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12/19/2017
By Joel Kolander

 

There sure are a healthy amount of firearms enthusiasts on Instagram! Ever since we joined in 2016, our numbers have been climbing onward and upward faster than any other social media platform we currently use. What do they like the most?  Big guns, tanks, and unusual pieces from history as we reveal here. These are the most liked posts from 2017.

 

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30. An Unusual Winchester Model 1866

Sold for $4,888 in February.  Can you spot what is unusual about this Winchester?

It all begins in mere hours! This Winchester ’66 will be the second item to cross the block. http://ow.ly/fdGJ3092Ib9 #gunauction #RIA #guns #firearms #rifle #winchester #pewpew #2A

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29. Factory Panel Scene Engraved Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Small Frame Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips

Available in our 2018 February Regional Auction

As you’ll soon notice this list has no less than three Merwin & Hulbert revolvers in the early rankings. Not bad for a manufacturer that few outside the collector realm have heard of. However, their popularity here is rightly earned. These finely machined revolvers should be on everyone’s wish list.

Wow! VERY rarely do you still find the “gems” present on a Merwin & Hulbert, but this small frame has them along with a factory panel scene of a mountain lion, pearl grips, and a nickel finish. Available this February. #guns #firearms #2A #auction #revolver #nickel #pearl #pewpew #collecting

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28. Extraordinary Valley Engraving Fully Functional Replica Colt Model 1878 Gatling Battery Gun with Tripod, Three Drum Magazines, and Crates

Sold for $43,125 in December. It was a good day for social media with our milestones on Facebook and YouTube, and it turned out it was a good day on Instagram as well.

Yesterday we passed 16K Likes on Facebook and 1,000,000 views on YouTube! Thanks to everyone for sharing & watching! http://ow.ly/QJAs30gqtwm #grateful #guns #firearms #2A #auction #Gatling #pewpew #gunporn #collecting #gunchannels #weaponsdaily

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27. Excellent Class III/NFA Fully Automatic Model 1917A1 Medium Machine Gun Manufactured the DLO Company

Sold in December for $21,850

You could have a #FirepowerFriday of your own with this M1917A1 medium machine gun manufactured by DLO. Looks like a good time! http://ow.ly/an5W30gKkZ3 #guns #firearms #2A #auction #fullauto #fullautofriday #pewpew

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26. Rare and Exceptional Factory Engraved Winchester Deluxe Model 1895 Takedown Lever Action Rifle

Sold in December for $37,375

The singular, elongated panel scene on this high condition Winchester 1895 was enough to attract numerous viewers.

What a beautiful deluxe Winchester 1895 takedown rifle! The factory engraving is particularly unique, using one long scene instead of several panel scenes. http://ow.ly/zWmz30gIQqw #guns #firearms #2A #auction #rifle #pewpew #collecting

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25. Exceptional Two Digit Serialized Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Large Frame Single Action Revolver with Extraordinary Pearl Grips

Sold for $19,550 in December

Merwin & Hulbert made arguably the finest machined firearms of their era, and this early “Army Revolver” is nearly flawless. Available this December. #auction #revolver #guns #firearms #2A #pearl #pewpew #wow #gunchannels #gunsdaily

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24. Exceptional Factory Engraved Merwin, Hulbert & Co. Third Model Pocket Army Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips

Sold for $9,775 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction.

The bird’s head grip, short barrel, and excellent quality make this 3rd model Merwin & Hulbert an attractive collectible, an enviable barbecue gun, and a perfectly viable self defense arm. It can do it all! http://ow.ly/Upw430gTjYh #auction #EDC #guns #firearms #2A #revolver #engraved #pewpew #gunporn #collecting

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23. Wait for it… (click to play)

Sold for $1,955 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction

Wait for it…. #auction #fullauto #guns #firearms #2A #Thompson #SMG

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22. Scarce and Desirable Fabrique Nationale G Series FAL Semi-Automatic Rifle

Sold for $14,950 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction.

This rare FN G-Series FAL is 1 of 1,863 that made it into the U.S. before the ATF declared them machine guns and banned them from import. It looks incredible and is available this December. #auction #FN #guns #firearms #2A #rifle #762

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21. Exceptionally Rare World War I Experimental Cameron-Yaggi M1903 Springfield Trench Rifle with Periscope Sighting Device

Sold for $34,500 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction

From the Bruce Canfield Collection comes this extraordinary M1903 Trench Sniper rifle with its experimental Cameron-Yaggi periscope device. http://ow.ly/1uiZ30gb1T0 #auction #sniper #WWI #ww1 #GreatWar #guns #firearms #2A @the_great_war #BF1 #rifle #3006

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20. Ruger Model AC-556F Assault Carbine, Class III/NFA Registered Fully Transferrable Machine Gun

Sold for $10,925 during the December Premiere Firearms Auction.

