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European Handguns

Throughout history, Europeans have made landfall from their ships bearing firearms, colonizing the New World and enslaving Africans. Many of the weapons used in Europe's historical conquests were early handguns.

Primitive wick-lit European sidearms gave way to matchlock systems, which led to wheelock, and then flintlock mechanisms. Later, Colt and Smith & Wesson American revolver development closely mirrored that of 19th-century British gunsmith Robert Adams and firearms producers Webley & Scott.

The turn of the century brought with it an increasing reliance on semi-automatics, and European manufacturers like Walther and Luger became household names. Czech Bohmische's CZ line of pistols became heavily relied upon. Belgian gunmaker FN Herstal, producer of the FN Model 1910 pistol, also developed successful European handguns including the Browning Hi-Power. In the latter part of the 20th century, Italy's Beretta, Austria's Glock, and Germany's Sig Sauer and Heckler & Koch came into their own.

Auctions are sources of a range of European handguns. Available at auction are sidearms by lesser known and short-lived producers as well as pistols by prominent world-class brands.


Quick Facts

  • In 2014, an important presentation-cased Luger pistol with an oak leaf-engraved ivory grip sold at a James D. Julia sale for $86,250
  • A historic Salvator-Dormus Model M1896 Austrian military test 9 mm sold at a 2014 James D. Julia auction for $31,625
  • In 2013, a Nazi-marked FN Herstal Belgian Browning Hi-Power 9 mm pistol sold at a Lock, Stock & Barrel auction for $1,036

Recommended Items at Auction

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FN FIVE-SEVEN SEMI-AUTO 5.7X28MM PISTOL
Jun 16, 9:00 AM MST
FN FIVE-SEVEN SEMI-AUTO 5.7X28MM PISTOL
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$90013 Bids
French Charleville Cavalry, Flintlock Pistol
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
French Charleville Cavalry, Flintlock Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$27510 Bids
Sig Sauer P320 M18 CA Handgun w/ Romeo1 pro Optic
Jun 16, 9:00 AM MST
Sig Sauer P320 M18 CA Handgun w/ Romeo1 pro Optic
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$60010 Bids
Pietta Model 1860 Perc Revolver
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Pietta Model 1860 Perc Revolver
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2009 Bids
Pietta Model 1851 Navy .36 cal. Perc Revolver
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Pietta Model 1851 Navy .36 cal. Perc Revolver
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$3758 Bids
Belgian Percussion Boot Pistol
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Belgian Percussion Boot Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$504 Bids
French Charleville Percussion Pistol
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
French Charleville Percussion Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$502 Bids
An 1870 model Gasser revolver with holster
Jun 21, 10:00 AM CEST
An 1870 model Gasser revolver with holster
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €450- €900
€4501 Bid
WEBLEY & SCOTT 1918 FLARE GUN
Jul 11, 10:00 AM CDT
WEBLEY & SCOTT 1918 FLARE GUN
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$801 Bid
Two Cased Pairs of European Boxlock Percussion Pocket Pistols
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Cased Pairs of European Boxlock Percussion Pocket Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $900- $1,600
$8001 Bid
Pair of Engraved and Carved Spanish Flintlock Pistols
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Pair of Engraved and Carved Spanish Flintlock Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2001 Bid
Webley & Scott, Mod. 1913
Jul 10, 9:00 AM CEST
Webley & Scott, Mod. 1913
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€2001 Bid
Three CZ Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jul 10, 9:00 AM CDT
Three CZ Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $600- $1,000
$5001 Bid
Three Antique Handguns
Jul 10, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Antique Handguns
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $600- $900
$5001 Bid
Three German Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistols
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Three German Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Three European Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Three European Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$7000 Bids
Four European Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Four European Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2000 Bids
Two European Semi-Automatic Pistols and Two Blank Firing Pistols
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Two European Semi-Automatic Pistols and Two Blank Firing Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Three German Military Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Three German Military Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
Danish Military Contract FN Model 1946 High-Power Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Danish Military Contract FN Model 1946 High-Power Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,100- $1,700
$9500 Bids
Pre-WWII Belgian Fabrique Nationale Model 1935 High-Power Pistol
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Pre-WWII Belgian Fabrique Nationale Model 1935 High-Power Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Three European Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Three European Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
Soviet Export PSM IZh-75 Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistol
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Soviet Export PSM IZh-75 Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,5000 Bids
Three Belgian Fabrique Nationale Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Belgian Fabrique Nationale Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell European Handguns


Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery