Ok so here's how it worked out. I work as a contractor for the Army. One of my contacts on base is retiring and getting rid of his gear. I ended up with 2 Kevlar PASGT helmets and a bunch of other goodies. So a few weeks later I am looking through the Barracks Thrift Store and come across an early 90's Martin Lynx Bow for $15. Not being one to spend more than I have to I wait until they do "clean up" and throw away all the unsold merchandise for the month. I picked the bow up for free. Another colleague at the base is a huge motorcycle guy/military collector/gun afficianado. So I sell the bow on craigslist for $25, give him a "free" Kevlar plus $35. And I am now the new owner of an almost mint C9. After deducting the $25 from the bow sale, and adding $10 to cover my a$$ and do a FFL transfer of the gun, total cost was $20.60 including tax.