Bows vs Guns

During the American Revolution, Benja Franklin, America’s most proent intellectual, suggested the Continental Army adopt bows as well as pikes. Though Franklin’s idea was rooted in history, his proposal was quickly discarded. But why? While firearms had been used for centuries, the bow and arrow had been used for millennia by that point, dating back at least as far as 70,000 BCE. So why did firearms eclipse the bow, and why were bows considered so impractical for warfare by the late 18th century that Franklin’s proposal gained no traction? Since we are discussing this in the context of the American Revolution, we’ll compare European bows to flintlock muskets, and take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of each weapon. A pair of engraved Snaphance Italian pistols. The snaphance was one of the earliest forms of flint and steel ignition. Advantages of the Bow In Franklin’s letter to Charles […]

L.A. Huffman: Window to the West

Laton Alton Huffman’s photography captured the spirit of the Old West and a changing way of life during the last two decades of the American frontier. Through portraits of the people, wildlife, landscapes, and industry of late 19th century Montana Territory, Huffman documented an authentic vision of the West that few of his contemporaries equaled. Framed self-portrait print by L.A. Huffman, with Huffman’s hat and leather portfolio included. Much of what we associate with the Old West today also unfolded in Montana Territory. From armed hostilities between Native Americans and settlers, the beginning of reservation life, to the decline of the American bison and the cattle barons that rose in their place, L.A. Huffman was out on the range with his camera capturing it all. L.A. Huffman was an artistic icon of Montana Territory during the frontier era. Huffman’s photographs merge high artistry with an eye for historic detail, shying […]

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Important Second Amendment Case

GOA’s Aidan Johnston, Dick Heller, and GOA’s Philip Reboli The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen today—a case that will likely be the Second Amendment SCOTUS case of this decade. GOA and GOF have been following this landmark case closely. GOA and GOF submitted an amicus brief in support of New York State gun owners and laid out an argument against the state’s gun-grabbing laws. Currently, if you are a law-abiding citizen, New York State won’t issue you a permit without what they call “proper cause.” This means they can arbitrarily deny your right to carry a gun for protection, even if you have a clean record. Not only is that unconstitutional, but it is also seriously troubling considering the 97% jump in shootings and 45% increase in murders in New York City last year. New York State is in clear […]

PA: Pass Constitutional Carry and Strengthen Preemption

Contact your State Senator to Pass SB 565 and SB 448 I have very good news! It looks like the Pennsylvania Senate will vote very soon on both Constitutional Carry (SB 565) and a bill to strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law (SB 448). PA Capitol Constitutional Carry (SB 565) was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee right before the summer break in July. Once passed in the Senate, it will move to the House where House Majority Leader, Kerry Benninghoff (R-171), has promised to bring it up for a vote. Let’s hold him to that promise by giving him the Senate bill. SB 565 would affirm the Constitutional right of every person inside Pennsylvania to keep and bear firearms without a permit, including the right to carry openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded. And for those who travel, a License to Carry Firearms can still be obtained for purposes […]

Gun Prices Going Up (and Why)

With firearm purchases at a fifty-year high and a record number of first-time gun buyers choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights, it might feel natural to assume that any increase in gun prices is just another bubble in the market that will eventually taper off. When it comes to firearms, however, particularly antique guns and rare vintage military arms, there are far more factors to consider when looking at values and trends. Most gun genres have indeed seen price increases over the years, but so has almost everything else. From food, cars, and energy costs, inflation has skyrocketed to a thirty-year record and pushed up prices across the board. While there’s certainly some overlap between firearm values and CPI as a whole, inflation alone can’t explain the rapid upsurge observed in numerous popular gun genres. So why are gun prices climbing? Reaction to political rhetoric and fear of economic […]

