Rock Island Auction Company's February Regional Firearms Auction contained a vast assortment of collectables and antiques, from engraved Henry rifles, World War II firearms, and militaria, to modern gems such as new in the box shotguns, rifles, and pistols.
Tactical guns and ammo have been on short supply the last few years, but supplies are easing and the coming year may be a good time to buy.
For a long-time New England gun show organizer, the hot trend as of late has been World War II Collectibles. But while his vendors have seen a spike in 20th century firearms sales, Civil War-era guns have gone on the wane.
There is one big barrier in collecting World War II era firearms -- the price tag. But high quality .22 replicas have made stocking your gun safe with the finest guns of the Allies and Axis accessible.
When it comes to fake antique guns, it's easy to wind up as the proud owner of a dud. Even a trained eye can be fooled by modern reproduction firearms that have been faked to look like the real thing.
President Obama continues to be the best gun salesman in U.S. history, with new statistics released by the FBI showing gun sales shattering previous records.
The older the better as of late in collectable guns. For one gun show organizer, pre-1900 firearms are like gold and have only gone up in value. World War I and II guns have also been catching the eyes of collectors.
Rock Island Auction Company quietly accomplished a remarkable feat in December, with sales totaling more than $12 million dollars, an accomplishment outdone only by the company's 2013 grand total, a staggering $48 million in gun auction sales for the year.
Sure, rarity can drive the price of a firearm, but it's not the only factor in making a gun desirable. Condition goes a long way in determining gun values. The better a gun's shape the heftier its price tag.