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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: 744

    Lot 744: Pair of Engraved Boss & Co. Game Bird Set Shotguns

    Thomas Boss worked for the great Joseph Manton before becoming an outworker to the London...

  • 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...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3011

    Lot 3011: Winchester 1873 Rifle 38-40 WCF

    Winchester Deluxe Special Order Model 1873 rifle with casehardened receiver. The forearm and pistol grip...

  • 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: 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: 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: 2022

    Lot 2022: Winchester 1886 Rifle 40-65 WCF Special Order

    This is truly an exceptional example of a special order Winchester Model 1886 Fancy Sporting...

  • 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: 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: 230

    Lot 230: Remington Arms Inc Hepburn Rifle 44-100

    This is an exceptional example of a rare special order deluxe Remington Model No.3 Hepburn...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3084

    Lot 3084: Smith & Wesson 1 Second Issue Revolver 22 short

    This is a very nice example of a Model Number 1 First Issue revolver manufactured...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2371

    Lot 2371: 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: 637

    Lot 637: Exceptionally Rare Nazi Luftwaffe Double Sided Trumpet Banner fo

    Measuring 19 inches wide and 15 inches tall, both sides of the banner feature yellow...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2727

    Lot 2727: Colt Factory Enscribed New Service

    This is an outstanding example of a Colt factory inscribed/engraved New Service Revolver that was...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2773

    Lot 2773: Colt - Single Action Army "Old World Engravers Sampler"

    This is one of 500 special limited edition Single Action Army Revolvers engraved by Colt....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 391

    Lot 391: Marlin Firearms Co - No.32 Standard 1875

    Manufactured between 1875 to 1887. These revolvers can fire both .32 long and .32 short...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3121

    Lot 3121: Winchester 21 Shotgun 28-410

    This is a beautiful example of an engraved and gold inlaid Winchester Model 21 Grand...

  • 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: 2070

    Lot 2070: Lindsay John P - Two Shot

    Manufactured in the early 1860s by Union Knife Company, Naugatuck, Ct. for the inventor John...

  • 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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Our customers SAY...

Hi to all at RIAC, This Auction caught me working out of state and I am glad that you could fill my order. I have received your Premiere Catalogs for quite a few years and the quality is always first class. I, like many collectors, use the Catalogs as references for our personal collections to compare to. My regards to all for another successful year at RIAC and I will be getting in line for the next Premiere Auction Catalog. Regards,

S.W.

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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...

Dear Judy, I am in receipt of your check in the amount of $------, representing an adjustment to the above lot number and missing Colt Armi Jaeger purchase. I want to express my sincerest appreciation to you and Pat Hogan's Rock Island Auction Company for having given me this assistance on this item. It is very much appreciated and once again re-affirms my opinion of Rock Island Auction. You and your staff are indeed a well run and very professional organization who truly have a genuine interest in customer satisfaction from both the buyer and consignor point of view, which can be, I know, a delicate relationship to keep in balance. And I never hesitate to share my opinion of Rock Island Auction Company with any and all who will listen! Sincerely,

C.H.

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