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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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VINTAGE CROSMAN PELLET PISTOL
May 29, 11:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE CROSMAN PELLET PISTOL
by White's Auctions
Est: $160- $250
$1505 Bids
NIB GERMAN SPORT GUNS M1911 22LR PISTOL HANDGUN
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
NIB GERMAN SPORT GUNS M1911 22LR PISTOL HANDGUN
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $250- $350
$1604 Bids
POST WAR CZECH VZ 52 SEMI AUTO PISTOL 7.62 X 25 MM
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
POST WAR CZECH VZ 52 SEMI AUTO PISTOL 7.62 X 25 MM
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $250- $450
$903 Bids
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A Liège 80-Bore Percussion Box-Lock Pocket Pistol
May 25, 10:30 AM BST
A Liège 80-Bore Percussion Box-Lock Pocket Pistol
by Bonhams
Est: £0- £0
£51 Bid
(2 Pc) 19th Cent. Belgian ELG Derringer Pistols
May 31, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) 19th Cent. Belgian ELG Derringer Pistols
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
A 19TH CENTURY MINIATURE STARTING PISTOL
May 27, 10:00 AM BST
A 19TH CENTURY MINIATURE STARTING PISTOL
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £80- £120
£400 Bids
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A Cased Pair Of 150-Bore Percussion Box-Lock Pocket Pistols
May 25, 10:30 AM BST
A Cased Pair Of 150-Bore Percussion Box-Lock Pocket Pistols
by Bonhams
Est: £500- £700
£5000 Bids
A snaphance pistol signed Leoni and Razzoli
Jun 10, 10:00 AM CEST
A snaphance pistol signed Leoni and Razzoli
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €250- €350
€2400 Bids
A snaphance pistol signed Pietro Tomasi
Jun 10, 10:00 AM CEST
A snaphance pistol signed Pietro Tomasi
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €300- €450
€3000 Bids
A snaphance lock signed Agostino Selmi
Jun 10, 10:00 AM CEST
A snaphance lock signed Agostino Selmi
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €350- €550
€3400 Bids
An elegant snaphance 'Terzetta' pistol
Jun 10, 10:00 AM CEST
An elegant snaphance 'Terzetta' pistol
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €500- €700
€5000 Bids
An archaic snaphance pistol
Jun 10, 10:00 AM CEST
An archaic snaphance pistol
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €700- €1,000
€7000 Bids
A very scarce sword stick with pin fire pistol
Jun 10, 10:00 AM CEST
A very scarce sword stick with pin fire pistol
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
A fine double barrelled pin fire pistol by P. Berjat
Jun 10, 10:00 AM CEST
A fine double barrelled pin fire pistol by P. Berjat
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
A fine double-barreled pin fire pistol
Jun 10, 10:00 AM CEST
A fine double-barreled pin fire pistol
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €650- €850
€6500 Bids
An interesting full iron wheel lock pistol in the style of 1570/80
Jun 10, 10:00 AM CEST
An interesting full iron wheel lock pistol in the style of 1570/80
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,5000 Bids
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A Cased Pair Of 50-Bore Percussion D.B. Box-Lock Travelling Pistols
May 25, 10:30 AM BST
A Cased Pair Of 50-Bore Percussion D.B. Box-Lock Travelling Pistols
by Bonhams
Est: £1,500- £1,800
£1,5000 Bids
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A 50-Bore Percussion Over-And-Under Box-Lock Belt Pistol (5)
May 25, 10:30 AM BST
A 50-Bore Percussion Over-And-Under Box-Lock Belt Pistol (5)
by Bonhams
Est: £350- £450
£3500 Bids
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An Unwin & Rodgers Percussion Knife-Pistol Of Small Bore
May 25, 10:30 AM BST
An Unwin & Rodgers Percussion Knife-Pistol Of Small Bore
by Bonhams
Est: £350- £450
£3500 Bids
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A Cased Pair Of Fine 50-Bore Percussion Over-And-Under Box-Lock Travelling Pistols
May 25, 10:30 AM BST
A Cased Pair Of Fine 50-Bore Percussion Over-And-Under Box-Lock Travelling Pistols
by Bonhams
Est: £3,000- £4,000
£3,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pistols - General


Bonhams

Bonhams

Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited