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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: 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: 2577

    Lot 2577: Overseas Cap for a Waffen-SS Officer

    Constructed from field-gray wool, with silver bullion officers piping and a set of zig-zag machine...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2174

    Lot 2174: Marquess of Breadalbane Presentation All Metal Flintlock Pistols

    Offered here is a handsome pair of all metal, extensively gold inlaid flintlock Highland pistols...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 2531

    Lot 2531: Desirable German Model 40 Stahlhelm Helmet in Rare "Normandy Pat

    As a whole, the Nazis were early pioneers in the field of general-issue camouflage. This...

  • 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: 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: 2396

    Lot 2396: Pair Master Engraved Consecutively Serial Numbered Shotguns

    Manufactured in Brescia, Italy, Famars shotguns are some of the world's finest and were available...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2621

    Lot 2621: Colt - 1903 Pocket Hammer with Mother of Pearl Grips

    This is just an absolutely like new earlier Colt Model 1903 hammerless automatic pistol that...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2340

    Lot 2340: Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Co. A. Galazan Model 28 Gauge Shotgun

    This top of the line model uses the best quality materials Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co....

  • 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: 3071

    Lot 3071: Colt 1851 Navy Revolver 36 percussion

    Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver manufactured in 1857 as part of the Ordnance Department contract...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2484

    Lot 2484: Class III Original Smith & Wesson Model 76 Submachine Gun

    This is an original Smith & Wesson Model 76 submachinegun as developed in the early...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3285

    Lot 3285: Smith & Wesson 2nd Model .44 Hand Ejector Double Action

    Manufactured from 1915 to 1940 with this example being chambered in the desirable .44-40 Winchester...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 636

    Lot 636: Krieghoff Heinrich Gun Co Luger Pistol 9 mm Luger

    This is a beautiful example of an all original, unaltered and very rare 1943 dated...

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My lot was received yesterday in good condition and it meets expectations. Kudos to "MG" and "OH" in the shipping department for a job very well done and much appreciated!

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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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I won lot #XXXX in your last auction. The item arrived via UPS yesterday in perfect condition. Thank you to all in the shipping department for such great service. Merry Christmas to you all!!

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