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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: 3011

    Lot 3011: Winchester 1873 Rifle 38-40 WCF

    Winchester Deluxe Special Order Model 1873 rifle with casehardened receiver. The forearm and pistol grip...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2688

    Lot 2688: WW II Rock-Ola Factory Presentation M1 Semi-Automatic Carbine

    With the lowest production numbers of all the M1 Carbine suppliers of World War II,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2646

    Lot 2646: U.S. 2nd Contract Colt Army 1900 Pistol

    This Colt Model 1900 Sight Safety Semi-Automatic Pistol was shipped to the Springfield Armory on...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2019

    Lot 2019: Winchester 1892-Carbine Carbine 44-40 WCF

    Manufactured in 1895, this extremely rare nickel plated Winchester Model 1892 lever action trapper's carbine...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2152

    Lot 2152: James Reid .41 Caliber Knuckle Duster Revolver

    Only an estimated 150 .41 caliber knuckle duster revolvers were manufactured in a two year...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 549

    Lot 549: "Shoot Them and Avoid Trouble " Framed Winchester Advertisement

    These prints were released in 1908 and were quickly recalled due to the ease of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2296

    Lot 2296: Colt Woodsman Pistol 22 LR Documented W.H. Gough Master Engraved

    The Pre-Woodsman Model was manufactured from 1915 to 1927 and prior to the "Woodsman" name....

  • 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: 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: 744

    Lot 744: Pair of Engraved Boss & Co. Game Bird Set Shotguns

    Thomas Boss worked for the great Joseph Manton before becoming an outworker to the London...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3402

    Lot 3402: Stemple - 76/45

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

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 459

    Lot 459: Smith & Wesson Revolving-Rifle Rifle 320

    Manufactured from 1879 to 1887, the Model 320 revolving rifle is one of the rarest...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2145

    Lot 2145: Factory Engraved Rare Short Barrel Colt Cloverleaf Revolver

    Manufactured in 1874 with the scarce short 1 1/2 inch barrel and a factory engraving....

  • 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....

  • 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: 3224

    Lot 3224: Documented Rare Bullard Schuetzen Semi-Deluxe Single Shot Rifle

    Offered here is a Bullard Schuetzen rifle with detachable-interchangeable barrel. Only a single barrel is...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2603

    Lot 2603: Volksturmgewehr/Sturmgewehr Magazine Pouch Set w/Magazines

    The most famous and desirable VG weapon was the Gustloff Werke VG1.5 configured to accept...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3409

    Lot 3409: Ruger - 678G Governemt Model with Integral Suppressor

    Fitted with a Jonathan Ciener stainless steel suppressor. Patterned after the Target Model accepted by...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2045

    Lot 2045: Fine Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle w/ Rare Tang Sight

    Manufactured in 1881. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address/King's...

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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...

Hello I just wanted to thank you for the items I won in your last auction. I won Lot XXXX and was pleasantly surprised at the superb packaging of the guns and the fast shipping. You impressed me with your professionalism. Thanks again,

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