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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.

We sell all categories of guns, antique, curio and relic, modern, and class III NFA guns. 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.

But we’re not just a gun auction for  buyers, we’re also the best place to sell your guns. Whether you’re selling a large gun collection of rare guns or just a single inherited 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 sell 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 your guns today with the best gun auction house in the world!

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Rock Island Auction Company Firearms Auction

Premiere Auction

September 8 to September 10, 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: 1020

    Lot 1020: Documented Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Rifle

    Offered here is an exceedingly rare example of a first year production (1894) special order...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3038

    Lot 3038: Fine Civil War Era New Haven Arms Co. Henry Lever Action Rifle

    This is an example of a fine Henry lever action rifle that was manufactured by...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1571

    Lot 1571: Hotchkiss - MK1* Class III/NFA Machine Gun

    This is a scarce example of a early WWI British Hotchkiss MKI* "Tank Version" light...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3039

    Lot 3039: Winchester Deluxe 1886 Fancy Special Order

    The factory letter indicates the rifle was serial numbered on September 17, 1891, and received...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1004

    Lot 1004: Volcanic - Lever

    This is an outstanding example of an all original carbine that was manufactured by the...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3519

    Lot 3519: Haenel C G - MP43/1

    This is a fine example of a early WWII German MP43/1 assault rifle manufactured by...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1538

    Lot 1538: Colt M16A2 Fully Automatic Class III/NFA Commando Carbine

    This is a very scarce and desirable M16A2 Carbine with the desirable short 10 1/2...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1016

    Lot 1016: Factory Engraved Henry Deluxe Rifle, Serial Number 17

    Offered here is a first year production (1860) Henry deluxe lever action rifle featuring a...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3407

    Lot 3407: Perazzi - Dho

    Founded in 1957 by Daniele Perazzi, the truly formative years of Armi Perazzi began in...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1525

    Lot 1525: Colt 1921 Thompson Fully Transferrable Sub-Machine Gun

    Manufactured about 1921-1922, this is an excellent example of an original Colt Thompson Model 1921...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1529

    Lot 1529: Springfield SAR48, Full Transferrable Machine Gun

    Manufactured in Brazil and sold in the United States by Springfield, this SAR48 is one...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1033

    Lot 1033: Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Musket

    The letter describes this musket as: "Musket, 45/70 caliber" and states that it was shipped...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3093

    Lot 3093: Ames Contract Model 1842 Percussion Navy Pistol

    Manufactured by N.P. Ames of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Henry Derringer of Philadelphia circa 1842 to...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1162

    Lot 1162: Colt Model 1851 Squareback Percussion Revolvers

    Double cased set of factory engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers manufactured c. 1851. These...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3124

    Lot 3124: Boutet Parisian Flintlock Dueling Pistols

    These pistols were manufactured under the direction of Nicolas Noel Boutet at Versailles around 1800-1810...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3192

    Lot 3192: Colt - 1874 Gatling Gun

    This is an excellent example of a rare Colt Model 1890 Gatling Gun mounted on...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3017

    Lot 3017: Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Lever Action Rifle John Ulrich

    This is truly a unique example of a deluxe, factory engraved gold inlaid Winchester Model...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1549

    Lot 1549: HK53 Assault Rifle with Quality Auto-Sear, Full Transferrable

    Manufactured in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the Quality Manufacturing auto-sear is pre-86 registered with no noted...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3169

    Lot 3169: Colt 1860 Army Revolver Matching Deluxe Shoulder Stock

    Considered by many to be one of the finest 1860 Army's manufactured by Colt, No....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1579

    Lot 1579: American Flag Flown at the D-Day Landings in Normandy

    Without question June 6, 1944 is the most celebrated day of World War II. On...

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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...

Sirs, May I say that receiving these e-mails about your auctions is simply fantastic. While I can't go to many and don't buy a lot, these are precious to me and other Colt collectors. Thanks again.

J.R.

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