Last week I made my first visit to the nation's largest firearms auction, the Rock Island Auction (rockislandauction.com) in Rock Island, Illinois, which holds its biennial "premiere auctions" in April and September. I went on preview day when all the guns are laid out for prospective buyers to look at before the sale starts. Among the many sporting, historical and military wonders of the auction was this Ruger M77. It's a totally ordinary-looking, slightly dinged up, stock .243 except for some Arabic writing engraved on the barrel. But, it belonged to Saddam Hussein and was taken from his palace during the war by an Iraqi militia and later turned over to the CIA. The Agency presented it as a retirement gift to their Baghdad station chief. It was expected to bring anywhere from $7,500-$15,000 and I hope it winds up in a museum.