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GUNS - 1958 GUN SALE ADVERTISING IN YE OLD HUNTER!

The above ad is from 1958 Guns magazine(pdf). In constant dollars, one dollar in 1958 would be worth about $8.36 today. Let’s see how the 1958 prices look in 2016 dollars.

Total of prices listed for the four rifles, $41.76. If you bought all four at once, they only cost $27.84 total. The equivalent in 2016 calculates at $232.74.

These rifles were far from “excellent” or “like new”, which is why they were so cheap.

Some excerpts from Group A, top to bottom: “All guns practically complete“, “You can see light through the bore”, “worn, but serviceable“, and “fantastically inaccurate“.

You can understand that rifle buyers of the time were less than impressed. I recall two things when thinking about buying such a rifle during that era.

First, putting a scope on these “treasures” would have cost more than the rifle. Second, finding sporting ammunition would be difficult.

The rifles were shipped COD, Railroad Express, which, in much of the country, could increase the cost 50% or more.
 

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