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American Handguns

Although the number of gun manufacturers in the United States is far and reaching, the big two of the American firearms golden age are traditionally acknowledged to be Colt and Smith & Wesson. Ruger, a latecomer, made its own mark in a significant way.

Founded in 1836 by Samuel Colt to manufacture his patented six-shooter design, Colt produced important rifles, machine guns, and the iconic M1911 semi-automatic pistol, which was adopted and long used by the U.S. military. Smith and Wesson, whose handguns represent some of the most highly collectible pieces at auction, has been one of America's most valued firearms manufacturers since 1854. Today, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is the only full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, producing numerous variations of sought-after handguns including the SR1911.

American handguns are considered by many to be the best the world has to offer. There is no shortage of American-made offerings to choose from at arms auctions.


Quick Facts

  • An extremely rare Colt 1905 semi-automatic pistol sold at Christie's of London in 2004 for £16,730
  • In 2014, a lot consisting of a Colt Model 1911 pistol, Smith & Wesson sidearm, and medals and insignia belonging to WWI veteran Major Joseph Stockham sold at a James D. Julia auction for $11,500
  • In 2015 at James D. Julia sale, a Colt 1905 .45 semi auto with matching stock and holster from the Elmer Keither Collection sold for $29,325

Recommended Items at Auction

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Harrington & Richardson Arms Co .32 CAL Pistol
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Harrington & Richardson Arms Co .32 CAL Pistol
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$32515 Bids
Allen Pinfire Pistol with matching beaded holster
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Allen Pinfire Pistol with matching beaded holster
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2509 Bids
Apache Indian Pistol Rig
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Apache Indian Pistol Rig
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$3259 Bids
Beaded Indian Holster with J. Stevens .22 cal. Pistol
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Beaded Indian Holster with J. Stevens .22 cal. Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2759 Bids
Hi Point Mod JHP .45 ACP Pistol
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Hi Point Mod JHP .45 ACP Pistol
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$459 Bids
RUGER MARK IV LITE .22LR SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL NIB
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
RUGER MARK IV LITE .22LR SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL NIB
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $475- $600
$4257 Bids
cased Beaded Holster & Pistol Indian Gun with badge
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
cased Beaded Holster & Pistol Indian Gun with badge
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2006 Bids
Apache Tracker Deputy Gun Rigg
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Apache Tracker Deputy Gun Rigg
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2756 Bids
AUTO ORDNANCE 1911 "COLD DEAD HANDS" PISTOL NIB
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
AUTO ORDNANCE 1911 "COLD DEAD HANDS" PISTOL NIB
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2803 Bids
RUGER LCP MAX 380 SEMI AUTO SUB COMPACT PISTOL NIB
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
RUGER LCP MAX 380 SEMI AUTO SUB COMPACT PISTOL NIB
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $300- $500
$1103 Bids
TISAS M1911 A1 SEMI AUTO .45 ACP PISTOL NIB
May 01, 9:00 AM EDT
TISAS M1911 A1 SEMI AUTO .45 ACP PISTOL NIB
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $600- $1,000
$1903 Bids
MAGNUM RESEARCH 1911 G .45 PISTOL & KNIFE 1911
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
MAGNUM RESEARCH 1911 G .45 PISTOL & KNIFE 1911
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $650- $950
$1903 Bids
AMERICAN ARMS PX .22LR SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN ARMS PX .22LR SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $150
$503 Bids
SIG SAUER P238 .380 ACP SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
May 01, 9:00 AM EDT
SIG SAUER P238 .380 ACP SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $450- $600
$1202 Bids
FRANK WESSON 32 CAL TARGET PISTOL
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
FRANK WESSON 32 CAL TARGET PISTOL
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$202 Bids
WEBLEY ENFIELD NO 2 MK1 REVOLVER.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
WEBLEY ENFIELD NO 2 MK1 REVOLVER.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$902 Bids
MAGNUM RESEARCH 1911 SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
MAGNUM RESEARCH 1911 SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $600- $850
$1501 Bid
RUGER STANDARD SEMI-AUTO 22 CAL PISTOL.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
RUGER STANDARD SEMI-AUTO 22 CAL PISTOL.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Reising Target Pistol, first issue
May 15, 9:00 AM CEST
Reising Target Pistol, first issue
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€4800 Bids
Pair of Don King Contemporary Flintlock Kentucky Pistols
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Pair of Don King Contemporary Flintlock Kentucky Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,250- $3,500
$1,9000 Bids
U.S. Model 1911A1 National Match Pistol
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
U.S. Model 1911A1 National Match Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$2,5000 Bids
Nighthawk Custom GRP M1911 Pistol
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
Nighthawk Custom GRP M1911 Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,250- $3,750
$1,9000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Handguns


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

William Smith Auctions

William Smith Auctions

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC