The Paratrooper trade was actually less than 2 years ago. The guy in the booth didn't like millitary weapons, had got it in a trade with some other guns and just wanted it gone. Those deals are still out there. I haven't missed a local gun show in decades. Just like garage sales, you gotta be there when the deal is available. You may go to 20 or 30 shows and see nothing but overpriced or average priced merchandise, then the next show there is a Colt Detective Special 2nd generation for $199, or a Savage 24 .22lr/.410 for $169, or a jungle stocked Norinco SKS for $150, or a Remington Nylon 66 for $139. A few of the deals I've got at gun shows and gun dealers when I should have paid more than twice those amounts.
Patience pays off.
Jus say'n, Tom