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Rock Island Auction is Selling over 6,000 Guns!

Quality, Quantity, and Value Come Together at Rock Island Auction Company’s June 29 – July 1 Regional Firearms Auction

Rock Island Auction Company will auction off over 6,000 firearms over three days on June 29 – July 1. Something for every level of firearms enthusiast will cross the block. The auction giant will sell antique Colts, Winchesters, Smith & Wesson’s, as well as new in the box shotguns, target rifles and sporting pistols. As hard as it is to narrow this list down, here is a list of some of the most interesting lots scheduled to cross the block.

Cold Model 1860
Colt Model 1860

Lot Number 4078. Factory Engraved Colt Model 1860

This factory engraved Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver manufactured in 1863, has a small “E” stamped next to the serial number on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, and black strap. Colt engraved the barrel, frame, trigger guard, and back strap with Germanic style scrollwork on a punch-dot background, and engraved the hammer with a wolf’s head motif. This coverage approximates what Colt later designated level A engraving. The top of the barrel is marked with the U.S. America address with COLTS/PATENT on the left side of the frame. Colt stamped the Crown/V and P proofs on the left side of the barrel ahead of the wedge and alternating on each cylinder chamber. The full serial number, 136264, is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, and back strap, and the partial number 6264 on the wedge and arbor pin.

Pre-Auction Estimate $5,000-10,000
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WWII German K98 Mauser Turret Style Sniper Rifle
WWII German K98 Mauser Turret Style Sniper Rifle

Lot Number 2206. WWII German K98 Mauser Turret Style Sniper Rifle

The German military selected the K98 Mauser rifles due to their excellent accuracy during factory tests. The German military retrofitted them with telescopic sights to use them as sniper rifles. Karabiner 98k sniper rifles had an effective range up to 1,000 meters (1,094 yards) when used by a skilled sniper. Since designers didn’t make the K98 readily compatible with telescopic sights, the guns required gunsmithing in order to mount the scopes on the weapons.

Pre-Auction Estimate $2,500-4,500
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Early Pre-War Colt Model 1911 Commercial Government Model
Early Pre-War Colt Model 1911 Commercial Government Model

Lot Number 2859. Early Pre-War Colt Model 1911 Commercial Government Model

The M1911 pistol emerged in the late 1890s as the result of a search for a suitable self-loading handgun. The military needed to replace the variety of revolvers then in service. The United States of America was adopting new firearms at a phenomenal rate; several new handguns and two all-new service rifles, as well as a series of revolvers by Colt and Smith & Wesson for the Army and Navy, were adopted just in that decade. The next decade would see a similar pace, including the adoption of several more revolvers and an intensive search for a self-loading pistol that culminated in the official adoption of the M1911 after the turn of the decade.

Pre-Auction Estimate $1,800-2,750
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Heckler & Koch Model 93
Heckler & Koch Model 93

Lot Number 210. Heckler & Koch Model 93 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Three Extra Magazines

In the mid to late 1960s, Heckler & Koch developed the HK33, a scaled down version of the Heckler & Koch G3, but chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO. The HK33 entered production in 1968. In 1974, a semi-automatic version of the HK33 surfaced and HK designated it the HK43. According to H&K’s numbering nomenclature, the 4 indicates that the weapon is a paramilitary rifle, and the 3 indicates that the caliber is .223. HK originally sold the 43s with 25 round steel magazines. Of the approximately 377 HK43s produced, some researchers estimate that the United States imported about 200 in 1974. It is not entirely clear why Heckler & Koch re-designated the HK43 as the HK93 later in 1974. Part of the reason could have been to change the public’s perception of the rifle from a paramilitary-type weapon to a semi-automatic sporting rifle. After 1975, Heckler & Koch took over their own U.S. importation, which might have prompted the change in name to HK93. In any case, the HK43 and the HK93 are nearly identical and all the parts are interchangeable.

Pre-Auction Estimate $2,250-3,500
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Walther G22
Walther G22

Lot Number 216. Walther G22 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Scope and Case

The Walther G22 is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in the popular .22 Long Rifle cartridge. It is of bullpup design and constructed of polymer and steel. Like most bullpup designs, left-handed shooters cannot fire the gun from the left hand due to the proximity of the ejection port and bolt handle to the shooter’s face. However, Walther designed the stock so that the ejection port and cocking handle can switch to the other side for left-handed shooters. A spare magazine, held by friction, is stored inside the polymer stock behind the magazine well.

Pre-Auction Estimate $1,500-2,000
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Comments (16)

  1. I have a 1777 flintlock musket in great condition produced by the royale french armory.the gun is marked with”4us g”. it also has the initials IG etched in the stock along with the masonic compass.beneath the us symbol it has the date1814. the musket is very fine condition,slot screws are excellant and the wood edges are crisp.I also have a charles curry 87battery st. san francisco double barrel 10ga muzzelloaderserial no.4457damascusbarrels produced in saN FRANCISCO BETWEEN1852 AND1860. In addition I have a belgum made double damascus barrel 410 ga shotgun.I am very interesred in selling. please email your thoughts or call at 209 852 9255 thanks Orb

  2. Not even the Pres intended for change like this; Cheaper than Dirt. My Cheaper than Dirt, has listed in their catalog (on line & mail catalog), ORANGE AND YELLOW HANDGUNS! Are we now going to furnish guns to the Gay Pride groups? I am a bit taken back…, mercy me.

  3. Yes, prices are rising because the demand is very high. Depending on the gun you are looking for, many are sold out.
    These however are higher end collectables. I don’t have a need for them. -:) But those of you who have more money than you know what to do with. Go for it!

  4. I don’t know why, but it seems to me that people want more for used guns than for new. Example, about 2 months ago on a couple of days there was a Chiappa Rhino 200D up for sale new in an on-line gun store; price ~ $595. Now that same store wants over $700 for the same model gun used! How do you figure it? I look at online gun auctions & note how they seem to sell their used guns for more than new price. It seems crazy to me.

  5. The starting price of 1/2 the low price is too high, especially if they plan to sell some of those real junky ones. If it’s an auction, they should start off at $1. I think they will be left holding a lot of them.

  6. Cheaper than whose dirt? Must be gold, not dirt. Looks like the only ones that’ll be bidding will be the collectors and the wealthy. So unless you do lay-a-way, it won’t be me…

  7. With this economy I can not spend thousands of dollars on a gun. I’m going to sell my Winchester 97 and stevens model 35, but since I will be selling for some where in the hundreds even if I sell both I still can’t afford to buy one more gun. How do I get to where I can buy something some where? I’ve got good quality registered Paint horses no one wants to trade, what can I do?

  8. I am an NRA and WAC member and Collector of Remington 870 Wingmasters in all gauges and Winchester Model 12,s in all gauges and Winchester Model 97,s in all gauges.Please send me a list of al “In Box” shotguns up for auction so I may make a bid.
    Thank You

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