Rock Island Auction Roundup

2015-02-15 20_46_03-Lady's Home Companion at RIA - YouTube

Forgotten Weapons has done an overview of some of the guns offered at the Rock Island Auction this season. There is a wide variety of guns featured in their videos, so no matter what you’re interested in there is something there for you.

First, the Starr revolver, and it’s interesting double-action mechanism:

Next a Khyber Pass Martini pistol, a sort of Pashtun frontier-kitsch obrez:

The Roper Repeating Shotgun, a very early rotary-magazine fed repeater:

Standard Arms Model G, one of the early American selfloaders, tested by the military. It was convertible from semiautomatic to pump action, akin to the much later SPAS-12:

The Ladies Home Companion, which is sort of like a Taurus Judge, if the Taurus Judge weighed as much as a fully loaded M4 and was much, much harder to load:

The Fiala Model 20 Combination Gun, a manually operated pistol with attachable shoulder stock:

The Shansei .45 ACP Broomhandle, combining the Chinese love affairs with both the Mauser pistol and the .45 ACP cartridge:

Winchester 1893 and 1897, the second Browning repeating shotgun design, and the first highly successful one by any designer:

And finally Moore’s Patent revolver, the first swing-out cylinder revolver:

Each of these videos is well-worth watching. I highly recommend our readers take time to watch at least one or two of them.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • nougabol

    Every time something new… Keep it up Ian.

    • DIR911911 .

      “new”??? . . . some of these guns are nearly as old as me 🙂

  • the ammo addict

    Typo alert: It’s a Roper not a Rober.

    • Wow, good catch! I was sure I’d spelled it with a “P”!

  • Jeff Smith

    I’ve loved these videos more than I could possibly explain. Thanks, Ian!

  • The Truth of the Matter

    I think I need one of those .45ACP broomhandles. Looks like a fun gun to shoot.

  • Amanofdragons

    If I’m not mistaken, the ladies home companion could also fire 45-70 rounds as well. Needless to say, I want one.

  • Cymond

    I remember seeing a weird pistol at a gunshow as a kid. It looked semi-auto, but the seller insisted that it was manually operated. I’ve been trying to figure out what it was for years. It was probably a Fiala!