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Guns & Firearms

Guns & Firearms

Following World War II, collecting firearms became a popular trend, especially antique cartridge firearms. American guns and firearms have become one of the fastest growing collectible categories at auction since the 1950s.

The Antique Gun Auction Market

The prices for antique guns have risen over time due to the lack of supply. Prices also vary depending on what is in popular demand. For instance, certain manufacturers, like Colt and Winchester Repeating Arms Company, are consistently sought after at gun auctions.

The Types of Firearms For Sale at Auction

Generally speaking, firearms are divided into one of two very broad categories based on their size:

Handguns

Pistols: These smaller firearms are designed to be used in one hand. The most common actions are the single shot and semi-automatic.

Revolvers: Feature a revolving cylinder with more than one chamber and one or multiple barrels for firing.

Long Guns

Rifles: Crafted to be shot from the shoulder, featuring a barrel with grooves or “rifling” cut into the walls.

Shotguns: Sometimes referred to as scatterguns or pepper guns because of the shot pellets spread upon leaving the barrel.

Determining The Value of an Antique Firearm

The valuation process of guns begins with the make or model, which is most important to individuals who collect based on specialization. When building a collection of modern or antique firearms, buyers gravitate toward the quality of a maker’s products, the role a make or model has played in history, or the “aura of romance” surrounding a particular manufacturer. Other factors considered include its condition, provenance, rarity, and artistic appeal. Some firearms are prized more as art pieces for their fine engravings.

As gun and firearm values, market research, and publications grow, so too will collectors’ interest. Some antique firearms can sell for six-figure prices at auction, suggesting that this younger collecting interest has a bright and certain future.

Learn more from the Invaluable Guide to Antique and Collector Firearms.

Recommended Items at Auction

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PELLET P.....L & G.. CLEANING KIT
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
PELLET P.....L & G.. CLEANING KIT
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$5420 Bids
New in Box Glock 17 Blossom Pink 9mm Pistol
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
New in Box Glock 17 Blossom Pink 9mm Pistol
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $600- $800
$45018 Bids
Baikal IJ70-17AS .380 ACP
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
Baikal IJ70-17AS .380 ACP
by Accurate Gun Auctions
Est: $20- $20,000
$50016 Bids
VARIOUS AMMO ( FOID RULES APPLY)
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
VARIOUS AMMO ( FOID RULES APPLY)
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$3315 Bids
2260 Rounds of Mixed 5.56 & .223 Ammunition
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
2260 Rounds of Mixed 5.56 & .223 Ammunition
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $700- $800
$85014 Bids
Marlin 336D 30-30 WIN
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
Marlin 336D 30-30 WIN
by Accurate Gun Auctions
Est: $20- $20,000
$1,00013 Bids
1853 Enfield Tower Musket 1862 Dated Rifle
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
1853 Enfield Tower Musket 1862 Dated Rifle
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$60013 Bids
Beretta 92FS 9mm Para
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
Beretta 92FS 9mm Para
by Accurate Gun Auctions
Est: $20- $20,000
$90012 Bids
Kimber K6S Stainless Steel .357 mag Revolver
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Kimber K6S Stainless Steel .357 mag Revolver
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $750- $1,000
$40012 Bids
Glock 17 Constitutional Carry Flag 9mm Pistol
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Glock 17 Constitutional Carry Flag 9mm Pistol
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $500- $750
$25012 Bids
(4) .40 S&W & (4) 308 Rifle Ammo Magazines
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(4) .40 S&W & (4) 308 Rifle Ammo Magazines
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$7512 Bids
Sig Sauer P226 9mm Semi Auto Pistol
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
Sig Sauer P226 9mm Semi Auto Pistol
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $550- $650
$65011 Bids
SPRINGFIELD 1903-A3 RIFLE, 30-06, (422859)
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
SPRINGFIELD 1903-A3 RIFLE, 30-06, (422859)
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$17011 Bids
Colt PYTHON 357 357 MAG CTG
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
Colt PYTHON 357 357 MAG CTG
by Accurate Gun Auctions
Est: $20- $20,000
$90010 Bids
Navy Arms Replica Charleville Flintlock Pistol
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Navy Arms Replica Charleville Flintlock Pistol
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $400- $600
$18010 Bids
British Lovell's P42 Pattern 1842 Musket Rifle
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
British Lovell's P42 Pattern 1842 Musket Rifle
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$13010 Bids
Remington 40x US Govt Marked .308 Target Rifle
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Remington 40x US Govt Marked .308 Target Rifle
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$60010 Bids
Parker Hale Enfield 1853 musket BP .58
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
Parker Hale Enfield 1853 musket BP .58
by Accurate Gun Auctions
Est: $20- $20,000
$47510 Bids
SIG SAUER P226 Legion 9mmx19
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
SIG SAUER P226 Legion 9mmx19
by Accurate Gun Auctions
Est: $20- $20,000
$7759 Bids
CASED WINCHESTER PARKER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
CASED WINCHESTER PARKER DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,1509 Bids
1966 Custom engraved Colt Detective Special .38 Special 2" Double Action Revolver
Mar 01, 9:00 AM PST
1966 Custom engraved Colt Detective Special .38 Special 2" Double Action Revolver
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7509 Bids
ANTIQUE Sharps Model 2D Pepperbox .30 Cal Rimfire Pistol
Mar 01, 9:00 AM PST
ANTIQUE Sharps Model 2D Pepperbox .30 Cal Rimfire Pistol
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $400- $800
$4259 Bids
The John Wayne Armed Forces .45 Automatic
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
The John Wayne Armed Forces .45 Automatic
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$509 Bids
VARIOUS AMMO ( FOID RULES APPLY)
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
VARIOUS AMMO ( FOID RULES APPLY)
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$128 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Guns & Firearms


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Vogt Galleries Texas

Vogt Galleries Texas