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The Persistence of Greg Lampe
Rock Island Auction Company is proud to unveil for the first time, the incomparable Greg Lampe Collection. Selections from this supremely well-curated grouping will be offered in our May 2023 Premier Auction. It is a collection decades in the making filled with the highest condition specimens, many of which are accompanied by tremendous amounts of scholarly research. Simply put, the Greg Lampe Collection is something all collections can aspire to. Follow us! Email: http://eepurl.com/cg4yPb Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockIslandAuctionCompany Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockislandauction/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RIauction
Theodore Roosevelt's Smith & Wesson Revolver
Seldom do guns belonging to U.S. presidents come to auction, and scarcer still are those belonging to men as historically significant and captivating as Theodore Roosevelt. This superb, factory engraved Smith & Wesson is a rarity in its own right, but its iron clad provenance to Roosevelt sets it in a whole new stratosphere. It was shipped the very same day that TR left the East Coast en route to San Antonio to take his place with the famed Rough Riders. This Smith & Wesson No. 3 New Model revolver is a national treasure, and has the condition, embellishment, history, and rarity every bit befitting such a piece. It's now ready to take its place as the cornerstone in a new collection. Follow us! Email: http://eepurl.com/cg4yPb Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockIslandAuctionCompany Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockislandauction/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RIauction
Drilling & Schienendrilling German Hunting Arms
German drillings, a combination of two shotguns barrels and one rifle barrel, offered much in the way of versatility for the German hunter. As with most fine arms, they also enjoyed fine embellishment and changed to suit their users' preferences over time. Here, Howard Dixon examines two classic drillings, one in a traditional configuration and the other in an unusual barrel arrangement that perhaps reflects a change in hunting of the period. With the rifle barrel placed on top, they are known as schienendrillings, rib drillings, rail drillings, and even waldläufer (literally "forest runner"). Follow us! Email: http://eepurl.com/cg4yPb Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockIslandAuctionCompany Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockislandauction/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RIauction
Daily Defense Season 3 Trailer
If you thought Jeff had run out of concise, no-nonsense information and advice about personal defense... You were wrong! A whole new season of Daily Defense is coming soon. In Season 3, Jeff goes hands-on with personal defense firearms at the SIG Sauer Academy range in New Hampshire, helping real-world folks take control of their Daily Defense. Our host, Jeff Gonzales, is a retired U.S. Navy S.E.A.L., noted firearm and self-defense instructor, and president of Trident Concepts, a successful firearm training company. This is NOT instruction for wanna-be Special Forces operators or competition "gamers," but rather practical self-defense guidance the average armed citizen can use in his or her daily life. Stay tuned to this channel for new weekly episodes of Daily Defense Season 3!
The Controversial Major General Daniel Sickles
"Union General Daniel Sickles is one of the most controversial figures of the American Civil War." Lead Historian Seth Isaacson dives into the mixed legacy of Major General Sickles. Was he a murderer, thief, and philanderer or was he a veteran Medal of Honor recipient that lost a leg for his country at Gettysburg and then fought to have the battlefield enshrined? While historians remain conflicted regarding Sickles, several of his personal items will be offered in our December Premier. Including a Colt factory presentation 1855 Sidehammer "Root" revolver, his inscribed and lavish Tiffany & Co. officer's sword, and his Civil War era cane with inscription. Follow us! Email: http://eepurl.com/cg4yPb Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockIslandAuctionCompany Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockislandauction/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RIauction
From the Vault: Ruger Super Blackhawk
"A gun that does its job so well, we tend to take it for granted," is how Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem describes the Ruger® Super Blackhawk® - a deficiency he redresses in this video! Under founder Bill Ruger, "Sturm, Ruger & Co." first produced two .22 rimfire guns, the Standard Model .22 Automatic Pistol and the Single-Six® single action revolver. Then it was time for a centerfire single action revolver, the "small frame" Blackhawk in .357 Magnum. When the .44 Magnum cartridge came along, Ruger tried to chamber the Blackhawk for it, but the gun was just too small. The frame was extended and the cylinder beefed up, and thus the Super Blackhawk was born in 1959. Like the Colt Single Action Army, you have to pull the hammer to half-cock to load it, and it's not safe to put that hammer down on a chamber with a live round in it (later resolved by Ruger transfer bar safety system in 1973). The Super Blackhawk also got a longer grip, "dragoon" triggerguard, wider hammer spur, and extra protection for the rear sight. Steve's shows us the details of his Super Blackhawk that's been customized by our friend Bobby Tyler and his crew at Tyler Gun Works in Texas. The Super Blackhawk is super popular with handgun hunters because it's so reliable and does its job so well it doesn't draw the wrong type of attention to itself. It's so robust that loading manuals include extra-powerful .44 Magnum loads ONLY for the Ruger Super Blackhawk.
Wild Bill Hickok’s Deadwood Revolver
Wild Bill Hickok is one of the legendary figures of the Wild West, and his untimely murder at just 39-years of age remains one of the largest stories of the era. Offered by Rock Island Auction Company is the heavily documented Smith & Wesson No. 2 Old Army revolver that was owned and carried by Wild Bill Hickok during his brief time in Deadwood. He is documented to have owned one during his brief time in Deadwood, and numerous historians and authors state that he was carrying one when he was killed. Its provenance is solid, but a different question remains: is this the revolver Wild Bill was carrying that fateful day in the No. 10 saloon? 0:46 - Hickok's life just before Deadwood 1:19 - Hickok en route to Deadwood 1:56 - Was Wild Bill a model citizen or troublemaker? 2:58 - Premonitions of his own death 3:35 - The day before Hickok's death 4:08 - Dead Man's Hand 6:34 - Will Bill Hickok's Smith & Wesson No. 2 Old Army revolver 7:37 - Was he carrying this revolver when he died? 9:17 - A poem for Wild Bill Follow us! Email: http://eepurl.com/cg4yPb Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockIslandAuctionCompany Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockislandauction/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RIauction
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