Comments: Automatic For The Free People

"To give an example a Mac-10 would run for $400 or $500 dollars if the government restrictions were not in place. A registered Mac-10 (made after '68) will run a few thousand. A pre-68 Mac-10 - I can only presume the price would be 5 to 10 times what a post 68 Mac would be."

Pre-'68 only matters with respect to imported guns. It's why you see so few actual transferrable MP5's: they're all either HK94 sear guns or "pre samples", which are pre-86 but post-68 imports, and are only ownable by SOTs.

Posted by Tam at April 20, 2007 05:31 AM

Highly informative and well done.


Posted by USCitizen at April 20, 2007 06:04 AM

Tam - I meant that pre-68 the value would be increased (in Mac's case & a few others) because of scarcity, not the direct legal implications. I mean that there were presumably fewer Mac's made between 64 & 68 than there were made between 69 & 86. Hence more collector value. Perhaps not the best example but i'm working on way too little sleep lately for my own good, & Mac is easy to type :) I do recall something about pre-60-something FAL's but not enough to really even make mention of it.

Course the damned law itself is the thing that made a discussion of the collectors value of a freakin Mac something other than an asinine joke done in bad taste. & the prices of a STEN? Lord have mercy - the ancestor who first developed the "cheap bastard" gene in my family would have a case of the flame throwing vapors to see a piece of metal tubing with delusions of grandeur going for the low 5 digits. (don't misunderstand - I really like STEN's - but 5 digits???

USCitizen - tanks.. er, I mean thanks. :D

Posted by Publicola at April 20, 2007 08:09 AM

So, Jim Webb's pistol is a machine gun under DC law?

Posted by jack at April 20, 2007 04:33 PM


Posted by Publicola at April 21, 2007 03:03 AM

Great info and very well explained. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Tom H at April 21, 2007 07:46 PM