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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: 2551

    Lot 2551: B) Bowers CAC 380 Class III/NFA Silencer

    Black anodized alloy construction, compatible with the threading on Item A....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3054

    Lot 3054: Winchester Model 1890 Rifle with Rare Deluxe Maple Stock

    Manufactured in 1894. This Winchester Model 1890 slide action rifle has a beautiful birdseye...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2549

    Lot 2549: G.R.A.D. CM1 Knife Pistol (gun) w/ Gold and Diamond Decoration

    Introduced in the 1990s, the G.R.A.D. (Global Research and Development) knife pistol integrates a 22...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3697

    Lot 3697: H&R Reising 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. Marines...

  • 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: 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: 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: 12

    Lot 12: Deluxe, Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Company Henry

    Deluxe, factory engraved Henry lever action rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company late...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3692

    Lot 3692: Class III/NFA Fully Automatic M1928 Colt/Thompson SMG

    This is a beautiful example of a Colt manufactured Thompson Model 1921/1928 US Navy over...

  • 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: 2381

    Lot 2381: FBI Shipped S&W Model 19 Revolver for William Sweet

    The accompanying S&W factory letter confirms that this revolver was a rare special order round...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2545

    Lot 2545: Ramo - M1919A4

    This is an outstanding example of a like-new, fully functional, full automatic Class III/NFA, M1919A4...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3641

    Lot 3641: Extremely Rare Early Grant-Hammond Small Frame Prototype/Test 32

    This is an extremely rare early Grant-Hammond prototype/tool room "blow-forward" model test pistol. The Grant-Hammond...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2536

    Lot 2536: Class III/Fully Automatic M1928 Thompson SMG

    This is a fine example of a late production Model 1928A1 Thompson Submachine gun that...

  • 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: 164

    Lot 164: Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle with Rare 20 Inch Bll.

    Manufactured from 1879 to 1887, the Model 320 revolving rifle is one of the rarest...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 3006

    Lot 3006: Exceptional Deluxe Factory Engraved Silver Plated New Haven Arms

    Deluxe early production Henry Lever-Action rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in January...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 2540

    Lot 2540: Johnson Automatics MFG Co - 1941

    This is a very good example of an early Johnson Arms Model 1941 Light Machine...

  • 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: 232

    Lot 232: Bright Blue Finished S&W 38-44 Heavy Duty Pre-Model 20 Revolver

    Manufactured in 1955 with this extremely high conditioned example having the special order bright blue...

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Our customers SAY...

Consigned a 1923 colt new service .45 Target with factory letter which called out factory engraving ivory stocks etc. Rock Island couldn't have been more knowledgeable and professional. They went all out taking some amazing pictures of it to be published in their premier auction catalog. There is no doubt that Rock Island Auction did everything necessary and then some to put my old Colt in the right place at the right time in order to get the highest amount possible. RIAC sent my check exactly when they said they would, it cleared and my funds were available right away. No drafts and all of that nonsense. RIAC got me around 14,000 dollars more than the local gun stores were willing to pay. They kept in touch with me throughout the entire research process which took about a year. With all of the work and research riac done it honestly made me wonder how they make any money. My experience was so impressive that I'm currently going through my collection to see if there are any other hidden gems I don't know about. I recommend RIAC to ANYONE interested buying or selling antiques in general. There are a lot of shady characters in the business, especially the gun business. Rock island is NOT one of them. They shoot straight(no pun intended) with you and will go above and beyond to conduct business professionally and with INTEGRITY. MIKE WOLFE AND FRANK FRITZ call on them when they can't figure something out. Enough said. B.P.

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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...

Casandra, I received the items today. I very much appreciate your prompt attention to this matter. Hopefully, Mr. Hogan is aware of the care and dedication shown by every RIA Staff Member that I have ever had contact with. Thank you

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