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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 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: 2145

    Lot 2145: Factory Engraved Rare Short Barrel Colt Cloverleaf Revolver

    Manufactured in 1874 with the scarce short 1 1/2 inch barrel and a factory engraving....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3012

    Lot 3012: Winchester 1876 Rifle 45-60 WCF

    This is an extraordinary factory engraved Winchester deluxe Second Model 1876 lever action rifle correctly...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 3009

    Lot 3009: Winchester 1886-Rifle Rifle 45/70 Govt.

    Special order Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Takedown Rifle manufactured in 1901. This rifle...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2490

    Lot 2490: Ruger - MKIII with NFA/Class III Suppressor

    Standard late production Ruger MKIII semi-automatic pistol that has been fitted with a barrel mounted/integral...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2500

    Lot 2500: Ruger MKIII Pistol with NFA/Class III Suppressor

    Fitted with a barrel mounted/integral suppressor manufactured by the S&H Arms Company. The suppressor outside...

  • 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: 2587

    Lot 2587: Rare H. Himmler Signed J.P. Sauer 38H Presentation Pistol

    This is an very rare example of a Model 38H J. P. Sauer & Sohn...

  • 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: 3402

    Lot 3402: Stemple - 76/45

    This is a very close copy of the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun chambered...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2130

    Lot 2130: Colt 1855 Sidehammer Revolver 31 percussion

    This extraordinary Colt Model 1855 Sidehammer 7A revolver was manufactured circa 1868. This Model 7A...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2509

    Lot 2509: WWII Full Auto FG 42 Nazi Krieghoff FG42 Paratrooper Assault Gun

    This is very rare late WWII type 2 FG42 (Fallschirmjager) paratrooper assault rifle manufactured by...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2182

    Lot 2182: Colt - 1878 Gustave Young Factory Engraved

    Manufactured in 1879 this revolver features engraving chiefly in the Gustave Young style of punch-dot...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 397

    Lot 397: Remington-Rider Magazine Pistol

    These pistols are based on designs by Joseph Rider, one of Remington's principle engineers at...

  • 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: 2196

    Lot 2196: Smith & Wsson Model 3 American Transition Model Revolver

    This lot consists of not one but two rare Smith & Wesson Model 3 American...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3007

    Lot 3007: Winchester 1910 Rifle 401 SL

    This Winchester Model 1910 S.L. rifle was manufactured in 1912. The rifle is chambered for...

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Our customers SAY...

Hi Folks; Just a word of appreciation to the folks working in the shipping department. You all are real pros! I truly appreciate the care given to the items I bought at the R.I.A. regional auction last month. I'll bid again confident that the items are getting first rate treatment...once they're in your hands anyway! Best Regards,

B.D.

Most Recent Auctions

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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...

Greetings, I received the Winchester 52C Sporter yesterday and everything including the shipping was fantastic. Great job from all including the shipping department. Please pass it on. Thanks again and have a great weekend,

P.E.

News & Events

News

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Rock Island Auction Youtube
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    Deluxe, High Condition Winchesters from World Class Collections
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    Rare and Highly Desirable Confederate Weapons
  • Fine Engraved Sporting Arms both Large & Small
    Fine Engraved Sporting Arms both Large & Small
  • Percussion Colts: Experimental and High Condition
    Percussion Colts: Experimental and High Condition
  • Engraved Winchesters from the Robert Lee & Robert Bretherton Collections
    Engraved Winchesters from the Robert Lee & Robert Bretherton Collections
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    Prize Walther Pistols from WWII
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    High Art and European Wheel Locks
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    National Treasure: President Theodore Roosevelt's Hunting Knife
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