Here on page 415A of the Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book is something that, if you are under 25 years old, might be unbelievable - the ability to buy .22 caliber rifles and BB guns from the Sears Christmas Wishbook! I can remember when you could walk into a Sear, Montgomery Ward, Western Auto, and many other stores and buy rifles and BB guns. I don't recall whether handguns were available then (1960s & 70s). As kids, we could walk to the local sporting goods shop and buy .22 ammo, but couldn't buy cigarettes without a note from our parents (I didn't smoke, but often was sent, note in hand, to buy them for my parents).
Nowadays, the anti-2nd Amendment Nazis want to confiscate all firearms. Doing so makes it easier to impose martial law on the populace and for a totalitarian government. It has worked out quite well for Russian, Cuba, China, and all the other most wonderful countries, right? Oh, wait, not so much.
Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator to see what items cost in today's dollars. That $69.00" Ted Williams .22 would cost $414.04 in 2011 money.
Posted February 20, 2011