Selections from the Hank Williams Jr. Gun Collection

Any fan of country music, Monday Night Football, and American entertainment will instantly recognize the legendary Hank Williams Jr. From his signature hat, beard, and sunglasses to his larger than life persona, the man called Bocephus has truly left his mark on popular culture. For anyone who follows the famous singer-songwriter, it should come as no surprise that this “good old boy from Alabama” is also an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and lifelong gun collector. The Hank Williams Jr. Collection offers a variety of rare revolvers, from vintage to modern, all owned by the country music iconic. Hailing from a long line of gun owners, Hank Williams Jr. started collecting at an early age. As the singer’s fame and fortune grew, so did his firearms collection, covering everything from antiques like the Regton Model 1875 SAA to comparatively modern revolvers such as this Smith & Wesson prototype 629. Rock Island Auction […]

Is Concealed Carry Worth It? Should You Carry A Gun Or Not?

Learn More In Our New Gun Owner’s Guide To Concealed Carry Is Concealed Carry Worth It? The Answer…Is Complex You might wonder “is concealed carry worth it” and…well, the answer is complicated, depending on exactly how you mean “worth it.” In the most simplistic terms, having a gun and a concealed carry holster is about as “worth it” as a fire extinguisher… …but it isn’t that simple. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth the hassle to bother […]

Is Concealed Carry Worth It? Should You Carry A Gun Or Not?

Learn More In Our New Gun Owner’s Guide To Concealed Carry Is Concealed Carry Worth It? The Answer…Is Complex You might wonder “is concealed carry worth it” and…well, the answer is complicated, depending on exactly how you mean “worth it.” In the most simplistic terms, having a gun and a concealed carry holster is about as “worth it” as a fire extinguisher… …but it isn’t that simple. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth the hassle to bother […]

The New Gun Owner’s Guide To Holsters

See Our Holsters Here Everything You Need To Know About Holsters If you need a holster, and don’t know a single thing about them other than what they are, we’re going to tell you almost everything you need to know. A new gun owner may eventually want to concealed carry or start practicing with their pistol in a more practical fashion, or maybe even both. You’ll need a holster for that. But it isn’t as simple as just picking […]

The New Gun Owner’s Guide To Holsters

See Our Holsters Here Everything You Need To Know About Holsters If you need a holster, and don’t know a single thing about them other than what they are, we’re going to tell you almost everything you need to know. A new gun owner may eventually want to concealed carry or start practicing with their pistol in a more practical fashion, or maybe even both. You’ll need a holster for that. But it isn’t as simple as just picking […]

What’s The Best Concealed Carry Holster? 5 Top Choices

Find Your Concealed Carry Holster Here The 5 Best Holsters For Most Purposes There’s a lot of argument over what the best concealed carry holster is in terms of material, brand and so on. And most of it is down to personal preference. There are a lot of really good ones out there. Is there really an objective “best?” Of course not; it’s like trying to argue what the best sports car is; people have such different preferences that […]

What’s The Best Concealed Carry Holster? 5 Top Choices

Find Your Concealed Carry Holster Here The 5 Best Holsters For Most Purposes There’s a lot of argument over what the best concealed carry holster is in terms of material, brand and so on. And most of it is down to personal preference. There are a lot of really good ones out there. Is there really an objective “best?” Of course not; it’s like trying to argue what the best sports car is; people have such different preferences that […]

IWB vs OWB Holsters For Concealed Carry: Which Is Better?

What’s The Best Concealed Carry Holster? Read About What The Best Ones Are… IWB vs OWB For Concealed Carry You might wonder what kind of holster IWB vs OWB is the better choice, especially if you’re just getting started carrying a gun. After all, you want to make things easier on yourself, not harder! Which, between IWB vs OWB holsters for concealed carry, is better? The truth…is that it gets a little complicated. There are advantages and […]

IWB vs OWB Holsters For Concealed Carry: Which Is Better?

