'Firearms collectibles are on the rise,' says Manion's

More people are consigning more and more militaria firearms to auctions, according to Manion's International Auction House, based in Kansas City, US.

Manion's - a renowned seller of militaria, medals and other war related memorabilia - currently holds hundreds of firearms items available on the private market.

The auctioneer holds a Federal Firearms License, allowing it to buy and sell firearms.

"For whatever reason, [collectible firearms] are on the rise," said Manion's firearms specialist Patrick McWilliams, quoted on the News-Antique website.

"We're seeing more and more variety. Everything from $100 shotguns to World War Two German weapons worth several thousand dollars."

DWM Russian Model Luger pistol
A Russian Model Luger pistol, sold by Manion's last year with bids opening at $20k

"We're listing between 10 and 20 different pieces a week - sometimes more," said McWilliams.

"We recently received a very rare Canadian Ross rifle, rejected as unsuitable for the trenches of France during WWI and sold to the US Army for use as a drill rifle.

"We also recently sold a one-of-a-kind Walther PP, presented by WWII German Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler to a high ranking SS officer," he said.

According to Manion's, collectors are better off selling their weapons through a reputed dealer than trying to do it individually.

"Even with our commission, consignors generally receive much more revenue than they would through a local dealer or during a gun show," said McWilliams.


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