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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is preparing new regulations that news reports say make firearms ownership, not just firearms transfers a province of the government. The slate of rules to be implemented this winter runs so counter to current firearms laws you gotta wonder what is going on.

One of two possibilities: A) This is the government's opening bid to get the Violence Against Women Act renewed this winter, or B) It is an enabling act that allows the federal government to aid statehouse allies in such states as New York and Connecticut, two states which are experiencing massive civil disobedience to registration of firearms.

Legal matters in Texas over the police ambush in Waco are still pending. An awful lot of misinformation is being served up by the web, including the charge that Waco cops fired "thousands" of rounds of ammunition at the bikers. other rumors are that four police shooters fired all the shots. I suspect people making these claims don't do the math with regard to how an AR style semiautomatic or automatic works.

Speaking of misinformation, is the news article about a Georgia CCW carrier toting his AK to an airport, and acting disappointed at how few people panicked at the sight. Leaving aside for the moment whether carrying a rifle is the best choice for personal defense at an airport, the man being quoted in the article claims carrying the rifle is his right.

No, it isn't.

It is privilege granted by your state's security services, something you paid for with an intrusive background check and a payment of a fee to the government. Someone ask this guy how much of his "right" will exist if the Georgia statehouse becomes overrun with leftists.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for pistol ammunition were mostly higher while rifle ammunition prices were mixed.

Prices for used pistols were mixed, while prices for used rifles were lower across the board.

Note: Once again the nationwide average price for the AR-10 pattern 7.62 NATO semiautomatic rifle has dropped, this time by $8 to a new low of $920 from a high of $1,359 only eight weeks ago. The weekly average drop is almost $55 per week.

Pistol Ammunition

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (9 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Quality Made Cartridges, Store Brand, FMJ, reloads, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 300 rounds: Homeland Munitions, Store Brand, FMJ, Reloads, .27 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: SOWW Armory, Summit, FMJ, Reloads, .26 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, American Quality, FMJ, reloads, .24 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: SG Ammo, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Cased, .19 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Homeland Munitions, Store brand, FMJ, Reloads, .17 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each After Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel cased, .29 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 500 Rounds: Freedom Munitions, Store Brand, New, FMJ, .33 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks))

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Today's Ammo, Wolf Polyformance, steel cased, FMJ, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: South Georgia Outdoors, Wolf Polyformance, steel cased, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.308 NATO 150 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Munire USA, Tulammo, steel cased, .43 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Tulammo, steel cased, .40 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (8 Weeks))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: -.01 Each After Unchanged (6 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ammunition Depot, Wolf WPA, steel case, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: SG Ammo, Wolf WPA, steel case, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (1Q 2015))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: -.01 Each After Unchanged (4 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds (10 Box Limit): AmmoMen, Remington Thunderbolt, RNL, .09 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Munire USA, Raptor, RNL, .09 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $555 Last Week Avg: $571(-) ($616 (10 Weeks), $515 (14 Weeks))
California (250, 245): Smith & Wesson M&P15: $550 ($650 (20 Weeks), $425 (23 Weeks))
Texas (318, 306): DPMS: $550 ($700 (13 Weeks), $350 (8 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (151, 145): DPMS Oracle: $500 ($700 (9 Weeks), $490 (24 Weeks))
Virginia (174, 169): Mixed Build: $600 ($750 (13 Weeks), $500 (18 Weeks))
Florida (341, 340): Mixed Build: $575 ($625 (5 Weeks), $450 (32 Weeks))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $920 Last Week Avg: $928(-) ($1,359 (8 Weeks), $920 (CA: $928 (1 Week))
California (41, 42): Mixed Build: $900 ($1,700 (23 Weeks), $900 (CA: $940 (3 Weeks))
Texas (81, 83): DPMS: $950 ($1,500 (28 Weeks), $900 (33 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (28, 26): DPMS LR-308T: $850 ($1,500 (13 Weeks), $800 (21 Weeks))
Virginia (48, 47): DPMS: $1,000 ($1,600 (13 Weeks), $900 (29 Weeks))
Florida (61, 61): DPMS Panther: $900 ($1,500 (29 Weeks), $750 (17 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $533 Last Week Avg: $555(-) ($626 (11 Weeks), $462 (25 Weeks))
California (48, 53): CAI M-10: $590 ($700 (12 Weeks), $320 (23 Weeks))
Texas (82, 71): Zastava: $600 ($750 (12 Weeks), $350 30 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (59, 59): CAI VZ-2008: $375 ($750 (18 Weeks), $375 (3 Weeks))
Virginia (51, 49): Zastava NPAP: $600 ($625 (16 Weeks), $350 (18 Weeks))
Florida (102, 99): Czech VZ2008: $500 ($650 (8 Weeks), $300 (28 Weeks))

30-30 Winchester Lever Action Average Price: $360 Last Week Avg: $365(-) ($489 (20 Weeks), $320 (19 Weeks))
California (7, 8): Marlin 336W: $399 ($450 (4 Weeks)), $350 (3 Weeks))
Texas (22, 23): Rossi Rio Grande: $350 ($550 (18 Weeks), $300 (23 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (16, 12): Winchester 94AE: $400 ($450 (18 Weeks), $250 (23 Weeks))
Virginia (10, 14): Winchester 94: $400 ($450 (2 Weeks)), $350 (20 Weeks))
Florida (19, 19): Winchester Model 94: $250 ($500 (15 Weeks), $250 (CA:$300 (19 Weeks))

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $391 Last Week Avg: $414(-) ($450 (17 Weeks), $360 (12 Weeks))

California (166, 1578): Rock Island Armory Tactical: $450 ($600 (17 Weeks), $350 (28 Weeks))
Texas (295, 288): American Classic 1911: $400 ($600 (27 Weeks), $350 (14 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (163, 152): Llama max1: $350 ($550 (6 Weeks), $325 (26 Weeks))
Virginia (162, 151): Tisas Zig M 1911: $430 ($550 (8 Weeks), $250 (25 Weeks))
Florida (299, 301): Tisas 1911: $325 ($450 (18 Weeks), $250 (14 Weeks))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $304 Last Week Avg: $301(+) ($336 (15 Weeks), $286 (20 Weeks))
California (166, 166): Beretta 92FS: $250 ($450 (17 Weeks), $250 (22 Weeks))
Texas (244, 233): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $350 ($355 (16 Weeks), $220 (7 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (198, 195): Bersa BP9CC: $300 ($350 (33 Weeks), $240 (12 Weeks))
Virginia (192, 168): Kahr CT9: $320 ($400 (9 Weeks), $275 (29 Weeks))
Florida (400, 396): Smith and Wesson SD9VE: $300 ($375 (24 Weeks), $250 (13 Weeks))

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $326 Last Week Avg: $321(+) ($368 (5 Weeks), $300 (32 Weeks))
California (79, 75): Smith & Wesson Model M&P40: $400 ($400 (9 Weeks), $250 (22 Weeks))
Texas (113, 110): Kahr CW40: $299 ($425 (26 Weeks), $275 (9 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (82, 81): Glock 22: $300 ($340 (30 Weeks), $250 (17 Weeks))
Virginia (77, 80): Smith & Wesson SW40VE: $280 ($450 (5 Weeks), $275 (21 Weeks))
Florida (128, 118): Smith & Wesson: $350 ($400 (15 Weeks), $260 (4 Weeks))

Used Gun of the Week: (North Carolina)
Röhm (RG) revolver Chambered in .38 S&W Special

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


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