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The Real Cost of Owning Gold

By Lewis Braham - 2012-09-27T20:30:53Z

Photograph by Daniel Acker/The New York Times via Redux

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Guns and Gold

Guns and gold go together like peanut butter and jelly. So common is the gun-gold connection that the National Rifle Association recently began airing a "Guns & Gold" TV show, a kind of "Antiques Roadshow" for numismatists who like to shoot things. Financial analysts study sales of both weapons and gold to measure fear in the markets. What's more, people with gold in their houses tend to want to protect it. Hardcore gold bugs who believe the apocalypse is nigh may want at least one assault rifle to fend off whatever threats they foresee. For more moderate buyers, a Glock Generation 4 semiautomatic handgun costs $619.99 at Cabela's.