Sorry we missed #FirepowerFriday yesterday. We were busy having an amazing first day of auction. Here’s a full-auto Ruger AC-556F (with folder stock) to make up for it. http://ow.ly/ORRh30gY43n #guns #firearms #2A #auction #rifle #pewpew #collecting #gunporn #gunchannels

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19. Very Early Pattern U.S. Springfield Model 1903 30-03 Bolt Action Rifle with Ramrod Bayonet

Available in our 2018 February Regional Firearms Auction.

This very early pattern Springfield M1903 is still chambered in .30-03. Combined with the rod bayonet and bolt configuration, this is a most desirable 1903 service rifle. Available this February. #auction #1903 #guns #firearms #2A #ammo #ww1

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18. H.W. Mortimer Flintlock Coach Carbine with Snap Bayonet and Inscribed Muzzle

Sold for $6,325 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction

With a snap bayonet and this muzzle inscription, the user of this Mortimer flintlock coach gun was not to be trifled with. Available this December. #guns #firearms #2A #auction #flintlock #bayonet #oldschoolcool #pewpew

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17. Extraordinary Documented Exhibition Quality Lynton McKenzie Master Engraved and Gold Inlaid Cased Garniture

Sold for $74,750 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction.

There are not enough words. Masterful work by Lynton Stuart Muro McKenzie. Even the case hinges are engraved! #gunart #Colt #revolver #derringer #gold #guns #firearms #2A #auction

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16. People love M1 Garands and memes, so when you put them together…

Words to live by. Happy Friday, everyone! #Friday #5oClock #gunfunnies

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15. Scarce World War II Class III/NFA Destructive Device C&R British PIAT Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher

Sold for $3,163 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction

The British PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-tank) was capable of defeating the armor of any tank of World War 2. https://youtu.be/uk_vS-VdYas #WW2 #wwii #antitank #auction #guns #firearms #tanks #WOT #pewpew #BOOM

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14. DWM Model 1902 American Eagle Fat Barreled Luger in 9mm Luger

To be offered in our 2018 February Regional Firearms Auction

This DWM 1903 Fat Barrel American Eagle Luger is just one example of the large number of fine German military arms in our February 2018 Regional Firearms Auction. #guns #firearms #2A #auction #Germany #Luger #pistol #pewpew

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13. Documented U.S. Springfield Model 1903 “Air Service” Style Bolt Action Rifle as Featured in Multiple Bruce Canfield Publications

Sold for $3,738 in our December 2017 Premiere Firearms Auction

This beautiful Springfield M1903 “Air Service” rifle is a rare variant of a classic. This one hails from the Bruce Canfield Collection and will be available at auction this weekend. https://youtu.be/lr87fGtupMI #auction #M1903 #3006 #rare #guns #firearms #2A #pewpew #rifle #boltaction #wwi #BF1 #ww1 #GreatWar

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12. Some art from our friends at C&Rsenal.

This particular poster lists and details the “Service Revolvers of the Great War.”

If you love old guns & supporting their research, here’s your chance to do both & get a sweet poster from @candrsenal http://ow.ly/6D2I30grnmQ #ww1 #ww1 #thegreatwar #revolver #guns #firearms #2A #gunporn #pewpew #collecting

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11. Class III/NFA C&R Full Automatic Colt, Model 1921/1928 US Navy Over Stamp Thompson Submachine Gun with a 50 Round Drum Magazine, Stick Magazines and Case

Sold for $74,750 in our December Premiere Auction

Oh, you’re ready for Day 3 of the December Premiere Auction? “I believe ya… but my Tommy gun don’t!!” http://ow.ly/AT6s30gYDu3 #auction #guns #firearms #2A #pewpew #fullauto #machinegun #homealone #angelswithfilthysouls #moviequotes

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10. Tanks a lot!

Visitors to our December Premiere were in for a surprise when they found these beauties parked outside our facility! This grouping of photos shows some of the military vehicles that will be offered in our 2018 auctions.

