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Friday, November 8, 2013

Beginner Collector's Paradise

The first day of our December 2013 Premiere Firearms Auction presents an unique opportunity for those looking to get started collecting firearms or maybe even seeking a gift for that son or daughter who is just starting to hunt on their own.  Make no mistake, we will still have all the amazing, world class, high end collectables that you've come to know and expect from Rock Island Auction Company.  If you haven't seen some of them yet, be sure to glance through the pages of our mailer by clicking here.  In a turn of events sure to benefit beginning collectors, this Premiere Auction also has a number of high quality pieces with affordable prices.

In the regular course of our auctions we typically encourage those just starting out to attend our Regional or Internet Only Auctions.  These two auctions offer fantastic guns at prices more accessible to beginning collectors and also have plenty of collector firearms that still have plenty of shooting life left in them.  However, Friday, December 6th, the first day of the sale, will host a slew of items ready to be purchased by collectors of all levels.  Shoppers of the Regional and Online Only Auctions need not wait; the December Premiere Auction will have plenty of choices available!
  • Over 300 lots have the low estimate at $1,000 or LESS
  • Over 600 lots have the low estimate at $1,500 or LESS
  • Over 770 lots have the low estimate at $2,000 or LESS
It's a great chance to find the guns you love and prices you want.  Show you some examples, you say?  Ask and you shall receive.  Let's take a look at a few of our more popular genres.

There are 450 Winchesters in this auction with the highest estimate belonging to Lot 1007 ringing in at $150,000 - $225,000.  Does that mean one can't find attractive, affordable Winchesters?  Certainly not.

Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,500

Lot 21: Winchester Model 1892 Takedown Lever Action Carbine
Estimated Price: $900 - $1,300

With over 2,000 items in this auction that are classified as 'antique' or 'curio & relic,' there is something for everybody: flintlocks, pepperboxes, derringers, palm pistols, muskets, blunderbusses, dueling pistols, lever actions, percussion pistols, single actions, and more.  Here's just a taste of the items going on Day 1 of the December Premiere Firearms Auction.

Lot 261: Collector's Lot of Two Percussion Pepperboxes
First Item: W.W. Marston/Washington Arms Percussion Pepperbox

Estimated Price: $950 - $1,600 FOR THE PAIR

Second Item: Bacon Single Action Underhammer Percussion Pepperbox

Lot 239: Gaulois No. 3 Palm Pistol
Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,250

Colts are regarded as one of the "blue chips" of gun collecting.  This auction will feature over 600 Colts!  It's one of the most abundant categories thanks to several noted collectors choosing to trust RIAC with their life's work.  There is everything from 6 different Paterson revolvers to a Model 1874 Gatling gun and everything in between.    The Colts that will sell in December are truly spectacular in condition, special features, and rarity.  Here's some great examples that will cross the block and won't break the bank.

Lot 290: Engraved Colt Model 1862 Navy Pocket Percussion Revolver with Ivory Grips
Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,600

Lot 316: Extremely Early Production Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver with Two Digit Serial Number
Estimated Price $1,000 - $1,500

Time to change things up by juxtaposing the classic with the contemporary.  Whether you call them assault rifles, black guns, modern sporting rifles, or something else, they all offer the best modern materials and conveniences that technology allows.  The price bubble on these guns is reducing in size, meaning that many are finally more affordable than they have been in a long time.

Lot 545: Pre-Ban Colt AR-15 Model SP1 Sporter Semi-Automatic Rifle
Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1800

Lot 540: IMI/Action Arms UZI Semi-Automatic Pistol with Case and Extra Magazine
Estimated Price: $900 - $1,300

Lot 527: Sig Arms Model 556 Semi-Automatic Carbine with Amber Dot Sight
Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,600

Smith & Wesson
The Smith & Wesson firearms in this auction aren't as plentiful as some of the other categories, but they more than hold their own when it comes to rarity and excellence.  Early Volcanics rub elbows with the scarce Model 320 revolving rifles (there are three) and this is the second auction in a row that RIAC will sell a Smith & Wesson revolver that was exhibited at the 1893 Columbia Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair.  Here are a few that will be a fine addition to any collection.

Lot 124: Engraved Gold Plated Civil War Range Smith & Wesson no. 2 Old Army Revolver
Estimated Price: $800 - $1,600

Lot 117: Smith & Wesson Number 1 1/2 2nd Issue Single Action Revolver
Estimated Price: $950 - $1,600

Foreign Military
Another large category, there are over 400 foreign military items in this sale.  Firearms with German origins abound and are more than the usual variety.  There are prototype Walthers, Borchardts, lots of pistols with stocks, and even a one-of-a-kind DWM Model 1900 with a gold inlaid chamber.  We regularly get this type of high quality collector firearms, but we can still find something for beginning collectors and even those who want something to shoot.

Lot 614: Excellent Nagoya Arsenal Type 14 Nambu Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster
Estimated Price: $900 - $1,400

Lot 578: World War II Nazi Military Proofed Mauser Model 1934 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Holster
Estimated Price: $950 - $1,400

Lot 640: Outstanding Brazil Contract DWM Model 1908 Bolt Action Rifle
Estimated Price $950 - $1,600

Lot 638: Scarce World War II Nazi Commercial K98 Rifle
Estimated Price $1,000 - $1,500

Lot 657: Wartime Production Walther PP Semi-Automatic Pistol with Scarce Duralumin (Aluminum Alloy) Frame
Estimated Price $950 - $1,400

Lot 596: Edwin Pack & Sons Nazi Heer NCO Sword with Sheath and Copy of the Capture Certificate
Estimated Price $800 - $1,200

Sporting Arms
Our second largest category in the auction is that of sporting arms.  With over 800 items to choose from, there is a weapon for every taste and every task.  Need a shotgun for walking grasslands and taking some birds?  How about a powerful, accurate rifle for knocking down large game?  A luxurious big bore double barrel rifle capable of stopping a charging elephant?  This auction has them all: classic Model 70 rifles, incredible side-by-side shotguns, opulent cased shotguns, beautiful safari grade rifles, double rifles, and even the loyal Model 12.

Lot 782: Collector's Lot of Two Winchester Model 12 Heavy Duck Slide Action Shotguns

Estimated Price for TWO: $1,000 - $1,500

Lot 333: Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Bolt Action Rifle in .308 Winchester with Scope
Estimated Price: $900 - $1,400

Lot 489: W.R. Pape Side by Side Damascus Barrel Pinfire Rifle
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,750

Lot 865: Engraved H. Barella Bolt Action Rifle with Scope
Estimated Price: $800 - $1,600

Need we continue?  This auction is loaded with high end items that are seldom so accessible.  There are plenty of these items throughout the auction, but remember that a large number of them are going to be sold the first day of the auction, Friday, December 6th.  This is a great chance to get a strong foothold in a collection, find a new hunting weapon for yourself, or even to gift a hunting weapon to a loved one just beginning to assemble their own assortment of usable weapons.  Have fun searching our online catalog at and looking for your next addition to the collection!

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