I paid $629.50+31.48 tax for my Colt Gold Cup Enhanced .45ACP (1 Sep '94, brand new). It was supposedly a decent price for the time, but it still felt like a fortune to me as I was paying my way through college as well. When I see the going rate for a the same gun these days, I'm floored. I can actually sell this old gun at a profit, which is something I can't say for some of my others.
Incidentally, my Colt Delta Elite 10mm cost me $395.00+19.75 tax a few months earlier (1 Mar '94), but that was a used gun. Still have both today