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By Chris Covert

About the murder on Moore, Oklahoma: I know what you know. I can also tell you that people I've talked to don't know what to do. But Rantburg regular Besoeker helpfully suggested more range time, so I s'pect the gun ranges in this state will be full this weekend.

Pennsylvania state police continue to search for a leftist who killed one and wounded another state police officer in Blooming Grove. The man accused of the attack, identified as Eric Matthew Frein has been on the run in Pike and Monroe counties. Amusingly, the press says the man is "a war buff obsessed with Eastern European military conflicts" and has studied Russian language. All that describes yours truly. So far, we do not know the type of rifle used in that attack, assuming it was a rifle or the motive for the attack. But true to form, police have been illegally searching homes without a warrant in the area. Are the police trying to justify that attack?

A video discusses the difference among the most popular rifles, the AR-15, the .308 NATO, and the AK. Spoiler alert: each have their own merits.

Housekeeping: A new feature has been added to used firearms. Guns which have been listed for sale before are so noted as "Same Gun", and if they have been at the same price the number of weeks listed is also noted. If a new lower price stands from one week to the next, that is also noted by the number of weeks it has been listed. This is supposed to give the reader an idea of how stable a price may be.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for pistol ammunition were unchanged while prices for rifle ammunition were mostly lower. Prices for used rifles and for used pistols were mixed.

Quarterly ammunition price comparisons are also indicated, from 2nd Quarter, 2014.

Pistol Ammo

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
(From Q2, 2014: .29 per round, Unchanged)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Tulammo, steel cased, .29 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, steel cased, .28 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
(From Q2, 2014: .25 per round, +.01 Each)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: I.Q. Metals, HSM, FMJ, Factory Seconds, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Freedom Munitions, Store Brand, reloaded, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks)
(From Q2, 2014: .20 per round, +.01 Each)
Cheapest, 50 rounds (2 Box Limit) : O.D. Green Supply, Scorpion, Brass Cased, FMJ, Reloaded, .19 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: High Country Ammunition, Store brand, FMJ, .19 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
(From Q2, 2014: .40 per round, +.02 Each)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Goose Island Sales, GECO, FMJ, .38 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 1,000: Rare Ammo, GECO, FMJ, .38 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: -.01 Each After Unchanged (7 Weeks)
(From Q2, 2014: .22 per round, +.01 Each)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Tulammo, steel cased, .21 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Brown Bear, steel cased, .22 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each After Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks)
(From Q2, 2014: .41 per round, -.04 Each)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Selway Armory, Brown Bear, steel cased, .45 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: SG Ammo, Silver Bear, steel cased, .45 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (15 Weeks)(!))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: -.01 Each After Unchanged (7 Weeks)
(From Q2, 2014: .21 per round, Unchanged)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Smokey Mountain Munitions, Wolf, steel case, .21 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Lucky Gunner, Wolf WPA, steel case, .21 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks)
(From Q2, 2014: .10 per round, +.03 Each)
Cheapest, 50 rounds (4 box limit): Ammomen, Remington, Brass, .07 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Target Sports USA, Remington Thunderbolt, .08 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $565 Last Week Avg: $597 (-)
California (224, 220): Bushmaster (Composite Lower) : $550 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks)
Texas (304, 312): Anderson Arms: $575
Pennsylvania (171, 160): DPMS Panther Sportical: $600
Virginia (209, 210): Bushmaster (Carbon Fiber Lower): $500 (!)
Florida (396, 393): Aero Precision AP15: $600

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,013 Last Week Avg: $973 (+)
California (55, 59): DPMS LR308: $875 (!) (Same Gun (3 weeks))
Texas (58, 54): DPMS LAR308: $1,000
Pennsylvania (29, 31): Armalite AR-10: $1,290
Virginia (64, 56): DPMS LR308: $900 (!) (Same Gun (4 Weeks)
Florida (80, 90): DPMS: $1,000

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $557 Last Week Avg: $559 (-)
California (54, 55): Saiga: $595 (Same Gun (3 Weeks))
Texas (65, 71): IO: $640
Pennsylvania (54, 53): Czech VZ2008 $500 (Same Gun (2 Weeks)
Virginia (95, 91): Czech VZ58: $550 (2 Weeks)
Florida (124, 120): CAI VZ2008: $500 (3 Weeks)(!)

7.62x54mm (Dragunov Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,125 Last Week Avg: $1,267 (+)
California (0): None Available
Texas (4, 2): Romak PSL: $1,200
Pennsylvania (2, 1): Romak PSL: $1,450
Virginia (2, 4): Romak PSL: $650 (!) (Same Gun (3 Weeks))
Florida (2, 0): Romak PSL: $1,200

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $406 Last Week Avg: $426 (-)

California (188, 182): Rock Island Armory: $380 (Same Gun (3 Weeks))
Texas (229, 227): Rock Island Armory: $450 (3 Weeks)
Pennsylvania (134, 133): Rock Island Armory: $375
Virginia (178, 178): American Tactical Imports: $400
Florida (375, 367): Llama: $425

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $348 Last Week Avg: $387 (-)

California (172, 167): Sig Sauer P250: $300
Texas (287, 299): Ruger P95: $300
Pennsylvania (208, 215): Glock 17: $415
Virginia (261, 262): Glock 19: $425 (Same Gun (3 Weeks)
Florida (457, 470): Glock 17: $300

.40 caliber S&W (Glock and other semiautomatic) Average Price: $360 Last Week Avg: $326 (+)
California (92, 99): Glock 22: $399
Texas (152, 150): Beretta 8040: $350
Pennsylvania (140, 139): Glock 22: $350 (!) (Same Gun (3 Weeks))
Virginia (123, 127): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $300 (2 Weeks)
Florida (242, 239): Glock 22: $400

Used Gun of the Week: (Ohio)

Knights Armament SR-25 Rifle Chambered in .308 NATO


Chris Covert writes for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com


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