Gun Blog

RIAC Remembers the 50th Year of JFK's Assassination

Joel Kolander 10/30/2013 This November 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Surely that month will provide an abundance of... Read More

The Unsung Trapdoor Rifle

10-25-13 By Joel Kolander In terms of American military long arms very little attention is given to a predecessor of the much heralded M1903 and... Read More

Stocks, Bonds, or Barrels?

Joel Kolander 10/18/2013 Ask any firearms collector if guns are a good investment and you're bound to receive a response in the affirmative. It's not... Read More

Tortured By Indians

Joel Kolander 9/6/2013 In the Rock Island Auction Company Preview Hall preparations are already being made for our September 2013 Premiere Auction. Displays are arranged,... Read More

Harrowing Histories

Joel Kolander 08/29/2013 Humanity's fascination with villains goes back almost as far as written language itself. Names such as Herod the Great, Nero, Attila the... Read More

John Browning & The Birth of the Model 1911

Joel Kolander 08/22/2013 The sight of a M1911 pistol evokes over 100 years of firearms history in a single glance. Carried on the hips of... Read More

Did Custer Die in this Coat?

Joel Kolander 08/16/2013 "I am not impetuous or impulsive. I resent that. Everything that I have ever done has been the result of the study... Read More

Butch Cassidy's Colt and the End of the Wild West

Joel Kolander 08/9/2013 It is no coincidence that the Old West and gun collecting go hand in hand. For firearms manufacturers, it was a time... Read More

Rare & Unparalleled Colt 1860s

Joel Kolander 07/26/2013 Colt has long led the way in collectable firearms. Whether it's Walkers, Patersons, Peacemakers, or Londons, people want to collect Colt firearms.... Read More