Vintage Arms of Illinois is located in Gages Lake, Illinois. We are central to Lake County Illinois and convenient to Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, Southern and Southeast Wisconsin.

We have been a Federally Licensed Dealer (FFL) since 1999. The original focus of Vintage Arms of Illinois was strictly antique and collectable types of guns and over time has grown to include all types of guns representing several countries, time periods and numerous firearm makers.

While we deal in all types of firearms, we have a focus on vintage, antique, collectable, Civil War and pre-Civil War guns. Some (but not all), of the manufacturers and types we seek are: Colt, Winchester, Remington, Browning, Parker, Marlin, L.C. Smith, A.H Fox, Luger, Smith & Wesson, Ithaca, American, English and European SxS shotguns, custom guns, military and military bring backs, double barrel, single barrel rifles and shotguns, pump action shotguns, pump action rifles, semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, curio and relics, lever action rifles and most others.


Vintage Arms of Illinois was started by Nels D. (Dave) Quist, Sr. a lifelong firearms enthusiast and sportsman as a retirement business. Email Dave.

Michael A. (Mike) Quist became active in Vintage Arms of Illinois early 2009 with his focus on sales and purchasing. Email Mike.

Marilyn L. Quist

You may have noticed the pink ribbon on the top right of each page, We placed this is in remembrance of Marilyn L. Quist, wife of Dave and mother of Mike who succumbed to breast cancer in 2008.

Periodic donations of our profits are made on her behalf to both the Susan G. Komen foundation as well as The Marilyn L. Quist Civic Scholarship fund at Warren Township High School. (501c) which is an annual scholarship providing financial assistance to a worthy female student entering their freshman year at any college, university or continuing educational institution.