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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: 1104

    Lot 1104: North & Cheney Model 1799 Flintlock Pistol

    Original Model 1799 flintlock pistols are among the scarcest and most highly prized American firearms...

  • 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: 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: 370

    Lot 370: Two Wolf & Klar Engraved Colt First Generation SAA Revolvers

    Manufactured in 1924 and shipped to Wolf & Klar noted Colt dealer and engraver. Wolf...

  • 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: 3162

    Lot 3162: Rare Colt D Company Walker Model 1847

    Colt D Company Walker Revolver number 124. Any Walker is the ultimate piece in any...

  • 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: 3407

    Lot 3407: Perazzi - Dho

    Founded in 1957 by Daniele Perazzi, the truly formative years of Armi Perazzi began in...

  • 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: 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: 1020

    Lot 1020: Documented Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Rifle

    Offered here is an exceedingly rare example of a first year production (1894) special order...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3025

    Lot 3025: Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

    The accompanying factory letter states the rifle had a octagon barrel in 45-60 caliber, checkered...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3093

    Lot 3093: Ames N P Pistols 1842 Pistol 54 percussion

    As described in "A."...

  • 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: 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: 10

    Lot 10: New Haven Arms Co. Henry Rifle Rifle 44 Henry RF

    Henry Lever Action Rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in October 1862. The...

  • 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...

  • 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: 102

    Lot 102: Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver - London

    Colt London Model 1851 Navy revolver manufactured in 1855. This revolver is complete with a...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1529

    Lot 1529: Springfield SAR48, Full Transferrable Machine Gun

    Manufactured in Brazil and sold in the United States by Springfield, this SAR48 is one...

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Our customers SAY...

Dear Pat, Just a short note to let you know what a great experience and satisfaction I had when your son Kevin, Dick and Mac were at my home yesterday. They are a great group to work with and I enjoyed the day as they packed everything with such great concern and professionalism. My hat is off to you for providing such great representatives of Rock Island Auction Company Very truly yours,

L.R.

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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...

Hi folks: This is to let you know that I received my large Bowie with the pierced blade, and original sheath from you yesterday. Your mail service is the best in the business, extremely fast, and the packing was some of the very best I've ever seen from an auction house. The FED-EX postage to get it to me was extremely fair and in NO WAY inflated. The Bowie is fantastic, and is as described. I could not be more pleased with it. My best to your entire crew. Thanks again. Most sincerely,

R.M.

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