- Nov 6, 2020
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- Lancaster County, PA
I read recently that trans-ocean shipping container costs have gone up as much as 10 times the pre-covid rates; add in the European War of Aggression by the Mad Little Dictator Mr. Putin, and there you have it. I enjoyed your post, very interesting; esp. to older fellows such as myself that recall the Civil War Centennial days; I wish I still had my little flyer leaflet that Navy Arms put out announcing the availability of the 'Reb' and 'Yank' revolvers! I don't know when you posted it, but the reference in there to Oct. 2011, is that a mis-type or was this originally from prior to 2011? Interesting nevertheless.I have been conducting some research into the price increases that we have all seen in the past couple of years. A lot of this is due to the weakness of the dollar against the Euro. This could be temporary depending on how the government reshapes itself in the next couple of years. I have communicated with many people in both the collecting and shooting fraternities and many are putting off acquiring new revolvers thinking the prices will go back down. However, in talking with the importers of Pietta and Uberti percussion revolvers this is definitely not going to happen. If you check out the Web Sites of the major importers you will find the disclosure, “Prices may change without notice”. All have informed me that they have already been notified by the manufacturers that there will be a definite increase in prices of these revolvers in 2011. Also, more and more the manufacturers are requiring CASH from the importers rather than credit. This means they can only order in small quantities for resale. Many have discontinued offering percussion revolvers because of this. Uberti was absorbed by Beretta and as a result the delivery of percussion revolvers has become totally unreliable. I have been told that an order placed now may not even be filled until October of 2011, with a possible increase in quoted prices. This is also true of Pietta. Cabela’s is probably the largest retailer of Pietta revolvers and many are on back order. One reason for the low Sale prices that you see Cabela’s offer is an attempt to turn the inventory fast in order to maintain a high volume of new orders from Pietta and maintain a contracted price.
Another very important point is the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Manufacturers and importers both sense that this also may cause a resurgence of interest in reenacting thus an increase in the sales of replica percussion revolvers.
The collector value of replica black powder revolvers is most definitely causing prices to increase. One of the most outstanding examples of this is the in depth research done by Wolf Niederastroth into the Centennial 1860 Army manufactured in Belgium by Centaure. This was the first mass produced replica 1860 Army that came into existence with the efforts of William B. Edwards. The prices of these revolvers were pretty much the same as their Italian counterparts through the years. With the information uncovered by Wolf the collectability of these revolvers dramatically increased as did their prices.
In short it is suggested that the prices of new replica black powder revolvers is not ever going to drop to the levels of two years ago. Indeed, right now the prices of rare markings on older revolvers are probably as low as they will ever be. As the number of collectors increase, so will the prices. As more information is uncovered the number of collectors increase.
Do you think the price of gasoline will ever be $1.25 a gallon the same as when a replica black powder percussion revolver was $69?
I recall barrels at that same time, full of Italian Carcanos, $18.00, and in Center City Philly at Goldberg's, Springfield 1903's for $50., same time frame. Pre-'68, cash-n-carry!In 1965 +/- my sporting goods store had a fibre barrel full of Lee Enfield rifles muzzle down. I pulled out a jungle carbine model and paid something like $15 for it.
Yep… the first egregious infringement of the Second Amendment.Yeah, I started work in '64 , @ $1.25 I believe. What got me thinking was all the ads in the NRA magazine and others were firearms could be shipped to you directly stopped after the Kennedy assassination.
It's 2023, there's 340 million people in this country, we lead the world in mass shooting with 2 a day. Now I'm as pro gun as anyone, but the thought of selling full auto weapons to just anyone that walks in scares the ---- out of me, and it should you. A few laws aren't gonna hurt you.The first? What about the National Firearms Act of 1934?
Yeah well the NFA is about a lot more than just machineguns. Every other part of it is outdated. Some of it quite detrimental in general.It's 2023, there's 340 million people in this country, we lead the world in mass shooting with 2 a day. Now I'm as pro gun as anyone, but the thought of selling full auto weapons to just anyone that walks in scares the ---- out of me, and it should you. A few laws aren't gonna hurt you.
I guess whining about prices is always in style. I think it's borderline stupid in this context. I bought two really nice Colt replicas a few months ago in the $300 range. Meanwhile, the jon boat I was looking at 2yrs ago for $700 is now $2000! Paying $300 for a Uberti, which is a lot nicer gun than they were when they were $150, is about the last thing I wanna complain about.People 13 years ago still bitching about prices
Bump a thread from 2023 in 2035 and they'll see us complaining about $230 brassers when you probably won't be able to get BP guns over the mail and we're all like "those were the days!!"
Nothing is going to drop in price. Welcome to reality.
Really! With over 20,000 gun laws on the books, which ones of the "few" are you okay with. It is not a gun problem, period. Being part of the problem is no solution.It's 2023, there's 340 million people in this country, we lead the world in mass shooting with 2 a day. Now I'm as pro gun as anyone, but the thought of selling full auto weapons to just anyone that walks in scares the ---- out of me, and it should you. A few laws aren't gonna hurt you.
Good point,,,I feel much safer knowing the average law abiding citizen can not have easy access to full auto weapons,, Like the criminals do!It's 2023, there's 340 million people in this country, we lead the world in mass shooting with 2 a day. Now I'm as pro gun as anyone, but the thought of selling full auto weapons to just anyone that walks in scares the ---- out of me, and it should you. A few laws aren't gonna hurt you.