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Bubacus
May 28, 2017, 07:34
I was looking up a little info on the BM-59 this morning and found these ads that I thought folks would get a kick out of. I didn't realize they went for such little money back in the 60's. $115 got you a new one!:

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/boeboe2/m11m14mags.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/boeboe2/66ga.jpg

AliYahu
May 28, 2017, 10:52
I was looking up a little info on the BM-59 this morning and found these ads that I thought folks would get a kick out of. I didn't realize they went for such little money back in the 60's. $115 got you a new one!:

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/boeboe2/m11m14mags.jpg

The 'M11' was a 'remil' of M1 and assorted other parts, used M14 magazines.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/boeboe2/66ga.jpg

Those were 'real deal' early Beretta 'Mark I' guns!
http://i67.tinypic.com/2rpbigp.jpg

Eli

Super B
May 29, 2017, 08:21
I didn't realize the term "assault rifle" was used back then.

CG&L
May 29, 2017, 08:38
The price for the M1 was $65.

What was $65 at the time? A week's pay?
Just asking cause I was making $20/day back in the late 70s

Ned Flanders
May 31, 2017, 00:40
With inflation factored in, some of those prices are pretty similar to todays.


I didn't realize the term "assault rifle" was used back then.


Never heard the term Sturmgewehr before?

Csspecs
June 02, 2017, 21:19
If you compare average income and use that for the dollar value.. The BM59 is something like $1100.

The number I came up with is 9.6 2017 dollars equals one 1965 dollar.. So the rifles are reasonable when you figure they are surplus. Current BM59s are being made is small numbers the ones in the catalog are reflecting a mass manufacturing cost which is lower..

A current AR15 converted to old dollar value would be $46

Ductapeman
June 08, 2017, 10:17
I remember the M11's-- there were a fair number of small-shop gunsmiths in the 1960's and 70's offering similar builds, basically a .308 "Tanker" type front end on a receiver modded to take M14 magazines. I remember a lot of guys calling the conversion the "M 7-1/2"-- I think the M11 was either an attempt to legitimize it, or someone had a pile of M1s with buggered bores--

SteelGreyML
June 08, 2017, 22:01
Here is an inflation calculator:
http://www.dollartimes.com/inflation/inflation.php?amount=1000&year=1965

Another:
http://www.in2013dollars.com/1965-dollars-in-2017?amount=65

Not sure how accurate they are.

0302
June 10, 2017, 10:35
now that is a scary lookin couger

raubvogel
June 11, 2017, 12:40
now that is a scary lookin couger

Wouldn't you be as pissed as him if someone sat a rifle on your back you won't get to shoot?

parallaxbill
June 14, 2017, 04:42
I didn't realize the term "assault rifle" was used back then.

The evil connotation that the term "assault rifle" suggest didn't occur to folks back then. Only with the dumbing down of America by the left has that come about.

little308
June 20, 2017, 10:18
Basically, once we translated the word Sturmgewehr, we have had the term "Assault Rifle" in our language since WWII.

Anyone notice that you could get what I think were BM59 magazines (or are they M-14?) for $4.00 each to go with your new M11?

And the BM59 on the cover of the Beretta manual must have been an earlier prototype. Note the Tri-compensator does not contain the length of the final version or the bayonet lug. The bayonet lug in the photo is on the lower forward end of the gas tube.