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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Last week the National Rifle Association expressed its dissatisfaction with demonstrations of open carry of rifles in Texas by calling the practice weird. An apparent backlash forced the NRA to back down from its contention that open carry of rifles in public places such as restaurants was unnecessary.

It is easy to see where they are coming from. In every other part of the world when you see civilians in the streets armed with rifles it usually means something has broken in the civil order. And it is strange to see people walk into a restaurant with an AR strapped to their backs.

But as John Ekdahl of Ace O'Spades has noted, there are times when it is necessary in order to secure the firearm from theft while in the automobile, you should carry it inside to safeguard it.

Here is what I do: The rifle stays in the vehicle. If I know I will be hungry either to or from the rifle range, I either eat there and then or I wait until I get back. If I need to use the restroom on the road to or from the range, I either hold it until I get home or I use the restroom before I leave for the range.

I never leave the rifle even if it's inside a vehicle trunk alone, not even for two minutes. It's a sh*tty world out there, what with our militarized cops and crazy people who mean harm to anyone they come into contact with. I learned the hard way about securing firearms.

As I noted last week, antigun people love mass shootings because they can use the dead to advance their agenda of firearms theft from those who did nothing to commit those crimes. This week, there were two, one in New Brunswick, Canada, and one in Seattle. At the moment media in both places are carrying the antigunners' water by not releasing data on the firearms used or the circumstances that led to the shootings, things we want to know.

Concerning the mass shooting in Santa Barbara, California, it was rumored that Elliot Rodger was on Xanax. He was on chemicals, which is a factor in a lot of crime in Oklahoma, and likely elsewhere. It is a screwed up mental health system that doctors prescribe medicine that is at least a factor in this shooting, but the antigunning fascists want to taint everyone who has a mental problem. It's the method of isolating those who don't vote as a block, like small business owners and the like. When you stir up enough hate often subsequent laws will not only affect them but a larger group of people.

The Gun Examiner notes the reason you should arm yourself with a gun of some kind and be prepared to use it. Jerry Gregory, who is associated with the Democratic Party told America's most famous plumber, "If our paths ever cross I am going to stick my 45 [sic] up your p**** whole [sic] and pull the trigger." These people don't just want your guns. That would not be enough. They want blood, and if they can't get the increasingly militarized and hostile government authorities to do their bidding, they'll do it themselves. Incidentally, the guy's Facebook account was taken down, but we know he is from South Carolina and works in a hospital.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Housekeeping Note:

Last week all of Rantburg's TWIG report was lost without any backups. I apologize for the technical glitch, but by the time I found out about it, I had a planned previous engagement, and I decided not to rebuild the report.

Because of the glitch, the week to week data for this week is skewed, and in those areas of ammunition where it was necessary, two week data comparisons were noted.

As an aside, last week was the first week in which every category of firearms and ammunition we track declined in price. This week continues the same general trend with prices for used firearms, especially rifles continue a downward trend. It should be noted that prices for used AR-15s are now about half what they were in early 2013, while used AR-10s are 75 percent of what they were.


Prices for pistol and rifle ammunition were mixed.

Prices for both used rifles and used pistols were mostly lower.

Pistol Ammo

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Munire USA, Tulammo, steel cased, .30 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Munire USA, Tulammo, steel cased, .29 per round (-.01 from 2 weeks ago)

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: +.02 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Munire USA, Ultramax, CNL, reloaded, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Store Brand, reloaded, .25 per round (-.01 From 2 Weeks Ago)

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Able's, Brown Bear, FMJ, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Bulk Ammo, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .22 per round (From 2 Weeks Ago: +.01 Each)

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each

Cheapest, 50 rounds: LAX Ammunition, CCI Blazer, JHP, .42 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 250 Rounds: LAX Ammunition, CCI Blazer, JHP, .36 per round

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 weeks)

Cheapest, 20 rounds: OD Green Supply, Tulammo, steel cased, .25 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Random Discounted ARs, Tulammo, steel cased, .24 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged)

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: +.10 (!)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Able's, Wolf Polyformance, steel cased, .57 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Random Discounted ARs, Wolf Polyformance, steel cased, .52 per round

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged

Cheapest, 20 rounds: Munire USA, Wolf, steel case, .20 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Bulk Ammo, Wolf, steel case, .21 per round (Unchanged from 2 Weeks Ago (Eight Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ammunition Supply Company, Remington Thunderbolt, RNL, .08 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 325 rounds: South Georgia Outdoors, Federal Automatch, RNL, .11 per round

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $645 Last Week Avg: $626 (+)
California (199): Mixed Build: $600
Texas (307): Smith & Wesson M&P15: $675
Pennsylvania (160): Smith & Wesson M&P15: $650
Virgina (208): Bushmaster (Carbon Fiber Lower): $600
Florida (408): Mixed Build: $699

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,190 Last Week Avg: $1,300(-)

California (49): DPMS: $1,300
Texas (61): Smith & Wesson M&P 10: $1,225 (Same Gun, Lower price)
Pennsylvania (29): DPMS Oracle: $875 (!)
Virginia (42): DPMS LR-308: $1,400
Florida (90): DPMS: $1,150

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $585 Last Week Avg: $615 (-)
California (46): Saiga: $525 (!)
Texas (56): WASR: $650
Pennsylvania (57): Saiga: $500 (Same Gun)
Virginia (67): IO: $650
Florida (121): CAI VZ2008: $599 (Same Gun)

7.62x54mm (Dragunov Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,100 Last Week Avg: $1,134 (-)
California (0): None Available
Texas (0): None Available
Pennsylvania (2): Romak PSL: $1,400 (Same Gun)
Virginia (0): None Available
Florida(6): Romak PSL: $800 (!)

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $424 Last Week Avg: $498 (-)
California (150): Rock Island Armory M1911A1: $400
Texas (217): Metro Arms Commander 1911: $450
Pennsylvania (186): Auto Ordnance: $450
Virginia (164): American Tactical Imports: $400
Florida (376): Auto Ordnance 1911: $420

9mm Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic Average Price: $449 Last Week Avg: $453 (-)
California (144): Glock 19: $450
Texas (330): Glock 17: $470
Pennsylvania (197): Sig Sauer P250C: $400
Virginia (246): Glock 17: $475
Florida (483): Glock 26: $450

.40 caliber S&W (Glock and other semiautomatic) Average Price: $415 Last Week Avg: $425 (-)

California (96): Glock 22: $450
Texas (145): Smith & Wesson M&P 40C: $425
Pennsylvania (122): Glock 22: $400
Virginia (122): Smith & Wesson SW99: $400
Florida (193):Glock 27: $400

Used Gun of the Week: (Kentucky)

Thompson Center Renegade chambered in .50 Blackpowder

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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