Perkins, James—Gunmaker of Bridgewater, Mass., 1800.
Perkins, Joseph—Gunsmith of Philadelphia. During the period 1787-88 he was employed working on public arms receiving £1,078;-14;5. His shop was located on the east side of Water Street where he was active from 1783 to 1790 or later.
Perkins, Luke—Gunsmith of Bridgewater, Mass., 1800.
Perkins, Rufus—Bridgewater. Rufus, Luke and James were related. T11 1808 Rufus secured a government contract for muskets "for arming the Militia." A report dated October 7, 1812 indicates that the 200 stand covered by this contract had been delivered.
Perry, J.—Gunmaker of Del Norte, Colorado, 1877-80.
Perry, J. V.—Riflemaker of Jamestown, N. Y., 1840.
Perry Patent Arm» Co.—Newark, N. J. Produced Alonzo D. Perry's patent 1855 breech-loaders. Two hundred of these arms were purchased by the government for the 1855 trials (Navy) and the following year they were favorably commented upon by Admiral John A. Dahlgren.
This arm had a magazine primer consisting of a tube inserted through the butt plate. The caps were fed exactly like the cartridges in the Spencer carbine. ■ This was the second model Perrv, the first patent of November, 1854, being the so-called "Rebel" Perry.
This firm also produced the Perry rifle with six 24-inch revolving barrels, each complete with sights. Rare.
Perry, Horatio B.; Perry & Son—Gunmakers of Salem, Mass., 1857-68, before and after.
< Peters Cartridge Co.—Organized at Kings Mills, Ohio, January 24, 1887. G. M. Peters, the organizer, was also president of the King Powder Company. Produced the first machine-loaded shotgun shells. Now a subsidiary of Remington.
Peterman, Abraham—131 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Produced both breech-loading and muzzle-loading arms, 1852-75.
Peterson, A. W.—Gunsmith of Denver, Colo., about 1909-30. Sons continue to date.
Pettibone, Daniel—Gunsmith and cutler of Philadelphia.
In 1802 Pettibone secured patent on method of welding of cast steel with borax. During the War of 1812 he acted as pike maker to the Committee of Defense.
On February 12, 1814 secured a patent "in boring guns, pistols &c. by an auger, called a pistol groove or twisted screw auger."
Produced belt knives and axes also. Active 1790-1814 or later.
Pheatt, Gideon K.—Gunmaker of Toledo, Ohio. Shop at 189 Summit St., active 1859-84. Succeeded by D. G. & F. A. Pheatt who were active until 1896.
Phelps, Silas—Gunsmith of Lebanon, Conn., 1770-77. Produced gun-locks for Committee of Safety, 1776.
Philadelphia Arm» Co.—Shotguns, Philadelphia. Active from about 1900 and became the A. H. Fox Co., which is now a subsidiary of Savage.
Phips, James—Gunsmith of Kennebec River, Mass., 1643-51, before and after. Father of William (born 1651, died 1695) who afterwards became Sir William Phips, Governor of Massachusetts.
Phoenix Iron Co.—Philadelphia. Manufacturers of wrought iron cannon "the invention of Mr. Griff en the superintendent. Like the Armstrong except muzzle loading. The 12-pounders will throw a fifteen pound ball two and a half miles". Active during the Civil War.
Picatinny Arsenal—Located in northwestern New Jersey, about five miles from Dover. It comprises approximately 1,800 acres and has a nominal value of nearly $8,000,000. Picatinny is the ammunition arsenal of the Army and is charged with the experimental work looking toward the improvement in design of powders, explosives, pyrotechnics, fuses of all kinds, bombs, and field artillery projectiles.
Pickle, Henry—Riflemaker of Lancaster, Pa., 1800.
Pirn—Gunsmith of Boston, 1722.
Plants Mfg. Co.—Plantsville, Southington, Conn., about t 860-61, thence to New Haven, 1861-66 when the factory was destroyed by fire in the month of December. Produced the Plant revolver, patent of Willard C. Ellis and N. White, July 12, 1859; July 2l> 1863 and August 25, 1863.
Plate, A. J.—San Francisco, Calif. Produced rifies and shotguns from 1856 to 1875. One of Plate's rifles won first award at the First Exhibition of the Mechanic's Institute of the City of San Francisco,
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