Outlaw auction includes Bonnie and Clyde's guns

You could be the new owner of Bonnie & Clyd's personal pistols, Bugsy Siegel's Nevada Project Corporation stock certificate, or a subpoena signed by Wyatt Earp. This Sunday, RR Auction is holding an "American Gansters, Outlaws, and Lawmen" auction with those fine artifacts and many more criminal curiosities. "Bonnie and Clyde's guns go up for auction"


  1. According to Wiki, the duo robbed small town banks and gas stations in the southwest during the Great Depression, over a 21 month period, that ended with their deaths.  Their total take, even in today’s dollars, had to have been pretty small.  Folks didn’t have much money to begin with and they didn’t trust banks.

    It’s ironic then that the gun that was strapped to the inside of Bonnie’s thigh (oooh, that would chafe! what a tough cookie!) and would later be described as something she was ‘squatting on’ when it was removed from her body, is estimated to sell for between $150,000 – $200,000.  It was a gun she reportedly never fired.

    1. Her snub nosed .38 had the serial number filed off, which would normally require the gun be destroyed. But the BATF issued the gun a new serial number which has been engraved on the frame so it could be legally owned and sold.  I’ve never heard of that being done before. 

      1. Are you sure? Not all guns back then had serial numbers. I thought guns before a certain year were allowed to not have a serial number, thus you wouldn’t need a new number.

        At any rate – as big of an asshole the ATF is, they do make exceptions for “curious and relics”. I saw on the Antique Roadshow someone’s family heirloom rifle which was illegal because the barrel was too short. The ATF grandfathered it in to make it legal.

          1.  Ah – so I was right that pre-1968 they didn’t need serial numbers. But I didn’t know that if there was one, removing it made it illegal, even if it was that old. Nice to see they make exceptions for historical pieces.

  2. There’s so much about the Bonnie and Clyde guns that irritates me.  Feel free to do the research yourself (the back issue of Precision Shooting magazine that bio’d Texas Ranger Frank Hamer is a good place to start; it’s not online) but the basic injustice that pisses me off is that the firearms, after being used as evidence, should have been released back to the heirs and family of the people who owned them.  Barring that, crime-used guns are often destroyed.  Sometimes they go into reference collections or museums. 

    Those are the only legally and morally justifiable ways to handle such historical artifacts.  What happened, instead, was that Hamer and the other LEOs involved who were in on the action simply stole the guns.  Later, the families asked for their return and everyone in law enforcement they contacted basically gave them the same answer, a gigantic “Fuck you”.

    All those guys are dead now so I guess the children of the thieves (and I don’t mean B&C) are finally cashing in.

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