Rock Island Auctions Debuts “Ready, Aim, Sold” TV Program

Rock Island Auctions Debuts “Ready, Aim, Sold” TV Program

What do you get when you mix family, firearms and millions of dollars of business?


The father son team of Pat and Kevin Hogan show the world what it takes to turn a passion for history and collecting into an industry leading company based right out of the QCA. This November 29th, Pat, Kevin and Rock Island Auction Company will be the feature of a new pilot episode on Discovery Channel about everything that goes into firearms auctioning.

Each year Rock Island Auction Company auctions off more than 20,000 firearms, each of which has its own history. Whether it was presented to the Sultan of Turkey, the first gun off the Colt assembly line, or grandpa’s sidearm from WWII, each gun has its story, and its price.

Collectors from around the world make their way to the Quad Cities five times a year for their chance to take home their own piece of history, some paying close to a half million dollars for a single gun. And that’s only half the story.

The show sheds light to what happens before each auction. The challenges of finding firearms to bring to auction, researching their history, and meeting the collectors, their stories, and what drives them to bid are brought to the public’s eye. All while mixing in a bit of education on what makes a firearm that has been sitting in a closet for 30 years worth $125,000 or rifle thought to be $300,000 less than $40,000.

Premieres Tuesday, November 29 at 10PM e/p on Discovery Channel

Source: Rock Island Auctions

Recommended books for gun collectors:

Standard Catalog of Firearms, 20112011 Standard Catalog of Firearms, 21st Edition.

Gun Digest 2012, 66th Edition

The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2011

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