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Rock Island Capitalizes on ‘Regional’ Sales, Offers Antiques and ‘Relics’ With Firearms

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Early first year production Colt Model 1860 Army Conversion Revolver with low three digit serial number.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill.  –  Rock Island Auction Company set a record for their February regional firearms auctions with more than $3.2 million sales. These regional sales can feature more than 2,000 lots of affordable antiques, beginning collector's items, usable sporting arms and many non-firearm lots. The firm is anticipating to continue its success July 16-17 when more than 2,100 lots will cross the block. The auction features more than 5,000 firearms. In addition to the excellent items in the auction, this will be the first Regional Auction at the new 86,000 square foot facility.

In addition to firearms, more than 4,400 items are classified as antique or curio and relic. True to its name, the sale offers collectors at least 700 sporting arms to include more than 200 Lugers, 500 Colts, 400 Winchesters and more than 700 military items.

Some of the featured items will include a deluxe first model 1873 documented copy of the iconic Winchester 1 of 1000; an early first year production Colt Model 1860 Army conversion revolver with low three digit serial number; a New Haven Arms Co. marked copy of a Henry lever action carbine; and a scarce Richmond Armory percussion carbine with rare and original sling.

Firearms from Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Remington, Browning, Marlin, Mauser, Savage, Stevens, Walther, Sharps, Parker Bros., Ithaca, Beretta, Springfield Armory and many more will be included. Additionally this auction will feature a significant assortment of edged weapons, ammunition, books, holsters, meerschaum pipes, firearms parts, gambling items and more.

Being less than a four hour drive from Minneapolis, Omaha, Des Moines, Kansas City, Topeka, Indianapolis, Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, RIAC makes a great central location for almost all major cities in the Midwest. The entire catalog is available online.

Recommended books for gun collectors:

2011 Standard Catalog of Firearms, 21st Edition.

Gun Digest 2011, 65th Edition

The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2010

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