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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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(X) Hi-Standard Model H-D Military .22 cal. Pistol
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
(X) Hi-Standard Model H-D Military .22 cal. Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2004 Bids
NORINCO MODEL 54 SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL WITH
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
NORINCO MODEL 54 SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL WITH
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
RIA IMPORTS M1911 A1 .45 ACP SEMI AUTO PISTOL NIB
Jun 05, 9:00 AM EDT
RIA IMPORTS M1911 A1 .45 ACP SEMI AUTO PISTOL NIB
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $400- $500
$1102 Bids
Antique Decorative Small Pistol
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Decorative Small Pistol
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
SAR Arms Mod SARK2 .45 Pistol
Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
SAR Arms Mod SARK2 .45 Pistol
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
ARGENTINE F.M.A.P. SISTEMA 1927 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
ARGENTINE F.M.A.P. SISTEMA 1927 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
ARGENTINE F.M.A.P. SISTEMA 1927 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
ARGENTINE F.M.A.P. SISTEMA 1927 SEMI AUTO PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,400- $1,900
$7000 Bids
ASTRA MODEL 900 DISPLAY CASE AND PEARLITE
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
ASTRA MODEL 900 DISPLAY CASE AND PEARLITE
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $650- $900
$3250 Bids
ARGENTINE F.M.A.P. SISTEMA 1927 SEMI AUTO
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
ARGENTINE F.M.A.P. SISTEMA 1927 SEMI AUTO
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
Two Bersa Semi-Automatic Pistols with Boxes
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Bersa Semi-Automatic Pistols with Boxes
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $350- $550
$3000 Bids
Imperial Japanese Tokyo Gas & Electric "Papa Nambu" Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Imperial Japanese Tokyo Gas & Electric "Papa Nambu" Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
Three Semi-Automatic Rimfire Pistols
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Semi-Automatic Rimfire Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $600- $900
$5000 Bids
Two Pistols
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,300- $1,900
$1,1000 Bids
Chinese "Shansei Arsenal" Style Broomhandle Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Chinese "Shansei Arsenal" Style Broomhandle Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Three German Occupation European Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Three German Occupation European Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2000 Bids
Four Rimfire Pistols
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Four Rimfire Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $600- $1,000
$5000 Bids
American Historical Foundation Erwin Rommel P.38 Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
American Historical Foundation Erwin Rommel P.38 Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
Two Chinese Semi-Automatic Pistols
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Chinese Semi-Automatic Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,100- $1,800
$9500 Bids
Unmarked Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Unmarked Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $800- $1,300
$7000 Bids
TDE Auto Mag Model 180 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Case
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
TDE Auto Mag Model 180 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Case
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,600- $2,500
$1,4000 Bids
ARGENTINE F.M.A.P. SISTEMA 1927 .22 LR CONVERSION
Jun 07, 10:00 AM EDT
ARGENTINE F.M.A.P. SISTEMA 1927 .22 LR CONVERSION
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,100- $1,400
$5500 Bids
A RARE 5mm CLEMENT SEMI-AUTOMATIC POCKET PISTOL SIGNED HEINEMEYER, serial no. 2,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A RARE 5mm CLEMENT SEMI-AUTOMATIC POCKET PISTOL SIGNED HEINEMEYER, serial no. 2,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
A SCARCE 11.5mm (WERDER) MODEL 1869 SINGLE-SHOT PISTOL, serial no. 408,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A SCARCE 11.5mm (WERDER) MODEL 1869 SINGLE-SHOT PISTOL, serial no. 408,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £800- £1,200
£8000 Bids
Three Semi-Automatic Rimfire Pistols
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
Three Semi-Automatic Rimfire Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $500- $800
$4500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pistols - General


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers