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Antique Handguns

There are millions of gun collectors in the world, and some of the most passionate focus on antique varieties. Antique handguns for sale at auction offer models that have stood the test of time.

In colonial America, many of the few who owned handguns had to rely on flintlock pistols which employed a simple ignition system. By the American Civil War, revolvers by the likes of Colt, Remington, Derringer, and Repeating Arms were de riguer. The latter part of the 19th century brought double-action revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, including the cowboy-friendly Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 revolver and the German Luger Parabellum.

Advances in technology opened the world of weapons to unexpected innovations, but the origin of many later developments in handguns can be traced to their antique predecessors. With a seemingly inexhaustible supply of antique handguns to choose from, gun collectors find no shortage of desirable and interesting objects to add to their cases.


Quick Facts

  • In 1987, Adolf Hitler's engraved golden 7.65 mm Walther PP pistol sold for $114,000. It is believed to have been used by the infamous leader to commit suicide. Its worth is now estimated in the millions
  • At a 2013 Little John's Antique Arms auction, the .44-caliber Smith & Wesson used to end the life of outlaw Jesse James sold for $350,000
  • A Colt Whitneyville-Walker pistol once owned by Texas Ranger Sam Wilson sold at auction in 2008 for an unbelievable sum of $920,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Sharps 4 Barrel Pistol.
Oct 15, 10:30 AM PDT
Sharps 4 Barrel Pistol.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $80- $120
$1003 Bids
French Le Faucheux M1858 12mm Pinfire Revolver
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
French Le Faucheux M1858 12mm Pinfire Revolver
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$4752 Bids
WEBLEY & SCOTT Mk III* FLARE PISTOL, 1918
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
WEBLEY & SCOTT Mk III* FLARE PISTOL, 1918
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
Frank Wesson Pistol.
Oct 15, 10:30 AM PDT
Frank Wesson Pistol.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $150- $200
$801 Bid
EARLY BOARDING PISTOL
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
EARLY BOARDING PISTOL
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
GERMAN PARLOR GUN, 6MM
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
GERMAN PARLOR GUN, 6MM
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
MENTA 7.65 PISTOL BY AUGUST MENZ OF SUHL
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
MENTA 7.65 PISTOL BY AUGUST MENZ OF SUHL
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $250- $400
$1301 Bid
New Haven Arms Co. Navy Lever Action Pistol.
Oct 15, 10:30 AM PDT
New Haven Arms Co. Navy Lever Action Pistol.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Lebel revolver
Oct 14, 3:00 PM UYT
Lebel revolver
by Zorrilla Subastas
Est: $100- $150
$800 Bids
** Marbles Model 1908A Game Getter Combination Gun with Original Holster & Marbles #3 Pocket Safety Axe
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
** Marbles Model 1908A Game Getter Combination Gun with Original Holster & Marbles #3 Pocket Safety Axe
by Cowan's Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2000 Bids
A GOOD 12mm (PINFIRE) REVOLVER WITH CHAUBERT PATENT FOLDING BAYONET, serial no. 17,
Nov 21, 10:00 AM GMT
A GOOD 12mm (PINFIRE) REVOLVER WITH CHAUBERT PATENT FOLDING BAYONET, serial no. 17,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £800- £1,200
£8000 Bids
A RARE TWENTY-SHOT OVER-UNDER 7mm (PINFIRE) LEFAUCHEUX PATENT REVOLVER SIGNED FRANCOTTE, serial no.127749,
Nov 21, 10:00 AM GMT
A RARE TWENTY-SHOT OVER-UNDER 7mm (PINFIRE) LEFAUCHEUX PATENT REVOLVER SIGNED FRANCOTTE, serial no.127749,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£1,5000 Bids
A 9mm (PINFIRE) TWELVE-SHOT REVOLVER OF LEFAUCHEUX STYLE, no visible serial number,
Nov 21, 10:00 AM GMT
A 9mm (PINFIRE) TWELVE-SHOT REVOLVER OF LEFAUCHEUX STYLE, no visible serial number,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
MOORES PATENT SEVEN SHOOTER BELT REVOLVER
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
MOORES PATENT SEVEN SHOOTER BELT REVOLVER
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $800- $1,500
$4000 Bids
STUNNING BRASS & IVORY ENGRAVED PINFIRE REVOLVER
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
STUNNING BRASS & IVORY ENGRAVED PINFIRE REVOLVER
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $1,500- $1,800
$7000 Bids
MODDEL 1868 GALAND SPORTSMAN REVOLVER WITH STOCK
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
MODDEL 1868 GALAND SPORTSMAN REVOLVER WITH STOCK
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$3,0000 Bids
BELGIAN NOVO FOLDING GRIP REVOLVER BY D.D. OURY
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
BELGIAN NOVO FOLDING GRIP REVOLVER BY D.D. OURY
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,5000 Bids
JOHN PRATT EDINBURGH MID 19TH CENT. TARGET PISTOL
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
JOHN PRATT EDINBURGH MID 19TH CENT. TARGET PISTOL
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,0000 Bids
Ladies garter pistol, L 13 cm.
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Ladies garter pistol, L 13 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
FROMMER STOP PISTOL, .32 ACP
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
FROMMER STOP PISTOL, .32 ACP
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
CASED MOORES TEAT FIRE REVOLVER
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
CASED MOORES TEAT FIRE REVOLVER
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$1,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Handguns


Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Turner Auctions + Appraisals

Turner Auctions + Appraisals