Price Guides last updated: February 2018
The State of ... Weíre getting accustomed to big run-ups in M16s, H&Ks and sears of all kinds, but the last year has seen increases in other guns that are flying under the radar. Itís not unusual to see AK47s over $30k and registered M2 conversion parts approaching $15k. Additionally, Steyr AUGs have doubled while Sterlings are almost there. Search out the sleepers, like the AR18, a historic C&R M16 type for about $15k, compared to an AR15 conversion near $20k. Another is the C&R Reising 50 at $6k, less than a MAC.
General Ranting - Canceled to bring you the following Public Service Advisorary
The NRA Board elections are going on and will be completed in April. Adam Kraut is a nominee of the membership who isnít part of the old boyís club and deserves your vote. He deserves it so much that you should bullet vote for him only so you donít increase the totals of the others. Heís written a short editorial that follows. Read more about him at adamkraut.com.
The recent tragedy in Florida has sparked politicians to continue to seek ways to restrict freedom through new gun control proposals. Many people have different feelings about the NRA, its effectiveness and the manner in which it addresses political issues that arise. However, it is hard to dispute that the politicians and anti-gun individuals alike fear the organization. Need proof? Look no further than the campaign to besmirch the NRA for the actions of a madman in Florida.
While the NRA is not a perfect organization, it is a membership organization. Every year, 25 Board seats are up for election. That is the opportunity for you, the members, to vote for people to represent you and your interests in the organization. This year, I am one of five candidates who was nominated by Petition of the Members. After the by-law changes that were implemented last year, running by Petition became more difficult, as the number of signatures required more than doubled.
For those that are not familiar with me, Iím a practicing attorney in Pennsylvania whose entire practice revolves around firearm related matters at the state and federal levels. I used to manage a gun shop which was an SOT and dealt in NFA items quite frequently. Iím also an owner and enthusiast of NFA firearms and strongly believe that the ďarmsĒ referred to in the Second Amendment include machine guns (which is likely why you are here).
Unlike a number of candidates who rely solely on their nomination by the committee and the 150 word blurb they get in the magazine, Iíve actively campaigned for the position. Iíve also introduced a series of proposed by-law changes that would implement ďterm limitsĒ on Board Members, create an attendance policy, and form an Honorary Board to place celebrities and other individuals on.
In order for the NRA to be the organization that we deserve, it is incumbent on you to partake in the process of electing the Board. After all, the NRA is the organization that politicians and anti-gun individuals speak of.
To learn more about me and my position on the issues, please visit my website adamkraut.com.
More of the STILL Continuing JPFO Rant - Thereís been a few negative comments about this, but if you had a father or grandfather that fought in the Pacific during WWII, you may be alive today due to the nuclear bombing of Japan that ended the war in the Pacific. At least 1 million US and up to 4 million Japanese lives were saved when Japan surrendered, negating the anticipated invasion of Japan. My dad was Army Air Force in India and Burma during the war and was being readied for the invasion. His life was likely spared due to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For JFPO to allow revisionists a voice to equate these events with the Nazi Holocaust is disgusting. This rant will stay until JFPO addresses the issue. Itís been many years and havenít heard from them yet. If you donít like it, skip it or try out your delete key.
UPDATE On JPFO - Apparently JPFO has fallen apart after the death of Mr. Zellman and other unfortunate events befallen their leadership. They have merged with the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) sometime in 4Q 2014. SAFís leader, Alan Gottlieb has previously stated his opposition to Class III guns, while barely tolerating semi-automatic weapons. Additionally, Gottlieb supported the Toomey/Manchen universal background check/gun registration bill. Maybe not the best of friends for automatic weapon advocates. I expressed my reservations about the ďJapanese genocideĒ to Alan Korwin of gunlaws.com who has joined with SAF/JPFO to promote their alliance and received a big fat no response. I even bought one of his books; how ungrateful!
JPFO used to be a no-nonsense civil rights organization with special emphasis on the rights of self defense. Unique for a Jewish organization. Then Mr. Zellman passed away and they may have lost their compass. Last October (2011!), one of their correspondents penned an article about government sponsored genocides that included this paragraph:
ďI've seen many other programs about the Nazi Holocaust -- or Shoah (the "Catastrophe") as it's also been called -- and so have you. Along with the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians, the Chinese "Massacre of the Landlords", Stalin's deadly crimes, (I would also include what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki), and the insanity of the Cambodian Killing Fields, the Nazi Holocaust, the principal horror of the 20th century, was the crowning achievement of untrammeled statism in an age which, not by any means coincidentally, saw the rise of the gigantic super-government.Ē
Include what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki among the genocides of the 20th Century? We know what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Nuclear bombs were dropped on Japanese cites causing widespread destruction and massive casualties causing the previously reticent Japanese to surrender. Subsequently, the planned invasion of Japan was canceled, saving millions of Japanese and Allied lives. The casualties numbered in the hundreds of thousands. JPFO was way out-of-line to equate those acts of war with the 100s of millions liquidated by their own governments. You be the judge as I still havenít seen any retraction from JPFO.
Machine Gun Price Guide - The definite source of machine gun price information on the Internet. The MGP contains price information for over 100 transferable automatic weapons. Navigate to the Price Guides to find a particular category and select a thumbnail for a full screen display of an easily understandable chart of average prices and trends in a high/low window over many years of history.
The uniqueness of our Constitution and the rights recognized and protected by the Bill of Rights makes the US one of the only countries in the world to allow civilian ownership of automatic weapons. This privilege is controlled by various laws and regulations that exist to control and restrict ownership. Regardless of your stand on the fairness or even the constitutionality of the regulations, follow the links below to begin understanding what defines a machine gun an individual may own and how to acquire/dispose of them in ordinary commerce.
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