I guess I am an old man. I bought my first Ruger a Mark 1 .22 in 1955 for $39.95 and my first Blackhawk 357 in 1966 for $80.00. I have several others both hand guns and rifles. It seems the price has skyrocketed the past 5 years. Rugers are still reasonable in relation to other brands. I also have a S&W Airweight snubby made of titanium and aluminum alloy. I paid $400.00 and to buy one now is almost $1000.00. This is a great pocket carry gun but not fun to shoot. It hurts my arthritic hands. I used to carry a Colt .45 Model 80 cocked and locked. You need practice to do this so you don't shoot yourself. I carried a .45 in the Marines.