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GSG Sturmgewehr 44 in .22LR: World War Classic Reborn as Fun Plinker

Grab this rifle and a surplus uniform, and you too can pretend to be a dashing Fatherland Security enforcer or an Eastern front Army hero. If playing a 1940s German is not to your taste, there’s always the option of playing the other side. Read this update on the prototype of STG-44 rifle in .22LR.

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Rock Island Auction Company’s July 2014 Regional Sale

Rock Island Auction Company is the world’s #1 auction company for firearms, bladed weapons and militaria. RIAC’s latest auction will include almost 7,000 firearms in over 3,000 lots. With the firearms market returning to a sense of normalcy, this is an excellent time to buy that special gun or lot of guns you have been dreaming about.

German MG-42 Machine Gun

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Art of the Gun: German MG-42 Machine Gun

May 2, 2014 is the first day of the spring auction at the Rock Island Auction Company. There are lots of historical, collectible, and beautiful firearms up for grabs this year, but this one caught my eye. Dubbed “Hitler’s Buzz Saw” by WWII soldiers, this German MG-42 medium machine gun was used by the Nazi forces throughout the second World War. The design was easily produced, innovative, and effective, the Allies copied much the weapon to create the M60 machine gun. The specimen on sale is outfitted to be used as an anti-aircraft weapon with a mount, anti-air sights, and optical sight.

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Rock Island Auction Company Regional Auction February 21-23, 2014

Rock Island Auction Company’s next Regional Firearms Auction takes place February 21-23, 2014. That means a lot of new hardware is going to find its way into new hands and homes. RIAC’s Regional Auction is not to be confused with its Premiere Auctions; the former is designed for shooters or beginning collectors, while the latter is for moderate to expert collectors or investors and are renowned for featuring some of the best and most collectable firearms available.

Cimarron Open Top revolver left side


Cimarron’s Open Top Revolver

While I do not recommend the single-action revolver as a front line defensive handgun, it is surprising how often it comes up in my training classes, or in conversation at the gun shop, that folks rely on these handguns. If the gun is reliable and well made, and the shooter is familiar with the action, they could do worse. Bob Campbell goes on to make his case for single actions and .45 Colt cartridge. What’s you opinion?

Model 1874 Gatling Gun


5 Guns for Cheaper Than Dirt

“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.” Read on…


The Mosin Nagant — A Must Own Rifle

The Mosin Nagant rifle has been produced in more quantities, over a longer period, than any other bolt-action rifle. The rifle deserves a book-length study. There are a number of tidbits of information that are helpful to the beginning shooter. Read this article to learn more.

Rare U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1875 Officer's Model Trapdoor Rifle, Late Type II


The History of the Springfield Trapdoor

The Springfield Trapdoor took its place in history despite the hesitation of those aware of the superiority of repeaters and magazine fed rifles. Although it didn’t see as much action as some more well known long guns, when you read the history, it has made a huge impact on the world.

No More M1 Garands


Keeping Surplus Military Weapons Off Our Streets?

President Obama’s latest Executive Action targets the importation of what is referred to as “military grade” weapons. This actions bars the importation of primarily WWII-era weapons such as the M1 Garand. The White House argues that some of these weapons end up ‘back on the street.’