Rock Island Auction is famous for bringing out the best in historically significant firearms. On September 7-9, they are having the most anticipated auction in their history. Some very interesting guns will cross the auction block and we can’t wait to see what they bring in.
Bob Dalton’s Black Powder Colt Single Action Army We can’t imagine owning such a rich piece of history. Any original Single Action Army would be amazing, but the actual one that locals took off the dead body of a real western outlaw—now that is impressive. The gun comes with an incredible amount of documentation including pictures, newspaper clippings, and other information surrounding the famous Coffeyville raid where several members of the Dalton Gang perished in a shootout with the townspeople.
Buntline Special An original Colt Buntline Special is also up for grabs. This is an extremely rare, totally original example of a Colt Single Action Army Revolver with 16-inch barrel, special front and rear sights and attachable factory stock. Popularly known as the Buntline Special, this revolver is complete with two Colt factory letters dated 1969 and 1970. The factory letters describe the revolver as .45 caliber with 16-inch barrel and blue finish.
WWII FN 1935 This is an interesting lot. A Nazi proofed World War II FN 1935. FN Herstal manufactured this gun in 1940-45 with blade front and fixed rear sights. Standard three-line maker’s marks and patent on the left side of the slide with “WaA140” Nazi proofs on the slide and frame. The machining is less than perfect indicating late in the period manufacturing. It features matching serial numbers on the barrel slide and frame. Serrated ring hammer, smooth trigger, unslotted back strap and they fitted it with checkered hardwood grips.
Inland T3 Carbine This is an excellent example of an original very late WWII production, Inland T3 carbine. It is complete with an original M2 infrared sniper scope and accessories. This M2 scope is the original first model Infrared Sniper scope the military developed in early to mid-1944 that saw action in late 1944 for use with the original WWII T3 carbine. These T3 carbine and M2 infrared scope rigs are rare and the military only produced about 1 thousand of them. After WWII, the U.S. government demilitarized the vast majority of the T3 carbines by torch, cutting through the receiver. However, this example is all-original and has the correct uncut T3 receiver.
Johnson Semi-Automatic This is a very desirable Johnson semi-automatic rifle. The manufacturer developed these guns in the late 1930s and intended them to compete with the M1 Garand for U.S. military contracts. The U.S. Army did not adopt these rifles. However, the Marine Corps Raider and Parachute Battalions in the early Makin Island, Guadalcanal, and Tulagi Island hopping campaigns in the Pacific subsequently used them. These rifles employed several unique features such as the rotary magazine, which allowed reloading at any time, a recoiling barrel that started the cycling of the rifle. The unique takedown barrel allowed them to be stowed in a parachute jump bag. The rifle receiver is unique in that it is a one-piece casting with an integral perforated front heat shield.
Winchester High Wall Schuetzen This is an exceptional example of a late pattern Winchester High Wall Schuetzen style off-hand target rifle that features an attached Winchester A5 target scope. Winchester manufactured this rifle some time after 1915. However, the specific date cannot be determined, as the manufacturer’s records do not identify it. This rifle features a full octagon, #4 heavy weight target barrel, that has the standard factory markings of MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. and caliber 32-40 markings both offset to the side of the barrel. To allow the mounting of the scope block directly on the top flat of the barrel. The Winchester firing proofs are directly in front of the rear scope base. The barrel is fitted with a Winchester pattern globe front sight that is adjustable for windage. The rear sight dovetail contains an unmarked blank plate and the rifle is currently fitted with a tang mounted, Winchester pattern, and mid-range vernier target peep sight.