Supply and inflation. I bought Chinese SKS's for $69.00 in the eighties. They are a little higher now. I think I paid $199 for a Russian SKS.
As for inflation, the Fed keeps on printing money, we are now into QE3, Fed Chief Ben Bernanke keeps printing money at the rate of $40 Billion a month, added to the $16 Trillion TARP plus QE1, QE2, it won’t be long till I will be saying “Why did I not buy gold when it was only
$2,000 an ounce”!