Sometime around 1967...
...and I know that timeframe is not what we are talking about,....
I bought a Mosin Nagant 7.62 for 17.95 from the Swear and Sendback catalog. Shipped right to my door along with fifty rounds of ammunition.
This was the "sporterized version" which meant that they hacked the front of the stock off. I should have gotten the original. You can buy them now at gunshows for about a hundred bucks.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson