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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Never letting a dead peasant go to waste, a Vermont writer with a teaching sinecure wants to first take your guns away because the 2nd Amendment was actually a political sop so that slave holding colonies would adopt the Constitution. I read somewhere years ago that it was a sop, but to every man who had served and fought in the Revolutionary War as well as those whose very existence relied upon a firearm. Ordinarily I would say, wow he really does care, except his solution is legislative mandated theft and murder, very popular these days but ultimately a line that better not be crossed.

Chris Matthews, AKA Mr Tingles, also didn't even let the body get cold before applying the tragedy as what happens when Gun Rights are fully exercised. No, Chris, only the terminally fascist are in danger when gun rights are fully exercised. And this incident is firmly under the rubric of 100 percent preventable. The child wasn't ready for a fully automatic firearm, and the instructor's family will pay terrible price for that realization. At least the girl survived the incident.

News from Connecticut, where the next big confrontation with the government could take place after 2015: it turns out the bar association had been stampeded by the association's leadership into supporting Connecticut's draconian gun laws. The revolt in the ranks was so acute, can you guess what happened to the leadership?

If you guessed run out of the state on a rail with tar and feathers, you lose. If you guess they failed to sign an Amicus Curiae to an appeal of the gun law, you win.

That is the state of our brave barristers. "Hey, we didn't sign the Amicus Curiae we drafted. We're so brave!"

And finally the Big News for Gun Rights in California where a federal appeals court ruled that California's 10 day waiting period for the purchase of firearms was Unconstitutional. Funny how that works. California drafts laws which are Unconstitutional in nearly every part and probably the most Unconstitutional in the nation, but a judge decides that a tiny part of it, a minor annoyance is a bridge too far for California's basic human rights. And this is s'posed to be some great victory for human rights.

Loads.


Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:


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

Pistol Ammo

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds (2 Box Limit): O.D. Green Supply, Tulammo, steel cased, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Browning Ammo and More, American Quality, reloaded, .29 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

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

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: Unchanged

Cheapest, 50 rounds: O.D. Green Supply, Fiocchi, Brass Cased, FMJ, .19 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: I.Q. Metals, HSM, Reloaded, FMJ, .19 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Goose Island Sales, GECO, FMJ, .39 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 250: LAX Ammunition, Store Brand, Reloaded, .34 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks))

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Tulammo, steel cased, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Bulf Ammo, Wolf WPA, steel cased, .24 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged
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 (11 Weeks)(!))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ammunition Depot, Wolf, steel case, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Brown Bear, steel case, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged
Cheapest, 50 rounds (2 box limit): O.D. Green Supply, CCI Blazer, Brass, .07 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Munire USA, Armacor Precision, .10 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 weeks))

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $545 Last Week Avg: $570 (-)
California (229, 222): Smith & Wesson M&P15: $400 (Same Gun) (!!)
Texas (304, 307): DPMS Sportical Carbine: $550
Pennsylvania (168, 157): Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport: $600
Virgina (204, 203): Anderson Arms: $575
Florida (402, 395): Bushmaster Carbon 15: $600

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $945 Last Week Avg: $955 (-)

California (49, 54): DPMS LR308: $875 (!)
Texas (45, 51): DPMS LAR308: $1,000 (Same Gun)
Pennsylvania (25, 25): Bushmaster ORC: $1,100 (Same Gun)
Virginia (45, 42): DPMS LR308: $900 (!) (Same Gun)
Florida (82, 84): Bushmaster ORC: $850 (!) (Same Gun)

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $595 Last Week Avg: $584 (+)
California (49, 44): Saiga: $600
Texas (77, 72): Czech VZ58: $650
Pennsylvania (51, 50): Pioneer Arms $600
Virginia (89, 80): Czech VZ58: $525 (!) (Same Gun)
Florida (129, 132): Czech VZ2008: $600 (Same Gun)

7.62x54mm (Dragunov Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,075 Last Week Avg: $1,000 (+)
California (0): None Available
Texas (0): None Available
Pennsylvania (0): None Available
Virginia (3, 2): Romak PSL: $950 (!)
Florida (5, 7): Romak PSL: $1,200

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $405 Last Week Avg: $427 (-)
California (186, 186): Rock Island Armory: $400
Texas (215, 224): Unidentified Brand, possibly Colt: $350
Pennsylvania (163, 165): Taurus 1911: $400
Virginia (173, 177): Rock Island Armory: $500 (Same Gun)
Florida (402, 392): Llama: $375

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $370 Last Week Avg: $370 ()
California (165, 171): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $350 (Prolly Same Gun)
Texas (294, 308): Sig Sauer SP2022: $350
Pennsylvania (226, 222): Glock 19: $350
Virginia (273, 272): Glock 26: $450
Florida (490, 490): Smith & Wesson 9G: $350

.40 caliber S&W (Glock and other semiautomatic) Average Price: $339 Last Week Avg: $416 (-)
California (109, 105): Glock 22: $350
Texas (166, 161): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $280 (!)
Pennsylvania (132, 124): Glock 22: $375 (!) (Same Gun)
Virginia (138, 125): Smith & Wesson M&P Shield: $350
Florida (248, 247): Smith & Wesson SD40SV: $340

Used Gun of the Week: (Virgina)

SUOMI M31 9mm Rifle Chambered in 9mm Parabellum

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com


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