There are some really exceptional pieces for sale in the upcoming RIA auction. The auction has a little of everything, from items which will likely sell for a few hundred dollars to rare collectibles that will certainly command tens of thousands. There are way too many interesting items for me to link to them all here, but here area a couple of my favorites:
This is an extremely scarce example of the original Colt “Offensive Handgun” semi automatic pistol in 45 ACP. This pistol was one of tool room or prototype test sample designs that was submitted by Colt Firearms in response to the Navy solicitation for the Offensive Handgun program.
The design for this pistol was developed by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) at Fort Benning, Georgia. In early 2004, the AMU was requested to develop a .45 ACP combat style pistol out of commercially available off-the-shelf components. This pistol was to meet the needs of U.S. forces stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan who wanted a more powerful sidearm to use in close combat situations than what was currently available.
This is an excellent example of a fully automatic M1A rifle as produced by Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo Ill. This rifle is the same basic version of the Government M14 rifle as used during Vietnam. I