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We Build Gun Collections. Rock Island Auction Company is the world’s top auction house specializing in antique and collector firearms. As our reputation for integrity, quality, and rarity has 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, collectors firearms, rare guns, modern guns, and other firearm related items since 2003. We continue to bring record prices and offer some of the most historic, rare, and rare guns you will find anywhere in the world. 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 collectible firearms for the most money. Read about our consignment process and look at our past results. We’re the best at what we do. 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

Premier Auction

May 3 to May 5, 2019

Our Premier 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 Premier Auction consists of approximately 2,700 antique and collectible gun lots. Each of these auctions is made up of rare guns, unusual, mint, and highly collectible 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 Premier Auctions are typically held in April, September, and December.  Our Premier 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 Premier 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 Premier 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: 763

    Lot 763: Pearl Manufacturing U.S. Type M37 Light Machine Gun with Tripod

    This is an very fine example of a desirable, late production M37 light machine gun...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 749

    Lot 749: Sport-System Dittrich (SSD) Model PTR44 Semi-Automatic Rifle

    This is a very scarce and desirable limited production copy of an original WWII German...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 767

    Lot 767: Auto Ordnance Corp Thompson 1928 SMG

    This is an excellent example of a late production Model 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun that...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 82

    Lot 82: Henry R. Poore Winchester "Bear Dogs" Advertising Print

    This Winchester print was used in a variety of Winchester advertisements and depicts a barn...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1599

    Lot 1599: U.S. M38A1 Jeep

    Manufactured by Willys and Kaiser from 1952 to 1957, the M38A1 was next in line...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 754

    Lot 754: Colt/Auto-Ordnance Model 1927 (AC) Thompson Submachine Gun

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

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 756

    Lot 756: Ramo M2 50 Cal BMG Heavy Machine Gun

    This is an excellent example of a current production, full automatic M2 "MA-Deuce" 50 cal...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1530

    Lot 1530: X-Prefix Springfield Armory M1 Garand Semi-Automatic Rifle

    This is an excellent example of a very late post-war production standard service grade Springfield...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 764

    Lot 764: Auto-Ordnance 1928 "A" Suffix SMG, Birdshot Mag, Drum Mag, Case

    Manufactured in the 1970s as part of the "A" suffix serial range, the Auto-Ordnance 1928...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 758

    Lot 758: Fine Grouping of Thompson Submachine Gun Accessories

    The grouping includes on 20-round Auto-Ordnance stick magazine (blued, three-line "REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF."...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 762

    Lot 762: Harrington & Richardson Reising Model 50 SMG

    This is a very fine example of an H&R Reising Model 50 submachine gun chambered...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 766

    Lot 766: Colt 1921 Thompson SMG

    This is a professionally restored example of a fully automatic Colt Model 1921 AC Thompson...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1339

    Lot 1339: Etched Panel Colt Sheriff's Model 1877 Lightning Revolver

    Manufactured in 1878. The barrel is stamped with the two-line Hartford address on top and...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 761

    Lot 761: Group Industries M37 Machine Gun

    Manufactured prior to the 1986 machine gun registration cutoff, this is a Group Industries transferrable...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 759

    Lot 759: Colt/Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Navy Thompson Submachine Gun

    This Colt/Auto-Ordnance Model 1928 Navy Thompson Submachine Gun was manufactured in 1921 and is listed...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 768

    Lot 768: Fine Transport Case for a Thompson Carbine or Submachine Gun

    Measuring 26 1/2 inches long overall, the case is fitted out in a black leatherette...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1496

    Lot 1496: U.S.M.C. Colt M45A1 CQB Pistol with Box and Letter

    This is a rare example of a decommissioned Marine Corps property Colt M45A1 semi-automatic pistol....

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 751

    Lot 751: Charles Erb STEN MK IV Submachine Gun

    This is a fine example of a WWII type British MK IV STEN style machine...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 321

    Lot 321: Hammond Bulldog Single Shot Pistol with Box and Ammo

    The Bulldog was manufactured from 1866 to the 1880s and uses a rotating breechblock that...

  • Rock Island Auction Company Auction Lot No: 1331

    Lot 1331: Japanese S&W New Model No. 3 Revolver

    This S&W New Model No. 3 revolver is documented by serial number as converted to...

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Experts In Collectible Firearms

Rock Island Auction Company has been the trusted source of firearms for numerous collectors, military artifact enthusiasts, hunters, sportsmen, and investors since 1993. Our auctions cater to firearm collectors at every level. Additionally, our experienced staff is on hand and ready to help whenever you may need it.

Learn more about our history as the #1 firearms auction house today.

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 your guns today!

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Our customers SAY...

I am writing this review about Rock Island Auction because I feel it could be helpful to families that are left gun collections by their loved ones. My father had been collecting Colts and Winchesters for over 50 years. My father told me that it was time to start selling his gun collection he was 85. I contacted many of the prominent auction houses that sell gun collections and I was not satisfied. I felt they didn't understand that it was really an emotional process. Then one day I contacted Christie's auction house. They told me the top auction house in the United States for firearms would be Rock Island Auction, I called them immediately and they set up a time to come over and see my father's collection. I was so impressed with Kevin Hogan and Rick Henley that after they left I immediately told my husband that those are the people that I want to have sell my dad's precious collection. D.K.

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