Located "On The Courthouse Square" in Petersburg, IL

Open MTWTh 1 pm - 6 pm

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Personal Protection

This category applies to both concealed carry and home protection roles. Firearms designed for personal protection cover a wide choice of firearm types, physical sizes, and calibers. Find a balance that matches your own personal needs, the size and dexterity of your hands, your sensitivity to recoil, and your eye dominance. What works for one person may be totally inappropriate for another.

Sport Shooting

Opportunities for sport shooting can range from informal get-togethers with friends and family on private property, to highly organized shooting competitions at specialized commercial facilities. Revolvers, pistols, rifles, and shotguns all have a place in this category. Several local public and private venues provide facilities supporting sport shooting in various ways.

Hunting Guns

Firearms used for hunting represent the most diverse selection of guns for any type of shooting. Species hunted in Illinois range from small mammals such as squirrels, to large game such as whitetail deer. Upland bird hunting can start with quail and pheasant, and end with Spring hunting for Wild Turkeys. Migratory bird hunting starts with dove season, and then runs through a highly structured set of duck and goose seasons.

Tactical Firearms

Tactical firearms are extensions of the desirable features found in guns associated with personal protection and home defense. They may have cosmetic similarities with military firearms, and are often mistaken for them. For example, the versatile AR-15 rifle is frequently (and incorrectly) referred to as an "Assault Rifle," and assumed to be a "full-auto machine gun," when it is not.

Firearm Collecting

Firearm collections are very diverse, and reflect the interests of the individual collector. They can start with a small number of possibly unrelated types of gun designs, or be extended to include a large number of highly specialized firearm variations. For example, some local area collectors concentrate on vintage single-shots, while others collect current "state-of-the-art" tactical designs.

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Guns, Optics, Ammunition & More in Petersburg, IL
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New Salem Firearms, Petersburg, IL

Regular Open Hours for New Salem Firearms:

Monday 1 pm - 6 pm
Tuesday 1 pm - 6 pm
Wednesday 1 pm - 6 pm
Thursday 1 pm - 6 pm

Note: Temporary Store Closures during October 2017. We will be operating on a limited appointment basis. Progress has been slowed by a broken hip for our publisher Larry Dale; the accident happened on a trip to Monterey in eastern Tennessee to pick up a new French Brittany puppy! The hip has been replaced at Cookeville Regional Hospital, and expert local rehab staff have expedited his recovery (see www.thegoknee.com for details on the amazing therapists)

* Additional Hours Available By Appointment
* Call 217-652-2668

New Salem Firearms is an independent Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL) and gun store serving Menard County and the surrounding counties in Central Illinois. (Sangamon, Cass, Mason, and Logan Counties)

We primarily sell, buy, and trade modern firearms. We also take firearm consignments of both modern and antique guns. Our direct sales of firearms and shoooting supplies were greatly expanded for our local customers in 2011 with the move to our current location on the west side of the Menard County Courthouse Square.

New Salem Firearms also handles Federal firearm paperwork (FFL) processing for popular online gun auctions (Gunbroker, AuctionArms, etc) as well as personal transfers. We also support live auction firearm transfers for Sanert Auction Service in Greenview, and Mike Ryan Auctions in Chandlerville.


Service Appreciation Discount Program: $10 off any firearm purchase, special order, or transfer.

Details: Reduced price firearm transfers for active-duty & retired law enforcement, US military, fire department, EMS, and rescue squad personnel. ($20.00 instead of regular $30.00 transfer fees) Additional $10 discounts available on in-stock guns, and $10 off shipping on special-order firearms or purchases from our online store. Call us for specific details & restrictions.


Our gun store in historical Petersburg is located just 20 minutes northwest of Springfield, IL along Illinois State Route 97. Petersburg is the County Seat of Menard County. New Salem Firearms is located in the Downtown Historic District on the west side of the Courthouse Square, next to the Menard County Historical Museum and across from the Abe Lincoln Survey Marker.

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