The current issue of “Guns and Ammo Combat Arms” has an article about the new Chinese QBZ97 assault rifle. The author concludes that it’s a pretty good rifle, and that it’s likely to garner some significant international sales thanks to its low, $450 price tag (in a large military order). The author compares this to the Israeli Tavor, at $1,000, or the Steyr AUG-A3, at an astounding $2,800! Sheesh, even if I were some Steyroid-crazed third-world leader, I’d still gag at the cost of equipping my troops with new AUG’s. Worse, if that’s the per-unit cost for a big military order, just how much will a new civilian AUG go for (that is, if they someday begin selling them again here in America)? $3,500? $4,000? Sure, I’d love an AUG, but at those prices . . . uh, never mind!