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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: 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: 1555

    Lot 1555: H&K/Vollmer MP5, with Registered Auto-Sear, Machine Gun

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

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 1546

    Lot 1546: SWD M11 Full Transferrable SMG w/Calico Drum Conversion

    Originally manufactured by SWD of Atlanta, this M-11 SMG has been fitted with a Calico...

  • 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: 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: 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: 1552

    Lot 1552: Pearl Manufacturing RPK Full Transferrable Machine Gun

    Built by Pearl Manufacturing of Grants, Minnesota, this is an excellent copy of the Soviet...

  • 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: 1562

    Lot 1562: Colt M16A1, 9 Mil Range, Class III/NFA Full Transferrable MG

    Manufactured in the 1970s and 1980s, the 9 million range M16s were intended for commercial...

  • 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: 1014

    Lot 1014: Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring Full Nickel-Plated Finish

    This carbine has the Second Model features which include: screw fastened dust cover rail, dust...

  • 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: 378

    Lot 378: Colt "Pinched Frame" Single Action Army Revolver

    This is an early production Pinched Frame Colt Single Action Army revolver that was manufactured...

  • 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: 3036

    Lot 3036: Winchester Model 1895 Cargine Presented by Buffalo Bill

    This is a rare Winchester Model 1895 lever action carbine that is factory documented as...

  • 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...

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Our customers SAY...

Dear Sirs, I have never wrote a letter like this before, but, feel I must write to thank you for your excellent customer service, I have had three transactions with your company, all of which have been faultless. My most recent bid was for an Adams 1867-A, 450 Calibre Revolver which I placed an absentee bid on, and luckily won. My point for writing is to thank you and your specialists for their expert descriptions of your lots which are absolutely spot on accurate. I am not a dealer, or reseller, but an amateur historian, and when one places absentee bids as I do, it is a great comfort to know that the item you are bidding on has been truthfully and expertly described. It is nice to bid with confidence, knowing that "Your Eyes Are Our Eyes". Once again, Many thanks Indeed. Yours sincerely,

G.S.

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June Regional Firearms Auction

June 22 to June 25, 2017

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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...

Theresa, I just made my first purchase from RIA and I want to congratulate you on the great service. The item was as advertised. Even better, though, was the well coordinated and managed follow-up. And best of all was my surprise at how economical the packing and shipping costs were. After dealing with other auction entities and their inflated costs for packing, S&H, I want to congratulate you on a very fair, honest and open process that keeps the costs to a minimum. Just makes me want to hit that bid button at RIA again.

A.T.

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News

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