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American Handguns

Although the number of gun manufacturers in the United States is far and reaching, the big two of the American firearms golden age are traditionally acknowledged to be Colt and Smith & Wesson. Ruger, a latecomer, made its own mark in a significant way.

Founded in 1836 by Samuel Colt to manufacture his patented six-shooter design, Colt produced important rifles, machine guns, and the iconic M1911 semi-automatic pistol, which was adopted and long used by the U.S. military. Smith and Wesson, whose handguns represent some of the most highly collectible pieces at auction, has been one of America's most valued firearms manufacturers since 1854. Today, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is the only full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, producing numerous variations of sought-after handguns including the SR1911.

American handguns are considered by many to be the best the world has to offer. There is no shortage of American-made offerings to choose from at arms auctions.


Quick Facts

  • An extremely rare Colt 1905 semi-automatic pistol sold at Christie's of London in 2004 for £16,730
  • In 2014, a lot consisting of a Colt Model 1911 pistol, Smith & Wesson sidearm, and medals and insignia belonging to WWI veteran Major Joseph Stockham sold at a James D. Julia auction for $11,500
  • In 2015 at James D. Julia sale, a Colt 1905 .45 semi auto with matching stock and holster from the Elmer Keither Collection sold for $29,325

Recommended Items at Auction

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MERWIN & BRAY PLANT RIMFIRE CONVERSION REVOLVER
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
MERWIN & BRAY PLANT RIMFIRE CONVERSION REVOLVER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$403 Bids
National Arms Co. .38 Cal. Derringer
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
National Arms Co. .38 Cal. Derringer
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Hopkins & Allen and Iver Johnson Arms Antique Revolvers, Parts Guns
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Hopkins & Allen and Iver Johnson Arms Antique Revolvers, Parts Guns
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
British Bull Dog with Belgian proofs, revolver
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
British Bull Dog with Belgian proofs, revolver
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
KIMBER PRO CDP II SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
KIMBER PRO CDP II SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4752 Bids
KIMBER SUPER CARRY CUSTOM SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
KIMBER SUPER CARRY CUSTOM SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4252 Bids
RUGER NRA SPECIAL EDITION MODEL SR1911 SEMI-AUTO
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
RUGER NRA SPECIAL EDITION MODEL SR1911 SEMI-AUTO
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
RUGER NAVY SEAL MUSEUM SR1911 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
RUGER NAVY SEAL MUSEUM SR1911 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,100
$4001 Bid
HIGH STANDARD 1980 OLYMPIC SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
HIGH STANDARD 1980 OLYMPIC SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
2 RUGER ROCS MARK IV COMPETITION SEMI-AUTO
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
2 RUGER ROCS MARK IV COMPETITION SEMI-AUTO
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $900- $1,400
$4501 Bid
RUGER MODEL SR1911 COMMANDER SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
RUGER MODEL SR1911 COMMANDER SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,100
$4001 Bid
KIMBER TACTICAL ENTRY II SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
KIMBER TACTICAL ENTRY II SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $900- $1,400
$4501 Bid
US WWI Mark IV very “Flare” Pistol
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
US WWI Mark IV very “Flare” Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
WILSON COMBAT CLASSIC 1911 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
WILSON COMBAT CLASSIC 1911 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7501 Bid
TAURUS PT145 PRO MILLENIUM .45 COMPACT PISTOL
May 22, 9:00 AM EDT
TAURUS PT145 PRO MILLENIUM .45 COMPACT PISTOL
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
UNION SWITCH & SIGNAL CO. MODEL 1911A1 RIA REWORK
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
UNION SWITCH & SIGNAL CO. MODEL 1911A1 RIA REWORK
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5001 Bid
ROCK ISLAND ARMORY PISTOL
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
ROCK ISLAND ARMORY PISTOL
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
KIMBER ONYX ULTRA II SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
KIMBER ONYX ULTRA II SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
WEATHERBY MARK V BOLT ACTION PISTOL WITH MATCHING
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
WEATHERBY MARK V BOLT ACTION PISTOL WITH MATCHING
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7500 Bids
ORDNANCE TECH SSP-91 SINGLE SHOT PISTOL WITH
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
ORDNANCE TECH SSP-91 SINGLE SHOT PISTOL WITH
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
CONSECUTIVE PAIR OF RUGER PROTOTYPE U.S. MARKED
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
CONSECUTIVE PAIR OF RUGER PROTOTYPE U.S. MARKED
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,250
$7500 Bids
CONSECUTIVE PAIR RUGER SR1911 NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
CONSECUTIVE PAIR RUGER SR1911 NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,200- $3,000
$1,1000 Bids
NIGHTHAWK GLOBAL RESPONSE 1911 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
NIGHTHAWK GLOBAL RESPONSE 1911 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,250- $3,000
$1,1000 Bids
WILSON CQB 1911 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
WILSON CQB 1911 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Handguns


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Farrin's country Auctions

Farrin's country Auctions