I have been spending this past week at the Rock Island Auction Company, making a series of videos on guns that will be in their upcoming regional auction (they will start running on the site here at the beginning of June). I posted a few photos on Facebook, and had someone request a video. Well…why not? So I put together a brief tour of the place. This coming auction will have about 6,500 guns for sale, and that makes for some pretty impressive racks of guns to browse through looking for good video subjects. 🙂
For the record, the “regional” auctions at RIA differ from the “premiere” auctions in a couple significant ways. The premiere auctions have the nicer and more valuable guns, almost always sold as individual pieces. The regional auctions have the less valuable guns, which are mostly batched together into multi-gun lots. The idea is that the company wants to keep the dollar value of each lot higher (usually $1000+) to make for an efficient business, and doing that with things like reasonably common surplus military arms requires putting them into groups.