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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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Richard Wilson, Cased Traveling Pistols
May 31, 12:00 PM EDT
Richard Wilson, Cased Traveling Pistols
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$7003 Bids
TEXAS RANGERS ITEMS
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
TEXAS RANGERS ITEMS
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$902 Bids
V. COLLETTE GRAVITY SINGLE SHOT PISTOL.
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
V. COLLETTE GRAVITY SINGLE SHOT PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $900- $1,300
$4501 Bid
A very rare Raphael revolver
Jun 19, 2:00 PM CEST
A very rare Raphael revolver
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €150- €250
€1501 Bid
A flare pistol, manufacture: Cogswell & Harrison, England, London, 1917
May 29, 7:00 PM CEST
A flare pistol, manufacture: Cogswell & Harrison, England, London, 1917
by Vendu Rotterdam
Est: €200- €400
€1600 Bids
JOHN C. FREMONT SINGLE SHOT PISTOL.
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
JOHN C. FREMONT SINGLE SHOT PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
WONDERFUL SAVAGE M1907 .45 US MILITARY TEST PISTOL
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
WONDERFUL SAVAGE M1907 .45 US MILITARY TEST PISTOL
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $30,000- $45,000
$15,0000 Bids
Two Antique American Front Loading Revolvers
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Antique American Front Loading Revolvers
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$7000 Bids
Two Antique American Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Antique American Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$7000 Bids
Two Antique American Revolvers
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Antique American Revolvers
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$9000 Bids
Engraved Spanish Charola y Anitua Model 1898 Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Engraved Spanish Charola y Anitua Model 1898 Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,600- $2,750
$1,4000 Bids
Three Belgian Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Belgian Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Two Savage Model 1907 Pistols with Extra Magazines
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Savage Model 1907 Pistols with Extra Magazines
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic No. 1 Lever Action Pocket Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic No. 1 Lever Action Pocket Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$2,5000 Bids
German Single Shot Target Pistol
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
German Single Shot Target Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$9000 Bids
A C.S. Pettengill Navy Model Revolver
Jun 19, 2:00 PM CEST
A C.S. Pettengill Navy Model Revolver
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €600- €900
€6000 Bids
A Bliss & Goodyear Pocket Model Revolver
Jun 19, 2:00 PM CEST
A Bliss & Goodyear Pocket Model Revolver
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €300- €500
€3000 Bids
A Manhattan 36 Caliber Revolver 'Navy Type'
Jun 19, 2:00 PM CEST
A Manhattan 36 Caliber Revolver 'Navy Type'
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €300- €500
€3000 Bids
A Nepperahan Fire Arms Co. Pocker Revolver
Jun 19, 2:00 PM CEST
A Nepperahan Fire Arms Co. Pocker Revolver
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
AN ENGRAVED .30 (RIMFIRE) MARLIN XXX STANDARD POCKET REVOLVER, serial no. 282,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
AN ENGRAVED .30 (RIMFIRE) MARLIN XXX STANDARD POCKET REVOLVER, serial no. 282,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £700- £900
£7000 Bids
Henri Goosens & Fils Brevetes Combination Pinfire Revolver/Sword
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Henri Goosens & Fils Brevetes Combination Pinfire Revolver/Sword
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,300- $1,900
$1,1000 Bids
SCARCE CHAROLA Y ANITHA SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
SCARCE CHAROLA Y ANITHA SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Three Austrian Steyr Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Austrian Steyr Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Two European Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two European Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$7000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Handguns


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Vendu Rotterdam

Vendu Rotterdam