I think it has less to do with modern guns and more to do with the sad state of the Economy. If you look at prices, an unmilled '04 will still bring more than nearly any other stock electro from that era. The only electro I have now is an '02 full mill Excal. I would put it up against any electro from '02 or '12. It's a decade old and still sells for more than PE and Dyes that are half as old.