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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: 2280

    Lot 2280: Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Westerner Rifle

    According to "The Rifleman's Rifle" only 3,116 Featherweight Westerner rifles were manufactured pre-64. This makes...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2596

    Lot 2596: Early Walther 480 Code P 38 Pistol

    This is a fine example of a very early "three digit" serial number, "480"...

  • 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: 2619

    Lot 2619: 1938 Service Ace Conversion Kit, Factory Engraved & Documented

    According to the included factory letter, this conversion kit was "Grade B" engraved at the...

  • 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...

  • 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: 2055

    Lot 2055: Winchester Model 1890 Rifle with Deluxe Maple Stock

    Manufactured in 1910. This Winchester Model 1890 slide action rifle has a beautiful birdseye maple...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2866

    Lot 2866: Factory Colt Python 22 Mag RF Revolver Used in Advertising

    Offered here is the rarest of Colt Python revolvers as it is one of a...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2183

    Lot 2183: Colt Bisley Revolver 38-40 Silver-Plated

    Very Rare Colt Bisley Model revolver with factory engraving, silver-plated finish and pearl grips. 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: 2483

    Lot 2483: Heckler & Koch VP70 Class III/NFA "Sales Sample" Machine Pistol

    The H&K VP70 holds the distinction of being the first polymer frame pistol on the...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2389

    Lot 2389: Stunning Cased Set of Two Gianfranco Pedersoli Signed Master Eng

    This attractive shotgun has a single nickel bead sight, light border engraving around the chamber...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2148

    Lot 2148: L.D. Nimschke Engraved Colt Cloverleaf House Model Revolver

    Manufactured in 1871 (the first year of production) this is an extremely rare version of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2831

    Lot 2831: Cased Smith & Wesson Elvis Presley Taking Care of Business

    This revolver has the standard markings and features for the Elvis Presley Taking Care of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3010

    Lot 3010: New Haven Arms Co. Henry Rifle Rifle 44 Henry

    Henry Lever Action Rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in September 1862. This...

  • 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: 2054

    Lot 2054: Winchester 90 Rifle 22 WRF

    This is a beautiful example of a super rare Deluxe "Factory" engraved and highly embellished...

  • 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: 397

    Lot 397: Remington-Rider Magazine Pistol

    These pistols are based on designs by Joseph Rider, one of Remington's principle engineers at...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3414

    Lot 3414: Stemple - 76/45

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

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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...

Greetings, I received the Winchester 52C Sporter yesterday and everything including the shipping was fantastic. Great job from all including the shipping department. Please pass it on. Thanks again and have a great weekend,

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