Rock Island Auction Company’s December 2013 Premiere Firearms Auction is showing some pretty impressive wares for all types of collectors. The first day of the auction has over 770 lots where the low estimate is $2,000 or less. This of course is in addition to its regular selection of amazing, one-of-a-kind collector and investment grade firearms. Below are a few highlights of both the phenomenal and the affordable.
Desirable Colt model 1874 Gatling Gun with Field Carriage
Estimate: $95,000 – $160,000
This new model marked the beginning of the collector named “Classic Gatlings.” The Model 1874 offered several improvements over earlier versions, namely that of reduced size and weight, and the ability to accept new drum magazines via an improved feed hopper. The bolts were smaller than on previous Gatling guns which allowed the entire gun to be downsized. The new drum magazines interfered with traditional centered Gatling gun sights so the sights were relocated to the right arm The Model 1874 was made in an 18-inch barrel variation (Camel Gun) and 32-inch barrels (musket length), as this example has. The gun measures 49 inches overall, weighs approximately 200 pounds without the carriage, and fires the .45-70 government caliber round.
Cased Consecutively Serialized Pair of Colt Single Action Army Revolvers Presented to Sitting U.S. President Ronald Reagan
Estimate: $150,000 – $250,000
These historic, fully-documented, cased and consecutively-serialized pair of Colt Single Action Army Revolvers was presented to sitting U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The offering comes complete with exquisite the tooled presentation holster rig and important gold and silver presentation presidential belt buckle. These revolvers were presented to the sitting 40th president by famed quick draw artist, holster manufacturer, and Hollywood firearms consultant Arvo Ojala. They are accompanied by one of Ojala’s own leather holster rigs, which has been meticulous tooled and designed. It is capped by a solid gold and silver presentation belt buckle that is just as spectacularly designed as the rig. The pistols themselves are nickel finished, consecutively serialized, and feature engraving on each backstrap that reads, “PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN/PRESENTED BY ARVO OJALA.” These revolvers also come with a signed thank you letter from Reagan to Ojala as well as a letter from then Colt Vice President D.W. Davis to Ojala relaying his elation of the gift and Reagan’s acceptance thereof.
Allin System (a.k.a. “Trapdoor”) Rifles
Price Range: $800 – $32,500
The comprehensive collection of Trapdoor Rifles is impressive in its focus. Every caliber, barrel length, and ramrod bayonet that was put into production is present. Excellent and early 1968 models are represented as well as rare officer’s models, experimental calibers, and several Custer Era weapons. If you collect Trapdoor rifles, this will definitely help you fill any holes remaining in your collection.
The Jerry Bowe Collection
Lot: Most lots between 1808 – 1878
Price Range: $800 – $15,000
The Jerry Bowe Collection was so large it had to be sold in parts throughout several auctions. His collection featured amazing Colt revolvers in immaculate condition of almost any variety one could imagine: engraved, gold inlaid, cased, pairs, commemorative, blued, nickel-plated, ivory grips, pearl grips, factory lettered, and more. This is the final installment of this collection and it provides some of those coveted variations at some very reasonable estimates. Colt collectors you have been put on notice. Day 2 of this auction will bring some very nice Colt revolvers to market.
Winchester Model 70
Price Range: $900 – $75,000
A true classic. This legendary rifle known for its out-of-the-box accuracy celebrated its 75th anniversary last year and has served hunters and servicemen for decades, despite never being a standard service rifle. Its accuracy, durability, and dependability have kept in shooters’ high esteem for decades. The December 2013 Premiere Auction will have over 70 of these beloved rifles for sale in a wide variety of calibers, finishes, stocks, scopes, grades, weights, and cases from both before and after 1964.
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