LS&B Investments To Host Rare Collector Gun Auction On March 1 & 2

This sampling is just a few of the hundreds of firearms that will be auctioned off on March 1 & 2, 2024, in Southern California’s Simi Valley.

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posted on February 15, 2024
An unprecedented selection of five Henry rifles will be included in this auction, including two engraved brass framed examples and two ultra-rare iron frame Henrys.
An unprecedented selection of five Henry rifles will be included in this auction, including two engraved brass frame examples and two ultra-rare iron frame Henrys.
Images courtesy of Credit Lock Stock & Barrel Investments (lsbauctions.com).

A portion of the LS&B auction proceeds will benefit the National Rifle Association and its mission.


In what may be viewed as another victory for the 4.2 million gun owners living in the Golden State—one of the most anti-gun states in America—California will be the location of one of the most spectacular live collectable firearms auctions of the decade. The Lock Stock and Barrel Premiere West Coast Firearms Collector’s Auction, which will be held in Southern California’s Simi Valley, Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, will be a noteworthy two-day auction featuring approximately 800 rifles, pistols, shotguns and related memorabilia from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, with many being offered for public sale for the first time.

A 4-Digit 1912 Production WWI Colt Model of 1911 U.S. Navy .45 ACP Pistol from the second year of production.A four-digit 1912-production World War I Colt Model of 1911 U.S. Navy .45 ACP pistol from the second year of production.

This firearm auction is being sponsored by the well-known online auction firm, Lock Stock & Barrel Investments; unlike their many highly-respected Internet auctions over the years, this will be Lock Stock and Barrel’s first live auction, combining in-person participation along with phone-in bids and mail-in bids, as well as bids using Proxibid, LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable and Icollector.

An early, possibly Ulrich-engraved Winchester Model 1866 saddle ring carbine lever action – one of two 1866 Winchesters to be auctioned.An early, possibly Ulrich-engraved, Winchester Model 1866 saddle ring carbine lever action—one of two 1866 Winchesters to be auctioned.

The auction will feature a wide assortment of rarities that include a 19th century presentation set of cased Durs Egg over-under flintlock pistols, a collection of iron-frame and brass-frame Henry rifles, a Winchester 1873 rifle, serial number 1 of 1,000, a World War I C96 Broomhandle Red Nine 9 mm Mauser pistol with original shoulder stock and numerous U.S. trial guns and U.S. sniper rifles. In total, this auction will encompass the entire gamut of firearms collecting, according to Spencer Hoglund, CEO of Lock Stock & Barrel.

An engraved Civil War-era 7th Illinois 1860 Henry Rifle inscribed: “Death to Traitors.”An engraved Civil War-era 7th Illinois 1860 Henry Rifle inscribed: Death to Traitors.

“The inspiration for this in-person auction came from a ‘dream collection’ we acquired that was previously unknown to the outside world,” says Hoglund. “It was a collection with enough incredible guns that inspired us to rent a physical auction site, print a quality full-color catalogue and create an exciting venue for collectors and firearms enthusiasts.”

Factory Winchester 1890 Prototype Magazine Lever-Action rifle, .22 WRF & Drawings, Circa 1906 (1) - An ultra-rare and previously unknown Winchester 1890 prototype lever action .22 WRF with patent drawings, circa 1906.An ultra-rare and previously unknown Winchester 1890 prototype lever-action .22 WRF with patent drawings, circa 1906.

Once word got out via the gun collecting grapevine about the upcoming auction, other rare firearms were soon added. However, the core collection came from a pioneering North Dakota family that eventually relocated to the Pacific Northwest, taking their constantly growing gun collection with them, and acquiring more guns along the way, selling a few, but always keeping the best for themselves.

A correct WWI Mauser C96 Broomhandle Red Nine 9mm pistol with shoulder stock.A correct World War I Mauser C96 Broomhandle Red Nine 9 mm pistol with shoulder stock.

Among the many guns to be auctioned off to the highest bidder will be a Winchester 1873 serial number 7, a two-digit Iron Frame 1860 Henry rifle, a complete 1897 Winchester “Double W” bullet board, an experimental Browning-designed 1890 .22 WRF lever action, a four-digit U.S. Navy Colt Government 1911, a framed set of matched Colt Python “Snake Eyes” .357 Magnums with 2.5" barrels, and numerous presentation engraved percussion Colts.

Springfield 1903 Mark I rifle with rare Pedersen Device, magazine and accessories from 1919Springfield 1903 Mark I rifle with rare Pedersen Device, magazine and accessories from 1919.

Further snubbing California’s anti-gun politics, Lock Stock and Barrel is planning to donate two of the guns in this auction to the National Rifle Association of America (NRA), with 100 percent of the proceeds from those two guns going to the NRA-ILA. In addition, LSB is putting a separate donation insert into every catalog for those who wish to contribute to the NRA.

This rare matched pair of Colt Python Snake Eyes .357 Magnum 2.5” Double Action Revolvers is one of only 500 sets that were issued in 1989. The set is complete with its original display case and box.This rare matched pair of Colt Python Snake Eyes .357 Magnum 2.5” Double Action Revolvers is one of only 500 sets that were issued in 1989. The set is complete with its original display case and box.

“This auction flies in the face of everyone who says you can’t have a high-end gun auction in an anti-gun state like California,” Hoglund said. “Lock Stock and Barrel is proving them wrong. However, we’re not giving up our twice-a-month online auctions; they will continue. But guns of such historical and collectable interest as we have gathered for this event deserve a live auction such as this, where potential buyers can actually handle and personally examine the guns.”

A 100% complete Winchester “Double W” 1897-era ammunition board will be auctioned off.A 100 percent complete Winchester “Double W” 1897-era ammunition board will be auctioned off.

The Lock Stock and Barrel Premier West Coast Firearms Collector’s Auction will be held at the Best Western Posada Royale, 1775 Madera Rd; Simi Valley, CA 93065; (805) 584-6300. Festivities will kick off on Thursday, February 29th with a meet-and-greet cocktail reception and preview party from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. PST, where all guns will be on display.

This cased pair of Durs Egg presentation over/under .48 caliber flintlock pistols dates from 1820-30.This cased pair of Durs Egg presentation over-under .48-cal. flintlock pistols dates from 1820 to 1830.

The live auction will be held Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. PST until approximately 5 p.m. PST, or until the last lot is sold. Food may be purchased, and a no-host bar will be available throughout the auction on both days.

This early Winchester Model 1873 1 of 1,000 1873 lever action rifle will be part of the LSB 2-day auction.This early Winchester Model 1873 1 of 1,000 1873 lever-action rifle will be part of the LSB 2-day auction.

Auction catalogs are $30 each and will also be available for purchase on-site. However, they will be free to registered bidders. For special hotel rates and information on other nearby accommodations, as well as for all other inquiries, contact LSB at [email protected]; call (805) 285-0715; or visit LSBAuctions.com.

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