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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.

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.

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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...

Rock Island Auction, sold this rare 1911 for over $40,000.

Gun Collecting: Auction Posts 4.7 Million in Sales

Rock Island Auction Company’s popular summer Regional Firearms Auction once again exceeds expectations by surmounting the sales high estimate by nearly $200,000 posting $4.7 million dollars in sales.