Rock Island Auction Company

Premier Firearms Auction #74

Friday September 7th, 2018

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M1 Garand Serial Number One Million

In 2017, we hinted at the following year. After our April 2018 Premiere Auction we said, “The Best is yet to Come.” Finally, it has arrived. The 2018 September Premiere Firearms Auction at Rock Island Auction Company is absolutely the firearms event you’ve been waiting for and promises to deliver exciting ways to collectors in nearly every genre.

The September 7 – 9 sale hosts no less than an incredible 18 named collections led by such icons of the collecting community as Robert M. Lee, Allan Cors, Larry Jones, and Mac McCroskie. By the numbers, the auction contains over 3,000 items, which translates to over 400 Winchesters, more than 750 Colts, in excess of 500 U.S. military arms, 400+ military arms, almost 1,000 sporting arms, and nearly 70 Class III items.  But what those numbers don’t effectively communicate is the sheer, unbridled wow factor that so many of these items will bring to their new collections.


M41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank

We might as well begin with the elephant in the room: tanks. A wide variety of tanks, armored fighting vehicles, and military vehicles will be offered and certain to impress. Seldom are such incredible items available to the collecting public, let alone in such quantity and condition.  Regardless of whether you want to add massive firepower, rescue vehicles, or daily military transportation to your collection, these vehicles are certain to deliver while adding their own undeniable presence.

engraved Colt Burgess


Colt collectors will certainly have their hands full deciding which of the manufacturer’s incredibly rarities they want to take home most. A stunning, engraved Colt-Burgess saddle ring carbine would be a worthy choice, but so would the rare D Company Walker revolver. One could also debate between the immediately impressive Paterson Model 1839 shotgun or the factory engraved and inscribed Colt New Service Target double action that belonged to legendary handgunner and shooter Ed McGivern. With so many extraordinary examples available, to only talk about four of the Colts in this sale borders on ludicrous, but trust us when we say that this selection will be well worth the wait.

The U.S. military arms selection is led by the renowned Allan Cors Collection, an encyclopedic assembly of rarity, high condition, and the exceptional. Collectors of these firearms will be supremely pleased to not only find a Singer M1911A1 pistol marked “Prototype No. 3,” but also a superb Singer pistol that is fresh to market and is accompanied by an archive of military history of its former owner, a World War II Airborne Officer, including its documented use in battle. In addition to a primer-actuated M1 Garand prototype will be arguably one of the centerpieces of the auction: M1 Garand serial number 1,000,000, which was presented to Inventor John C. Garand upon his retirement.  This is truly a one-of-a-kind firearm and perhaps a once-in-a-life opportunity to own John Garand’s M1 Garand.

Singer M1911A1 pistol with history


It doesn’t end there! We have pristine Winchesters from the incomparable Mac McCroskie Collection including the finest known Winchester Deluxe Model 1873, a trio of Tiffany swords as they appeared in their catalog over 160 years ago and photographed in the hands of the generals who bore them, Herman Goering’s sidearm at the time of his surrender – a cased, factory engraved, and gold plated Walther PPK pistol, and a legion of luxurious sporting arms.

Please make arrangements now to attend what promises to be a spectacular event, as well as our full day preview on Thursday, September 6. You will not be disappointed and, who knows, you may end up with your own jaw-dropping piece sure to give you pride in your collection for years to come.

Mac McCroskie Winchester 1886


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