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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The shooting today in Seattle was over a girl, according to news reports. The shooting takes place at the same time as the Washington plebiscite which, if passed, will begun universal background checks for firearms sold in Washington state.

Dunno how the vote will break after this, but as usual -- and you can set your alarm clock by it -- fascists in the media are calling for even more draconian gun laws nationwide. We can expect the usual: a teary eyed parent of a shooting survivor featured on television news pleading with the public to save her little precious from Evil Firearms.

The good news is that a Canadian national government functionary "put down" a lethal threat to the Canadian parliament a few days ago. In honor of that blessed event, today's featured gun of the week is the firearm type used in the incident. A lot of people on our side will point out a "Good Guy with a gun" ended a potential massacre, except the Good Guy was, for all intents and purposes a government agent with a gun with which he was granted kind permission to carry as sergeant at arms.

It turns out that Eric Frein, the fugitive Pennsylvania state cops have been hunting for weeks shot a state police officer because one of the state police was having an affair with a relative of his. None of this tempers what the guy did, of course, but it appears a state police officer violated yet another social convention, and apparently has not only gotten away with it, but his affair now has the imprint of approval by the Pennsylvania state government. We know now one of two rifles used in the attack: a .308 NATO scoped rifle, or an AK-47. The .308 would be my guess, but then it's just a guess.

The cops have marked Frein for death, for at least making them look like Keystone Kops.

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 pistols were lower, while used rifles were mixed.

Pistol Ammo

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: SG Ammo, Tulammo, steel cased, .30 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, steel cased, .29 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: SOWW Armory, Summit, FMJ, Reloads, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: The America Marksman, Unknown Brand, reloaded, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (8 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: Unchanged
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Bang It Ammo, Wolf WPA, Steel Cased, FMJ, .19 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: High Country Ammunition, Store Brand, Reloads, FMJ, .19 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (7 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Independence, JSP, .39 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 1,000: Cheaper Than Dirt, Magnum Michigan, Reloads, FMJ .38 per round (From Last Week: +.04 Each)

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 20 rounds: LG Outdoors, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Brown Bear, steel cased, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Silver Bear, steel cased, .41 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: SG Ammo, Silver Bear, steel cased, .45 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (19 Weeks)(!))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Smokey Mountain Munitions, Wolf, steel case, .21 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Brown Bear (Barnaul), steel case, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds (Limit 4 Boxes): Natchez Shooters Supply, CCI, RNL, .08 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds (2 Box Limit): Target Sports USA, Remington Thunderbolt, .08 per round (From Last Week: -.08 Each)

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $560 Last Week Avg: $580 (-) ($600 (2 Weeks), $560)
California (205, 210): Smith & Wesson M&P15: $600 (2 Weeks) ($600, $600)
Texas (313, 315): American Tactical Imports Omni 15: $600 ($600, $600)
Pennsylvania (161, 170): Remington: $550 ($600 (2 Weeks), $550)
Virginia (225, 224): Mixed Build: $550 (2 Weeks) ($600 (2 Weeks), $550)
Florida (367, 388): Bushmaster XM15-E2S $500 (!) (Same Gun (2 Weeks)) ($500, $500)

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $988 Last Week Avg: $978 (+) ($988, $953 (2 Weeks))
California (52, 53): Smith & Wesson M&P10: $1,000 (Same Gun (2 Weeks))($1,000, $1,000)
Texas (61, 63): DPMS LAR308: $900 ($1,000 (2 Weeks), $900)
Pennsylvania (33, 37): Bushmaster ORC: $990 (Same Gun (3 Weeks)) ($990, $990)
Virginia (54, 55): DPMS LR308: $900 (!) (Same Gun (8 Weeks)) ($900, $900)
Florida (69, 76): Rock River Arms: $1,050 ($1,050, $1,000 (2 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $471 Last Week Avg: $513 (-) ($544 (2 Weeks), $471)
California (54, 54): WASR: $550 (Same Gun (3 Weeks)) ($550, $550)
Texas (76, 79): Romak: $500 ($615 (2 Weeks), $500)
Pennsylvania (52, 54): Unknown Brand: $480 ($575 (2 Weeks), $480)
Virginia (86, 81): Czech VZ2008: $525 (Same Gun (3 Weeks)) ($525, $525)
Florida (113, 116): Romak: $300 (!) (Same Gun (2 Weeks)) ($300, $300)

7.62x54mm (Dragunov Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,082 Last Week Avg: $1,017 (+) ($1,082, $1,017 (2 Weeks))
California (0, 0): None Available
Texas (1, 2): Romak PSL: $1,200 (Same Gun (5 weeks)) ($1,200, $1,200)
Pennsylvania (1, 0): Romak PSL: $1,395 ($1,395, $1,395)
Virginia (1, 2): Romak PSL: $650 (!) (Same Gun (7 Weeks)) ($650, $650)
Florida (0, 2): None Available

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $395 Last Week Avg: $406 (-) ($406 (2 Weeks), $395)
California (193, 193): Rock Island Armory: $400 ($400, $380 (2 Weeks))
Texas (239, 235): ATI FX45: $375 ($450 (2 Weeks), $375)
Pennsylvania (127, 127): Rock Island Armory: $375 (Same Gun (5 Weeks)) ($375, $375)
Virginia (164, 170): American Tactical Imports: $425 ($425, $400 (2 Weeks))
Florida (379, 386): American Tactical Imports: $400 ($425 (2 Weeks), $400)

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $314 Last Week Avg: $325 (-) ($335 (2 Weeks), $314)
California (155, 163): Sig Sauer P250: $300 (Same Gun (5 Weeks)) ($300, $300)
Texas (279, 275): Smith & Wesson SW9VE: $300 ($350 (2 Weeks), $300)
Pennsylvania (205, 205): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $345 ($350 (2 Weeks), $345)
Virginia (238, 242): Smith & Wesson 6904: $300 ($350 (2 Weeks), $300)
Florida (443, 466): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $325 (4 Weeks) ($325, $325)

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $300 Last Week Avg: $315 (-) ($316 (2 Weeks), $300)
California (87, 87): Ruger P94: $300 ($350 (2 Weeks), $300)
Texas (165, 159): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $300 (Same Gun (2 Weeks)) ($350 (2 Weeks), $300)
Pennsylvania (136, 139): Smith & Wesson M&P 40: $300 (2 Weeks) ($300, $300)
Virginia (115, 118): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $300 (Same Gun (5 Weeks)) ($300, $300)
Florida (207, 215): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $300 ($300, $275 (2 Weeks))

Used Gun of the Week (Dead Terrorist Edition): (Oregon)

Smith & Wesson Model 5946 Chambered in 9mm Parabellum


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


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