Many years ago, I read a story about aliens coming to Earth.

Their plan was to subjugate Earth.

They were stopped because a gun manufacturer sold cheap(under $50) high powered rifles.

I am trying to find that particular story.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank You

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    Could you please give more details? "Many years ago" means what, more than 50? Was the story a short story in a magazine, or was it a full length novel? Was it two aliens, or a fleet of alien ships? And what does the price of rifles have to do with foiling the invasion plans?
    – user14111
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 23:59
  • See answer below
    – YogiBear
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 5:34

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From your description I am pretty sure this is: Christopher Anvil's "The Kindly Invasion" (1966) re-printed in The Trouble With Aliens.

In it the protagonist, Mr. Peabody doesn't trust aliens bearing gifts (the Shaloux) including a wonderful serum as inoculation against all sorts of human ills including keeping everyone young.

As a weapons manufacturer, he develops (and essentially gives away for $37.50 what would be normally $199 as a bargain) a powerful rifle to anyone that wants it which is capable of killing the aliens. "The .30 Recoilless Repeating Sharpshooter"

At the end of the story we find:

The ex-prisoners were glancing at each other. "Well," said one of them, "we must end this resistance to our wise Brothers from the Stars. Did anyone notice how thin that hull was?" "Yeah. Half-a-dozen good men, with the Super-V steel-jacketed ammo, in Peabody rifles. Miss Burell was looking around blankly, "Didn't anybody fall for that Shaloux?" Peabody, despite his aches and pains, was starting to feel better. "Consider," he said, "the Shaloux didn't kill people at random. Instead, they baited a trap, which only attracted certain people. What do you suppose they've done to the human race?""You mean, they've carried out something like natural selection, only faster?""Exactly. And who do you suppose they've selected as survivors?"

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