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

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


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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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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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