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Recent Gun Auction Puts RIA Over $48 Million in Sales for 2013

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.

The better condition a gun is in, the heftier its price tag.

Gun Values, It’s All About Condition

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.

Used handguns have been a hot ticket as of late.

Used Handguns Enjoying a Thriving Market

Wondering what firearms are setting the market on fire? Handguns -- both revolvers and pistols -- have been a hot ticket as of late. Some discontinued models have made a jump in value, demanding Blue Book prices or better.

Cased Smith & Wesson No. 1, Third Issue revolver with mahogany case and a empty carton of .22 caliber cartridges sold for $4312.50 in a Rock Island Auction. It goes to show that antique .22 caliber revolvers run the gamut from the common affordable variety to exquisite high end custom.

Collecting Antique .22 Caliber Revolvers

A Colt 1861 Navy revolver at a $700 asking price is a fine gun, and a worthwhile addition to any gun collection. But what does the gun enthusiast who doesn’t have that kind of money to spend on one gun do? Consider the affordable antique .22 caliber revolver.

AR-15 panic buying begins to slow as gun prices approach historic norms.

Trends in AR-15 Gun Values

Following last year's gun control hysteria and panic-buying of AR-15s, gun prices are finally back to normal. Editor Jerry Lee tells why referring to a copy of the newly updated Standard Catalog of Firearms 2014 is the surest way to avoid getting gouged.

The Colt Pocket Hammerless Model 1903 is a very collectible pistol today.

Gun Collecting: The Colt Model 1903

The Colt Model 1903 is a classic pistol that continues to fascinate shooters, collectors and historians. Indeed, it is a typical example of the period’s armament that, even today, fits Gun Digest’s honored definition of “One Good Gun.”

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Market Trends in Military Gun Collecting

From the re-election of Barack Obama and push for new gun control following the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting, to the United Nations push for small arms disarmament, there’s no shortage of geopolitical and economic forces shaping trends in military gun collecting. Phillip Peterson, editor of the new Standard Catalog of Military Firearms, 7th...

Wild Bill Hickok's Revolver

Wild Bill Hickok’s Revolver Takes Aim at $500,000

In its Nov. 18 armor and gun auction, Bonhams is offering a Smith & Wesson No. 2 revolver owned by Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most iconic figures of the Old West, that was on him when he was murdered by Jack McCall in Deadwood in 1876.