Did Lee Harvey Oswald's rifle really cost less than $20 dollars?

In reading Stephen King's novel called '11.22.63' (spoiler warning) about a man who travels back in time to try prevent the assassination if JFK. It's mentioned in the book that the Italian rifle Oswald used to kill Kennedy was actually ordered by him through the mail and costed under $20 dollars! I'm shocked!!! I'm not from the States and I know nothing about guns but less than $20 dollars really??? Maybe gun prices were cheap back in 1963, I really don't know but did Lee Harvey Oswald's gun really cost less than 20 dollars? Because I find that really hard to believe especially considering that it was a rifle!

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mantra;. 05-02-2013
"In the early 1960s WW2 surplus rifles were very cheap. Oswalds was an Italian Carcano, not a very desirable collectors item. Probably the scope cost more than the rifle. $20 then was equivalent to a little over $100 today. It's not very difficult to find a second hand rifle (of less desirable make and caliber) today. Again, the scope and installation would cost more than the rifle. You could have an accurate high-power scoped rifle for less than $250 today. The most lethal part of that historical combination was Oswald's training as a Marine marksman."
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tushaar 29-04-2013
Throughout Walk 1963, Shelter Harvey Oswald, with all the a.k.a. "Some sort of. Hidell," obtained a 6.5 various millimeters Carcano Model 91/38 shot gun (furthermore inaccurately termed Mannlicher-Carcano) aside catalog shopping. They also purchased a revolving door at a unlike business, by the exact same method.It is technically recognized that it seemed to be the weapon that was utilised in the actual Tx University Guide Depositary within Dallas , tx, Colorado to help assassinate U . s . Leader David Y. Kennedy while his or her motorcade went by means of upon December 25, 1963 . Images involving Oswald possessing your rifle, a new palmprint establish with examination of the actual shot gun, along with detecting tracing their sale, almost all gradually generated Oswald.  
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