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RIAC Holds 8-10 Gun Auctions Per Year for Antique, Modern and Rare Collector Firearms.

RIAC holds 5 major gun auctions per year, and 3-5 one day online only auctions. We are the world’s top gun auction house for antique and collector firearms. As our reputation for integrity, quality, and presentation of rare firearms have grown, so have our results. Thanks to our tireless work ethic and constant pursuit of excellence, we remain the largest auction house for antique firearms, collector firearms, rare guns, antique guns, modern guns, and other firearm related items since 2003. We continue to bring world record firearms prices and offer some of the most historic and rare guns you will find. If you are looking for the best in rare engraved, gold, silver and many other pieces of metal art antique guns or  you want some of the main stay collector firearms still in their usable life, you will find them here.

In the spring of 2011 up to today our current state of the art, 86,000 square foot home, with dedicated auction hall, and preview hall with bright LED lighting allowing customers to preview guns in close to daylight conditions. This facility demonstrates our investment in the firearms collector industry for many more years to come.

Our hold gun auctions for  buyers, and we’re also the best place to sell your guns. Whether you’re selling a large gun collection or just a single inherited rare firearm, RIAC is the best and easiest way to sell your 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. We’re the best at what we do, we hold the world record for selling a single firearm like this Winchester 1886. As the undisputed leader in our field, we invite you 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 your guns today with the best gun auction house in the world!

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Rock Island Auction Company Firearms Auction

Premiere Auction

December 1 to December 3, 2017

Our Premiere Firearms 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 gun lots. Each of these auctions is made up of rare guns, unusual, mint, and highly collectable guns. 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 guns 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 gun collecting from antique to modern Winchesters, Colts, Remington, Walther, U.S. and European Military, Collector shotguns, 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: 228

    Lot 228: Colt Bisley Documented Texas Shipped Silver Plated

    Manufactured in 1903. On page 266-67 of "The Book of Colt Firearms" author R.L...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 344

    Lot 344: Winchester Model 12 28 Gauge Pigeon Grade Shotgun

    Manufactured in 1956. White front bead sight and nickel mid bead sight on the vent...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2564

    Lot 2564: Class III/NFA Fully Auto Thompson M1A1 SMG

    This is a very nice example of a WW II production M1A1 Thompson Submachine Gun,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2550

    Lot 2550: Heckler & Koch - G3

    This is a rare early HKG3 fully automatic machine gun that was probably original sold...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2626

    Lot 2626: Walther - PPK with Party Leader Grips

    This is a very rare example of a late WWII production Walther PPK pistol with...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2368

    Lot 2368: Boxed S&W Pre-Model 24 with Rare 5 Inch Barrel & Factory Letter

    First introduced in 1950 and manufactured until 1966, this is a superb example of a...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2090

    Lot 2090: A. Johnson Golden Age Flintlock American Long Rifle

    Gorgeous golden age rifle by Abraham Johnson (1793-1866). His first name also appears in records...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3006

    Lot 3006: Exceptional Deluxe Factory Engraved Silver Plated New Haven Arms

    Deluxe early production Henry Lever-Action rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in January...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3604

    Lot 3604: Extremely Rare Factory Engraved Antique 8 Gauge Parker Brothers

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

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3699

    Lot 3699: H&R Model 50 Reising Full Transferrable SMG, Class III/NFA

    A closed-bolt blowback-operated sub-machine gun, the Reising Model 50 saw action with the U.S. Marines...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 164

    Lot 164: Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle with Rare 20 Inch Bll.

    Manufactured from 1879 to 1887, the Model 320 revolving rifle is one of the rarest...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2370

    Lot 2370: S&W 38-44 Heavy Duty Pre-Model 20 Revolver, Rare 6 /2" Barrel

    Manufactured in 1952/53. It has the rare 6 1/2 inch barrel (standard barrel lengths were...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3704

    Lot 3704: Class III/NFA Converted HK93 MG

    This is a rare example of one of the original HK93 semi-automatic rifles that has...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2560

    Lot 2560: Spandau - MG 08/15

    This is an exceptional example of a WWI German Model 1908/15 Maxim heavy machine gun...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3708

    Lot 3708: Desirable 12GA SAIGA/Alliance Armaments S-12 Class III/NFA

    This is a excellent example of a highly customized short barreled semi-automatic shotgun based on...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2539

    Lot 2539: Rare Colt Class III/NFA Fully Automatic 1921 Thompson SMG

    This is an excellent example of a Colt/Thompson Model 1921A submachine gun that was produced...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2556

    Lot 2556: Japanese - Type 11

    This is a scarce and certainly unique, early Japanese Type 11 light machine gun...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 16

    Lot 16: Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Fancy Sporting Rifle

    Manufactured in 1888. This rifle is complete with a Winchester Museum letter that describes this...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3709

    Lot 3709: Maxim 1920 Silencer w/Container and Papers, Class III/NFA

    Originally developed prior to World War I, the Maxim Silencer was one of the first...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2215

    Lot 2215: Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1893 Deluxe Takedown Rifle

    The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with a 28 inch part octagon barrel in...

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Our customers SAY...

Hi Leslie, I just wanted to thank all at RIAC and you for your help and timely response. This was a difficult decision for us as the collection was a part of our family history. We were very impressed by the men you sent to pick up our collection. I can’t say enough about how professional they were and the great care they took in the entire process from start to finish. They earned our trust in just the first few minutes we spoke and got to know each other. Please thank them again for us.

J.A.

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Gun Consignment

We are the best place to sell your guns! 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 sell your guns by consignment 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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Our customers SAY...

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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