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Buck Taylor: The True King of the Cowboys

June 17, 2016 By Joel Kolander If you run a quick online search for "King of the Cowboys" the results are packed with websites featuring... Read More

Rock Island Auction's Social Media Pages

06-10-2016 By Joel Kolander Here at Rock Island Auction Company, we try to keep people abreast of what we're doing via social media, or at... Read More

German Lugers-The Golden Luger: A Gift Between Two Nazis.

04-08-16 By Joel Kolander Luger Collectors, history is a funny thing. As hard as we humans try to document it, the facts of the matter... Read More

What is a Wheellock?

04-01-2016 By Joel Kolander Many consider the development of semi-automatic firearms in the 20th and late 19th centuries to be the last great boom of... Read More

The Prize for Capturing Geronimo, Part II

02-09-16 By Joel Kolander It may have been winter in 1885-1886, but George Crook was hot under the collar. As the head of the Department... Read More

The Prize for Capturing Geronimo, Part I

01-21-16 By Joel Kolander Lieutenant Colonel George Crook was not having a good time. Everything should have been falling in to place.  He was a... Read More

The Surprisingly Modern Colt 1903

11-20-15 By Joel Kolander   At the 2015 Shot Show in Las Vegas there was the usual hullabaloo around a lot of new guns and... Read More

Bank Robbery Turned Gangster-Era Shootout

08/28/2015 By Joel Kolander   The Union Trust Co. Bank had a branch located on Xenia Avenue in Dayton, OH, that had been robbed three... Read More

Did This Tommy Gun Rob A Bank?

08/21/2015 By Joel Kolander When RIAC received a very fine condition Thompson submachine gun for our 2015 September Premiere Auction, it came with a pretty... Read More