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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Those wailing and crying last week over proposed new rules to shunt every last person drawing Social Security old age benefits onto the ban list for firearms purchases should know that this can be placed at the feet of the NRA, which helped pass the law to enable states to use mental health records as a criterion. A lot of opposition to the notion that even if a person with a mental defect should be no bar to owning a firearm. The NRA's new rules allow those banned to petition the court to overturn the ban. More work for lawyers, less money for individuals who are supposed to be free.

The NRA is supposed to stop power grabs such as this newest one, but instead they aided it.

A lot of controversy in the wake of the armed forces recruiting center shooting in Chattanooga last week. A number of private citizens have gone to recruiting centers strapped with firearms including rifles. Bob Owens of Bearingarms.com has his usual criticism of private individuals out in public with rifles because, he thinks, the optics are terrible. Owens thinks this is a public relations campaign, not a struggle for freedom.

I myself have been mildly critical of those who appear in public, reasoning that it is a clear indication that the civil order has broken down.

Almost a year later, the civil order really does appear to be breaking down, so I don't worry too much about people showing up in a public place packing and ready to defend. That is what you are s'posed to do as a free man.

With those citizens comes accidental discharges for firearms. There were two this week: one from a private citizen, and one from a member of the military. From the professional firearms community came severe criticism of those discharges, but if you have people with firearms, those are going to happen.

I have noted, while following the war in southeastern Ukraine, that accidental firearms discharges are not common, but they happen often enough. I have seen three in videos, all non-fatal. Ukrainian press claims that accidental firearms discharges in the Ukrainian military account for about (going by memory here) ten percent of all casualties inflicted in the war zone. In one video I saw a rebel special operations man discharge his AK while guarding a crossroads. His commander decked him almost immediately.

It comes down to available forces. I would like to see the 12th Delta Force Division appear armed and ready at an American recruiting center, but I will settle for Harley and Zelda with their Bushmaster semiautomatics, because it will demonstrate a willingness to defend something in the face of mayhem being cheered on by the left.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for pistol ammunition and for rifle ammunition were unchanged.

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

Pistol Ammunition

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ventura Munitions, Wolf Polyformance, FMJ, steel cased, .27 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Cased, .27 per round (From Last week: +.11 Each (!!))

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Cased, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Freedom Munitions, Store Brand, FMJ, Reloads, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Brown Bear, FMJ, Steel Cased, .17 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Selway Armory, Northern Hills Precision, FMJ, Reloads, .18 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (7 Weeks)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel cased, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 1,000 rounds: Ammunition To Go, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel cased, .33 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks))

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Munire USA, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Freedom Ammunition, Wolf Polyformance, steel cased, .24 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

.308 NATO 150 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .40 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, Steel Cased, FMJ, .39 per round (From Last Week: -.05 Each )

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks)
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: Unchanged (2 Weeks)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: Sportsman's Guide, GECO, RNL, .09 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Ammomen, Remington Thunderbolt, RNL, .09 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $524 Last Week Avg: $486 (+) ($616 (17 Weeks), $486 (2 Weeks))
California (279, 264): Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport : $580 ($650 (27 Weeks), $425 (30 Weeks))
Texas (319, 328): DPMS: $550 ($700 (20 Weeks), $350 (15 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (160, 146): American Tactical Imports Omni: $490 ($700 (16 Weeks), $300 (4 Weeks))
Virginia (200, 195): American Tactical Imports: $500 ($750 (20 Weeks), $500 (25 Weeks))
Florida (384, 382): Les Baer Police Special: $500 ($650 (6 Weeks), $450 (39 Weeks))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $940 Last Week Avg: $932 (+) ($1,359 (15 Weeks), $898 (5 Weeks))
California (43, 50): Palmetto State Armory: $900 ($1,700 (30 Weeks), $900 (8 Weeks))
Texas (72, 73): Bushmaster: $1,150 ($1,500 (35 Weeks), $860 (2 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (33, 52): DPMS LR-308T: $800 ($1,500 (21 Weeks), $800 (29 Weeks))
Virginia (60, 58): Rock River Arms LAR-8: $1,000 ($1,650 (5 Weeks), $900 (35 Weeks))
Florida (72, 70): Palmetto State Armory PA-10: $850 ($1,500 (36 Weeks), $750 (24 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $480 Last Week Avg: $480 (=) ($626 (17 Weeks), $450 (4 Weeks))
California (41, 53): SLR-100H/SLR 95: $500 ($700 (20 Weeks), $320 (31 Weeks))
Texas (73, 78): Hungarian FEG: $500 ($750 (19 Weeks), $350 (37 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (44, 45): AMD65: $450 ($750 (25 Weeks), $375 (10 Weeks))
Virginia (50, 57): Century GP-1975: $400 ($625 (23 Weeks), $350 (25 Weeks))
Florida (96, 107): Zastava M70 NPAP: $550 ($650 (15 Weeks), $300 (35 Weeks))

30-30 Winchester Lever Action Average Price: $390 Last Week Avg: $360(+) ($489 (25 Weeks), $296 (5 Weeks))
California (7, 7): Marlin 336W: $399 ($450 (9 Weeks), $180 (5 Weeks))
Texas (18, 17): Marlin JM: $450 ($550 (24 Weeks), $300 (29 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (11, 14): Winchester Model 94: $300 ($450 (25 Weeks), $250 (30 Weeks))
Virginia (10, 11): JM: $350 ($450 (9 Weeks), $350 (27 Weeks))
Florida (16, 18): Marlin 36 RC: $450 ($500 (22 Weeks), $250 (8 Weeks))

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $360 Last Week Avg: $390 (-) ($450 (23 Weeks), $360 (18 Weeks))
California (174, 191): American Classic 1911: $300 ($600 (24 Weeks), $300 (CA: $350 (34 Weeks)))
Texas (257, 267): Taurus 1911: $400 ($600 (34 Weeks), $350 (21 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (139, 139): Auto Ordnance: $350 ($550 (13 Weeks), $300 (7 Weeks))
Virginia (151, 150): Tisas: $400 ($550 (15 Weeks), $250 (32 Weeks))
Florida (343, 325): Tisas: $350 ($475 (6 Weeks), $250 (21 Weeks))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $274 Last Week Avg: $290 (-) ($336 (21 Weeks), $274 (CA: $286 (25 Weeks)))
California (170, 177): FMK 9C1: $300 ($450 (24 Weeks), $250 (29 Weeks))
Texas (252, 271): Smith and Wesson SD9VE: $250 ($355 (23 Weeks), $220 (14 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (219, 234): Ruger P95: $300 ($350 (40 Weeks), $200 (2 Weeks))
Virginia (204, 208): Bersa BP9CC: $290 ($400 (16 Weeks), $250 (3 Weeks))
Florida (441, 439): Smith & Wesson: $230 ($375 (32 Weeks), $230 (2 Weeks))

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $323 Last Week Avg: $314 (+) ($368 (12 Weeks), $300 (38 Weeks))
California (97, 101): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $290 ($400 (16 Weeks), $250 (29 Weeks))
Texas (122, 129): Springfield XD40SC: $325 ($425 (33 Weeks), $275 (16 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (77, 84): Kahr CT40: $285 ($350 4 Weeks), $250 (24 Weeks))
Virginia (68, 71): Smith & Wesson M&P: $335 ($450 (12 Weeks), $275 (28 Weeks))
Florida (137, 138): Ruger P-91: $380 ($400 (22 Weeks), $260 (10 Weeks))

Used Gun of the Week: (Ohio)
K98 Mauser Chambered in 8mm Mauser

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


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