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  About This Auction
Ladies and gentlemen,
Rock Island Auction Company is In TEXAS!!!
The best people and the best gun culture in the world In the heart of the DFW Metroplex. Dallas, the Wall Street of the South,
Fort Worth, and Cow Town are literally 30 minutes from each other. Every hotel and restaurant you could imagine, and two international airports!
I am struggling to find the right words. More specifically, what can you adequately say about watching your dreams come true? When a fantasy conceived years ago over a campfire and a beer actually become a reality?
How lucky am I?
But luck has very little to do with what brought Rock Island Auction Company to the doorstep of opening the finest brick- and-mortar auction facility in the United States in Bedford, Texas. If I am looking for inspiration or credit owed, it rests squarely on the broad shoulders of my father, Patrick Hogan,
our founder. He laid our foundation, brick by brick and by hand. He built this company as a business savant, a hardworking, no-nonsense, pissed-off Irishman with a chip on his shoulder who grew up the hard way on the south side of Chicago. You might not always agree with dad, but understand that whenever he comes, it is from a place of 100% authenticity. His vision, dedication, and work ethic are at the core of what RIAC is. Make no mistake about it.
Patrick Hogan changed the game.
The industry will continue to change, and Rock Island Auction Company will continue to lead the way.
Our new world-selling headquarters is, plain and simple, an investment in the future of firearms collecting. We believe this investment will make your collection more valuable. We believe this investment is about future generations of gun collectors.
We have a simple thesis: fine and historic arms collecting remains the most underrated, underappreciated, and likewise undervalued field in decorative arts. We believe this investment backs up these words with action.
This new 90,000-square-foot world-selling headquarters was designed with cutting-edge technology, relentless hospitality, and meticulous presentation in mind. It will be the ultimate destination for arms collectors of all disciplines, host auctions, accommodate lectures, display world-class firearms, and advance the world of gun collecting to new and exciting heights.
At Rock Island Auction, we use the phrase
“History Lives Here,” and now, so does the future.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all of our consignors for this opportunity. I would also like to thank the faithful and ever- growing crew that make up the
RIAC family. Every time I write
 one of these, I get emotional. None of this is possible without your grit. You
are the best, and I would follow you anywhere.
I cannot wait to see everyone in Texas! And
if you’re already there, I assure you, we got here as soon as we could.
 Kevin Hogan, President Rock Island Auction Company

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