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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Happy 4th of July!

Fascists keep coming first for your resources, then your means of self defense and then your life.

The NY Times editorial board, a hive of scum and villainy, is now pushing for a "good cause justification" for granting concealed permits. This is an opening shot, a counterattack, if you will, ammunition for their sycophants in other states to start pushing for this new standard, soon to be the legal buzzword in the push to destroy gun rights.

After the latest declarations from SCOTUS, it is no stretch to imagine this will be applied as a standard to destroy states' rights.

Continuing the Star Wars motif, Jabba the Hutt had a few words for "every racist, war-mongering, Pseudo-Christian, RW Gun Extremist..." who want keep and bear arms:

"One proud White American, in less than 2 minutes, has killed TWICE as many Americans as ISIS has in 2 years. White Terrorists."

Rantburger Brer Rabbit from last week posed the question:

I got a hankering to pick up an AK 47. Does anyone have a recommendation? Mostly just looking for a plinking rifle.

My reply:

AKs are pretty much a commodity, so quality comes down to who assembles it. The key issue in AKs is the feeding of ammunition and spent shell ejections.

Problems in AK comes down to two: ejection issues and bolt over base issue, both problems are imminently fixable with the assembler, in the case of a new build, or a gun smith in the case of a personal build.

As a personal note, the AK is a helluva fine rifle.


Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for pistol ammunition and for rifle ammunition were mostly steady.

Looking at prices from last quarter and then comparing them from the first of the year, prices for .223 ammunition are still ten percent per round higher now than they were from 4Q, 2015, but prices have moderated from a high of .27 per round from 1Q, 2015, after the attempted ATF power grab of banning M855 cartridges.

Prices for used pistols were mostly higher, while prices for used rifles were mixed.

This week it is the AK pattern 7.62x39mm semiautomatic rifle and the AR pattern .223/5.56x45mm pattern semiautomatic rifle which have reached new low average prices. The 7.62x51 NATO Ar pattern semiautomatic rifle has increased slightly this week.

Pistol Ammunition

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
(From Q1, 2015: .27 per round, Unchanged)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ventura Munitions, Wolf Polyformance, FMJ, steel cased, .27 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Lee's Mags, Northern Hills, FMJ, Reloads, .27 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks))

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: +.02 Each
(From Q1, 2015: .24 per round, +.01 Each)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Freedom Munitions, Store Brand, FMJ, Reloads, .23 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Freedom Munitions, Store Brand, FMJ, Reloads, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
(From Q1, 2015: .20 per round, -.03 Each)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Brown Bear, FMJ, Steel Cased, .17 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Selway Armory, Bite the Bullet, FMJ, Reloads, .17 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
(From Q1, 2015: .35 per round, -.07 Each)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel cased, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 250 Rounds: Ammunition To Go, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel cased, .33 per round (From Last Week: +.03 Each After Unchanged (3 Weeks))

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
(From Q1, 2015: .27 per round, -.04 Each)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Natchez Shooters Supplies, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .23 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Tulammo, steel cased, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks))

.308 NATO 150 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 weeks)
(From Q1, 2015: .48 per round, -.03 Each)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .45 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 480 rounds: Freedom Munitions, Store brand, steel cased, Reloads, .58 per round (From Last Week: +.18 Each (!!) After Unchanged (2Q, 2015))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
(From Q1, 2015: .24 per round, Unchanged)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ammunition Depot, Wolf WPA, steel case, FMJ, .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
(From Q1, 2015: .08 per round, +.01 Each)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ammunition Depot, Aguila, RNL, .09 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 325 rounds: South Georgia Outdoors USA, Federal Automatch, RNL, .09 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks))

