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Rock Island Auction Company

#1 Auction House for Collectible and Antique Firearms

Rock Island Auction Company is the world’s top auction house for collectible and antique firearms. As our reputation for integrity, quality, and presentation have grown, so have our results. Thanks to our tireless work ethic and constant pursuit of excellence, we remain the largest collectible and antique firearms auction house since 2003. We continue to bring world record prices and offer some of the rarest guns, high art antiques, and plenty of collector firearms still in their usable life.

But we’re not just a place to buy collector firearms, we’re also the best place to sell your guns. Whether you’re selling a large gun collection or just a single firearm, Rock Island Auction Company is the best and easiest way to sell guns for the most money. Don’t take our word for it! Read about our consignment process, watch videos of satisfied clients, and see some of our spectacular results for yourself. Take a look around and find out what so many already know: we’re the best at what we do.

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Rock Island Auction Company Firearms Auction

Premiere Auction

May 5 to May 7, 2017

Our Premiere Auctions take place three times a year, each over a three-day period. A preview day is held all day on the preceding Thursday and the items are sold Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A Premiere Auction consists of approximately 2,700 antique and collectable lots. Each of these auctions is made up of rare, unusual, mint, and highly collectable pieces. We produce a minimum of 5,500 full color, 3-volume catalog sets featuring each lot with in-depth descriptions, a high and low estimate and multiple high resolution photos. Each volume of the catalog corresponds to a day of the auction.  The three Premiere Auctions are typically held in April, September, and December.  Our Premiere Firearms Auctions have made international press and are renowned for offering the most significant, historic and important firearms. It is not uncommon for us to set a world record in any given Premiere Auction.

Each auction routinely covers the main genres of collecting from antique to modern Winchesters, Colts, U.S. and European Military, Sporting, etc. Our Premiere Auctions also offer swords, bayonets, military artifacts, and other related material. Our website features the entire auction catalog online and is searchable by model, serial number, manufacturer, lot number, keyword, and more.

Featured Lots

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 12

    Lot 12: Winchester Model 1886-Rifle

    This is an exceptional example of a Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Express Sporting Rifle...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2596

    Lot 2596: Early Walther 480 Code P 38 Pistol

    This is a fine example of a very early "three digit" serial number, "480"...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3087

    Lot 3087: Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 First Issue Revolver with Factory Box

    The accompanying factory letter confirms the caliber, barrel length and rosewood grips. It was part...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2152

    Lot 2152: James Reid .41 Caliber Knuckle Duster Revolver

    Only an estimated 150 .41 caliber knuckle duster revolvers were manufactured in a two year...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2472

    Lot 2472: Rare Valmet M82 Bullpup NFA/Class III Select Fire Machine Gun

    Designed by Valmet of Finland and intended for use by airborne troops to replace the...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3009

    Lot 3009: Winchester 1886-Rifle Rifle 45/70 Govt.

    Special order Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Takedown Rifle manufactured in 1901. This rifle...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2280

    Lot 2280: Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Westerner Rifle

    According to "The Rifleman's Rifle" only 3,116 Featherweight Westerner rifles were manufactured pre-64. This makes...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 391

    Lot 391: Marlin Firearms Co - No.32 Standard 1875

    Manufactured between 1875 to 1887. These revolvers can fire both .32 long and .32 short...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2055

    Lot 2055: Winchester Model 1890 Rifle with Deluxe Maple Stock

    Manufactured in 1910. This Winchester Model 1890 slide action rifle has a beautiful birdseye maple...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3010

    Lot 3010: New Haven Arms Co. Henry Rifle Rifle 44 Henry

    Henry Lever Action Rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in September 1862. This...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2148

    Lot 2148: L.D. Nimschke Engraved Colt Cloverleaf House Model Revolver

    Manufactured in 1871 (the first year of production) this is an extremely rare version of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2831

    Lot 2831: Cased Smith & Wesson Elvis Presley Taking Care of Business

    This revolver has the standard markings and features for the Elvis Presley Taking Care of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2465

    Lot 2465: Springfield Armory U.S. - M1A

    This is an excellent example of a fully automatic M1A rifle produced by Springfield Armory...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 230

    Lot 230: Remington Arms Inc Hepburn Rifle 44-100

    This is an exceptional example of a rare special order deluxe Remington Model No.3 Hepburn...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2603

    Lot 2603: Volksturmgewehr/Sturmgewehr Magazine Pouch Set w/Magazines

    The most famous and desirable VG weapon was the Gustloff Werke VG1.5 configured to accept...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3402

    Lot 3402: Stemple - 76/45

    This is a very close copy of the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun chambered...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 485

    Lot 485: Smith & Wesson Model 29 Double Action Revolver Rare

    Manufactured in 1960-1961 with the rare 5 inch barrel. It features a serrated ramp front...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3436

    Lot 3436: Ultra Rare Colt An-M2 Class III/NFA MG with Mount

    Wow! What a beautiful all original early WWII fixed-dual mounted AN-M2 anti-aircraft gun mount set...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3350

    Lot 3350: Parker Bros - Double Barrel

    Manufactured in 1881. The table on page 278 of "The Parker Story" by Gunther, Mullins,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 636

    Lot 636: Krieghoff Heinrich Gun Co Luger Pistol 9 mm Luger

    This is a beautiful example of an all original, unaltered and very rare 1943 dated...

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Our customers SAY...

Attention: Anthony at shipping I just want to say thanks for your service. My item finally arrived today, Australia is a long way away and there was also the customs service to contend with. But I am very impressed with the careful way the item was packed, very secure and very safe. The whole RIAC experience has been positive and I look foward to future auctions. Thanks again and best regards

J.L. Australia

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Rock Island Auction Company premiere Auction

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Consignment

As a firearms auction house, we have one common goal with our consignors: achieve the highest possible price.

Rock Island Auction Company has firmly established itself as the #1 firearms auction house in the world for collectible firearms, edged weapons, & military artifacts. It is a position we have held since 2003 through a winning formula of integrity, superior marketing, first-class presentation, and a constant pursuit of excellence. As the undisputed leader in our field, we invite you to consign your firearms with us to find out what so many others already know. No one gets you more money for your firearms, or works as hard, as Rock Island Auction Company. Learn how to sell you guns today!

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Thanks everyone at RIAC, Everything arrived in wonderful shape, as your packing and shipping is the best. Thanks again for everything!

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