Typically, it's guns with a patina that grab high bids at auctions. But at one event this year, there was a much different genre of firearms that got people spending. Surprisingly, ARs and other contemporary firearms were the hot ticket.
RIA continued an impressive run through 2014 with its most recent firearms auction. The event drew top prices for military hardware, especially ones of German origin.
At one time, small collectable revolvers did not demand much on the market. But that trend has reversed itself at one Florida auction house, where petite wheelguns have been a hot item.
Touted as the greatest battle rifle ever, the M1 Garand's is one of America's most storied firearms. The M1's rich history continues to grow today, as this rifle remains a popular option among collectors and competitors.
There are plenty of ways to augment a Glock collection without having to make room in a gun safe. One of the coolest is hunting down the first American review of the company's iconic Glock 17.
Rock Island Auction Company has enjoyed a profitable year, something that continued on through its July event. The company staged the largest auction in its history, which turned out to be the third-most profitable.
Given how pumps and semi-automatics dominate the market, a lever-action shotgun seems strange nowadays. But the Winchester 1887 was one of the first repeating smoothbores to find market success.
Known for their development of the famed AR-15, ArmaLite's AR-18 was another important tactical trendsetter in the black rifle space.
The Breda autoloader, which appeared in the U.S. in the early 1950s, was an exceptionally well made, long-recoil operated, Browning-type shotgun. Its distinguishing features were that it could be completely disassembled without tools, and all parts were machined and polished.