If we could find some advertisements from the back of gun magazines from pre-68 GCA, we could see that back then you could buy 1911s for $25 (if I remember correctly) in NRA very good condition delivered to your door by mail.
I was too young to know I could do that back then.
I tried searching for images of such ads on the internet but could not find any!
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they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it." Frederic Bastiat