NRA 2016: Rock Island Auction Brings Rare Guns to the Floor

    Expos like the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting or the SHOT Show are usually places to find the latest and greatest in the firearms world. Sometimes, however, exhibitors┬ábring along relics of the past, forgotten firearms that haven’t seen the public spotlight in decades or even centuries. For Rock Island Auction, these kinds of items are their business, and in reflection of that, the auction company brought some extremely rare and unusual rifles to the NRA 2016 showroom floor.


    Fee, fie, fo, fum, I smell an old wood-and-steel gun.


    In the photo above, from top to bottom:

    That wasn’t all RIA had to show off; of particular note were,

    An M1 Garand in .22-06 Duplex, second from top (note the thinner barrel):


    An original Model of 1903 Springfield with rod-bayonet and early front sight (middle):


    And a Model of 1903 Springfield equipped with an ultra-rare Pedersen Device:


    The very definition of “top secret firepower” in 1918.



    If you are at the show this weekend, be sure to check out all the fascinating weapons at Rock Island Auction’s booth (No. 3239). If not, follow along at home as we cover the show here at The Firearm Blog!



    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]