1911A1s at $17 in the day.

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  1. Glock Commander

    Glock Commander

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    Just for your youngsters. 55 years ago you could have bought a 1911A1 for $17. Military surplus going back to taxpayers.
     

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    You could get them shipped mail order to you, too.

    I remember my dad having stuff mailed to him back in the day.
     
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  3. JBnTX

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    If only I had a time machine.
     
  4. bac1023

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    Yeah, things have changed just a bit. ;)
     
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  5. whirlibird

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    That was of course back when the average annual salary was just under $3000. And a dollar was worth a dollar..

    That's $1.47 an hour and you'd have to work 11.5 hours to get the pistol.

    Nowadays, at @$15HR, that same 11.5 hours will get you $172.50.
    So that used G22 for $350 will take just under 24 hours to get.

    A good 1911, say a new Springer MIL Spec, at $700? 46+ hours. Not great.

    But still better than 1880 when $25 would buy you a Colt SAA, but that was an entire months wages.

    And like it or not, the quality and metallurgy of the modern products are better. A while back I reworked 4 GI guns. Between the hours and parts, it was probably a wash between buying new and those clunkers.

    And no matter what you do, they're still a soft slide and frame. Not built for today's high round counts.

    But I'd pay $17 for a couple.
     
  6. Glock Commander

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    Do not forget if you made a $1,000,000 that year. You were in a 90% tax bracket.

    How about buying a house? Buying a house in 2015 vs. 1915. Today, the median home value in the U.S. is $177,600, according to the Zillow Home Value Index. In 1915, purchasing a house would have typically set you back $3,200, according to Census records. Also a home loan prior to WWII was 5 years. Now the average is a 30 year loan.
     
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    One can use an inflation calculator. That would be about $135 in today's money. Still not bad. My dad got a couple of those. They were not as nice looking as the one in the picture. One inflation calculator.

    https://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm
     
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    I paid $160.00 for my Colt government series 70 when I turned 21, now you know how old I'm :fred: