Selling Estate Guns and Large Gun Collections at GunsAmerica

This old girl may not look like much, but you'd be surprised what an Ithaca 1911 is worth to a collector.

This old girl may not look like much, but you’d be surprised what an Ithaca 1911 is worth to a collector.

Liquidating a large amount of guns from an estate or large collection on GunsAmerica can be a lot of work. How do you sell a large gun collection effectively and for the most money, or how do you liquidate an estate with a large gun collection? Often the task is left to relatives and heirs, and they know little about guns. Before you start taking pictures and posting ads for sale, this is a brief overview of what you should consider. Selling a gun collection or liquidating a large gun estate, when it comes to the actual cash you end up with in hand can vary greatly with the method you choose.

Selling guns on GunsAmerica

1. You will always make 30-40% more on your guns using GunsAmerica than you will taking them to a local gun dealer to buy, if the local gun dealer can even capitalize the purchase of them. Used guns are where dealers make their money, and they generally lowball potential sellers who bring them used guns. If they can’t buy them outright they will offer you a high rate to put them on consignment, then they will list them on GunsAmerica.

2. By federal law, you are legally allowed to sell off a collection yourself. You must ship every gun made after 1898 to an FFL dealer in the state of the buyer. That dealer will send you his license, signed in ink or faxed/emailed and you must send the gun to the address on the license. Send a copy of your driver’s license with the gun, and retain the FFL license you receive for your records. Valid FFL licenses can be checked for proper address at the ATF FFL EZ-Check website.

3. Even though it may seem counterproductive to our cause here of selling guns online, we have to be honest with those seeking genuine advice as to how to handle what can be an overwhelming task. GunsAmerica may not be your best option.

4. We strongly suggest that you consider using Rock Island Auction instead of GunsAmerica. Listing more than ten or twenty guns takes a long time, and with classified ads and auctions, you have to sit on the ads until the right buyer comes along for every individual gun. We have put some promotional text from Rock Island at the bottom of the page, or you can go right to their consignment information page at to read more or watch a video.

5. Often the percentage that the auction house takes from the sale will be less than what you would lose by firesaling the guns to move them quickly. We suggest this because after 14 years of experience, we have seen people try to list collections, get bogged down, not ship in a timely manner, sell guns for less than they should, and end up bringing the guns to a local dealer where they got nothing short of robbed.

What is this worth? First you have to find out what it is! Answer in the comments below, if you know....

What is this worth? First you have to find out what it is! Answer in the comments below, if you know….

7. If you do decide to list them yourself, make sure you understand what they are worth. The Blue Book of Gun Values is the standard of the industry and they use GunsAmerica and other online sites to do their research. There is also a very good book that has pictures, called the Standard Catalog of Firearms. If you use that link at Amazon it will offer you them together for a discounted price of $53.40.

8. Guns are very commoditized. And don’t be surprised if many of the old Stevens, Brownings, Winchesters and Rugers are worth nothing more than utility value. Guns almost never get thrown in the garbage, unlike microwaves, TVs, and most automobiles. And old ones aren’t that much different than the new ones. There are way too many guns out there for all of them to be collectible, and most of them just aren’t. The price books will tell you if you have something that could fetch a collector price or if it is just something that always sells for $250, even though it is over 50 years old.

9. If you do find that you have what you think is a genuine collector gun, you should have it appraised by Rock Island, then decide if it is worth listing yourself or if they should include it in one of their big auctions of collectibles run several times per year.

10. When you list guns here, make sure you take a lot of pictures and disclose every single flaw you can find on the gun. It isn’t worth the extra $30-$50 you may eke out of a utility gun because you didn’t mention that the bore is dark, or that there are light scratches in the stock that don’t show on the pictures. If you are already making time you don’t really have to do this work, a return, refund, paying the return shipping, and the bad blood may turn your project into a negative experience, and nobody wants that.

11. Don’t use auctions on GunsAmerica without a fair price reserve. We have no control over who comes along that may or may not want that particular gun. For estate guns, you may feel that “whatever I get is found money,” but it will kill you to see that you have agreed to sell the gun for half the blue book value. Auctions almost never are bid up higher than the book. It is a myth of the auction culture. If you want to move a gun quickly, price it two or three levels down in condition in the book from the condition it really is, and use classified ads, not auctions.

12. As a new seller on GunsAmerica you will be suspected of being a fraudulent account, especially if the guns are priced below book value. It wouldn’t hurt to email customer service at to let them know what is going on and what you are up to.

Overall, you will make more money listing and selling your guns on GunsAmerica if you price them correctly and are willing to wait for the right buyer. GunsAmerica has the most reasonable fees and we are pretty diligent about finding stiffs who waste your time and bouncing them. Over the course of liquidating a large collection you are going to have to deal with some issues. There will be some stiffs, someone will find a reason to be disgruntled about something, and it will take you some time to get all the guns sold and out the door. But it will happen.

Rock Island Auction Company, the worlds leading auction house for firearms , edged weapons and military artifacts.

Some collections need special treatment. Rock Island Auction Company can sell your gun collection or guns from an estate and get you more money. Our motto “We Believe in Presentation” and the best marketing for your items. Look at our 86,000 Square Foot Facility.

Some guns really should be sold by experts who know the buyers personally.

Some guns really should be sold by experts who know the buyers personally.

For larger collections:

  • Cash advances.
  • Pick up service.
  • Free estimates for what your items can bring at auction.
  • Finders fees for leads that result in consignment. Call 1-800-238-8022 or Email Us at to Discuss Your Items. More specific consignment information and a short video can be found at company was conceived on the idea that both the sellers and buyers should be completely informed and provided a professional venue for a true auction. A good reputation and proven results is a true test of any successful auction house. Rock Island Auction Company routinely sells over 60% to 70% of its auction lots to bidders who are absentee – that’s trust! Further, in the last six years Rock Island Auction Company has sold no less than 97% of the lots brought to the auction block.Here at Rock Island Auction Company, we have two different types of auctions: Premiere and Regional. Our Premiere auctions take place three times a year, each over a three-day period. Each of these auctions is made up of the rare, unusual, mint, and highly collectable pieces. The catalogs for these auctions are full-color, two volume sets consisting of over 600 pages and 6000+ photos. These auctions typically consist of 2700+ lots. These sales will garner on average 7 to 12 million dollars.Our Regional auctions are made up of affordable antiques, beginning collector’s items, usable sporting arms, and many non-firearm lots. The catalogs for these auctions are black and white, 290 pages, and consist of 1200+ lots. These sales will garner on average $2 to $3 million dollars. We have named these “regional” as we encourage the buyer to view the items in person therefore we focus on buyers within a 500 mile driving radius. However these sales have become very popular. Our number of catalogs printed has sky-rocketed therefore our absentee bids have done the same. Both auctions can be viewed on our web-site in full color. 

    We can be trusted to obtain results. Just look at our record. Rock Island Auction Company is and has been the #1 firearms auction company in the world in sales for the past 7 years:

    • 2004 – $14.6 million
    • 2005 – $16 million
    • 2006 – $19 million
    • 2007 – $28.6 million
    • 2008 – $31 million
    • 2009 – $28 million
    • 2010 – $32 million INDUSTRY BREAKING RECORD!

    Questions to Ask any Auctioneer Before Consigning.

    Q: Is the sales contract competitive?
    A: Yes. Consigning with RIAC is a partnership, it is our responsibility to obtain the most money for your collectables. We keep our contracts at a simple percentage; we do not work with sliding scales which could work against you. Remember a low commission doesn’t always mean they are the b est choice. There are many factors beyond the sales commission. The bottom line is which auction house will get you more money.

    Q: Should I be concerned with “hidden type charges”?
    A: Yes. Even though “they” may tell you there may be additional charges are figures/amounts given? Rock Island Auction Company does not charge for photography. We do not charge for storage. We do not charge for insurance. We do not charge huge rates on cash advances. As stated above we keep it simple. If you come across a contract that charges for insurance consider this: if the sale grosses $12 million and each consignor is charged – let’s say 1.5% for insurance the auction house is making $180,000 on insurance fees alone (in one auction). We know for a fact that insurance does not cost that much.

    Q: Does the auction company specialize in firearms or do they handle a broad spectrum of collectables? A: Rock Island Auction Company is dedicated to selling firearms and related items such as edged weapons and military artifacts. Selling firearms is our business, our passion, our expertise. We sell over 18,000 firearms annually. We have sold a minimum of 200,000 firearms from various levels of collecting since 1993.

    Q: Does everything that goes to auction sell? What is the history of item s not selling at the auction company?
    A: This is a very important question to ask. This will truly tell you if the auction house is reaching a large audience and is able to sell what they put up for auction. This is a direct reflection of their marketing ability. It will also tell you if they understand market value. For the past 6 years Rock Island Auction Company has maintained a 97% average sell through rate. We routinely sell approximately 2750 lots in an auction and 97% truly sells!!! This translates into only 3 out of every 100 items do not sell. If you check out our closest competitor you will see that this past year they held one auction in which over 33% did not sell!! This translates into for every 3 lots offered for sale only 2 sold or to put that in comparison to RIAC, 33 out of every 100 DID NOT SELL!! Potential buyers want to participate at an auction where they have the highest chance of obtaining what they have set their sights on. At RIAC potential bidders know that this is possible without bidding against huge house numbers that do not represent the market place. With our consistent 97% sell-through rate both buyers and sellers experience a real auction. Why bid at an auction where every third time you hold up your card to bid the lot won’t sell because you are bidding against the house? This deters bidders and items simply will not sell. RIAC has proven the free market is the place to sell. We have established world record sales and understand that auction averaging will result in our seller’s being satisfied.

    Q: When selling a large collection or estate how do you choose what to put to auction?
    A: Sell your collection all at once through a “firearms” specialty auction house. Do not sell off pieces one at a time. The only result in selling individual pieces is someone will get the best pieces cheaper than they would at auction and the rest of the collection will suffer as the good pieces always bring in significant buyers which help the rest of the collection. This is especially important for estates. Estates will bring more money sold as a true estate with everything included. Once the “word” is out that an estate has sold its best items (even rumors) it is hard to recapture the excitement that a true estate generates.


    Q: Question advertising claims that state the auction house is #1 or gets the highest return for your firearms?
    A: We have seen it happen right in front of our very own eyes. Our competitors state in public advertisements that they too are #1 in the industry. How is this possible? How can we both be #1? We are not afraid to put out figures and do so each auction. We tout our sell-through rate (as above) and can issue numbers on the amount of firearms sold each year. Our competitors don’t because they can’t.

    At RIAC we sell 16,000 – 18,000 firearms per year! Our sales records are as follows: 2004 $14.6 million, 2005 nearly $16 million, 2006 $19 million, 2007 $28.6 million, 2008 $31 million, 2009 $28 million , 2010 $32 million. No other firearms auction company comes close.

    Q: How do I know that the auction will be well promoted?
    A: Rock Island Auction Company is the only auction house in the world to advertise with full page ads in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and dozens of industry publications. We also send out a 12 page full-color brochure each Premiere auction to our massive 60,000 plus pre-approved client listing. Our internet presence is far ahead of any other auction company. Check this fact out and you will be impressed. Finally there is our state-of-the-art catalog which is distributed world-wide. It has set industry standards and is proud to have won a Gold Ink Award in the printing industry.

    Q: How do I know the auction house will attract bidders?
    A: Rock Island Auction Company currently has 60,000+ pre-qualified buyer s in our database. Ask for proof of distribution of marketing materials. We know we more than triple our competition in direct mail marketing. We are also aggressive with web traffic soliciting via numerous e-commerce campaigns that will bring your items directly to collectors from all over the world. We are currently working with two LIVE bidding services to promote our auction world wide (Proxibid and iCollector).


    Q: Gun laws vary from state to state and can prohibit the sale of some firearms.
    A: All auction houses can’t obtain the same result for you. Gun laws vary from state to state and various state laws prohibit the sale of some firearms. An example is California. The California laws only allow one gu n per month to be purchased by residents. Additionally, in California many guns that are commonly sold elsewhere can’t be sold in California. Other states also have laws that prohibit or severely restrict the sales of guns. The overall problem is many auction houses in those states such as Californiawill accept the consignment of guns knowing they will have to be sold to persons outside that state. The bottom line to you the consignor is your guns for the most part will be sold to dealers in other states. Traditionally dealers do not pay the highest price as their “inventory” is purchased for resale. Those who consign to auction realize the highest pric e when their items are sold to the “end user”, the collector. COLLECTION PICK-UP

    Q: Does the auction company pick up collections?
    A: RIAC travels all over the country to pick up collections. We do not charge for pick up of large collections. Also ask if the drivers of the auction company are certified by the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.)?

    Q: How do I know my collection will be safe while on the road?
    A: We are insured to handle the most valuable of collections. Plus all our drivers are D.O.T. certified.


    Q: How do I know if the auction house will live up to its claims?
    A: Ask for references, and be sure to call them. And remember, don’t wait until after the sale to say… “I wish I had known”. Unsure of what to look for or the right questions to ask when searching for the best auction house? You’re not alone. Regardless of who you choose make an educated decision and base it on facts. We compiled the above questions to help you in your decision making. In the end we believe you will find that RIAC truly has the advantage over other auction houses.

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  • Gary O February 16, 2018, 2:33 pm

    The gun looks like a servival gun they used to pack in a ww11 pilots servival pack.

  • Bill August 27, 2017, 12:22 pm

    I inherited the folllowing gun 20 years ago and have decided to sell it and have no feel for its value:

    Colt 12 guage with internal hammers; it was patented Aug 22/Sep 19 1882. From what I can gather this gun is likely a 1883.

    Serial number 7731

    It has a recoil pad and I don’t have the metal but plate.

    Any thoughts. Thanks!

  • Terri Rosenkranz March 16, 2017, 8:02 am

    m looking to sell a gun from my collection, hope you can guide me in the right direction.
    Lightning slide action long frame (express) this rifle is simular in appearance to the medium frame lightning although larger in size .
    Chambered in lrg rifle calibers of the era.
    From 38-54 up to 50-95
    It’s a 32-20 larger caliber are more desirable from a collectors standpoint
    The rifle has a 28′ octagon barrel stock oiled walnut
    Finish is blue with a case colored hammer
    Fore end is checkered
    Colt name and address are stamped on barrel along with patent fate.
    Rifle is guide lrg and has come to be known as the express model.
    Very good .. $10.500
    Good !5500. Fair 2000.00
    Thank for any feedback
    Douglas Rosenkranz

  • Jason Strong February 24, 2016, 3:25 pm

    My dream has always been to own a 1911 .45 like the one shown at the top. They aren\’t fancy or tactical, just a straight up old war horse gun that is powerful and smooth. Hopefully one day I can find and afford one.

    • Karen Dean June 19, 2016, 9:13 pm

      Jason, I have a 1911 9mm USArmy gun I would like to sell. I have it in a safe at a friend’s home. I’ll get it next week and send you pics and the specifics of the gun if you are interested.
      Thank you,
      Karen Dean

  • Robert B. French, Jr December 14, 2015, 9:31 am

    I have a WW Greener gun no. 64389 that was started March 3, 1914 and finished July 14, 1919. It is a 12 bore with 28 inch barrels. It has a Facile Princeps type action with fore and end ejectors. Stock dimensions are 2-3/16 by 1-5/8 by 14-13/16. It was a medium grade gun when made and sold to a Mr.V. Jeanette for 25 guineas in 1919. I received the gun through a sheriff’s release some 43 years ago. I have never shot it. it is in very good to excellent shape. The grouse case needs to be reconditioned from taking it out and putting it back while showing it to folks. I’m asking $26,500 for this wonderful collector’s item. I need you to help me sell it. Pictures are available. All proofs match and it is well engraved. Thank you in advance.

  • Drew June 18, 2015, 11:08 am

    I’m glad you mentioned hidden charges. They are definitely avoidable as long as you keep your eyes open. Thanks for the info.

  • David C. Seawright May 25, 2015, 1:01 pm

    I read all these and it took a lot of time too do so. It did not help in anyway so why have it here?
    Very disappointed in it, will never come back. It was a waste of time. People are just trying to ask
    for help and no one seemed to want to help them. They would not be here if they new what to do
    so if anyone can help them what’s the harm in doing so. I would think all you gun people out there
    would love to help them and it would make for a very good site to come too and read all the question’s
    and answers. And I’m one of the people that don’t know what to do. Thanks for nothing except wasting
    my time.

    • Robert December 4, 2015, 10:49 am

      Stop wringing your hands and blaming others for not coming to the rescue. No one owes anyone help, no one owes anyone their time or knowledge. The information they seek is out there, and this article has listed several good options for obtaining information regarding value. Use them. I have yet to fail in finding valuation for any firearm I’ve owned, simply by searching online. Do the homework. Exhaust all reasonable options, THEN ask for help. If done in reverse, many “gun people” shake their heads and walk away. I can’t imagine how a professional appraiser puts up with the “why won’t you give me your knowledge for free” crowd. I don’t like dealing with them from an amateurs position. Want a value? It depends on market ( hint… Internet) and condition ( hint… pay someone to appraise in person). There’s your help.

  • Johnny May 18, 2015, 9:03 pm

    Why does Rock Island Auction only have sales figures up to 2010?

  • craig rogaczewski May 18, 2015, 7:23 pm

    where is my post?

  • Mitch Spence May 18, 2015, 6:43 pm

    These comments are hysterical, for the most part. Gunsamerica is talking about liquidating collections of quality firearms and people are asking what some piece of crap in their closet is worth. C’mon people, either you are collector or you are not. If you are not, go watch some more mindless TV.

  • Robert Burke May 18, 2015, 12:31 pm

    The weapon in the picture is a 9mm zip gun. Don’t remember who made them but remember seeing them for sale years ago. My guess for the price, $50 or up to the limit of what a collector is willing to pay for it!

    • BOB LOWRY May 18, 2015, 1:56 pm

      actually one sold about a year ago at one of the big gun auctions for $28,500 ,,,

  • mark May 18, 2015, 9:26 am

    gun above is a cheap gun the U.S. dropped behind enemy line to help the freedom fighters,

  • BOB LOWRY May 18, 2015, 8:32 am

    That is a ‘DeAR gun’, the CIA’s Viet Nam War-era version of the OSS ‘Liberator Pistol’
    –also – in 9mm rather than .45 acp

  • Jerry May 18, 2015, 8:14 am

    The “what is it” looks to be an airgun tool. De-ruster/scaler.

  • Abner T May 18, 2015, 7:38 am

    Dear Administrator,

    Please delete (or not post) any “comment” that begins with “I have…” and ends with “What’s it worth?” It’ll save us a lot of frustration.

    Thank you

  • Scott May 18, 2015, 6:20 am

    I found this article very interesting, but take issue with recommending Rock Island Auctions. I would like to share my experience with them and my opinion of their so called integrity. I was a member of their mailing list and would occasionally bid on one or two of the items in their auctions. I was never a successful bidder until the item I will discuss now.

    It was a Winchester pre-64 Target rifle listed in fine condition other than the stock being refinished. Being interested in bidding on this, I called for further details. The gentleman I spoke with said it had a fine bore, excellent metal and wood other than the refinish, a 90% gun. I wound up being the successful bidder with a fairly high bid. I was therefore more than shocked when I received a gun that had a shot out bore, rusted and heavily worn bluing and a brush applied varnished stock. Two local gunsmiths and a prominent collector all agreed the gun was no more than a 40% specimen. I called RIA to discuss this and was informed that all items were sold “as is” and that they were not responsible for their descriptions in the auction and they would make no adjustment. I subsequently canceled my account and will not ever make a purchase from them again.

    I would suggest you do your homework. There are many other much more reputable auction houses out there.

  • Jack Penrod May 4, 2015, 8:27 pm

    I have a complete set of antique vintage Winchester Rifles and Shotguns. Are you interested in buying any or all of them? Jack Penrod (707) 498-8733.

  • Bill P March 21, 2015, 10:50 am

    I am looking for a 20 in. barrel for a 17s scar 308

  • Dan Gowen February 24, 2015, 12:52 pm

    i have a matching set of M70 winchester super grade 22-250/ 270/300 wmag /375 H&H…all in box brand new 2 of the calibers they dont make in super grade….only for this set of rifles…..matching numbers….made 2011 to 2012 in USA…after that went overseas ……would like to sell…asap….
    thank you

    • Administrator February 24, 2015, 1:36 pm

      This is GunsAmerica. Why don’t you just offer them for sale.

      • dan gowen February 26, 2015, 9:10 am

        I plan on it , ideas on what they are worth… i said two of them you cant buy in super grade

        • Administrator February 26, 2015, 9:56 am

          Those are the kinds of things that should use a homepage auction. Make it like a 14 day auction though. What something is “worth” is what someone will pay for it today. You could float a price, but if you got a quick buy it you’d say darn I put it too cheap…or the alternative is that it just sits there. If you want to sniff, sniff. If you want to sell them just sell them.

  • Jeff Kay November 13, 2014, 11:05 pm

    Im looking for prices on a couple Old one owner guns for a older guy here in town
    he bought this brand new in 1952 a Winchester Model 94 32 Special Carbine lever action, Excellent Condition inside and out?
    Also a Model 39 Marlin lever Action-Serial No. 2901, Excellent OTHER then a missing tube ring?? I THINK this is a 22, I guess he bought it I think New also back in 1939!! yes he is old! lol…any help would be appreciated?? thank you.

    • Jeff Kay November 13, 2014, 11:09 pm

      I forgot the Serial No. for the 1952 winchester 32 special carbine its 1901053, thanks

  • leister October 2, 2014, 10:46 pm

    any idea what a Winchester model 1890 serial #767900 stainless steel barrel and stainless steel buttplate I cant find the value anywhere Ive been told its very rare its in 80% condition thanks for any info you can give me

  • Nancy Douglas March 28, 2014, 10:09 pm

    I have an antique French pistol. A “Le Page Freres, circa 1840. Octagonal barrel with maker name/address embossed atop, burled wood stock with scrolling leaf carving and reeded handle. P shapped trigger and guard, detailed brass mounting a top stock. Appears to be a dueling pistol.

    Would you be interested in taking a look at it?

    • Keena May 9, 2014, 3:38 pm

      Good Afternoon Nancy,
      We are certainly interested in taking a look your pistol. Please send photos to and I will have my specialist provide you with pre-auction values. We are currently accepting consignments for our September Premiere firearms auction. If you would be happy to discuss the process with you please contact me at 1-800-238-8022.

      Kind regards,
      Keena, Acquisitions Dept.
      Rock Island Auction Company

  • Erik January 21, 2014, 4:01 pm

    My father wants to sell some of his collection and we are not sure what is the best route, I would like advice and if these are even worth anything. I will research on my ow, just have not had the time.
    Sharps Cavalry 50696 1852 50
    U.S. Springfield 207189 / Side load 1875 44?
    U.S. Springfield 175824Q Top Breech 1898 44?
    Terini (SA) T1744 XVIII.1939 7.35
    Remington Military Roll Block 1865 44?
    Remington Sportsmaster 77654 341P/1924 22 L/R Bolt
    Springfield 87A n/a 22 L/R Auto
    Remington 2272/ Bolt/Scope ? 308
    Remington 125653/700BDL Bolt/Scope ? 7MM Rem/Magnum
    Mossberg 800C33151 ? 22-250
    Mossberg 35IKB w/Scope ? 22 Long Rifle
    Marlin Hex Barrel Take-Down 1137425 1898 30-30

    Colt 1911 247443 ? .45
    Starr Navy Issued 1850 .44?
    Iver- Johnson Revolver ? ? .32

    Thank you for your help,

    • Keena May 9, 2014, 3:33 pm

      Hello Erik,
      Rock Island Auction is certainly interested in taking a look at your fathers collection and assisting you in a future auction. Is the collection currently available. Please contact me at your earliest convenience and I will walk you through the consignment process. We are currently accepting consignments for our September 3rd, 4th & 5th Premiere firearm auction.
      Look forward to speaking with you !
      Kind regards,
      Keena, Acquisition Dept.
      Rock Island Auction Company

  • bob stevens December 2, 2013, 11:39 am

    I am trying to get an approximate value of my grandfathers antique shotgun. it is in excellent condition. it ios a 16 gauge automatic made by savage arms but also marked john m. browning patent 1900. the barrel is marked proof tested 16 gauge, mod. the serial # is 22797. it also has a cutts lyman choke, marked patent pending. the but is marked white line los angeles california, also exc. cond. I think it holds 5 or 6 shells? I only fired it one time, I was 12 years old, I am 65 now & I don’t think it has been fired you can see I am not a hunter. a person I know was over doing some work for me, I showed the gun to him & he would like to buy it & made an offer of $750.00 I have no idea of the worth? does that sound like a fair offer to you? thank you for your help. my best regards,,,bob

  • Jesse Alvarez October 7, 2013, 4:15 pm

    I have a BC Miroku O/U 12 ga. shotgun S/N M37107, supposedly one of fifty prototype shotguns built for Browning in 1960-1967. The gun has never been fired, is in mint condition. I was told that one like this was sold on gunsamerica for $89,000.00 Can you give me an idea of the value of this shotgun? Thank you for any information,

    • Administrator October 7, 2013, 6:09 pm

      I would contact a Browning collectors club. Don’t know.

  • Cody W July 28, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I have a 1932 H&R sportsman 9shot break barrel .22cal revolver. All original w/matching numbers. s/n 196 what is the value on this? Cant seem to find any pricing guides for the pre-1940’s model.

  • Cody W July 27, 2013, 10:27 pm

    I acquired an old Harrington & Richardson revolver. On the left side of the barrel it says H&R “Sportsman” top of barrel is manufacture name and address, right side of barrel “22 long rifle CTG” it is a double action 9 shot break barrel .22cal, 6″ blue (key-shaped) barrel w/checkered walnut grip. fixed front sight (at some point it was broke and repaired, seems firm) Fires and ejects all 9 shots with ease. Bluing sadly is about 60-70% with some small pitting on the outer cylinder above the “patent applied for” (between the groves for the bullets) and micro spots of surface rust. Small chip on grip where it butts up with frame. All matching numbers (found 5 of them) one on the lower frame by grip, one on the barrel above the cylinder, one on the inner cylinder and one one the shell ejector and one on the rear sight (had to remove it from gun to see) Serial Number is 196!!! Info I’m looking for: is it really a 1932 H&R sportsman and what it the value.

  • Leonard Richey July 25, 2013, 6:28 pm

    I have a colt 45 age of flight in original box and never fired. I also have showcase box with inscription of same. How uch is it worth?

  • Andy G. July 6, 2013, 10:19 pm

    I have a Winchester model 94 30-30 made in 1906, round barrel it is about a 7.5. shoots tight and bore is awesome.Can you give me a fair market value and approximately the scarcity it is.

  • JOHN April 25, 2013, 9:39 pm


    • Roger May 18, 2015, 9:44 am

      May I suggest most of you go back to elementary school and learn how to SPELL simple words. Your diction is as poor as your knowledge of firearms.

  • Joe Gutierrez jr April 14, 2013, 11:00 pm

    i have a 1857 flintlock Revolver are looking for the price it was made in italy

    • Administrator April 15, 2013, 4:41 pm

      Never heard of a revolving flintlock.

  • Juan April 5, 2013, 4:41 pm

    Ive tried to get an idea what my Webley, top break is worth, but havent had much luck. Ive seen several guns close to it and the only mark 2 ive seen looked nothing like it. Some markings on it are, “455,” “760,” 6 ton, and Mark 2. Slight rust on a few areas. I sure hope some one can give me an idea of what it may be worth. Thank You

  • Jim Bettner February 21, 2013, 5:50 pm

    I have a Winchester Model 1911SL with s/n dating it to 1912. It is is good condition. This 12ga was first used in the early days of Arizona by family members who were of the earliest settlers. I know this “widow maker” has a dubious history, but because of that, perhaps it’s story makes it somewhat desireable for collectors. Any sense of value and how do I go about selling it?

    • Administrator February 21, 2013, 6:43 pm

      Pick up a price book and just list it for sale.

  • Jack Sugden February 1, 2013, 5:57 am

    How do I contact you about gun restoration?
    I have my grandfathers 1873 Winchester.

    • Administrator February 1, 2013, 9:23 am

      Use Turnbull restoration. They are the best in the business.

  • ron January 23, 2013, 5:42 pm

    I have a 38 lever action rifle on top is stamped 2426,under barrell is navy arms ridgefield,has a metal ring attached to l/s of reciever on side near sights are xxv—–psf what do I have

    • Administrator January 23, 2013, 9:43 pm

      Probably a cheap Marlin 92 copy.

  • Billy Brazzell January 7, 2013, 2:19 pm

    I have a marlin 1895 mxlr lever action center fire rifle with 4 power tatical scope. Iam thinking about selling it but I would like to know what it is worth. I purchased it a year ago but its only been fired a few times.

  • Brian Pennington October 5, 2012, 4:52 pm

    I have been trying to find a value of a Colt New Service 455 Eley with British marks that seems to have had the cylinder modified to accept 45 Long Colt. The modification is the problem…trying to figure out how much this may have de-valued it. It is the model with wood grips and the Colt medallion in the grips on both sides. Very nice condition with a nice chocolate patina. Any help would be appreciated !!

  • WJB123 September 18, 2012, 7:27 pm

    I have my fathers Winchester model 42 3″ 410 pump have had tenative apprasial the butt has a crack and the screws a rusty. Very very nice shotgun is this and item I could consign with you??

  • alan tolley September 3, 2012, 6:29 pm

    I have several guns from my fathers collection i have been thinking of selling them. i was also wondering if you could tell me the value of one of these shotguns i will describe the best i can double triggers Belgium J.B. CLEMENT SCROLL LOOKING HAMMERS ON TOP OF BARRELS ONE SIDE SAYSJ.B.CLEMENT TRAP GUN OTHER BARRELL FINE DAMASCUS BELGIUM BEHIND TRIGGER # 128045scroll work on metal and hammers

  • David Maust August 30, 2012, 6:12 pm

    To Whom this concerns
    Hello i’ve been trying find a price on my rifle. It the Indy 500 100th year old henry 45 long colt rifle. Ive look evry where for one. Plus there where only 100 made,
    A & A engraving just for the indy. I have one and would like to see if I you could give a cost on this.

  • billy July 17, 2012, 10:51 pm

    Pre, 1965 Schultz & Larsen .270 M54J, 2097. Mom’s .270, africa,N.America game. 2×7 weaver scope.

    1:14 twist. serviced and found to be in excelent condition.

    whats the market for this.



    • Administrator July 18, 2012, 7:26 pm

      No idea maybe call them.

  • david lowery June 12, 2012, 3:25 pm

    can send pic if need too thanks

  • david lowery June 12, 2012, 3:25 pm

    can send pic if need too thanks

  • david lowery June 12, 2012, 3:18 pm

    i have two colt 45 one is a gold cup with two set of grips and then i have a colt 45 100 year goverment both r new in box never shot less fro colt need money will take $ 3,800 for the both i dont wont to sale just one sorry

  • David May 28, 2012, 3:50 pm

    Looking for NIB Colt .44 Magnum Anaconda 4″ barrel- pristine condition….or a Python.

    • frank June 6, 2016, 8:57 pm

      I have a 6in. colt python nickel. Hogue ivory whit finger fit grip.and factory ones..tow speed loders a Beanckey cyclone cross draw holster.gun bag…for sale 2500…us

  • jleidorf April 2, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Come on guys! What is with all the requests for extremely advanced and time consuming reserch and valuations on your firearms? This service cannot be offered for free. Buy yourselves a BlueBook of gun values and look up the Da%m gun. This was a really good article with great advice on how to sell a large number of guns or an estate collection. Not the old double barrel in your closet. Many of the requests in the comments section could be handled simply with a google search.

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      Buy the book…..

      Search the web ….. Ton’s on information on the web

      Attend a local gun show …. mingle with the boys … ask questions

      Poor Administrator .. writes a good article …. great pointers …. then all the little want be pop out

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  • Evette Karam March 18, 2012, 8:28 pm

    Thanks very interesting info.

  • Matthew Calhoun February 1, 2012, 7:16 pm

    I have a Mauser Broom Handle Post War Bolo 2 different serial numbers (665*** & 564***). Trying to get a value for sale. Would like to send pics. Thanks.

  • Jim Thompson January 22, 2012, 2:30 pm

    I have 2 guns with photos of my great grand father sheriff Harrison Dill of Boone county Indiana holdind one as a young man and another 2 picturs of him as the sheriff and his deputy cousin Otto Ditzinberger he is the grand nephew of President William Henry Harrison. One is a Smith & Wessn, Springfield Mass. no.2 army tip up 5 inch octagonal barrel bottom break spur trigger, rosewood handle with notches cut into 1 side, 32 long cal rim fire with original holster serial # butt 49958, barrel and cyl.#661 pat on barrel is 3/3/1855, 7/5/1859, 12/18/1860. The other is a Southerner, Brown mfg Co.,Newburyport Mass. Pat 3/9/1857 single shot Derringer 41 cal rimfire with a 2 1/2 inch barrel serial# marked on barrel, butt and sleve are all 6192. Have lots of pitures of guns and a Iron plate of the gun circa 1870’s. I put Harrison Dill photo next to Pres.Will.H.Harrison at the same age a nd they look identical ! If interested in them lets talk

  • Mike Tidwell January 17, 2012, 9:26 pm

    I have a 12 ga. single shot vented rib barrel i can’t find anything on it,it is JLG arms&ammunition,companion.

  • Joe Wilson January 11, 2012, 5:30 pm

    I have an old pistol that has been in my family for many generations. Not sure of manufacturer. No serial numbers only some old proof marks. Large caliber, top break double action. heavily engraved with very fancy double eagle grip. I would like to send you photos.

    • Kevin Moore January 18, 2012, 8:11 pm

      I am interested in this pistol please send me some photos and a price

  • Bill Luther January 1, 2012, 5:46 pm

    I have a rifle and derringer that has been passed on to me through the family.

    I am trying to get a value for each.

    The rifle is a 1832 Springfield Flint-Lock/Musket with H & P on cap. It has a bayonet. I have pictures if necessary, but am looking for a value.

    The other I have is a Remington Model 95 .41 Rimfire Derringer. From what I understand/researched it is a 2nd Variation or Type II estimated to have been made in the 1890’s. It has bluing. I also have a couple of dozen .41 rimfire bullets for it.

    I am looking for a value for each and how I would go about selling.

    Thanks – Bill Luther

  • patsy bryant December 31, 2011, 4:18 pm

    I have original winchester 32/20 with hexagon barrel serial number
    865898 what is it worth now it is in beautiful shape

  • Bill Hammersley December 14, 2011, 3:13 pm

    I have a Colt Thuer Model 3 .44 cal. Rimfire Deringer. The serial number is 3 and I believe it was manufactured in 1876 in Hartford, CT. Any idea how much this is worth?

  • Rick Southam December 8, 2011, 4:16 am

    I was left three shotguns from my fathers estate. I would like to find out approximately what the are worth. All three are in mint condition with no marks on them. The first is a Winchester 20 guage side by side Golden Quail. It is one of 500 and has gold inlay and is covered in ingraving. The second gun is a Browning 20 guage over and under. It has lightning engraved on the under side of the gun. It too, is covered in engraving. The third is a Japanese shotgun. It is a Kawamaguci 12 guage side by side. It says model f and says k.f.c. On the side and is also scovered in engraving. I have not been able to find any other ma rkings on the gun. Our local gun shops cant find anything on the shotgun. Thank you for any info on these and possible value.

  • cary churchill December 7, 2011, 2:13 pm

    i recieved a new england 45-70 single shot riffle for my birthday in the early 1992 or 93 just woundering what the value of this is for insuance purpaces ?

  • jimmy bean December 3, 2011, 11:57 am

    I won a remington 870 express pump action 8-9 years ago have no use for it could you tell me what it is worth? never fired 12 gauge

  • Mel December 1, 2011, 11:41 pm

    It’s a Model 3 American First Model (single action). It could be either a .44 S&W American cal. or a .44 rimfire Henry cal. It should be a 6 shot fluted cylinder with a 6, 7 or 8 inch round barrel, walnut grips. Value $1100 up to $8000 (pristine). Checkm Blue Book 31st edition page 1686.
    Good Luck, Mel

  • 1871 S&W 44cal nickle plated serial number 17 November 30, 2011, 11:47 pm

    1871 S&W 44cal nickle plated serial number 17 not in great condition but all parts are original with matching numbers, there is no photos of this in any books whats might this be worth, because it is not in any books some think it is some kind of a copy but nobody can show a photo of a copy or say who made the copy,

  • Bob B. November 30, 2011, 7:47 pm

    I have a collection of 80 plus Rugers. 2 and 3 digit, matching serial numbers and unusual models. From 3 digit Standard 22 w/box to more current models. Long guns, pistols, revolvers, some shotguns. Just a lot of things that interested me. Is this a job for an auction house or should I attempt to sell through gunsamerica?

    • Administrator November 30, 2011, 8:30 pm

      I think that many modern firearms are manageable for GA, but it wouldn’t hurt to talk to Rock Island and sit down with the blue book and see what the numbers are. It is like anything else, the devil is in the details. Gauge how much work it is against the monetary gain and see if it is worth it to you to do with the work.

  • Bill Hammersley November 30, 2011, 3:31 pm

    Have a High Standard Supermatic Shadow O/U 12Ga. Trap. Only 50 made. How much is this worth?

    • Bill Hammersley December 20, 2011, 4:31 pm

      Not too many replys here are there?

  • Pete Nielsen November 30, 2011, 2:18 pm

    I see a lot of unanswered questions, what’s up with that? If you are going to offer people answers about values etc. you had better do it. Remember, consistency is the secret to everything. So get with the program and answer these questions.

    • diesel September 4, 2012, 7:02 pm

      NO offense,but you can pretty much get a close Idea of gun value by following the trades in Gunsamerica Auctions, there is one of the best references there is. Sorry,but if your a beguiner and are going to do well in guns at all, get wise, follow the Auctions in any large gun auction, but for me Guns America is so huge, it will, sooner or later give you what info you need, TRY It. As Ive written before Blue book of guns is not real cheap book for novists,but its certainlly an accurate way to start getting your game on. Diesel,

  • Mike D. November 30, 2011, 1:49 pm

    I can attest to Guns America’s advice on selling a collection of guns. Every dealer, with the exception of one, that I have ever dealt with, has always tried to lowball me on buying or trading both old or new guns. I had one dealer who sold me a new gun for $500 and when I wanted to trade it, in pristine condition, a few months later he offered me $230. No gun devalues that quickly. I ended up trading it to the one gun dealer I found who is honest. Honest dealers are as rare as hen’s teeth. So take Guns America’s advice and use their site or Rock Island to sell your collections, you will save yourself a lot of headaches and be much happier with the final value in the long run.

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  • Ian Noble November 30, 2011, 6:49 am

    Dear Sir / Madam

    I own an Arrieta Imperial Sabel 12 bore SxS, side lock, self opener, etc etc. its I.D. No is 24200
    Although it’s not particularly old (built circa 1977 & first sold in Madrid) I have recently had it restocked by Arrieta @ a cost of over £2000.00
    The gun is in very good condition and I am interested to find out it’s value, etc.
    I am looking to sell so any information that you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks in anticipation for your valued time.

  • Richard Shoemaker November 30, 2011, 5:43 am

    How much is a Smith & Wesson revolver Model 10 with a 2 inch all chrome barrell worth? Its in the original wax paper and box and has only ben fired 5 times. It was bought new in 1967.

    • Richard November 30, 2011, 12:04 pm

      I just bought a 4 inch model 10-7 for $199.00 that was a Dallas PD release service revolver from the ’60’s … the first weapon issued to me when I was in the DPD in the early 60’s! Yours could be worth more. And it’s probably nickel coated. Are you looking to sell it?

  • Tim Hatley November 26, 2011, 2:25 am

    Would would an Ithaca 12ga 2 3/4 chambered Model 37 SN 47— be worth? The wood is in nice shape and it has a hunting engraving on the side. Thanks!

  • Mac Baker November 16, 2011, 3:38 pm

    Is there a website anywhere that I can put in serial #s of rifles and get a manufacture date and approximate value?


    • diesel September 4, 2012, 6:56 pm

      The blue book of guns has sections on guns dates by serial numbers in the back, great reference, ON line Im not sure but a Blue Book is a necessity anyway even if you only have a few guns ore even less just if your interested, Ive had them for so many years I cant remember. buy it at amazon .com on line good luck friend

  • lisa November 10, 2011, 9:17 am

    I am triny to find out about my browning light 12 gauge shot gun 2 inch patent # 105358 is it worth any thing I no it,s at least 30 year,s old

  • Stu October 30, 2011, 6:31 pm

    I have a Winchester Double Express 7x.57 that I am considering selling but do not know the real value of the rifle. It was left to me by my Father when he passed 14 years ago. The weapon is in near mint condition. I do not believe it has ever been fired. I was curious if you could provide me with a basic range on the rifle. I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you.

  • jim thompson October 23, 2011, 6:14 pm

    I have my Great grandpa’s smith and wesson32 cal army 2 tip up 1860 rim fire in good firing condition with pictures of him holding it on Irn plate and him as a sheriff in Boone County Indiana circa 1890’s His name is Harrison Ellis Dill born 1858 and died 1942 relative to president william henry harrison. looks like him to. What would it be worth?

    • Administrator October 23, 2011, 10:52 pm

      You should get in touch with Rock Island this is the perfect kind of auction piece that has an interesting story.

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  • 9372Drilling September 23, 2011, 9:59 am

    To DECo5003: The “UTIGA” was put in “all capital letters” so it would give the “unknowledgable buyer” the impression that it was made in “UTICA” New York, like the Ithacas and Lafevres were. They were cheap immitations of the Lafever Nitro Special. My father bought me one of these in 1954 or 1955, when I was eight years old. He firmly believed that it was a much higher quality American-made weapon, but it had Spanish proofmarks on the water table so it was probably imported from there. Now, surprisingly, the old gun shot very, very well, patterned beautifully with #4 high brass loads, and was a really good starter gun for me. However, the stock literally came off of it when both barrels “doubled” and from that point forward the sears were so worn (this is a five-year old gun at the time) that merely closing the action would fire the left barrel, and the right barrel would also fire (DOUBLE) the left one if we managed to get it closed without it going off. Needless to say, it was totally unsafe to use. I traded it to a gunsmith for $15 “junk” value around 1960, and went to a Browning A-5. PLEASE BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH YOURS and have it checked out by a gunsmith (trying it with “snap caps” is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND PROBABLY WON’T COST ANYTHING at most gun shops) before trying to either sell or use it. Good luck with it. Phillip Stabler

  • Brian S. Benton September 17, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Can you give me an estimated value price on an L. Franchi Brescia, 12 gauge Automatic, made in Italy. I am looking to sell this part of my collection.

    Brian Benton

  • george bellofatto September 16, 2011, 6:56 pm

    can you help me withthe followwing gun value estimates 1-8mm japansee namboo with hard shell holster excellent condition 1-m-1 garand bolt action 30/06/. 2-snub nose 38’s 1- detective special &- 1 chief special,1 jc whitney black powder revolver with n haven stamped on barrel ser #21057 0 on bbl/of pistol-axle and rammer rod and chamber.safari arms stainless 45 widowmaker scrimshaw of spider on ivory grip covers. sig sauerp-226 stainless 40 caliber with gunsmith accurate work done on it. 9mm smith and wesson blued pistol with maple grips new never fired but beautyful , 1-jc higgens 12 guage bolt action shotgun very good condition,1-varmit rifle a winchester 223 I think I got to get in the safe with scope and strap,1-colt cobra l/w 2″ 38 special with speed loader and holster. 1-ithica skb 12 guage semi auto shotgun fair condition.1-ak-47romarm/cugir/cai-7.62 x 39 with 4 30 round clips 1-5 round hunting clip spare springs manual and 1000 rounds of ammo.

  • dcrabby September 15, 2011, 12:35 pm

    What is meant by the term ‘Utility Value’ ?

    • Administrator September 15, 2011, 12:38 pm

      It means that it is similar in value to a used gun of current or recent manufacture that does the same thing, like a Rossi shotgun compared to an old Savage/Stevens or no-name hardware store gun.

  • greg johns September 15, 2011, 1:45 am

    i have a walther p38 from ww2 era (around 38-43) and would like to find out how much it might be worth. it has all the matching insignas on the barrel and reciever and original holster

    • Jack Kernochan November 30, 2011, 4:02 pm

      I think you could ascertain the NEAR value of your P-38. Value depends on many many things (Condition,matching numbers, ALL the required marks,rarity of that particular model etc.etc. !) try “Bluebook of Gun Values”. If you are seriously considering selling,Give me a shout on E- Mail,perhaps we can work something out,I have been looking for one maybe we can swap for a luger( I have 2 Lugers) are you interested? Thanks , Jack

      • Jim May 18, 2015, 2:37 pm

        Do you still have the Lugers?

  • Deco5003 September 2, 2011, 2:00 pm

    I have a shotgun Gauge 20 I just see ” The UTIGA” is this the brand?

    • Administrator September 2, 2011, 2:36 pm

      Yes, it probably is, but since a google search produces nothing for Utiga shotgun, it is probably a hardware store brand from the 40s to the 60s or so, and they were generally made by Savage/Stevens, H&R, or Mossberg, and it has utility value only.

  • peter michalak August 20, 2011, 2:43 pm

    i’m trying to find out what a j c higgins side by side 12 gauge shot guns is worth. model 1070 purchased in 1950

    • Administrator August 23, 2011, 1:01 pm

      About $200 maybe.

  • laura Devoe August 2, 2011, 8:55 pm

    hello. have some shotguns from my dad esatate . weatheby 3of them and 1 perazzi . he was a trap shooter and love this sport.he won many prizes. i do not shoot trap or ducks? there are 2 athenas &1 orion and 1 perazzi 12ga mx8.please email me if you can help. thanks Laura

    • Administrator August 3, 2011, 5:28 pm

      We have attempted to reply to this via email but the address was typed wrong.

    • brian March 17, 2013, 9:18 pm

      email me please

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