I have told myself on more than one occasion that I will never step foot back in that crooks shop. This time they have gone over the top, prices on the used guns are sporadic and inconsistent. Please let me make this statement, I am the Mini 14 master, and there is nothing you can do or say that will change the facts of the rifle. I know everything there is to know about the Mini 14 and AC556. So today, I walked into Van's with a wad of cash that equaled to 1000 dollars! CASH! In there used gun section there are 4 Mini 14's, 2 pencil barrel minis, one stainless 196 series for 600 bucks another 188 series for 700, and 2 newer Minis with the thicker barrels, one is a 582 in a ATI stock with a threaded barrel for 800, and a 581 in a archangel sparta stock that did not have a price. I asked about the Mini 14 in the sparta stock since it had no price. The guy came back with a 600 dollar sticker, sounds good right? Well this mini in question had a lot of faults, for one the pin for the front sight was missing, the sparta stock looked like it has been run over by a pick up truck, and the magpul flip up sights did not flip up, you had to force the sights into place, and it being a 581 model Mini 14 that means it is over a decade old. So, we got a 10 year old rifle with no sights that worked properly, fixed into a crappy cheap stock that is known to have bedding issues and parts that are missing. I offered the guy 550 for it and explained to them that it would cost about 200 bucks to get the rifle to shoot correctly again, but they stayed firm at 600 bucks and would not budge. In fact the salesman (And yes Van Allen was watching us like a hawk hearing every word) said he could find someone that would buy it for 600 and would not go any lower. I said thanks buddy and left. So here is the list, we got two pencil barrel mini 14's that are over 20 years old in the 600 to 700 dollar range and one tactical model that is 8 years old for 800 and a 10 year old P.O.S. for 600. So in retrospect we have a 20 year old Mini for 100 dollars less than 10 year old mini, where as I can go to Wal-Mart and buy a brand new Mini 14 for 700 bucks. Where do they get there prices from? Does Van's like to sell guns or just look at them? But like I said, the guy behind the counter said he can find someone to buy it. So if you like getting screwed, please go to Van's. Oh and one more thing, I have been eyeballing that rifle for 3 months now and they still have not sold it. Sorry for the rant but I wanted you good folks to know what you will be walking into when you go to Van's... Do your price checking homework because they have no problem screwing people that dont know any better.