still available today.

In another 20 years we'll be posting about the good deals today.

Still, I like to see those old prices, because when I buy from an old collector I can remind him of what he paid for that SKS back in the "good old days"
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Yep, while it's cool to sit around and reminisce about the "good old days" of collecting, I was making half as much then as I am now.
I can still get those SKS's for a bit over $300 and same for the ammo, except maybe for the carbine ammo, double those prices above and those items or a close replacement are still available today.

In another 20 years we'll be posting about the good deals today.

Still, I like to see those old prices, because when I buy from an old collector I can remind him of what he paid for that SKS back in the "good old days"
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yep,

go back to the 80's for even better pricing, esp NFA,,


96, IIRC, every roses store had a pile of enfields for $35 or so, and every gunshow had ammo stacked damn near to the ceiling,,
 

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I just found an old flyer from AIM from 1996. I thought you all might like to hear some of the offerings and prices.

Yugo 59/66 SKS rifles $109-$169 delivered
Russian new production 7.62x39 ammo. Case of two 700rd cans. $115
.30 Carbine 1080 rd can. $189
SIG Sauer P225 police trade-in $300
Albanian SKS all matching very-good to excellent. $270
Hungarian 7.62 x54R ammo. 4 cans (1760 rds) $160
Korean surplus .30-06 M2 ball. 70-80 production non corrosive boxer 800 rds for $170
Portuguese surplus 7.62 NATO non-corrosive in battle packs 1000 rd case for $139.50


Inflation is 51% from 1996 to 2014
http://www.usinflationcalculator.com

Thus, the 7.62x39, 54r and 7.62x51 ammo would have been nice investments!
 

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Back in the 80's there was a dealer at the gun show that sold 7.62x54 400 count ammo tins for $40.00 bucks and for $25.00 more you could get a M91/30 Mosin Nagant Rifle thrown in the deal.
 

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I should have stockpiled K31s when they were $89 each, and Turks when they were $40 with a bayonet. And who remembers Aztec Arms in Florida, when they had M44s and refurb 91/30s with stamped-matching bayonets for $49? We were upset when they went up to $59, then $69 and $79.

I also remember visiting Inter Ordnance and being allowed to peruse the room full of k98s to pick the ones I wanted. There were probably 150 in there, but I didn't know what to look for. They were what we would call "Romanian imports"... mostly matching except for bolt assemblies, not refurbished, etc. If I had only known, I would have scoured the lot as there were most likely some with original matching bolt assemblies, too. They were $160 each (this was in 1999).
 

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Korean surplus .30-06 M2 ball. 70-80 production non corrosive boxer 800 rds for $170
Portuguese surplus 7.62 NATO non-corrosive in battle packs 1000 rd case for $139.50


Every once in a while, I make good decisions. I'm still shooting some of this ammo (sometimes Century beat AIMS's price), ....but I'm scared to death of the "replacement cost"
1996? it sure doesn't seem that far back.......
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I used to buy 500rnds of loose 30 Carbine ball from Springfield Sporters for $40 in the mid 90's, 30 Carbines for $165, Garands for $250 or less, 303's for $79, etc...

And I was making $6 an hour.

As a percentage of my pay, I can still buy many of those same things now for the same percentage of my pay, not including rare variations of course.
 

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When wages don't keep up with inflation (and they are not) the working man takes a whipping.
Maybe better stated by substituting the word "wages" with the word "entitlements".

As for prices the wholesale prices on arms and ammo in the 90's was shockingly low even for the time.

surplus rifle ammo for .03/rd and complete rifles for $7.87-14.87 were some of the memorable numbers seen. Even more disturbing was these included shipping.
 

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I think monkeyboy is right not 1996. I have a 2003 Aim Shotgun News ad in front of me . Alabanian Sks $269.95 , Yugo Sks $109.95 to $169.95 , Hungarian 7.62x54 4 cans 1760 rds for $160 . I have 13 Yugo Sks , got the first in 2002 , didn't take me 6 years to get around to buying one .
 
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