What’s The Best Concealed Carry Holster? Read About What The Best Ones Are… IWB vs OWB For Concealed Carry You might wonder what kind of holster IWB vs OWB is the better choice, especially if you’re just getting started carrying a gun. After all, you want to make things easier on yourself, not harder! Which, between IWB vs OWB holsters for concealed carry, is better? The truth…is that it gets a little complicated. There are advantages and […]

Defining Antique Military Arms

Throughout the centuries, military firearms technology and terology have been constantly evolving. Given this, there are many terms used to identify military shoulder arms that have long since fallen from use in the present day, which can lead to confusion. On top of this, some of these terms have changed over time or are used inconsistently from country to country or person to person. To better understand these terms and how they are used here at Rock Island Auction Company, take a look through this list of common military firearm terms. With our upcog October 6-8 Sporting & Collector Firearms Auction packed to the gills with military firearms, including hundreds of items from the collection of famous U.S. military firearms collector and author George Moller, now seems an excellent time to review some common terms which come up frequently throughout the online catalog. Musket A musket is a long smoothbore […]

Defining Antique Military Arms

Throughout the centuries, military firearms technology and terology have been constantly evolving. Given this, there are many terms used to identify military shoulder arms that have long since fallen from use in the present day, which can lead to confusion. On top of this, some of these terms have changed over time or are used inconsistently from country to country or person to person. To better understand these terms and how they are used here at Rock Island Auction Company, take a look through this list of common military firearm terms. With our upcog October 6-8 Sporting & Collector Firearms Auction packed to the gills with military firearms, including hundreds of items from the collection of famous U.S. military firearms collector and author George Moller, now seems an excellent time to review some common terms which come up frequently throughout the online catalog. Musket A musket is a long smoothbore […]

The Nagant M1895 Revolver: Way Cooler than You Think

The Nagant M1895 Revolver: Way Cooler than You Think Home Template/Blog October 24, 2021 William Lawson Russian surplus weapons are awesome. They just are. They’re different, they’re rugged, they’re often cool, and, aside from sticky Mosin-Nagant bolts, they just plain work. One thing Russian surplus weapons are not known for, however, is elegance. There are no Lugers or Mauser 98 rifle actions emanating from the Rodina. The Nagant M1895 Revolver, though, is one firearm with an understated elegance that is overlooked. The Nagant Revolver is not recognized as one of history’s great battlefield weapons. Nor should it be. The design was almost twenty years old by the time the Great War kicked off in 1914 and it was pressed into service in the Great Patriotic War (that’s World War II to you and me) out of sheer necessity. The unprecedented size and brutality of the war in the East meant […]

Best Big Game Handgun Hunting Cartridges

With more folks being interested in hunting in recent years, they are exploring different types of hunting. Most big game hunters new and old will be grabbing their rifles as they head into the woods, mountains or the back 40. Archery also has a robust number of hunters picking up their compound or traditional bows as they head into the field. There are even a small number of hunters who choose to head out to harvest game with a handgun. (Image via Smith & Wesson) Depending on what game someone is after or where and how they choose to hunt, it may indicate the need for different cartridges. Just as it is with rifles, rifle cartridges, bows, arrows and broadheads, there is a literal pile of different options to choose from. Whether you are looking at large caliber handguns for hunting or just to have for protection while outdoors with […]

The New Gun Owner’s Guide To Concealed Carry

The Alien Gear Holsters’ Guide To Concealed Carry For The Total Beginner Often enough, concealed carry is the next step for the total beginner after getting a handgun. You have the gun in the home, but you want to start taking it with you when you leave the house. Let’s go over everything you need to know to get started. There’s a lot to learn, and we encourage you to learn as much as you can every single facet of concealed carry. And there are a lot of rabbit holes to go down. What we’re going to go over in this guide is the basics, the foundations of what you’re going to need to know and understand, what […]

The New Gun Owner’s Guide To Concealed Carry

The Alien Gear Holsters’ Guide To Concealed Carry For The Total Beginner Often enough, concealed carry is the next step for the total beginner after getting a handgun. You have the gun in the home, but you want to start taking it with you when you leave the house. Let’s go over everything you need to know to get started. There’s a lot to learn, and we encourage you to learn as much as you can every single facet of concealed carry. And there are a lot of rabbit holes to go down. What we’re going to go over in this guide is the basics, the foundations of what you’re going to need to know and understand, what […]