In 1836, Colt formed the Patent Arms Company. His first product was a ring-lever repeating rifle. The ring acted as a cocking lever to advance the cylinder between shots.
By Chris Cox, NRA-ILA
This year’s election is going to define the future of our freedom, perhaps more than any other in our history. For gun owners, there are a number of areas crucial to the survival of our Second Amendment rights. That’s why I took the time to visit with Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, to find out precisely where he stands on the issues of concern to gun owners.
It’s not often the owner of a firearm featuring the work of one of the 19th Century master engravers is willing to let it go. It normally happens through some human calamity—death, divorce or financial crisis. No matter the reason when one of these pieces of history does hit the open market, the demand is high and the bidding is frenzied. If you plan on adding a piece of work from a revered engraver such as Gustave Young, Conrad F. Ulrich or Louis Nimschke, you might want to start by making sure you have up to $100K in spare change lying around.
The Firearms Division of James D. Julia Inc., consistently conducts some of the highest-grossing firearms auctions in the world. On March 12 & 13, 2012, James D. Julia, Inc. established a new high-water mark in the world of Firearms auctions. That spectacular sale grossed just under $18 Million which made it the highest grossing single event Firearms Auction ever conducted (a record previously set by Julia’s in 2008 at $12.8 million).
A few years ago, Diamondback Firearms entered the compact carry market with the successful introduction of the DB380. It followed that up with one of—if not the—smallest 9 mms to hit the market. In fact, about the only difference between the two is the slightly increased size of the DB9 required to accommodate the larger 9 mm cartridge.
We’ve all seen the reality shows with pickers on the road looking to find a hidden gem from an unwitting seller who doesn’t know what the real value of what he owns. The picker negotiates and looks to turn a profit on the sale—somewhat at the expense of the seller. This is a game where knowledge is king.
At a recent behind the scenes tour of the Rock Island Auction Company, my guide was called away and