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $492 Last Week Avg: $570 (-) ($616 (14 Weeks), $492 (CA: $515 (17 Weeks)))
California (239, 237): Mixed Build: $599 ($650 (24 Weeks), $425 (27 Weeks))
Texas (311, 324): DPMS Oracle: $510 ($700 (17 Weeks), $350 (12 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (152, 151): Smith & Wesson M&P 15: $300 ($700 (13 Weeks), $300 (CA: $490 (27 Weeks)))
Virginia (157, 167): Smith & Wesson M&P Sport: $550 ($750 (17 Weeks), $500 (22 Weeks))
Florida (353, 341): Les Baer Police Special: $500 ($650 (3 Weeks), $450 (36 Weeks))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $918 Last Week Avg: $898 (+) ($1,359 (12 Weeks), $898 (2 Weeks))
California (47, 42): CMMG LR-308: $940 ($1,700 (27 Weeks), $900 (5 Weeks))
Texas (61, 77): DPMS LR-308: $900 ($1,500 (32 Weeks), $900 (37 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (31, 29): DPMS LR-308T: $800 ($1,500 (17 Weeks), $800 (25 Weeks))
Virginia (51, 48): Smith and Wesson M&P 10: $1,200 ($1,650 (3 Weeks), $900 (33 Weeks))
Florida (63, 63): DPMS Sportical: $750 ($1,500 (33 Weeks), $750 (21 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $450 Last Week Avg: $529 (-) ($626 (14 Weeks), $450 (CA: $462 (27 Weeks)))
California (45, 50): Century GP-1975: $400 ($700 (17 Weeks), $320 (28 Weeks))
Texas (77, 85): Zastava O-Pap: $400 ($750 (16 Weeks), $350 (34 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (49, 48): IO (w/ Picatinny rails): $500 ($750 (22 Weeks), $375 (7 Weeks))
Virginia (60, 62): Century GP-1975: $400 ($625 (20 Weeks), $350 (22 Weeks))
Florida (110, 103): Zastava M70 NPAP: $550 ($650 (12 Weeks), $300 (32 Weeks))

30-30 Winchester Lever Action Average Price: $341 Last Week Avg: $296 (+) ($489 (22 Weeks), $296 (2 Weeks))
California (7, 9): Glenfield: $180 ($450 (6 Weeks), $180 (2 Weeks))
Texas (16, 19): Winchester 94: $325 ($550 (22 Weeks), $300 (27 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (13, 14): Marlin 30AW: $350 ($450 (22 Weeks), $250 (27 Weeks))
Virginia (9, 9): JM: $350 ($450 (6 Weeks), $350 (24 Weeks))
Florida (20, 20): Winchester Model 94: $500 ($500 (19 Weeks), $250 (5 Weeks))

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $370 Last Week Avg: $400 (-) ($450 (20 Weeks), $360 (15 Weeks))
California (172, 167): Rock Island Armory 1911: $399 ($600 (21 Weeks), $350 (32 Weeks))
Texas (271, 281): Llama Max I: $400 ($600 (31 Weeks), $350 (18 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (143, 154): Auto Ordnance: $350 ($550 (10 Weeks), $300 (4 Weeks))
Virginia (153, 150): Tisas 1911: $300 ($550 (12 Weeks), $250 (29 Weeks))
Florida (315, 323): Tisas Zig M: $400 ($475 3 Weeks), $250 (18 Weeks))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $306 Last Week Avg: $304 (+) ($336 (18 Weeks), $286 (23 Weeks))
California (186, 175): Ruger P95: $350 ($450 (21 Weeks), $250 (26 Weeks))
Texas (250, 245): Smith & Wesson Sigma: $300 ($355 (20 Weeks), $220 (11 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (218, 211): Beretta 92S: $280 ($350 (37 Weeks), $240 (16 Weeks))
Virginia (199, 202): Ruger P89DC: $300 ($400 (13 Weeks), $275 (33 Weeks))
Florida (405, 424): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $300 ($375 (28 Weeks), $250 (17 Weeks))

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $328 Last Week Avg: $305 (+) ($368 (9 Weeks), $300 (36 Weeks))
California (90, 86): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $300 ($400 (13 Weeks), $250 (26 Weeks))
Texas (129, 124): Smith & Wesson Sigma: $300 ($425 (30 Weeks), $275 (13 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (81, 83): Smith & Wesson M&P 40: $350 ($350 (CA: $340 (33 Weeks)), $250 (21 Weeks))
Virginia (71, 76): Ruger SR40C: $390 ($450 (9 Weeks), $275 (25 Weeks))
Florida (150, 137): Smith & Wesson Sigma: $300 ($400 (19 Weeks), $260 (7 Weeks))

Used Gun of the Week: (Texas)
CZ Scorpion Evo 3 S1 Chambered in 9mm Parabellum

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


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