A gun show is like any other kind of market. You have those who will scam you and those who wish to be honest. Gun shops need to be honest or they will develope a bad reputation. At a gun show, however, they don't have to worry about thier reputation.
Personally, I have seen some pretty good deals at gun shows. I saw a Mauser broom handle for 300 w/o the stock. I have seen them without stocks sale online for 800. The Mauser had good bore and good action to boot. It did not have matching serial numbers though, and the seller admitted it.
Personally, I thought it was a good deal.
I wouldn't mind to have a reproduction broom handle, with a bigger handle of course (custom).
I also bought my first high calibur gun at a gun show for my 17th b-day last year for 107$ with everything + ammo.
It was a Mosin Nagant.
Anyways, I think it is bias to say that gun shows have become a place to get familiar with guns you want instead of a place to buy. That is unless things are different were you live. I have had problems with small gun shows only. They are the ones that are dumb. When you go to one that has like 100+ vendors, however, competetion between vendors keep the prices in check.
That is why I never buy on the first time walking through (unless it is a good price). I always walk through to find points of interest and let time pass. When it nears the end of the day I will then go through and barter with desperate vendors wanting to make a buck before the day is out.
I can usually get better deals that way.
Well, that is just my thoughts on the matter.
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