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Pistols - General

Samuel Colt's perfection of the previously overlooked pistol in the 1840s forever changed the course of firearms development. With the advent of the revolver came the rise of military use and individual ownership of handguns, altering the course of arms development on a global scale.

Thanks to Colt and a number of later pioneers in the firearms industry, especially prolific gun designer John M. Browning, millions of people around the globe succumbed to the lure of the sidearm. The end-of-the-century handgun craze helped grease the gears of industrial production and technological innovation as manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe devised new ways to speed up and standardize production, making handheld weapons more accurate and efficient.

Since the modern design of semi-automatic pistols more than 100 years ago, they have become embedded in the fabric of the United States. Pistols are now as representative of American culture as the universally recognized stars and stripes of Old Glory.


Quick Facts

  • In a 2014 Rock Island Auction sale, a Deutsche Ortgies 6.35 mm semi-auto pistol given to Eva Braun by Adolf Hitler sold for $54,625
  • The finest known historical example Bulgarian 7-shot Georg Luger prototype pistol sold at a 2014 Rock Island Auction sale for $161,000
  • In a 2011 Bonhams auction, a cased factory-engraved New Haven Arms Volcanic No. 1 lever action pistol sold for $19,890, topping its $8,000 to $12,000 estimate

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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
ACP M1911-A1 FS 22XT .22 MRF
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
ACP M1911-A1 FS 22XT .22 MRF
by Accurate Gun Auctions
Est: $20- $20,000
$2504 Bids
Armi Tanfoglio GT 32 .32 AUTO
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
Armi Tanfoglio GT 32 .32 AUTO
by Accurate Gun Auctions
Est: $20- $20,000
$1104 Bids
Hi Standard Model B .22
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Hi Standard Model B .22
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
Taurus PT1911 .45 ACP
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Taurus PT1911 .45 ACP
by Summit Gun Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1502 Bids
Hi Standard H-D Military .22 LR
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Hi Standard H-D Military .22 LR
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Est: $0- $0
$402 Bids
Pistolet système Jarre 1er type dit « Harmonica », à broche, dix coups, calibre 7 mm.
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
Pistolet système Jarre 1er type dit « Harmonica », à broche, dix coups, calibre 7 mm.
by Osenat
Est: €2,000- €2,500
€1,8002 Bids
TISAS M1911 A1 SEMI AUTO .45 ACP PISTOL NIB
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
TISAS M1911 A1 SEMI AUTO .45 ACP PISTOL NIB
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $600- $1,000
$1501 Bid
Norinco TT-Olympia .22 LR Competition Target Pistol & Box
Mar 01, 9:00 AM PST
Norinco TT-Olympia .22 LR Competition Target Pistol & Box
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Tower of London Pistol
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Tower of London Pistol
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Norinco Type 54 7.62 Tokarev Semi Auto Pistol
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
Norinco Type 54 7.62 Tokarev Semi Auto Pistol
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $250- $350
$1251 Bid
Ottoman Afghan Inlaid British Dragoon Pistol
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Ottoman Afghan Inlaid British Dragoon Pistol
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $400- $600
$101 Bid
RIA M1911-A1 FS 45 ACP Semi Auto Pistol
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
RIA M1911-A1 FS 45 ACP Semi Auto Pistol
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $450- $550
$2250 Bids
PISTOLET COUTEAU DE POCHE A PERCUSSION UN COUP. Canon rond lisse. Chien b
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
PISTOLET COUTEAU DE POCHE A PERCUSSION UN COUP. Canon rond lisse. Chien b
by Osenat
Est: €800- €1,200
€6000 Bids
PISTOLET SYSTEME JARRE 1ER TYPE DIT « HARMONICA », A BROCHE, SIX COUPS, CAL
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CET
PISTOLET SYSTEME JARRE 1ER TYPE DIT « HARMONICA », A BROCHE, SIX COUPS, CAL
by Osenat
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€8000 Bids
Norinco Model TT-Olympia Semi-Automatic Pistol
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Norinco Model TT-Olympia Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $200- $400
$1800 Bids
Two Tisas ZIG M1911 Semi-Automatic Pistols
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Two Tisas ZIG M1911 Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $700- $1,200
$6000 Bids
A .177 WESTLEY RICHARDS HIGHEST POSSIBLE AIR-PISTOL, serial no. 919, in a later case,
Mar 25, 10:00 AM GMT
A .177 WESTLEY RICHARDS HIGHEST POSSIBLE AIR-PISTOL, serial no. 919, in a later case,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
Norinco Model 54-1 Semi-Automatic Pistol
Mar 06, 9:00 AM CST
Norinco Model 54-1 Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $250- $450
$2000 Bids
Rock Island Arsenal M15 GO251 General Officer Pistol, Uniform and Grouping
Mar 02, 9:00 AM PST
Rock Island Arsenal M15 GO251 General Officer Pistol, Uniform and Grouping
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $9,000- $13,000
$4,5000 Bids
RIA M1911-A1 CS 45 ACP Semi Auto Pistol
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
RIA M1911-A1 CS 45 ACP Semi Auto Pistol
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $400- $500
$2000 Bids
Norinco Type 54 7.62 Tokarev Semi Auto Pistol
Mar 02, 1:00 PM CST
Norinco Type 54 7.62 Tokarev Semi Auto Pistol
by Vogt Galleries Texas
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
An interesting miquelet lock pistol
Mar 21, 2:00 PM CET
An interesting miquelet lock pistol
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €700- €1,000
€7000 Bids
Recoilless pistol
Mar 15, 3:00 PM UYT
Recoilless pistol
by Zorrilla Subastas
Est: $50- $100
$400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pistols - General


Zorrilla Subastas

Zorrilla Subastas

Vogt Galleries Texas

Vogt Galleries Texas

Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

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