I am old enough to remember I was already old when you could buy one for $69 and then the outrage when they jumped to $99.

This particular company got a shipment of them and apparently sold them all at that price.

You can get a Savage Axis in .308 for a hundred buck less and it is a superior rifle in all accounts.

I just don’t get the fascination that would push anybody to shell that much money on a crappy rifle.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

6 thoughts on “It has to be a cult-like mentality.”
  1. I paid somewhat less than that for a certified sniper variant w/ matching #’s. It’s more accurate than I am.

  2. Wow! Thanks for cluing me in on that. I own one of that very model that I bought for $110, about
    20-ish years ago.
    (California; couldn’t buy an AR for less than $1k)
    Very accurate, fun and with low usage, but a real clunch.
    I might need to put that puppy on Gun Broker or some such…

  3. (The following is my opinion, worth every cent you’re paying for it. 😉 )
    .
    I think it’s a combination of several factors, including but not limited to:
    – People latching onto cheap rifles that are legal in every state, and that shoot surplus ammo that (normally) can also be had on the cheap.
    – An unhealthy fascination with the Soviet/Communist Bloc era and culture.
    – People wanting to be “collectors” by purchasing “A pIeCe oF hIsToRy!!” when in reality it’s about the most cheaply-built and mass-produced rifle on the planet outside Chinese AK clones.
    .
    (On that last one, the pebbles in my driveway have all been around for about 4 billion years, so each one of them is also “A pIeCe oF hIsToRy!!” but you don’t see some fool offering $500 a pop for them.)
    .
    In any case and for whatever reason(s), supply-and-demand has taken hold and the rifles now cost significantly more than they did several years ago. Whether they’re worth more is another question, but they do cost more.
    .
    And now I kinda wish I’d bought a few when they were $79-99 a decade ago…. OTOH, since the BATFE now classifies anyone who makes ANY profit on firearm transfers as “in the business of dealing firearms” requiring a FFL license, maybe it’s safer to not re-sell any guns.

  4. Supply and demand, the latter in part driven by “lore” of inexpensive milsurp and readily available cheap milsurp ammo, persisting when neither really is the case any more. Just my take, mirroring part of Archer’s.

  5. Back in the 90s I bought about ten of the for $69 each from Big 5 Sporting goods. Have given some as gifts, still have some.

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