RPMguns.com -- Class III -- Manufacturing
In 1986, the U.S. government banned the future importation and domestic manufacture of machine guns for civilian consumption, and the already limited inventory of Class 3 weapons has since diminished substantially. At a rate now more accelerated than ever, these weapons are ending up in the hands of collectors who have no intention of selling them. The effect is twofold: Class 3 arms are growing increasingly scarce and their prices are rising. Further federal bans in 1989 and 1994 relating to semiautomatic clones of military weapons have spurred similar trends in that area. Thus the price of a quality, collector-grade Class 3 or semiautomatic weapon has spiraled beyond the comprehension of the average buyer.