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Old May 3rd, 2016, 10:00 AM   #1
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M1A prices January 1973

Below were the list retail prices for a M1A in January 1973

Issue Grade with fiber glass stock $200.00

Issue Grade with wood stock $215.00

Match Grade with glass bedded stock $250.00

A-1 (E2) with birch M14A1 stock assembly $250.00

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Jeez! Even with inflation, those rifles were cheaper to buy back then they they would be today. According to my C.P.I. app, today those rifles would cost:

Issue grade with FG stock- $1,067.19

Issue grade with wood stock- $1,147.23

The Match & E2 rifles- $1,333.99

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...According to my C.P.I. app...
Anything people actually need or want is exempt from the CPI...

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WOW! The things I would have spent my money on if I could go back in time...

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aint that the truth. I would have a couple super birds, some yenko built cars, and an indian motorcycle...

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Jeez! Even with inflation, those rifles were cheaper to buy back then they they would be today. According to my C.P.I. app, today those rifles would cost:

Issue grade with FG stock- $1,067.19

Issue grade with wood stock- $1,147.23

The Match & E2 rifles- $1,333.99
When the first M1As were built GI M14 parts were cheap. Very few people wanted M14 parts except for the gunsmiths that were converting M1 Garands to M14 look a likes and there were only a handful of them doing that. There was also a few others building semi auto type M14 rifles. But no major demand for GI M14 parts as there is today.

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aint that the truth. I would have a couple super birds, some yenko built cars, and an indian motorcycle...
And lots of GOLD! Gold was $97 an ounce in 1973!!!!

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It just seems cheap because of inflation. Things didn't cost much, but that was back when if you said you felt like 100 bucks, it meant you felt good. Now you say that as joke when you feel bad.

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[QUOTE=RDS;1727571]Below were the list retail prices for a M1A in January 1973

Issue Grade with fiber glass stock $200.00

Issue Grade with wood stock $215.00

Match Grade with glass bedded stock $250.00

A-1 (E2) with birch M14A1 stock assembly $250.00

1974
Price for Standard Rifle with walnut GI Stock $269.95

1975
Price for Standard Rifle with GI Stock $297.50
Match Rifle $397.50
HB Match Rifle $424.50

1976
Price for Standard Rifle GI Fiberglass Stock $361.67
Match Rifle $488.75
Super Match $540.50
Note $30.00 additional for new mfg walnut stock


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If only I had jumped in then! I was still deep in my M1 Garand phase. Part of my thinking at that time was why go to the 7.62 NATO as it won't do anything that the .30-'06 won't do.

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You could buy a nice new pickup in 1973 for less than $4000 [loaded not stripped], a Ranger XLT, Cheyenne Super ,etc
A DeTomaso Pantera supercar sold for $10,000 out the dealer's door
I bought a new 73' HD FX Superglide for less than $3000 TTL
A nice T-bone steak was less than $2 lb at the grocery store
Minimum wage was a whopping $1.60 hr .
A journeyman craftsman made $7/$10 an hour. Depending on your craft & where you lived.
My 1st apartment [a large 1BR] in a brand new very nice complex
not far from the Galveston beach was $135 month w/all bills paid [the small 1BR was $115].
Everything was cheaper back then , money was harder to make and went a lot farther.

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too bad I couldn't buy a rifle when I was two and half, always hated that Dad was into Garands!

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Below were the list retail prices for a M1A in January 1973

Issue Grade with fiber glass stock $200.00

Issue Grade with wood stock $215.00

Match Grade with glass bedded stock $250.00

A-1 (E2) with birch M14A1 stock assembly $250.00
I'll have to check the binder for an ad for these ;)

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I'll have to check the binder for an ad for these ;)
Brian
There are some ads in the notebook. But I have another file just of Springfield Armory price sheets and catalogs I did not send you.

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Paid $179 for mine as a special order at a LGS way back then. I still have it and used to smuggle it out to the range when we went to range fire. Being the unit armorer and driving the weapons van made that easy. Best investment I ever made.

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