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Rock Island Auction Company

Leading 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 most rare 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

Regional Auction

February 16 to February 19, 2017

Our Regional Auctions are made up of affordable antiques, beginning collector’s items, usable sporting arms, and many non-firearm lots. A majority of the lots have multiple firearms. A Regional Auction has routinely consisted of approximately 3,000 lots with as many as 7,000 firearms in those lots. We hold two Regional Auctions per year, one in the summer and one in the winter. The Regional Auction has a preview day which is held all day on the preceding Thursday and the items are sold Friday, Saturday and Sunday – same as our Premiere Auctions. The concept of the Regional Sale was initiated by the demand that our customers developed for the “everyday collector” type guns. Were these guns placed in a Premiere Auction, they would simply be overshadowed. These guns need to be seen in person as we keep the description to a minimum and use a rating scale for the condition encouraging the buyer to view the items in person.  We produce approximately 10,000-13,000 black and white catalogs that are sent to potential bidders all over the world.

These auctions are comprised of firearms such as sporting and hunting firearms, manufacturers such Browning, Winchester, Ruger, Colt, Remington, Smith & Wesson, plus Japanese and European military firearms. You will also find firearm related books, holsters, swords, parts, leather, ammunition and more. This is also an auction for antique and highly collectable items. Each item is listed with a headline, high and low estimates, condition rating, and photo.  As with our Premiere Auctions, our website features the entire Regional Auction catalog of items and is searchable by model, serial number, manufacturer, lot number, keyword, and more. All items are viewable in color online and all guns have both sides shown.

Featured Lots

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 292

    Lot 292: Reid James Knuckle Duster Revolver 32 RF

    One of about 360 manufactured in 1883....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 6440

    Lot 6440: Colt 1901 Revolver 38 CF

    Manufactured in 1895. Letter verifies the caliber, barrel length, blue finish, wood grips and that...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 6885

    Lot 6885: Ruger No. 1 Rifle 45-70 Government

    Manufactured in 1999. With original box....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 22

    Lot 22: Winchester 1866 Rifle 44 RF

    Fourth Model manufactured in 1882. Standard two-line address/King's Improvement patent dates on the top barrel...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 4236

    Lot 4236: Colt 1860 Army Revolver 44 percussion

    Manufactured in 1861....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 372

    Lot 372: DWM Luger Pistol 7.65 mm Luger

    This is a copy of a prototype Luger pistol manufactured by the DWM factory. The...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 4902

    Lot 4902: Johnson Automatics MFG Co 1941 Rifle 30-06 Springfield

    ...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 6025

    Lot 6025: Winchester 1873 Rifle 44 WCF

    This rifle was received in the Winchester warehouse on January 14, 1911, and shipped to...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2357

    Lot 2357: Springfield Armory U.S. 1847 Carbine 69

    Only 3,359 of these artillery musketoons were manufactured between 1848 and 1859. Many were destroyed...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2482

    Lot 2482: Scarce Imperial German Parade Set for a Berlin Garde-Fusilier

    Lot includes an assortment of parade regalia for a Guards-Fusilier Regiment veteran's association in Charlottenburg...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 4173

    Lot 4173: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company New Model 1863 Carbine 52 per

    40,000 New Model 1863 carbines were manufactured without patch boxes for arming the Union cavalry...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 4076

    Lot 4076: Winchester 1873 Carbine 44 WCF

    This carbine was received on June 6, 1882, and shipped out with a 17" barrel...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 749

    Lot 749: Mcmillan G & Co Inc Signature-Rifle Rifle 50 BMG

    Manufactured by McMillan Bros. of Phoenix, Arizona. Features a super-heavyweight K&P Gun Co. barrel with...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2164

    Lot 2164: Colt 1860 Army Revolver 44 percussion

    Manufactured in 1861....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 6142

    Lot 6142: Remington Arms Inc Rolling Block Musket 50 RF

    One of 6,500 believed to be manufactured in 1866-1870. Multiple "VL" stamps....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 651

    Lot 651: Smith L C Specialty Grade Shotgun 12

    Manufactured in 1924. Choked cylinder/cylinder, 3" chambers with ejectors and 13 3/8" LOP. With a...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2160

    Lot 2160: Remington Arms Inc New Model Army Revolver Revolver 44 perc.

    Manufactured between 1863 and 1875. Comes in a purple velvet lined mahogany case with compartments...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 4001

    Lot 4001: Winchester 1873 Rifle 22 short

    Manufactured in 1887....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 4034

    Lot 4034: New Haven Arms Co. Henry Rifle Rifle 44 Henry

    Manufactured in 1866.The barrel is fitted with a German silver front blade sight and a...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 144

    Lot 144: Spencer Arms Co Shotgun Shotgun 16

    Likely converted in the late 19th century for hunting, possibly by a U.S. arsenal for...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 6234

    Lot 6234: Colt Single Action Army Revolver 45 LC

    Manufactured in 1885....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 6112

    Lot 6112: Allen & Wheelock Side Hammer Revolver 31 percussion

    Only 750-1,000 were manufactured in the late 1850s and early 1860s. Most of those produced...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2655

    Lot 2655: AM General Corp AM151A2 4x4 Military Jeep

    Designed by Ford and manufactured by Kaiser and AM General Corp. from 1959 to 1982,...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2197

    Lot 2197: Smith & Wesson 320 Revolver 320

    This is the rarest barrel length variation of the scarce Model 320; only 224 of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2753

    Lot 2753: Mauser 98 Rifle 7 mm magnum

    With a Leupold 3.5x10 Vari-X III scope on a Redfield base with leather lens caps....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 983

    Lot 983: Colt Viper Revolver 38 special

    Manufactured only in 1977. Includes a matching factory box and a sales receipt from 1978...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 6224

    Lot 6224: Smith & Wesson 320 Revolver 320

    Only 977 revolving rifles were manufactured between 1879 and 1887. Of these, 514 had 18...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 4183

    Lot 4183: Spencer Saddle Ring Carbine Carbine 52 Spencer

    Only 2,500 are estimated to have been manufactured in the late 1860s....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 4341

    Lot 4341: French Flintlock Musket 69

    ...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 6126

    Lot 6126: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company New Model 1859 Rifle 52 Sharp

    This Model 1859 Sharps rifle was manufactured in 1862 and falls into the 35000 to...

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Our customers SAY...

Hello, I received the Colt SAA I purchased at the December 5 auction this weekend. Even better than described in the catalog! Thanks very much, always a pleasure dealing with Rock Island! Best wishes to everyone for the new year.

M.V.

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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 all, Just received my Colt Burgess I won in the last auction. As usual, your description was perfect, packing and shipping were top notch, customer service unparalleled, and I am delighted with my new rifle- it will make a fine addition to my Colt collection. Thanks again, looking forward to the next auction,

M.V.

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