BUT, you do have to go through some hurdles.
1. Show proof you are a US citizen
2. Show proof you are 18+
The FBI will then use this info run a check on you to make sure you are not a nutcase or criminal.
3. Show proof you won't shoot yourself in the foot (hunter safety course, or being a SEAL)
3. Be old. Somehow if you have lived to the ripe age of 60 they figure you are smart enough to be careful. They are probably right.
4. Belong to one of a long list of clubs, including some, like the Garand Collectors Association that you can sign up for online, pay $25 and get a monthly magazine.
Sign it in front of a Notary (like Tim) and you are all set.
Prices run from $450 for a beater that still shoots to $2500, I also see they are still selling IBM M-1 carbines as well.
And if you disagree with Dock and think the Mosin-Nagant the Russians were using was a fun one, well, you can get them cheap. I hear Mills Fleet Farm has them for roughly $120, or for a $25 transfer fee from a local sporting goods shop plus a $20 shipping and handling, you can order them dirt cheap off the net such as http://www.jgsales.com/product_info.php/products_id/1041 but your local shop is still going to make you jump thorugh all the legal hoops, that's why he charges the $25 fee.
UMM....dirt cheap soviet goods, makes me want to drink some vodka and eat some potatoes and starve some peasants...