Rock Island Auction Roundup

    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. He can be reached via email at [email protected]