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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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Flobert Paris 6mm Single Shot Rimfire Parlor Pistol
Mar 01, 9:00 AM PST
Flobert Paris 6mm Single Shot Rimfire Parlor Pistol
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $200- $500
$1005 Bids
A 6mm (VELODOG) FIVE-SHOT HAMMERLESS POCKET REVOLVER, UNSIGNED, serial no. 1592,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A 6mm (VELODOG) FIVE-SHOT HAMMERLESS POCKET REVOLVER, UNSIGNED, serial no. 1592,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £250- £350
£2400 Bids
A RARE 7mm PINFIRE PLIERS PATENT POCKET REVOLVER, serial no. 638,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A RARE 7mm PINFIRE PLIERS PATENT POCKET REVOLVER, serial no. 638,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
A SCARCE 12mm PINFIRE COMBLAIN PATENT SERVICE-STYLE REVOLVER, serial no. 2253,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A SCARCE 12mm PINFIRE COMBLAIN PATENT SERVICE-STYLE REVOLVER, serial no. 2253,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
ANTIQUE Connecticut Arms Bulldog .44 Cal Rimfire Single Shot Pistol
Mar 01, 9:00 AM PST
ANTIQUE Connecticut Arms Bulldog .44 Cal Rimfire Single Shot Pistol
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
A RARE .360 (No.5) CHARLES LANCASTER FOUR-BARRELLED SELF-COCKING PISTOL, serial no. 8572,
Mar 26, 10:00 AM GMT
A RARE .360 (No.5) CHARLES LANCASTER FOUR-BARRELLED SELF-COCKING PISTOL, serial no. 8572,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£2,0000 Bids
Connecticut Arms & Mfg. Co. Bulldog Single Shot Pistol
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Connecticut Arms & Mfg. Co. Bulldog Single Shot Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $400- $700
$3500 Bids
A 12mm PINFIRE FASSIN RONGE PATENT REVOLVER RETAILED BY BERTONNET, BUENOS AYRES, serial no. 29,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A 12mm PINFIRE FASSIN RONGE PATENT REVOLVER RETAILED BY BERTONNET, BUENOS AYRES, serial no. 29,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £250- £350
£2400 Bids
A SCARCE 7.65X25mm (BORCHARDT) DWM C93 SYSTEM BORCHARDT PATENT SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL, serial no. 1800,
Mar 26, 10:00 AM GMT
A SCARCE 7.65X25mm (BORCHARDT) DWM C93 SYSTEM BORCHARDT PATENT SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL, serial no. 1800,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£4,0000 Bids
Belgian Rimfire Pistol
Mar 07, 12:00 PM GMT
Belgian Rimfire Pistol
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £100- £140
£900 Bids
Antique Connecticut Arms "Bulldog" 44 RF Spur Trigger Pistol
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
Antique Connecticut Arms "Bulldog" 44 RF Spur Trigger Pistol
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $350- $550
$1750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Handguns


Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

TimeLine Auctions

TimeLine Auctions