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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The Sandy Hook Commission last week recommended a ban on all firearms which can carry ten or more rounds. A good deal of misdirection is involved here because a ban could be extended, depending on the direction of the political winds. Right now, fascists are offering legal pot in exchange for a substantial part of your basic rights. So far it has worked in Colorado and in Washington. Don't believe me? Check out comments online from those who want to do this thing.

One of the big fights right now online or in real time involves the protest that Sipsey Street Irregular's Mike Vanderboegh tagged as Bundy Ranch II. The protest took place where a number of pro gun men and women crowded the legislative gallery in the Washington state capital. A state police agent later said one of the participants brandished a gun at him, and so a total gun ban on the gallery was imposed.

The reaction among the serfs was predictable, especially Bob Owns who lamented that those old long rifle carriers are "ruining it for everyone".

Say what?

I don't recall those who brought guns to protest the grossly unconstitutional I594 universal background check plebiscite insisting they be banned. Owens' objection is typical among those who believe that their rights are at the sufferance of politicians.

Let it be noted in past posts I have not specifically objected to hauling a rifle around openly. I said it is in some cases inappropriate. My own habits include transporting the rifle from house to range and back without stopping for anything.

Need to take a leak? Tough.

Didn't take breakfast before heading out? Too bad.

But this situation is different. Protesters were there to demonstrate their objections to I594 in a graphic display of solidarity, which had upset a number of officials. If that is true, then those officials should quit and find some other line of work, other than the government graft business.

As an aside, Mike Vanderboegh thinks the NRA is being infiltrated and influenced by the federal government.

And then there's this.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for rifle ammunition and pistol ammunition were steady.
Prices for used rifles and used pistols were mixed.

Pistol Ammo

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (9 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, steel cased, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, steel cased, .28 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (10 Weeks))

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: IQ Metals, HSM, FMJ, reloads, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Freedom Munitions, store brand, reloads, .23 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, Steel Cased, FMJ, .20 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Blok Tactical, BKinetic Munitions, FMJ, .18 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (7 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Bang It Ammo, Precision One, JSP, .42 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 250 Rounds: LAX Ammunition, store brand, Bulk, FMJ, .36 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged)

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (7 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: Unchanged (6 Weeks))

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2014)
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 (3Q, 2014)

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q 2014)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ammunition Depot, Wolf WPA, steel case, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Lucky Gunner, Brown Bear, steel case, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (8 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds (5 Box Limit): Ammomen, Federal American Eagle, 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: $560 Last Week Avg: $575 (+) ($600 (14 Weeks), $526 (10 Weeks))
California (221, 218): Smith & Wesson M&P Sport: $450 ($650 (2 Weeks), $425 (3 Weeks))
Texas (284, 290): Bushmaster XM-15: $675 ($675, $450 (12 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (156, 152): Mixed Build: $550 ($600 (15 Weeks), $490 (5 Weeks))
Virginia (233, 245): Timberwolf Tactical: $575 ($615 (12 Weeks), $550 (14 Weeks))
Florida (360, 350): DPMS A3 Lite 16: $550 ($599 (7 Weeks), $450 (13 Weeks))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,080 Last Week Avg: $1,130 (+) ($1,158 (8 Weeks), $953 (13 Weeks))
California (37, 34): Bushmaster: $1,350 ($1,700 (6 Weeks)), $1,000 (7 Weeks))
Texas (54, 57): DPMS LR308: $1,150 ($1,400 (10 Weeks), $900 (13 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (46, 37): DPMS Sportical: $800 (!)($1,100 (13 Weeks), $800 (2 Weeks))
Virginia (42, 40): DPMS LR308: $950 ($1,100 (9 Weeks), $900 (10 Weeks))
Florida (57, 55): Bushmaster XM10: $1,000 ($1,500 (10 Weeks), $1,000 (15 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $532 Last Week Avg: $545 (-) ($569 (9 Weeks), $462 (11 Weeks))
California (35, 32): WASR: $660 ($695 (9 Weeks), $320 (4 Weeks))
Texas (63, 60): Norinco: $500 ($660 (13 Weeks), $350 (11 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (68, 52): WASR: $500 ($650 (11 Weeks), $450 (12 Weeks))
Virginia (77, 74): CAI Romak: $500 ($525 (13 Weeks), $450 (9 Weeks))
Florida (115, 117): WASR: $500 ($550 (6 Weeks), $300 (9 Weeks))

30-30 Winchester Lever Action Average Price: $400 Last Week Avg: $320 (+) ($489 (3 Weeks), $320 (2 Weeks))
California (11, 11): Mossberg 464: $400 ($400 (2 Weeks), $375 (4 Weeks))
Texas (19, 19): Marlin 336W: $450 ($450, $300 (3 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (15, 15): Glenfield (Marlin) Model 30A: $375 ($375, $250 (3 Weeks))
Virginia (10, 10): Winchester: $375 ($375, $350 (3 Weeks))
Florida (18, 21): Winchester Model 94: $400 ($400 (3 Weeks), $300 (2 Weeks))

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $429 Last Week Avg: $380 (+) ($450 (5 Weeks), $370 (4 Weeks))
California (157, 152): Rock River Armory Tactical: $400 ($400 (11 Weeks), $350 (10 Weeks))
Texas (166, 174): Rock River Armory: $450 ($600 (9 Weeks), $375 (14 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (165, 165): Tisas Zig: $400 ($525 (4 Weeks), $325 (7 Weeks))
Virginia (160, 166): Girsan MC1911: $495 ($495, $250 (6 Weeks))
Florida (339, 329): Rock Island Armory: $400 ($425 (14 Weeks), $350 (15 Weeks))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $295 Last Week Avg: $309 (-) ($335 (12 Weeks), $286 (2 Weeks))
California (166, 157): Kahr CW9: $300 ($350 (110 Weeks), $250 (3 Weeks))
Texas (243, 239): Smith & Wesson Signa: $275 ($350 (16 Weeks), $235 (5 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (221, 220): Smith and Wesson SW9C: $275 ($350 (15 Weeks), $275 (2 Weeks))
Virginia (201, 219): Ruger P95DC: $325 ($350 (15 Weeks), $275 (10 weeks))
Florida (402, 393): Smith & Wesson SW9VE : $300 ($375 (6 Weeks) , $270 (7 Weeks))

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $307 Last Week Avg: $315 (-) ($345 (11 Weeks), $300 (13 Weeks))

California (81, 84): Smith and Wesson SD40VE: $300 ($350 (16 Weeks), $250 (3 Weeks))
Texas (118, 131): Smith & Wesson SW40VE: $350 ($425 (8 Weeks), $300 (14 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (122, 110): Smith & Wesson SW40F: $260 ($340 (12 Weeks), $260))
Virginia (100, 100): Smith & Wesson Model 410: $325 ($450 (6 Weeks), $275 (2 Weeks))
Florida (190, 194): Sig Sauer SP2022: $300 ($375 (11 Weeks), $275 (15 Weeks))

Used Gun of the Week: (Pennsylvania)

Stoner Rifle SR-15 Chambered in 5.56x45

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


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