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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 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!

 

Rock Island Auction
7819 – 42 Street West
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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Rock Island Auction Company Firearms Auction

Premiere Auction

September 7 to September 9, 2018

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: 3011

    Lot 3011: Rare, Absolutely Magnificent, Documented Special Order

    This rifle is accompanied by a letter from the Cody Firearms Museum that describes it...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3351

    Lot 3351: Historic Cased Civil War Era Ball, Tompkins & Black Sword

    Measures 37 3/4 inches in overall length. The gently curved single fuller blade measures 31...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3007

    Lot 3007: The Poet Scout Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine

    This fascinating Winchester carbine was manufactured in 1880 and has the standard block style blade...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1024

    Lot 1024: Desirable U.S. Civil War Contract Martially Inspected New Haven

    This is a very scarce example of one of the 800 Henry rifles purchased by...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 166

    Lot 166: Famars A & S - Excalibur

    Famars shotguns are among the world's finest made and were available on a custom order...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1791

    Lot 1791: Perazzi - Mx8

    This collectors piece was manufactured in Italy around 1990 and has been transformed into a...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1516

    Lot 1516: German - MG42

    This is a solid representative example of a WWII German MG42 light machine gun. This...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1567

    Lot 1567: Borchardt - 1893

    This is a beautiful example of an early "two-digit" serial number (12) Ludwig Loewe &...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1496

    Lot 1496: Ishevsk - PPD-40

    This is a very fine example of a scarce WWII era Russian PPD-40 submachine gun...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1410

    Lot 1410: Colt - 1927

    This is a very rare variant of the highly desirable Colt Model 1927 (AC) Thompson...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 307

    Lot 307: Fabulous and Unique Exhibition Quality Multi-Color Inlaid

    This is truly a remarkable, one-of-a-kind deluxe double rifle that was clearly designed, hand built...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1394

    Lot 1394: Colt - 1909

    This is an extremely rare example of an original U.S. Army Test Trials Colt Model...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1574

    Lot 1574: Uniform of General Karl Mauss, Plus Knight's Cross w/Diamonds

    Born in 1898 in Ploen, Karl Mauss got his start like many German World War...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1429

    Lot 1429: Rare and Highly Desirable Documented U.S.M.C. Vietnam Remington

    Rare, original, Remington Model 700 sniper rifle with Redfield 3-9x telescopic sight manufactured in 1966...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1774

    Lot 1774: Fine Early J. Purdey & Sons Over-And-Under Side Lock Shotgun

    The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in May 1952 and appears...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1414

    Lot 1414: Colt - 1921/1928 Thompson

    Colt Firearms manufactured approximately 15,000 Model 1921 Thompson Submachine Guns for the Auto-Ordnance Corporation in...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1209

    Lot 1209: Two Percussion Firearms and a Collection of Civil War Items

    These items were all owned by or attributed to Sergeant Charles Reisser (1835-1928), veteran of...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3275

    Lot 3275: Exceptional Cased Factory Engraved Deluxe Gold and Silver Plated

    Factory cased and deluxe engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver that was manufactured c. 1865....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 10

    Lot 10: Exceptional and Attractive New Haven Arms Co. Civil War

    This fine original Henry Lever Action Rifle was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3001

    Lot 3001: Rare Documented Special Order Deluxe First Model Winchester 1873

    Special order Winchester Model 1873 rifle manufactured in 1875. This rifle has the First Model...

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Our customers SAY...

I attended an auction at Rock Island Auction Company for the first time on February 21st. I was interested in obtaining a flintlock musket. A colleague of mine recommended your auction company and I'm very glad he did. Searching your website was easy, but I also enjoyed the catalog I purchased as the graphics were great. From start to finish, your customer service was terrific. I wish I got the name of the gentleman that checked me in as he was very helpful. James and Terry made check out easy (I purchased Lot XXXX) and were a tremendous help for someone attending one of your auctions for the first time. Sincerely,

J.M.

Most Recent Auctions

Rock Island Auction Company regional Auction

June Regional Firearms Auction

June 21 to June 24, 2018

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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!

Rock Island Auction
7819 – 42 Street West
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
USA

1-309-797-1500

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Our customers SAY...

Hi Jessica, We received our books the other day and couldn't be more pleased with the result. Of course, we all called each other and talked about the Colts in the book, the ones we kept, and our memories of "Poppa" on the firing range. These books are as much an heirloom as those memories. Thank you, again, for everything. My brothers and I don't think that we've ever come across an organization that is as dedicated and professional as RIAC. Please let Pat, Judy, Leslie, and everyone else involved with our transaction know how truly thankful we are for your help and exceptional service. It has been a pleasure working with you. Best regards,

A.S.

News & Events

News

  • Record Participation Brings $7.3 Million in June Regional

    6/26/2018 By Joel Kolander In Rock Island Auction Company’s recent...Read More

  • RIAC Cuts Ties With Invaluable

    06/08/2018 By Joel Kolander   Recently several major corporations have...Read More

  • Rare Colt Revolver Sells for World Record $1.8 million at Rock Island Auction Company

    04-18-2018 By Joel Kolander  ROCK ISLAND, Ill – A rare...Read More

Rock Island Auction Company premiere Auction 17 days until theSeptember 2018 Premiere Firearms Auction-#74
Rock Island Auction Company regional Auction 177 days until the2019 February Regional Firearms Auction - #1032
Rock Island Auction Company online Auction 72 days until theNovember 2018 – Online Gun Auction #2020

Blog

  • What is a Dueling Pistol?

    08/16/2018 By Seth Isaacson [caption id="attachment_18340" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Lot 3151:...Read More

  • Collecting: The Trench Gun

    07/27/2018 By Joel Kolander Trench guns hold a fascination with...Read More

  • "Tanks, Jeeps, & Armor... Oh My!" RIAC Military Vehicles

    07/20/2018 By Joel Kolander Unless you've been completely ignoring our...Read More

Rock Island Auction Youtube
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    Flintlock Pistols with a Surprise
  • Artisan Swords: A Trio by Tiffany & Co.
    Artisan Swords: A Trio by Tiffany & Co.
  • Rare & Extraordinary U.S. Military Arms
    Rare & Extraordinary U.S. Military Arms
  • Supreme Rarity: Winchester Model 1876 one of One Thousand
    Supreme Rarity: Winchester Model 1876 one of One Thousand
  • An Exhibition Rifle Worthy of the Bavarian Royal Court
    An Exhibition Rifle Worthy of the Bavarian Royal Court
  • MP40: The Personal Firearm of Captain Willis Cole Jr.
    MP40: The Personal Firearm of Captain Willis Cole Jr.
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    Holland & Holland: Hidden Tigers
  • Colt Model 1873 Peacemaker, Serial Number 2
    Colt Model 1873 Peacemaker, Serial Number 2
  • The Singer M1911A1 & Life of Col Owen G. Birtwistle
    The Singer M1911A1 & Life of Col Owen G. Birtwistle
  • Benchmarks in Condition: Winchester Model 1886 & 1873
    Benchmarks in Condition: Winchester Model 1886 & 1873
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    The M1 Garand of John Cantius Garand
  • Which Garand Will Sell Higher?
    Which Garand Will Sell Higher?
  • Introducing: The 2018 September Premiere Auction
    Introducing: The 2018 September Premiere Auction
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    Ruger Hand Drills
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    Riding in an M5A1 Stuart Tank!

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