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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: 1034

    Lot 1034: Winchester Deluxe Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle

    The Cody letter describes this rifle, as: Rifle, 44 caliber, Octagon barrel, Plain trigger, Checkered...

  • 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: 3010

    Lot 3010: Presentation Engraved and Inscribed Winchester Model 1866 Rifle

    Manufactured in 1871. The left side plate is engraved with the bold inscription: "H. Reynolds./New...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1275

    Lot 1275: Colt Python Revolver Howard Dove Signed Exhibition Quality

    Offered here is a fantastic piece of Colt firearm art by famed Master Engraver Howard...

  • 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: 1037

    Lot 1037: Stunning Documented Special Order, Winchester Deluxe Model 1876

    This rifle has the Second Model receiver with screw-fastened dust cover rail and dust cover...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1537

    Lot 1537: Johnson Automatics MFG Co - 1941 Class III LMG

    This is a very fine example of a Johnson Arms Model 1941 Light Machine Gun...

  • 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: 1304

    Lot 1304: Documented Rare Parker Brothers Grade 7 AAHE 20 Gauge Shotgun

    Established by Charles Parker shortly after the Civil War, Parker Brothers produced a wide variety...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 370

    Lot 370: Colt - Single Action Army

    Manufactured in 1923. Similar Wolf & Klar style simple zigzag patterned engraving as "A". Two...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3001

    Lot 3001: Winchester 1903-rifle Rifle 22 Auto

    This is a very interesting and likely one-of-a-kind Model 1903 that was special ordered without...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1236

    Lot 1236: Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver- David F. Clark

    This extraordinary U.S. contract Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver was manufactured in 1880. This...

  • 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: 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: 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: 104

    Lot 104: Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

    This attractive factory engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver was manufactured 1863. This fourth variation...

  • 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...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1225

    Lot 1225: Colt - Single Action Army

    U.S. contract Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver that was manufactured in 1874 and inspected...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1025

    Lot 1025: Winchester 1886 Gold-Inlaid Exhibition

    This rifle was shipped to "W.R.A. Company of New York, Inc." on December 1, 1915,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1544

    Lot 1544: Group Industries HR4332 Transferrable SMG with Silencer

    Originally manufactured and imported by Vector Arms, this South African made semi-auto UZI was upgraded...

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Our customers SAY...

I have recently participated in two auctions at Rock Island. In both, I was very pleased with the outcome of what I received. They have been courteous and respond to any questions or concerns. Everything has been flawless. From the start of the auction, until the end when your merchandise is shipped. I wanted to express my thanks again. I have no doubt that I will continue to support and participate with Rock Island Auction Company in the future. D.

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June Regional Firearms Auction

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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...

Howdy, I just received the bowie that I won in your December auction & wanted to drop ya'll a note to say how pleased I am.This knife far surpassed my expectations. It is truly a significant addition to my bowie collection. Customer service was superlative.This is the 1st auction that I bid on any of your items.It will definitely not be the last. Thanks

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