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from 1990...

When I bought my copy of "German Military rifles and machine pistols 1871-1945" by Hans Dieter Götz it had this loose sheet in the front. Just thought I'd share some prices from 20 years ago. Back then I would have told you all these old foreign military rifles weren't worth the prices listed....
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Hi John,
I love the 88/97's top price of $500! You can count the known 88/97's on one hand! And the Turk 90 for $125. I had forgotten all about this list. Nothing "dates" a book as fast as having a list like this up front where all can see it...and your name right next to it. :)
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John
 

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Twenty years will sure go by in a hurry. The few old military rifles I managed to gather up have been a better investment than most real estate. A good example (not on the above list) is a Norwegian M1894 Krag rifle made by Steyr. Purchased for $116, inc tax, at a local pawn shop in 1992. Now about a $1500 item on GB, but priceless for the enjoyment I've had owning it. Regards.
 

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An ounce of gold was worth $400 US Federal Reserve Notes in 1990 and is worth $1160 now, an increase of 290 percent. The gold has not changed in value but the FRN sure has. So if K98k rifles were worth $125-$350 FRNs in 1990, they should be worth $360-$1015 now. If Spanish M1916 short rifles were worth $65-$110 FRNs in 1990, they should be worth $190-$320 now.
 

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I, and a couple of my friends purchased mint-condition Spanish 1916 rifles in 7mm for $25 at the local Montgomery Ward store in about 1968, when we were freshmen in HS. My Dad was PO'd because he had to sign for my rifle, which he considered a waste of money. Sadly, none of us still have the rifles. A couple of years ago, I bought a beater 1916 for $100 just out of nostalgia, but it's no substitute for my minty original, which would be worth 2 or 3 times that. Guns, especially collectible guns, are a real investment.
 
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