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We are the world’s top auction house for antique and collector firearms, that is all we do. We keep our focus strictly on firearms. As our reputation for integrity, quality, and rarity has grown, so has 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, modern guns, and other firearm related items since 2003. We continue to bring world record prices and offer some of the most historic and rare guns you will find anywhere in the world. If you are looking for the best in rare, investment grade, engraved, embellished, gold, silver,historic, experimental and everything in between check our Premiere auctions.  Our Regional and Online auctions contain some of the mainstay collector firearms still in their usable life, and beginning collector guns. Take a look at our success, top 50 auction arms from the past 5 years only, you will find many firearm record sellers.

 

Check our gun auction schedule, for the best in available arms at auction.  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. Read about our consignment process, look at our past results. We’re the best at what we do, we hold the world record for selling a single firearm, a Colt Civilian Walker Revolver . 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

November 30 to December 2, 2018

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: 3202

    Lot 3202: Mass. Arms Co. Adams Patent Double Action Pocket Revolver

    The basis of this design was patented in England in 1851 by Robert Adams as...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 43

    Lot 43: Exceptional Documented Second Model Winchester Deluxe Model 1873

    The Cody letter describes this Model 1873 as: "Type: Rifle, Barrel Type: Octagon, Trigger: Plain,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3056

    Lot 3056: Rare Documented Factory Engraved Winchester Deluxe Model 1890

    This is a beautiful example of an extremely rare deluxe factory engraved and highly embellished...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2427

    Lot 2427: Cased Pair of Winchester Model 94AE Trapper Carbines

    Offered here is the only set of its kind in existence. As indicated by the...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 34

    Lot 34: Stunning Special Order Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

    This Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle manufactured c. 1872. This rifle has the Third...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2000

    Lot 2000: Colt - Delta Elite

    The included factory letter confirms the serial number, finish, factory scroll engraving, grips, and September...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 418

    Lot 418: Parker Bros - A 1

    Manufactured in 1911 as the highest grade ever offered by Parker besides the three Invincibles,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2083

    Lot 2083: Marlin Deluxe Model 1893 Takedown Lever Action Rifle

    Deluxe Marlin Model 1893 Takedown Rifle manufactured c. 1896. This rifle features Marlin No. 15...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3127

    Lot 3127: Exhibition Quality Savage Model 1899 Lever Action Rifle

    Manufactured in 1903, this 1899, 31078, stands as the finest documented and known example extant....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 653

    Lot 653: Cased Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson Model 29-2 Revolver

    Manufactured in 1975-76. This Model 29-2 revolver features factory Class A"" engraving. A well executed...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 110

    Lot 110: Medad Hills Signed French & Indian War Era Flintlock Fusil

    This smooth bore gun was manufactured by Medad Hills in 1758 and matches multiple other...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2673

    Lot 2673: Factory Engraved Mauser - 1896 Broomhandle

    This is an absolutely stunning example of the master level presentation grade Mauser factory engraved...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 283

    Lot 283: United States Cartridge Company Ammunition Advertisement Tin

    Depicts a representative holding a cartridge above a case labeled "US AMMUNITION" and showing it...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2572

    Lot 2572: Marlin-Rockwell Corp. - 1918 BAR

    This is an excellent example of a WWI-era original Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) as originally...

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Our customers SAY...

Dear Mrs. Tanghe, I want to compliment your staff and high quality customer service that I have received from them. This is my first purchase with Rock Island Auction Company. Buying an antique Parker without an on-site inspection is a challenge. Clark helped me with the description and the condition of the firearm and Justin and Joyce helped make the post transaction very smooth. I appreciate their help and professional attitude. I'm looking forward to my collectable Parker. Thank you and Happy Holidays. Kind Regards,

M.V.

Most Recent Auctions

Rock Island Auction Company premiere Auction

September 2018 Premiere Firearms Auction

September 7 to September 9, 2018

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  • Rock Island Auction Company Lot 1791

    Lot 1791: Perazzi - Mx8

    This collectors piece was manufactured in Italy around 1990 and has been transformed into a...

Rock Island Auction Company regional Auction

June Regional Firearms Auction

June 21 to June 24, 2018

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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!

Rock Island Auction
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Rock Island, Illinois 61201
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Our customers SAY...

I have taken part in three of the auctions from Rock Island. Your photographer does excellent work. The descriptions always seem to be very accurate and communication is top notch. Wait times for my won bids are short and arrive at my FFL quickly. I also appreciate the one call reminder of upcoming events. Altogether a satisfying experience. L.B.

News & Events

News

  • $20 Million at RIAC is Largest Firearms Auction Ever

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  • Record Participation Brings $7.3 Million in June Regional

    6/26/2018 By Joel Kolander In Rock Island Auction Company’s recent...Read More

  • RIAC Cuts Ties With Invaluable

    06/08/2018 By Joel Kolander   Recently several major corporations have...Read More

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Rock Island Auction Company online Auction 48 days until theJanuary 3, 2019 - Online Gun Auction #2021

Blog

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    Guest Post 11/16/2018 [caption id="attachment_20882" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Lot 2265: Rare...Read More

  • Winchester Model 42 Shotgun Factory Engraved

    Guest Blog 11/09/2018 Search Our Current Catalog For All Shotguns...Read More

  • How To Identify Antique Firearm Locks

    By Seth Isaacson 10/31/2018 [caption id="attachment_20523" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Lot 3195:...Read More

Rock Island Auction Youtube
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    Superb European Sporting Arms
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    Rare U.S. Military Arms
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    Colt Percussion Revolvers: Embellishment at Every Level
  • Colt Paterson No. 1 Revolver: Finest of Its Kind
    Colt Paterson No. 1 Revolver: Finest of Its Kind
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    Did This Thompson Kill Pretty Boy Floyd?
  • Impressive Winchesters of the Larry Jones Collection
    Impressive Winchesters of the Larry Jones Collection
  • Colt 2nd Model Dragoon: Best of the Best
    Colt 2nd Model Dragoon: Best of the Best
  • The Winchester One of One Hundred Rifle
    The Winchester One of One Hundred Rifle
  • Four Presentation Colt Revolvers of General Andrew Porter
    Four Presentation Colt Revolvers of General Andrew Porter
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    Remington Stun Safe
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    September 2018 Preview Day

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