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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: 2531

    Lot 2531: Desirable German Model 40 Stahlhelm Helmet in Rare "Normandy Pat

    As a whole, the Nazis were early pioneers in the field of general-issue camouflage. This...

  • 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: 2727

    Lot 2727: Colt Factory Enscribed New Service

    This is an outstanding example of a Colt factory inscribed/engraved New Service Revolver that was...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2673

    Lot 2673: Springfield Armory U.S. M1-Garand Rifle 30 06

    M1 Garand rifle manufactured by the Springfield Armory c. 1958 for the 1959 National Matches....

  • 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: 757

    Lot 757: Winchester 59 Shotgun 14 Experimental

    This is an excellent example of an extremely rare experimental 14 gauge Winchester Model 59...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3343

    Lot 3343: Parker Brothers GH Grade Double Barrel 8 Gauge Shotgun

    Manufactured in 1916. This is one of approximately 11 GH grade double barrel shotguns Parker...

  • 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: 570

    Lot 570: Engraved Parker Brothers GHE Upgrade Double Barrel Shotgun

    Manufactured in 1926, the introductory year for the .410 model. This is a very fine...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2250

    Lot 2250: Engraved Winchester Model 03 Rifle with Stainless Steel Barrel

    Manufactured in 1929 and later professionally engraved. The stainless steel barrel has the original and...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3414

    Lot 3414: Stemple - 76/45

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

  • 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: 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: 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: 567

    Lot 567: Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Co. A. Galazan Model 20 Gauge Shotgun

    This top of the line model uses the best quality materials Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2195

    Lot 2195: Smith & Wesson 3 American Revolver 44 S&W Amer

    Manufactured from 1870 to 1872, this is a very early production Smith & Wesson No....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2619

    Lot 2619: 1938 Service Ace Conversion Kit, Factory Engraved & Documented

    According to the included factory letter, this conversion kit was "Grade B" engraved at the...

  • 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...

  • 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: 420

    Lot 420: Colt Single Action Army Revolver 45 Long Colt

    Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver manufactured in 1874 and sub-inspected by Orville W....

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Hello, I wanted to thank you for having your specialist come out and help me with my collection. It is beyond refreshing to be able to have someone so knowledgeable working with RIAC to help me build a world class collection. I truly respect him and your company and I will spread praise to everyone in the hobby about you both. I cannot say enough nice things here on how I feel!! Thank you!! If I can ever return the favors please let me know what I can do!

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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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Our customers SAY...

Hi Jess, I have received my 3 lots from the recent auction & just want to thank your entire group of folks at Rock Island Auction Company! You guys are the peak of efficiency from the folks that describe the items, answered my questions, got me signed up to bid, your telephone bid people & your shipping people. You guys put all the other auction companies to shame, Great Job! Happy Holidays to everyone! Regards,

R.R.

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