Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on investing in classic bolt action rifles. (See the Tangibles Investing section, near the end of this column.)
To start us off, here is a good piece at Silver Doctors: The Gold Standard 101: Measuring Gold And The Dollar Now Versus Then
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At MarketSlant: Has Bitcoin Bought It?
NPR audio podcast: Commodity Week. (With an emphasis on farm commodities.)
Stocks and Derivatives:
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Tangibles Investing (Classic Bolt Action Rifles):
Today, we look at investing in classic bolt action rifles. There are very few tangibles investments that fit so many “check boxes” as do pre-war bolt actions: Affordability, practicality for hunting and self-defense, versatility, lconsistent long-term gain in value, limited supply, durability, collector appeal, very limited risk of government bans or other restrictions, legal transportability across state lines and national boundaries, and providing a cherished family legacy. In my estimation: A nice bolt action does it all, and more!
Pre-1899 Bolt Actions?
If you want the ultimate in privacy, then I would recommend concentrating on Mauser bolt actions that had their receivers made in or before the year 1898. Pre-1899 guns are legally “antique” and completely outside of Federal jurisdiction. State laws vary, but in most cases, you can buy them from out-of state with zero paper trail, and bequest them to your children or even to your out-of-state nieces and nephews without zero paper trail. That might become a huge advantage, later in the 21st Century!
To get you started in bolt action rifle investing, here are some good reference articles and videos:
- Here is a great introductory 23-minute video: Top 5 Military Surplus Rifles for Investment
- Six All-American Bolt-Action Rifles You Need To Own (Of course most of these are derivations of the Mauser Model 1898.)
- Buying The Used Rifle
- NRA Museum: US Springfield Krag Model 1898 Bolt Action Rifle
- NRA Museum: U.S. Springfield Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle
- NRA Museum: Winchester Model 70 Bolt Action Rifle
- And if you’d prefer to invest in something more modern and practical for prepping: 2018’s Best Bang for Your Buck—Precision Bolt-Action Rifle Round-Up
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