...when they were taking out full-page ads for "assault rifles" in hunting magazines.
Here's a Colt ad for a "hunting rifle" that dates back right about to the decade when our pal Jim Zumbo started spilling ink as a gun writer.
Check out the price tag.
Oh, boy...if my local Gun Haus started selling factory new Colt AR-15 Sporters for $189.99 tomorrow morning, I'd buy as many of them as the minivan could hold, and my Dearly Beloved's anger at the credit card bill would evaporate at the sight of sweet, sweet profits as I turned all of them on Gunbroker for seven bills a pop. (All except for maybe a half dozen for the personal stash, that is.)