Cat’s outta the bag. Saw these parked outside the building this morning. Let’s just say that 2018 is going to be amazing. #auction #tanks #guns #firearms #2A #pewpew #worldoftanks #gunchannels #weaponsdaily #military #Army

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9. U.S. Winchester Model 1897 Slide Action Trench Shotgun with Bayonet

To be offered in our 2018 February Regional Firearms Auction

You want #FirepowerFriday? We have a U.S. Winchester Model 1897 trench shotgun with its bayonet and scabbard. There’s a reason the Germans complained about their use during the Great War! Available this February. #auction #2A #ammo #guns #firearms #pewpew #shotgun #Winchester

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8. Exceptional Documented Factory Engraved Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless Semi-Automatic Pistol with Pearl Grips and Presentation Case with Factory Letter

Sold for $18,400 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction

A classic beauty. The original nickel finish, pearl grips, and Class “A” engraving on this Colt 1908 pocket hammerless are all documented on the factory letter. http://ow.ly/jjVn30gzZ8A #guns #firearms #2A #auction #pistol #Colt

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7. The “Mystery Rifle”

Sold for $2,875 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction. This rifle attracted some attention when we challenged followers to identify it. With only one definitive marking to go on, it was up to followers (and Ian from Forgotten Weapons) to derive the clues as to its identity.

This rifle doesn’t tell us much about what it is, so what can we discern from the clues it gives us? Follow along as Ian investigates this somewhat mysterious rifle. https://youtu.be/8hNSZd914xk #guns #firearms #2A #auction #gunstagram #rifle

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6. “NUTS!”

Sold for $13,800 in our December Premiere Firearms Auction. It might look like a normal Colt M1911A1 pistol, but this pistol WAS PRESENT at one of the most iconic stories that came out of World War 2.

This weapons headline reads: “Historic World War II U.S. Colt Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol Documented to Major General Joseph “Bud” Harper, Bastogne Veteran and Bearer of General McAuliffe’s Famous “Nuts!” Message to the Surrounding Germans with Letter”

“NUTS!” Few stories of the American military can be summarized with such brevity, and this pistol saw it happen. It was the property of Bastogne veteran Maj. Gen. Joseph “Bud” Harper who personally delivered the message to the Germans. http://ow.ly/k4wS30gKo54 #WW2 #wwii #Colt #1911 #M1911A1 #45acp #history #NUTS! #pistol #guns #auction #army #firearms #2A #pewpew #gunchannels #weaponsdaily

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5. Desirable Late World War II Production German MP-44 Class III/NFA C&R Fully Automatic Sturmgewehr Rifle with Accessories and Ammunition

Sold for $40,250 in December. A World War II classic that needs no introduction.

It’s #FirepowerFriday! Have yourself a late WWII production German MP-44 Sturmgewehr rifle. You earned it.

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4. “You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat.”

Sold for $8,050 in June. This W.W. Greener Martini action harpoon gun brought a handsome price at auction as well as a plethora of quotes from the classic “Jaws” where this model was used by the character Quint, which also bore a nickel finish.

Besides the obvious “cool factor” and high condition of this MK2 Harpoon Gun, is that it uses a W. W. Greener Martini action. #guns #firearms #2A #British #harpoon #fishing #gunauctions #gunsofinstagram #fish

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3. First look at a Kimber Revolver

Kimber had their new revolvers on display at the 2017 Dallas Safari Club convention, and at that point not a lot of people had seen them. Needless to say they were eager to spread the word and see these wheelguns from the manufacturer best known for their 1911 pistols.

The @kimberamerica revolvers feel pretty darn good, even in my big ol’ meathooks. #Kimber #1911 #revolver #357magnum #dsc2017 #dsc

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2. Cased Pair of Rare Smith & Wesson Model 3 American Transition Model Revolvers with Factory Letters

Sold for $40,250 in May.

The Smith & Wesson Model 3 American Transitional Model is extremely rare. To have two, let alone in such fine condition, is a real treat for collectors. http://ow.ly/x8Rb30ay5dn #guns #2A #firearms #smithandwesson #revolvers #gunsofinstagram

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1. Massive C. Stolzer “Double Deuce” Left Handed 2 Bore Double Rifle with Ammunition

Sold for $6,900 in December.

1. Yes, that’s a 9mm round 2. Yes, we have some big bore rifles in our December Auction. 3. Yes, it likely kicks like a mule on rocket fuel. #owmyshoulder #guns #2bore #firearms #2A #auction #detatchedretina #rifle

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Notice that a lot of the most popular posts from 2017 happened toward the end of the year as the channel continues to grow and grow. If you want beautiful, rare, and historic guns in your social media feed, be sure to follow Rock Island Auction Company. We sell more than 25,000 guns annually, so we promise to keep them coming.

 

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