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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.

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.

Our hold gun auctions for  buyers, and 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. 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 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

December 1 to December 3, 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: 2541

    Lot 2541: H&R Reising Model 50 Fully Transferrable SMG, Class III/NFA

    A closed-bolt blowback-operated sub-machine gun, the Reising Model 50 saw action with the U. S....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2555

    Lot 2555: English Sten Mk II SMG, "Sales Sample", Extra Magazines & Parts

    This STEN sub-machine gun was imported from Britain by the Inter-American Import Export Company of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2550

    Lot 2550: Heckler & Koch - G3

    This is a rare early HKG3 fully automatic machine gun that was probably original sold...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2539

    Lot 2539: Rare Colt Class III/NFA Fully Automatic 1921 Thompson SMG

    This is an excellent example of a Colt/Thompson Model 1921A submachine gun that was produced...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3054

    Lot 3054: Winchester Model 1890 Rifle with Rare Deluxe Maple Stock

    Manufactured in 1894. This Winchester Model 1890 slide action rifle has a beautiful birdseye...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2370

    Lot 2370: S&W 38-44 Heavy Duty Pre-Model 20 Revolver, Rare 6 /2" Barrel

    Manufactured in 1952/53. It has the rare 6 1/2 inch barrel (standard barrel lengths were...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2090

    Lot 2090: A. Johnson Golden Age Flintlock American Long Rifle

    Gorgeous golden age rifle by Abraham Johnson (1793-1866). His first name also appears in records...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 444

    Lot 444: Parker Brothers GH Grade Double Barrel Shotgun in Rare 8 Gauge

    Manufactured in 1916. This is one of approximately 11 GH grade double barrel shotguns Parker...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 344

    Lot 344: Winchester Model 12 28 Gauge Pigeon Grade Shotgun

    Manufactured in 1956. White front bead sight and nickel mid bead sight on the vent...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 169

    Lot 169: Silver Plated S&W Model 2 Old Army Revolver, 4" Barrel

    Offered here is a Model 2 Old Army revolver with rare 4 inch barrel and...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2540

    Lot 2540: Johnson Automatics MFG Co - 1941

    This is a very good example of an early Johnson Arms Model 1941 Light Machine...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2554

    Lot 2554: Springfield M1A Full Transferrable Battle Rifle Class III/NFA

    Manufactured in Geneseo, Illinois by Springfield Armory, this is one of only approximately 125 factory-made...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2005

    Lot 2005: Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Rifle

    The factory letter confirms the serial number was applied on November 16, 1888, and the...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2381

    Lot 2381: FBI Shipped S&W Model 19 Revolver for William Sweet

    The accompanying S&W factory letter confirms that this revolver was a rare special order round...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3006

    Lot 3006: Exceptional Deluxe Factory Engraved Silver Plated New Haven Arms

    Deluxe early production Henry Lever-Action rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in January...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3697

    Lot 3697: H&R Reising 50 Fully Transferrable SMG, Class III/NFA

    A closed-bolt blowback-operated sub-machine gun, the Reising Model 50 saw action with the U.S. Marines...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 16

    Lot 16: Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Fancy Sporting Rifle

    Manufactured in 1888. This rifle is complete with a Winchester Museum letter that describes this...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3705

    Lot 3705: Auto Ordnance Corp - Thompson M1A1

    This is a very fine example of a World War II production M1A1 Thompson Submachine...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3641

    Lot 3641: Extremely Rare Early Grant-Hammond Small Frame Prototype/Test 32

    This is an extremely rare early Grant-Hammond prototype/tool room "blow-forward" model test pistol. The Grant-Hammond...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 164

    Lot 164: Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle with Rare 20 Inch Bll.

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

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Our customers SAY...

Hello, I just wanted to say how happy i was with the Luger i won in Saturdays auction. I've bid before but never won, this time i scored a nice 42 MAUSER LUGER for what i feel was a more than fair price, The catalog and website description was spot on to the actual condition. Thanks

M.H.

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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...

Judy, I visited your booth at the Colt Convention and was very impressed by your representatives and display. Today I received your beautiful catalog of the upcoming auction. I will not be able to attend in person but I would be interested in bidding over the phone or Internet. Thanks,

D.J.

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