What was the MSRP of your favorite .22 in 1978?

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welldoya

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I paid $145 for a brand new Smith & Wesson Model 17 in 1975. There was a Colt Diamondback right next to it for the same price.
 

George

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I know this is slightly off topic! But my favorite 22 in 1978 was a Ruger single six convertible with a I believe six inch barrel. Bought it in 78 it was a new model I ran the number serial number not long ago but forget what year it came back, but it was pretty darn new. The gun was like new in the Magnum cylinder was in the box with its little sash with no turn line whatsoever. What a heck of a gun to learn on became really good with it at the time could spend everyday with it! After learning on that gun I found the semi-autos to be extremely easy to shoot accurately ! Put countless rounds down range with that gun. Okay, this is where I go off-topic used it was $125 with the box and paperwork! No unfortunately like we all do when we're young and foolish we trade the guns for something we think we want more due to lack of funds! Which is what I did. But I'm in my old age we get wiser in some ways and don't do those foolish things! In any case I hope this adds does not distract from the topic somehow. George
 

langenc

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Guns wee 'cheap' but remember you were working for 4-5 bucks/hr.

Also there was a movement for $15 min wage back at last campaiging season.

Last week I saw signs for $21 at McDonalds and $17 at other burger joints. Kohls was only at $13.
What do those wages do to the price of a burger?? We didnt go in but went to Cracker Barrel instead. Id bet we didnt pay more that $2 more for a dinner than burger/fries/soda.
 

Selena

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bobski said:
prices are for the most part relevant to inflation.
sounds cheap when you look back, but back then it was still a lot.

Exactly, multiply by 4.25 to get the inflation adjusted price.
 

powder smoke

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MSRP of my first 22 I have no idea got a good memory but it's short lol.
I do remember my first 22 was a Remington Nylon 66 brown model wasn't the black apache!
Use to go to the town dump at sunset and shoot rats. Lots of fun! ps
 

mistermills357

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The price of my first .22 LR pistol was pretty low, and it was a Super Single Six, I think.

I remember how KMart had a rifle and shotgun display, and you could walk in and buy one, and walk out with it, in a box.
 

luvmyRugers

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Single Six convertible cost me $67 out the door. Still got it. Still the best shooting revolver I own.
 

Wyandot Jim

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I bought this Ruger, which I still have, for Son and me to plink with.

Ruger Super Single Six Convertible $105.45 blue
 

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I purchased my first pistol in 1979 the year I turned 21. It was a Ruger Mark 1 heavy barrel 5.5" in .22 caliber semi-automatic. It it just about cleaned out my $200 checking account, so I must have picked up a few bricks of ammo & knowing me a Ruger baseball cap. Shot the bluing off that pistol and just about wore the checkering off the walnut grips


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KIR

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I paid $67 in 1978 from the highest priced LGS in Reno. A few years ago, my oldest son asked me for it as he had a fond memory of it. When he was 13, I took him out shooting and at first I loaded it up with blanks. I teased him about not being able to hit the broad side of a barn. I then loaded the gun with good ammo and while aiming at a center can of three, I hit the two on the side with one shot. I have no idea how that happened, but naturally he was impressed. I then told him about the blanks. So good memory for him and he will always remember it, as he now has the gun. I never used the LR cylinder as I much prefer .22 mag ammo. I hope to get a new one soon. I have been wanting another for sometime now.
 

Pat-inCO

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Don't remember the price of a .22 in '78, but I do remember buying my then new wife
a Ruger Bearcat in '66. From J.C.Penny, for $39.98. - - - She decided she didn't like
it so it followed me when we divorced ten years later. (y)

P.S. I sold it after the divorce for $200. - - - Then bought a stainless one about
(guessing) seven years later for twice that.
 

Piranha451

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Your list shows a Remington 541-S at $199.95, but I purchased one for $126.99 in 1978. I was a high school student working part time at a gas station for $1.75/hr off the books. I had it on lay away, putting down $11.00 a week.
 

Far North Collector

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no Brainer for me, first 10-22 laminated ever made was in 1978. ser prefix 128-xxxx. green one. have 3 with con ser ser #. FNC
 

37fed

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When I turned 14 (1973) my folks took me to Roses to get a Marlin 22 lever action. I was supposed to get a 39 Mountie but all the stocks were blemished. I guess that was what Roses got at the time. Daddy made them
pull out all the 39A’s and M’s in the store. The only stock he would accept was a 39A for $89.99 and I paid half. And man would it shoot. Used to shoot walnuts out of the tree in the yard.
 

Rook

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I wouldn't have any idea what .22s cost in '78. All my rifles of every caliber were made before 1964 except for one an AR-15 and only 2 shotguns made after '64 and they are Brownings that were still made in Belgium. The only new guns I've purchased are handguns.

My Remington Model 12 pump .22 LR, L & S gallery gun was made in 1928.

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My O. F. Mossberg and Sons Inc. Model 151M-B .22 Long Rifle with a Mossberg Scope no. M4c was made between 1947 to 1958. It has no serial number which was not required on a .22 rifle before 1968.

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GLASSMAN

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I bought my first handgun when I turned 21 in 1973
NM Single Six. By 78 I had acquired a few Ruger 22 semi's.
The convertible stayed as the favorite in and beyond 1978.
The 73 price paid was about a hundred more or less, best I recall.
I'll have to look up that receipt someday.
I remember it took me over a hour to decide between the Single Six
or a Colt SA. I liked the Colt action better but preferred the all blue over the case finish on the Colt.
I already had the Ruger 22 Carbine ( bought at 18 yrs old) so with that purchase I became a Ruger fan.
I had no idea at that time that there was something called " Old Models".
That lesson came a few years later.
 

JackpineWillie

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I saved some old magazines and I recently pulled this one out for a good read. 22LR is my favorite cartridge and I'll bring three 22's for every CF I bring shooting.





I do question Jim Woods Winchester 9422M shooting 1 1/2" groups at 100 yds LOL

So what did our favorite .22's cost in 1978--MSRP?

Double Action revolvers:

Colt Diamondback 4" blue $211.95

S&W Model 18 4" $167.50

S&W Model 17 6" $165.00

S&W Model 48 22 Mag. 6" $176.00

S&W Model 34 blue $141.50

Single Action revolvers:

Ruger Super Single Six Convertible $105.45 blue $147.50 stainless :shock:

NAA Mini $95.00

(My favorites--the Colt Peacemakers and New Frontiers--were temporarily discontinued when this was published.)

Semi Auto pistols:

Browning Challenger $134.50

High Standard Sharpshooter $143.50

Ruger Standard Model $87.50

Ruger Mark 1 Target and Bull Barrel $112.50

S&W Model 41 $214.00

Semi Auto rifles:

Browning SA-22 entry level $167.50

Marlin 49DL $79.95

Remington 552 A Speedmaster $99.95

Remington Nylon 66 $84.95

Ruger 10/22 Carbine $79.50

Ruger 10/22 Sporter $91.50

Winchester Model 490 $199.95

Bolt Action rifles:

Marlin 780 $69.95

Remington 581 $79.95

Remington 541-S $199.95

Lever Action rifles:

Browning BL-22 entry grade $127.50

Marlin Model 39A $134.95

Winchester 9422/9422M $169.95/$174.95

Pump rifles:

Browning BRP-22 $157.95

Remington 572-A Fieldmaster $104.95

Of course, this is only a partial list. Let me know if there's a particular .22 you'd like to know the MSRP of in 1978.

Now, who will be the first to say they wish they could buy them today for those prices? :mrgreen:
 
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