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I wonder how much they actually have in one of the new small semi-auto's. I owned a Taurus Slimline for 1 day, there is about 6 actual parts and the trigger is absolutely terrible. To me it looks like $25 in gun cost and $250 for their Liability Insurance. I bought a S&W 38 Centennial(hammerless)instead for about the same money. Glenn
 

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Those molded frames and Metal Inj. Molded metal parts have really cut out a lot of cost. Ruger's investment casting stuff was state-of-the art...for a little while...and then the polymer wave just took over.


Everything else has gotten a lot more expensive in the gun world...but pistols don't cost a lot more than 15 years ago, with exceptions for the real primo stuff...I still like my all-steel guns, but admit some of the polymer stuff is awful nice (and makes your hands a lot less cold in the winter time).
 

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Mim molds start out at about $60,000 for a small part.. That does not include the machine to make the part.. and nothing to do with finishing the part.. Some of the more complicated molds are in excess of $100,000 each.. Lets add to that a building.. a few workers.. and insurance.. How much return would you think is fair on the investment??? You'd need to make a whole lot of guns to sell one for $300

often..CNC on a short run is vastly cheaper..and done in good materials will yield a product that will sell for more and last vastly longer..
 

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GM stamped out a million of the "Liberator" during WWII for just a couple bucks a piece... what would be that in today's dollars?!

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$2.00 in 1943 is $24.52 today. Those Liberator pistols are real collectors items today and can sell for thousands.
 

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How much is your life worth? I buy S+W, Browning, Colt, Walther, Seecamp, Sig and beretta. I do not buy junk like Taurus. Taurus has a poor resale and is made of junk metal.
 

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I agree with Auctioneer, cheaper handguns aren't much fun when they start hanging up or misfiring either.

Don't forget that the companies have to pay employee benefits such as health care, taxes, retirement etc. Not to mention their business taxes.

JT
 
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