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Gun prices in 1908

Discussion in 'Work Safe' started by John A., Apr 23, 2017.

  1. John A.

    John A. Unconstitutional laws are not laws. Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator

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    I know, it's probably an odd title for a topic, but my wife recently found an old Sears and Roebuck catalog from 1908 and I thought I would scan some of the pages of the more recognizable iconic guns for your entertainment.

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    I was really surprised to see Sears was selling the Luger automatic, though in all fairness, this WAS before World War 1 was declared.
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    My great grandfather killed a man with a 25-20 he bought from Montgomery wards during this time, so this last page with the Marlin 1894's is a little special to me. It's also the first rifle that I ever shot, and my Uncle still owns it to this day.

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  2. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Aah....the good old days....
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  3. John A.

    John A. Unconstitutional laws are not laws. Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator

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    I have a feeling that you're not talking about the prices are you?
  4. VitSports6

    VitSports6 20g Supporter

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    With $20.00 burning a hole in your pocket, what would you choose?!?

    I would likely go with the old standby, 1894 Winchester in 30-30 for a sum of $15.53 and with the extra money, I would buy some ammo and an ice cream ;)
  5. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I have an old Sears catalog like this up at my cabin. Fun to look at prices and what they sold. I think you could even buy a car from them back then.
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  6. Bobster

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    As they also sold house "kits", you could probably even buy that cabin! :)

    Now where did I put the Tardis? ;) Only problem I see with using it would be finding currency dated 1908 and earlier... :rolleyes:
  7. Pawpaw

    Pawpaw .30-06 Supporter

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    For a year or so, I lived in one of those Sears & Roebuck kit houses in SouthWest OK.
  8. SHOOTER13

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    DAMN...Wish I could have bought my guns at those prices ...

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    Colt's Automatic Magazine Pistol:
    $15.00 in 1908...$200.00 in 1998

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    Colt's Single Action Army:
    $22.50 in 1908...$1,150.00 in 2008

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    Winchester Model 1894:
    $15.53 in 1908....$350.00 in 1977

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  9. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Fresno is loaded with those Sears Craftsman houses. The section of town built in those years is just full of them.

    Also I'm amazed that the advertised Luger was the more rare 30 caliber and not the common 9 millimeter!
  10. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    If you see any pages showing the Ranger shotguns I would love to see them. I don't know if they were sold quite so early.
  11. MikeD

    MikeD I'm Your Huckleberry Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I've got this one complete with octgon barrel in .22 short.

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  12. John A.

    John A. Unconstitutional laws are not laws. Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator

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    I'm glad to see I wasn't the only guy who enjoyed browsing their "wish list" ;)
  13. Scoop

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    I'd take one of these. It would have made a great pickup line in high school... "Hey Susie, would you like to come over to my house and see my ...?

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  14. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    I'm wondering if it's engraved "big dick" right on the side of the barrel?
  15. John A.

    John A. Unconstitutional laws are not laws. Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator

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    That reminds me of a joke I heard one time.

    Welcome to Shorty's bar and grill of Chattanooga Tennessee, have a nice day!
  16. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    The tell that same joke in Jamaica only of course it doesn't say Chattanooga.
  17. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    By the way ever since I discovered battle merchants.com I've been shopping the internet for antique blades and halberds. You can get some amazing stuff and at a wide range of prices, age/rarity and condition.

    I mention this because there were some very attractive antique pistols for sale from the old Flintlock days.

    One apparently had a wooden stock covered in ass-hide, and another with a ball of walrus ivory. Just some amazing stuff.

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