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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Magpul, the Colorado based weapon magazine manufacturer is no longer based in Colorado, but in Texas. Last week the company announced that it will take the rest of its company and base its headquarters in Austin, Texas. About 100 jobs are leaving Colorado as well. The company made good on its threat to exit to a gun friendlier state due to the draconian gun laws Colorado passed two years ago. Some of its manufacturing was moved to nearby Wyoming.

Don't let the beard and the horn rimmed glasses fool you, but Vox.com leftist writer Matthew Iglesias is a blithering idiot when it comes to guns. He blames the demise of fat thug Michael Brown on inadequate gun control. I agree, but what can you do? You gotta keep firing 'til the threat is gone.

Speaking of firing 'til the threat is stopped, New York state has compiled a list of people who are considered mentally unstable, who apparently will be first to go down when confiscations begin. Not that it would make any difference now that the line has been crossed, but it is worth noting to your antigun friends acquaintances that gun confiscations are taking place now.

The state on the cusp of instituting gun confiscations, Washington state, will hold a rally today where a number of participants will exchange guns in defiance of the new universal background checks law. Great, but reading in arms list, gun owners who are actually buying and selling firearms are proceeding as they are expected to: registering their firearms with the government. And those who want to steal your property and kill you if you resist want even more gun laws. But at least you can buy marijuana legally.

The police in Beloit, Wisconsin want residents to consent to citywide searches of residents' homes for guns. You know, as an anti crime measure. Public safety and all that.

Finally, a rundown of all the markings used on AKs, presumably both the AK-47 and the AK-74.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

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

Pistol Ammo


.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Quality Made Cartridges, Aguila, reloads, brass cased, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Target Sports USA, Tulammo, steel cased, .28 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks))

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (11 Weeks(!))

Cheapest, 50 rounds: SOWW Armory, Summit, FMJ, Reloads, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Top Shot Ammunition, Store brand, reloaded, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (15 Weeks) (!!))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: -.02 Each

Cheapest, 50 rounds: Selway Armory, Brown Bear, Steel Cased, FMJ, .18 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Kinetic Munitions, Black Munitions, Reloads, FMJ, .18 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each After Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (9 Weeks)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Independence, JSP, .39 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 250 Rounds: Browning Ammo and More, Armscor, FMJ .39 per round (From Last Week: +.05 Each After Unchanged (4 Weeks))

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: -.01 Each After Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Goose Island Sales, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .23 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: SG Ammo, Wolf WPA, steel cased, .22 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (9 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 (26 Weeks)(!!!))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (7 weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ammunition Depot, Wolf WPA, steel case, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk,500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Brown Bear, steel case, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds (Limit 10 Boxes): Ammomen, CCI, RNL, .08 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 325 rounds: South Georgia Outdoors, Federal Automatch, .09 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $553 Last Week Avg: $563 (-) ($600 (8 Weeks), $526 (3 Weeks))
California (230, 226): Bushmaster Patrolman Carbine (M-4 Pattern): $589 ($600 (6 Weeks), $530 (3 Weeks))
Texas (289, 288): Mixed Build: $500 (Same Gun)(4 Weeks) ($600 (8 Weeks), $450 (6 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (170, 173): Bushmaster Carbon 15: $525 (Same Gun)(4 Weeks) ($600 (9 Weeks), $525 (4 Weeks))
Virginia (263, 261): Mixed Build: $550 ($615 (6 Weeks), $550 (8 Weeks))
Florida (381, 384): Mixed Build: $599 ($599, $450 (7 Weeks))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,098 Last Week Avg: $1,038 (+) ($1,158 (2 Weeks), $953 (7 Weeks))
California (46, 46): DPMS LR-308: $1,500 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks)($1,500 (2 Weeks), $1,000 (3 Weeks))
Texas (55, 55): DPMS LR-308: $900 (Same Gun)(3 Weeks) ($1,400 (4 Weeks), $900 (5 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (37, 43): Bushmaster ORC: $990 (Same Gun)(4 Weeks) ($1,100 (5 Weeks), $990 (4 Weeks))
Virginia (43, 43): DPMS LR308 (Completely Decked Out): $1,100 (Same Gun)(3 Weeks) ($1,100 (3 Weeks), $900 (13 Weeks))
Florida (59, 57): Rock River Arms: $1,000 ($1,500 (4 Weeks), $1,000 (9 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $540 Last Week Avg: $559(-) ($569 (3 Weeks) , $462 (5 Weeks))
California (42, 42): Zastava: $550 ($695 (3 Weeks), $350 (6 Weeks))
Texas (67, 66): WASR: $600 ($660 (7 Weeks), $350 (5 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (55, 53): CAI: $600 ($650 (5 Weeks), $450 (6 Weeks))
Virginia (68, 72): Romak: $450 (Same Gun)(3 Weeks)($525 (7 Weeks), $450 (3 Weeks))
Florida (136, 133): Czech Vz58: $500 (Same Gun) (5 Weeks) ($500 (3 Weeks), $300 (4 Weeks))

7.62x54mm (Dragunov Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,544 Last Week Avg: $1,382 (+) ($1,544, $1,017 (8 Weeks))
California (2, 3): Romak PSL: $2,000 (Same Gun (6 Weeks)) ($2,000, $2,000)
Texas (2, 2): Romak PSL: $1,950 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($1,950, $1,200 (6 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (3, 3): Romak PSL: $1,375 (Same Gun)(4 Weeks) ($1,375, $1,375)
Virginia (0, 1): None Available
Florida (1, 0): Romak PSL: $850 ($850, $850)

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $395 Last Week Avg: $450 (-) ($450, $390 (4 Weeks))
California (174, 190): Rock Island Armory: $400 ($400 (5 Weeks), $350 (4 Weeks))
Texas (208, 216): Norinco: $500 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($600 (3 Weeks), $375 (8 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (176, 175): Rock Island Armory: $325 ($450 (3 Weeks), $325)
Virginia (154, 162): Tisas: $350 ($450 (3 Weeks), $350)
Florida (364, 354): Llama: $400 ($425 (9 Weeks), $350 (9 Weeks))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $312 Last Week Avg: $311 (+) ($335 (8 Weeks), $297 (3 Weeks))

California (155, 158): Ruger P95: $350 ($350 (5 Weeks), $300 (11 Weeks))
Texas (254, 252): Sig Sauer P290RS: $320 ($350 (10 Weeks), $290 (4 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (219, 205): Ruger P95: $300 ($350 (9 Weeks), $295 (4 Weeks))
Virginia (254, 239): Ruger LC9: $320 (Same Gun)(3 Weeks) ($350 (9 Weeks), $275 (4 weeks))
Florida (414, 412): Ruger P95: $270 ($325 (10 Weeks), $270)

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $315 Last Week Avg: $323 (-) ($345 (5 Weeks), $300 (7 Weeks))

California (85, 88): Smith and Wesson Sigma: $300 ($350 (9 Weeks), $275 (6 Weeks))
Texas (154, 156): Smith & Wesson Sigma SD40VE: $325 ($425 (3 Weeks), $300 (9 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (127, 125): Smith and Wesson Sigma: $275 (Same Gun)(3 Weeks) ($340 (5 Weeks), $275 (3 Weeks))
Virginia (106, 108): Smith and Wesson M&P40: $350 ($425 (6 Weeks), $300 (7 Weeks))
Florida (212, 214): Smith & Wesson Sigma SW40VE: $325 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($375 (5 Weeks), $275 (9 Weeks))

Used Gun of the Week: (Washington)

Vepr AK-74 Chambered in 5.45x39


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


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