Photo Gallery: A Peek at RIA’s First Premier Firearms Auction of 2015



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Test Luger Pistol

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An interesting opportunity for Luger fans, a completely original U.S. Model 1902 DWM "Cartridge Counter" Pistol. These Lugers were tested by the U.S. Army and are pictured in the book Lugers at Random. As discussed in the text, these rare Lugers feature the Powell Indicating Device on the left side of the grip, which keeps track of available ammunition. This particular mode is extremely hard to find, since exactly 50 were ever produced. These Lugers have the United States "American Eagle'' crest on the top of the chamber, a short fat barrel configuration, flat/recessed breech bolt, dished toggles with the toggle lock on the right side, grip safety and first model thumb safety lever, and unmarked and correctly blued lower frame/safety area. Expected Price: $45,000-65,000.

Rock Island Auction Company is gearing up for its first premiere firearms auction of 2015 and the April 24-26 event is shaping up to be a doozy.

The Illinois-based auction house will have over 2,700 firearms and 3,000 lots crossing the block. As always some of the most historic firearm manufacturers will be part of the event, with RIA ready to auction off more than 500 Colts, 400 Winchesters and 300 military arms.

The auction will be highlighted by four incredible collections that should leave rare-gun fanatics' tongues hanging.

The Gene Smith military collection is certain to prick up the ears of German military arms aficionados. RIA has featured guns from this encyclopedic collection in the past and have had a huge response from those hungry for rare and historic arms.

April will be bittersweet in one respect, it will feature the final installment of the iconic Ralph Shattuck collection. Described as a “dream collection,” Shattuck had an unmatched catalog of Lugers, Mauser and Borchardts.

Those who have a taste for 7.65mm pistols will be left drooling over Dr. Joel Glovsky’s collection. Dr. Glovsky is renown for the most complete collection of the German-born caliber, amassing rare prototypes, tool-room samples and test models in 60 year of chasing these pistols.

Finally, RIA will host part two of the William Baird collection. Filled with Colt revolvers of every stripe, collectors who yearn for historic American wheelguns won’t get enough.

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