About CT Firearms Auction

Connecticut Firearms Auction is a specialty auction company located in Berlin CT with a focus on customer service. We sell Antique and Modern guns from collections and estates throughout the country.  We are licensed Federal, State, and Municipal gun dealers, fully insured. We make the process of selling a gun collection at live auction simple and easy to understand.

Call us today for more information: 203-710-0189

We’re an American Firearms Auction with a Global Reach

Located in the very center of American Gun Manufacturing: The very best guns are and have been made within a few minutes of our auction facility in Connecticut: Colt, Winchester, New Haven, Ruger, Marlin, and Smith and Wesson in Springfield Massachusetts. This gives CT Firearms a unique position in the marketplace

We sell antique guns and modern firearms

Our Process: We evaluate and inspect the guns you would like to sell at auction. We prepare and sign a detailed contract with clear terms.  The firearms collection is tagged, photographed, cataloged and presented to the largest possible group of buyers through print media, internet, mail, and phone marketing. The guns are then sold at live and online auction and payment is collected. We ship the guns to properly licensed dealers and collectors. Once the auction is over, we provide a full report of all sales, and payment less commission within 30 business days.

We’re committed to gun safety: All members of our staff are trained to safely handle and transport, and properly display firearms throughout the sales process.

Security and storage: Our facility supports multiple long gun and hand gun vaults with the capacity for thousands of guns. We utilized modern alarm and camera systems, and all of our employees undergo background checks.

Connecticut firearms offers Probate, Estate and Insurance Appraisals for Antique and Modern Gun collections. Free Verbal appraisals by appointment, just call for more information.

Shipping: All shipping of firearms is done in-house. We carefully pack guns using custom boxes and packing material. Everything ships insured, tracked and signed for by an adult. All transfers follow Federal and local firearms laws for transfer and guns are only shipped to eligible buyers or Federal dealers.

We buy used guns and estate firearm collections

Some of our clients prefer an accurate and simple liquidation of their guns. We are happy to make a clear and fair offer to purchase your gun collection outright. We can evaluate the firearms, create an inventory, and provide you with an immediate offer.

The classic, great guns of history are becoming harder to find – unless you know where to look. Inexpensive, low-quality firearms flood the shelves of gun stores, but they don’t make’em like they use to. Tom Selmont and Ryan Brechlin opened CT Firearms Auction in 2017 to offer a new solution for collectors, enthusiasts, and owners to buy and sell old, great guns. Today, CT Firearms Auction is the premier gun auction in Connecticut.

CT Firearms Auction is located minutes from the firearm capital of America, Hartford, Connecticut. Owners, Tom Selmont and Ryan Brechlin knew that they were going into a tough business in 2016, and through the face of adversity in the ever-changing gun-market, CT Firearms Auction has successfully found homes for thousands of classic and antique firearms, to date. It goes without saying, that these two Connecticut boys know how to pick’em. If classic firearms are what you’re after, there is no better authorities in New England than Selmont and Brechlin.

Tom Selmont, Firearms Expert

Tom Selmont is a Firearms Specialist and co-owner of CT Firearms Auction. Tom is a lifelong Connecticut native with a decade of gun sales and acquisition expertise. At CT Firearms Auction, you’ll find Tom deep in research on rare guns, scouring estate sales, or getting his hands dirty on the workbench. 

Tom works directly with customers and the firearms they are consigning, or for which they search. Customers come to Tom for a vast array of reasons, and with different backgrounds. And, Tom assists them in navigating the firearms industry. 

“Ultimately – regardless of the industry – being at the cutting-edge is essential for a business to survive and thrive. In the long run, it’s about staying ahead of the game by being innovative to offer a better customer experience.”

Locals know Tom as “The Professional Gun Guy.” He makes it a point to meet every individual who consigns with CT Firearms Auction. Tom strives to provide everyone who comes into CT Firearms Auction with professional guidance and advice they can trust. 

Tom is a lifelong entrepreneur, inventor, and holds multiple US patents. When Tom was 17 years old, he opened his first business, T&T Pools. Before the founding of CT Firearms Auction in 2017, Tom founded TSEL Group in 2007 and CT Gun Broker in 2015. 

Tom Selmont’s experience as a firearm’s expert capstones a lifelong passion for hunting in New England’s great outdoors. Tom loves a treasure hunt and finding value in unexpected places. Whether digging through estate sales to find the right piece for a collector or going into the Maine wilderness, hundreds of miles from civilization – Tom is a hunter. 

Mechanical engineering and history have interested Tom since his childhood. Tom pursued his interests through Yale University open course study, and, later in local politics. And, for a decade, Tom served his community as a first-responder and firefighter. 

Tom served for a decade as a firefighter for the West Ridge Fire Association in North Haven and also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for Nelson Ambulance. Today, Tom is a locally elected Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the Town of Cheshire, CT. 

A spirit of exploration drives Tom to be on the cutting-edge of innovation at CT Firearms Auction. Innovation is at the heart of Tom’s success as an entrepreneur and publicly entrusted official. But, his wife, Sandy, and three children are at the heart of it all. He looks forward to his daughter’s Allie and Cali, and his son Theodore to joining him in the field!

Ryan Brechlin, Auction Director

Ryan Brechlin Head AuctioneerRyan Brechlin is an Auctioneer, Appraiser, and Estate Consultant. With over 20-years of experience auctioneering in Connecticut, Ryan oversees all auction activities. As co-owner of Connecticut Firearms Auction, Ryan oversees general appraisals and auction officiation.

Each day, Ryan works to make CT Firearms Auction a solution for clients in need of help. As a lifelong collector, Ryan believes in the value of finding a good home for guns. In an industry saturated with enthusiasts and amateurs, Ryan is the professional.

“The gun auction industry is growing. There’s a lot of demand, and meeting that demand requires good service. As an independent auction company, we are focused on being honest, competitive, and professional.”

Ryan grew up in Meriden, Connecticut, but spent as much time as possible in the Maine wilderness. As a boy scout, Ryan developed a passion for fishing, backpacking, canoeing, and target shooting. To this day, Ryan credits his respect for firearm safety to his early days in the boy scouts. Today, you’ll find Ryan out fly fishing, hunting and exploring the wilderness whenever time affords. 

After high school, Ryan studied at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. While working in rock radio, Ryan’s father: Carl Brechlin started Nest Egg Auctions. When he wasn’t at concerts or on-the-air, Ryan was picking barns for antiques, scouring estate sales, and loading trucks for the family business. 

By the mid-2000s, Nestegg Auctions was growing and was handling firearms with more frequency. After the passing of his father, in 2008, Ryan became lead auctioneer at Nest Egg Auctions and continues in the position to this day.

In 2016, Ryan made the acquaintance of Tom Selmont while working together on an estate involving a large collection of firearms. Ryan is the auction authority, having officiated over 500 career auctions, while Tom Selmont is the firearms expert. In 2017, they combined their expertise to open Connecticut’s premier gun auction house – CT Firearms Auction.

Ryan sees a need for common sense conversations in the gun industry and seeks to provide the professional guidance that people need when selling guns. Ryan’s vision for Connecticut Firearms Auction is to bring new technology and modern methods to the time-tested auction process. In an industry with a growing demand for rare and out-of-production firearms, Ryan is dedicated to finding a good home for every gun.

CT Firearms Auction is an American firearms auction with a global reach – buying and selling used guns, estate firearm collections, antique guns, and modern firearms.

If you would like more information on CT Firearms Auction, please call Ryan Brechlin at (203) 710-0189, or email info@ctfirearmsauction.com.