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Guns & Firearms

Guns & Firearms

Following World War II, collecting firearms became a popular trend, especially antique cartridge firearms. American guns and firearms have become one of the fastest growing collectible categories at auction since the 1950s.

The Antique Gun Auction Market

The prices for antique guns have risen over time due to the lack of supply. Prices also vary depending on what is in popular demand. For instance, certain manufacturers, like Colt and Winchester Repeating Arms Company, are consistently sought after at gun auctions.

The Types of Firearms For Sale at Auction

Generally speaking, firearms are divided into one of two very broad categories based on their size:

Handguns

Pistols: These smaller firearms are designed to be used in one hand. The most common actions are the single shot and semi-automatic.

Revolvers: Feature a revolving cylinder with more than one chamber and one or multiple barrels for firing.

Long Guns

Rifles: Crafted to be shot from the shoulder, featuring a barrel with grooves or “rifling” cut into the walls.

Shotguns: Sometimes referred to as scatterguns or pepper guns because of the shot pellets spread upon leaving the barrel.

Determining The Value of an Antique Firearm

The valuation process of guns begins with the make or model, which is most important to individuals who collect based on specialization. When building a collection of modern or antique firearms, buyers gravitate toward the quality of a maker’s products, the role a make or model has played in history, or the “aura of romance” surrounding a particular manufacturer. Other factors considered include its condition, provenance, rarity, and artistic appeal. Some firearms are prized more as art pieces for their fine engravings.

As gun and firearm values, market research, and publications grow, so too will collectors’ interest. Some antique firearms can sell for six-figure prices at auction, suggesting that this younger collecting interest has a bright and certain future.

Learn more from the Invaluable Guide to Antique and Collector Firearms.

Recommended Items at Auction

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US Springfield dated 1863 Indian Gun
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
US Springfield dated 1863 Indian Gun
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2,80034 Bids
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"Wild Bill" Hickock Family m1851 Colt Navy
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
"Wild Bill" Hickock Family m1851 Colt Navy
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $7,500- $15,000
$2,60022 Bids
MAGNUM RESEARCH 1911 SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
MAGNUM RESEARCH 1911 SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $600- $850
$42517 Bids
HENRY GOLDEN BOY FATHERS DAY TRIBUTE .22LR RIFLE
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
HENRY GOLDEN BOY FATHERS DAY TRIBUTE .22LR RIFLE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $500- $700
$29014 Bids
A PAIR OF RARE ANTIQUE CAUCASIAN FLINTLOCK PISTOLS
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
A PAIR OF RARE ANTIQUE CAUCASIAN FLINTLOCK PISTOLS
by Shapiro Auctions LLC
Est: $800- $1,200
$45014 Bids
EUROARMS PATTERN 1853 ENFIELD .58 PERCUSSION RIFLE
May 01, 9:00 AM EDT
EUROARMS PATTERN 1853 ENFIELD .58 PERCUSSION RIFLE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $300- $500
$32013 Bids
BERETTA 92 BRIGADIER FS 9MM SEMI AUTO PISTOL NIB
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
BERETTA 92 BRIGADIER FS 9MM SEMI AUTO PISTOL NIB
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $650- $1,100
$45013 Bids
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M1886 Winchester Rifle
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
M1886 Winchester Rifle
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $1,750- $2,250
$1,10013 Bids
ITALIAN COLT STYLE "SA ARMY" 44 MAG BLACK POWDER REVOLVER
Apr 27, 11:00 AM EDT
ITALIAN COLT STYLE "SA ARMY" 44 MAG BLACK POWDER REVOLVER
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$11013 Bids
BROWNING BUCKMARK HUNTER .22LR RED DOT NIB
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
BROWNING BUCKMARK HUNTER .22LR RED DOT NIB
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $400- $700
$23012 Bids
(366) Rds. Of 32 Auto Ammunition
Apr 27, 10:00 AM MST
(366) Rds. Of 32 Auto Ammunition
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$6012 Bids
A BRITISH STYLE FOWLER, C. 1750
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
A BRITISH STYLE FOWLER, C. 1750
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $200
$55012 Bids
TAURUS JUDGE PUBLIC DEFENDER .45 COLT DA REVOLVER
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
TAURUS JUDGE PUBLIC DEFENDER .45 COLT DA REVOLVER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $300- $500
$27011 Bids
Angelo Bee Engraved Krieghoff K-32 Over/Under Shotgun
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
Angelo Bee Engraved Krieghoff K-32 Over/Under Shotgun
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$65011 Bids
COLT ANACONDA 44 MAGNUM DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
COLT ANACONDA 44 MAGNUM DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$1,10011 Bids
RARE M1841 MISSISSIPPI RIFLE BY TRYON - 1847 WITH GROSZ CONVERSION
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
RARE M1841 MISSISSIPPI RIFLE BY TRYON - 1847 WITH GROSZ CONVERSION
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$52511 Bids
US Indian Wars 1886 Remington Rolling Block
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
US Indian Wars 1886 Remington Rolling Block
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$47510 Bids
cased Beaded Holster & Pistol Indian Gun with badge
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
cased Beaded Holster & Pistol Indian Gun with badge
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$27510 Bids
Apache Tracker Deputy Gun Rigg
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Apache Tracker Deputy Gun Rigg
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$40010 Bids
Beaded Holster with Pistol
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Beaded Holster with Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$32510 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Guns & Firearms


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

William Smith Auctions

William Smith Auctions

Gavin Gardiner Limited

Gavin Gardiner Limited