View Full Version : Them were the days (1971)

October 10, 2010, 03:19 PM
Holy smoke!




Andy Griffith
October 10, 2010, 03:41 PM
Some things have gone up far more than others...

Also, $100 then was far harder to come by than $500 is today!

October 10, 2010, 03:41 PM
In 1971, I could buy a hamburger for $.50 and a Coke for a dime also. Trouble was, I was earning $1.60/hour part time after school.

It really illustrates how much money has inflated over the last 40 years.

Don H
October 10, 2010, 04:12 PM
That Lyman New Model Army that sold for $96.95 in 1971 would cost $522.60 in today's money.

4V50 Gary
October 10, 2010, 04:19 PM
Wow! A Bess for $159. :eek:

However, paperbacks were about fifty cents and nowadays are about $8 each. So, $159 would buy you 318 paperbacks or $2,544 in today's dollars. Yep, the gun is much cheaper back then. :D

Switching to candybars which were a nickel, they are about seventy-five cents today. So, $159 breaks into 3,180 candy bars or $2,385. It's still cheaper to buy the Bess back then.

October 10, 2010, 04:23 PM
Switching to candybars which were a nickel, they are about seventy-five cents today. So, $159 breaks into 3,180 candy bars or $2,385.

Candy bars were bigger back then too.:D

October 10, 2010, 04:26 PM
Somewhere around that time I went into Tamiami Gun Shop on SW 8th St. I had been doing union ironwork for about 2 years and that was the first time in my young life I made more than $100.00 per week. I was looking for my first handgun and leaning towards a Colt series 70 M 1911 at $135.00 full retail and brand new. I ended up going for a S&W M-19 blue with a 4" bbl at $120.00, also brand new and at full retail. A gallon of gas was anywhere from $0.18 to $.030 depending on the day and a pack of non filter Camels or a tin of Copenhagen snuff was $.030. :p A union ironworker made $6.05 per hour journeyman's scale and that was walking in high cotton.

October 10, 2010, 04:43 PM
Yeah, back in 1971 I was a member of the North South Skirmish Assoication and I bought a .58 zouave two band musket for $89 and that same Lyman Remmington .44 for $89 both brand new, picked em up at the Nationals in Winchester Va. Us black powder shooters do have a much better selection available today and reasonable prices for sure, but I don't give a hoot I'd go back in a heart-beat.:D

Doc Hoy
October 10, 2010, 05:12 PM
As a Third Class Petty Officer in 1971 I made 166.00 per month.

October 10, 2010, 06:23 PM
Ah yes, here I am in 1971 and I have 159 bucks burning a hole in my pocket, what to buy? A Brown Bess musket?, or a TI-2500 four function hand held calculator with a bright LED display, destined to make slide rules obsolete?:confused:

October 10, 2010, 06:37 PM
olmontanaboy - WOW! Thanks for posting these advertisements! I quick like got my checkbook out, addressed the envelopes and my orders are in the mail as I type this!!!! Boy . .. . the postman will be busy a carrying all them boxes of guns from his truck to my door! I was so impressed with the Brown Bess that I ordered a half dozen of 'em! :D

Seriously . . . . great ads and thanks for posting them. I remember them well. Unfortunately, in 1971 I was working two jobs to pay my way through college and about to be married to boot! Oh how I wish I had some of the guns your ads show! Thanks a lot for posting 'em and bringing up old memories! :)

October 10, 2010, 08:01 PM
I bought a kentucky flintlock in 70 or 71 for 99 bucks. Think it was CVA. Worst mistake I ever made. I was 12 in 69 and bought a new Rigarmi 58 Remington along with a mold, a pound of powder and a tin of caps for 60 bucks.

October 11, 2010, 12:48 AM
:D The Good Old Days!!!! You betcha.... Great ads... I read some where about two guys writing about how they bought Walker Replicas in Ohio for $60. back in 1968.

I remember getting paid $50. every two weeks back in 1969 courtesy of the USAF. A carton of cigarettes was $2.50. Would I have spent $60.00 for a BP Revolver?:rolleyes:

October 16, 2010, 12:40 PM
In 1971 those guns were still way beyond the reach of the high school kid I was at that time.

October 16, 2010, 01:01 PM
In 1971 those guns were still way beyond the reach of the high school kid I was at that time.

I got most of my money by going around town cutting grass.

October 17, 2010, 08:59 AM
I found a box of around 1970's vintage Remington .22 shorts in the gun case of a bolt action .22 rifle my wife inherited.
The 79ยข price sticker was still on the box.

October 18, 2010, 07:18 AM
A new-in-the-pouch (didn't come in a box) Browning Hi-Power was just around $100 when I bought one in 1970 or 1971. But a box of 50 9mm cartridges was $5, which made it relatively expensive. I didn't do much shooting with a 9mm. And besides, my weekly earnings weren't anywhere near $100.

Doc Hoy
October 18, 2010, 09:08 AM
....was a Russian Mosin Nagant 7.62 from WWII. I gave 14.95 to Swear and Sendback (Sears and Roebuck) and an extra coupla bucks for a box of steel jackets. It was shipped right to my house which was legal at that time. (about 1963). A friend of my Dad's gave me a 7.7 and a 6.5 Arisaka. The 6.5 was still full military. The 7.7 had a sporterization commenced but not finished.

The first time I shot it, the cartridge case expanded and jammed in the breach. I had to drive it out with a cleaning rod. My uncle told me I could shoot .308 rounds in it but I just shot up the milsurp ammo and gave the rifle away.

October 18, 2010, 11:13 AM
Yes times have changed. I still have today two pistols that I bought new, in the 60's for $29.95 each. They still shoot well. Also in 1972 I was making $5.00 an hour, had a wife and kid. I was driving a 1970 truck that I had bought new. We bought a house. My wife was not working, just me and we were able to buy a house. It was hard to make the payments, but we did. In 2005 we sold that house for $600,000.00. How is that for a savings account??? I bought several guns during that time. I think I should have pasted on the guns and bought a second house.


October 18, 2010, 11:27 AM
1855 Dragoon pistol now lists for $600..

October 18, 2010, 12:47 PM
It certainly is fun to read those old advertisements. However, according to the inflation calculator based on the bureau of statistics:

What cost $100 in 1971 would cost $523.87 in 2009.

Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2009 and 1971,
they would cost you $100 and $18.23 respectively.

Keep in mind that most folks have more disposable income these days too.

October 19, 2010, 06:13 AM
Not necessarily. The inflation calculator is essentially a money converter, not a price converter. The inflation calculator is found in several places. The only one I've used was from one of the Federal Reserve Banks. I hope they are all the same.

But, the prices of different things do not all change at the same rate. And the changes in typical earnings for a given sort of employment also do not necessarily change at the same rate. And the products themselves change, too, usually. Still interesting to think about the old prices.

On the subject of changes in prices, however, I think that ammunition used to be relatively more expensive than it is now, compared with the price of firearms. Also, over the last, say, 20 years, there have been wide short-term flucuations in the prices of certain kinds of firearms like pistols with high-capacity magazines and anything remotely resembling an assault rifle, all because of market forces. But prices of more ordinary firearms like Marlin lever actions have been relatively stable, though the prices have steadily risen. Other models and brands have simply gone out of production because costs overtook what the selling prices were or because of what might be called the product life cycle finally came to an end, like the Winchester Model 94. True, someone else is making a copy already, but most people that wanted one had one. Winchester had been making every possible variation and commemoration to sell them.

October 19, 2010, 06:39 AM
When I picked up the shooting bug a whole 5 years ago, 9mm WWB was a a whopping $12 for 100 rounds at walmart, and I could get range 38 reloads for even less. Now those were the good ole' days.

October 19, 2010, 10:14 AM
In 1971, I could shoot 100 trap or skeet targets and reload my hulls for about $10.

October 19, 2010, 03:51 PM
Wow, i have a '71 lyman remmy... nice to find an original ad.

October 20, 2010, 07:47 AM
You know, if you look through very old catalogs and reprints like the old Shooters Bible, it is impressive to see the selection of guns no longer available. In fact, hardly any from 1940 are still around in the same form. But Skeeter Skelton mentioned in passing that many models, referring there to S&W revolvers, were difficult to find in stores. But I suppose there are models today you might have trouble finding an actual speciman to examine. I also not that between 1940 and 1959, those being two years I have catalogs to compare, that many models continued almost unchanged, though all the S&W revolvers had been updated.

October 20, 2010, 09:44 AM
In 1969 I bought a Smith & Wesson Mod. 36 (Bird's Head wood grip) for 69.95 at the Ivanhoe Gun Shop in Watertown, MA.

Today I'm asked to pay upwards of $350 for the same piece. Not a complaint, just an odd comment. And the Smith is still my favorite carry piece.