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Antique Guns: Can You Spot a Fake?

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.

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2013 Gun Sales Set New Record

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.

British Martini-Henry rifle.

Prices Keep Rising for Pre-1900 Firearms

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.

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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.