What caused the market to take off?
In short, the internet and the booming stock market.
Before the net, it was very difficult to find guns for sale, and it really depended on what the individual dealer wanted to charge. There was no way to truly ascertain demand, as supply was really limited to waht was in ones own area. The climbing stock market made people think they had more disposable income and when people went looking for what nifty things they could buy, many found out about c3 weapons (through the net). Sites like subguns.com provide the forum to buy and sell, and thus market equilibrium is reached, much higher than it once was. Depending on wether we are in a minor slump right now, or a long term recession, we may see the price of C3's go down in the next few years.