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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: 2560

    Lot 2560: Spandau - MG 08/15

    This is an exceptional example of a WWI German Model 1908/15 Maxim heavy machine gun...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2388

    Lot 2388: S&W 38/44 Outdoorsman Post-War Transitional Revolver

    Shipped in November 1946, this is one of approximately 2,000 produced with a pre-war style...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3370

    Lot 3370: Documented 1st Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Box

    Manufactured in 1911. The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver with a 4 3/4 inch...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2556

    Lot 2556: Japanese - Type 11

    This is a scarce and certainly unique, early Japanese Type 11 light machine gun...

  • 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: 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: 2546

    Lot 2546: Colt M16A1 Machine Gun, Extra Magazines, Pre-86 Transferrable

    Manufactured in the 1970s and 1980s, the 9 million range M16s were intended for commercial...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3699

    Lot 3699: H&R Model 50 Reising Full 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: 239

    Lot 239: Documented West Point Shipped S&W Pre-Model 19 Revolver

    Offered here is a factory documented United States Military Academy (West Point) shipped .357 Combat...

  • 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: 3704

    Lot 3704: Class III/NFA Converted HK93 MG

    This is a rare example of one of the original HK93 semi-automatic rifles that has...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3702

    Lot 3702: Ruger AC-556k Fully Transferrable Select-Fire Carbine

    Marketed to law enforcement and foreign military clients, the AC-556 family of weapons is the...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2558

    Lot 2558: WWII Fully Automatic Class III MP 44 Machine Gun

    This is a fine refurbished example of a late WWII German MP44 assault rifle, that...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2215

    Lot 2215: Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1893 Deluxe Takedown Rifle

    The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with a 28 inch part octagon barrel in...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3318

    Lot 3318: 16th Century German Wheellock Pistol with Extensive Scrimshaw

    Dated 1596, this Saxon pistol is mounted on a stock extensively inlaid with scrimshaw designs....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2386

    Lot 2386: S&W 357 Magnum Transitional Post-War Revolver with 3 1/2 Barrel

    Shipped in December 1948, this is one of only about 142 .357 Magnum Transitional post-war...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2311

    Lot 2311: Rare Panel Scene Engraved Cased Sequential Pair of W.W. Greener

    This is an extraordinary cased pair of W.W. Greener double barrel shotguns in the unique...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2557

    Lot 2557: WWII Japanese - Type 96 Class III/NFA MG

    This is a beautiful example of an early, fully automatic, reactivated WWII Japanese Type 96...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3710

    Lot 3710: Heckler & Koch FP6 Class III/NFA SBS Short Barreled Slide Action

    Manufactured by Fabarm for H&K. Standard markings and features. 3 inch chamber, cylinder choke, and...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3709

    Lot 3709: Maxim 1920 Silencer w/Container and Papers, Class III/NFA

    Originally developed prior to World War I, the Maxim Silencer was one of the first...

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Dear Judy and Pat: The Rock Island shipping department outdid itself and is easily the most professional I have seen. The bubbling of each piece would have protected it against anything short of intentional abuse. Bravo! Best Regards

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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...

When you entrust your collection to a business, it is pleasant to have such outstanding, efficient, experienced people to work with. There is no better representation for your company. Bob and Dick worked until 9:30pm to finish packing. Please, please let Pat know this.

J.G.

News & Events

News

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