Thornton Hunting and Outdoors Shopfront
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Welcome to Thornton Hunting and Outdoors

Established in 2004, Thornton Hunter & Outdoors has a long-standing reputation for personalised and friendly service in Thornton and the wider Newcastle and Hunter Valley hunting community.

Owners Matt and Mel Perkins purchased the business in 2020 and continue to uphold the professional and friendly service Thornton Hunting and Outdoors is known for.

Matt has had a keen interest in shooting since he was young and was a local builder before deciding to turn his passion into a career with the purchase of the local Thornton gunsmith shop. Mel works behind the scenes, managing the business and seamlessly carrying out admin and retail operations.

Great Advice from Knowledgeable Staff

Extensive Firearm Knowledge

As a family-owned business with local owners, we strive to give each customer personalised service and great advice. We also give back to local community and especially to the local sport clubs that we draw our customers from. We are proud to support local shooting and community groups.


Firearm license Holders

Please note we only deal with licensed firearm holders. If you’re interested in getting your firearm license, have a chat to us and we can guide you along your way.

As well as purchasing new firearms, we are here to assist with purchase of your second hand or trade-in firearms as well as third party transfer and interstate transfer of firearms.

A PTA (permit to acquire) is required for every firearm purchase.

  • "Most helpful shop around newcastle. Always willing and happy to provide the right advice"

    -Skipper 0721

  • "The best firearm, ammunition and hunting shop on the east coast of Australia. Would 100% recommend."

    -Gavan Stranks

  • "Great people. I'm a new shooter and they don't hesitate to spend time with me and answer all my questions. I would recommend if you need anything shooting related"

    -Harrison Law

  • "Best gunshop in NSW, Darren went above and beyond to help me find exactly what i was after. Will get all my buisness in future."


  • "Good priced ammo."


  • "Top notch service by Zac and the team. Sorted out a couple of very special outfits for me and i couldn't be happier. Great gear, great deal and most importantly great service. Look forward to future dealings with the store"

    -Shannon Froome

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Got a photo you’d like to share?

How to Enter

Whether it be a shooting comp win, a fish you’ve caught, you out with your latest purchase or just enjoying the great outdoors in our great recreational sport. Send it in to Mel at or make sure your feature #thorntonhuntinggallery in your social media post.

The best photo of the month will receive a TH&O shirt (announced on socials, prize to be claimed in-store).