“Peabody Rifles…the thoroughbred of the 19th Century single shot black powder cartridge rifle. We’re back and not leaving.”


Providence Tool Company Est. 1847.  Re-established January 2008.  Providence Tool Company, LLC.

About Us


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Providence Tool Company™ was a strong industrial manufacturer in the mid-19th century, making over 70,000 Springfield 1861 rifle muskets for the US Government, and later manufactured 113,000 side hammer Peabody rifles.  Also between the years of 1872 and 1875 they received contracts with the Turkish government and manufactured 850,000 firearms.

We have re-opened the doors of Providence Tool Company™, in Plymouth, WI and are currently producing the Pattern #21 Patent Receiver Sight™ (using some of Lyman’s™ Patent Design), and Peabody’s Patent Breech Loading Single Shot Rifle.   Peabody Rifles™ have several advantages over other 19th century designs, primarily in the areas of speed of loading and safety.  One is that the lever only makes a 30 degree arc, unlike other which require 90 degrees of travel.

imagesFrank Wierus is a life member of the NRA and NCOWS. Proud member of SCI International



Our Company History

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Providence Tool Company LLC. has been in business for several years, and we apply this experience to our customer needs.  We have the capabilities to custom-build a rifle to meet your specific requirements.  We can also sell you the best aperture sight made for your lever action or Peabody Rifle now.  Bear in mind that the Lyman’s™ Patent sight was first manufactured in 1895, making it suitable for any 19th century activity you desire!  Every process is done here in United States of America.


Our Business Philosophy

Quality is very important to any manufacturer.  We emphasize quality throughout each step of our manufacturing processes.  We also strive to be as efficient as possible so we can offer a competitive price to our customers.  We use ultra-precise CNC machining of critical components from 8620 Steel.

“I would like to give dedication and tribute to Doctor William Meyers as he guided me with all original design and engineering for the Peabody Rifle. Also to Gary Paul Johnston, Peabody collector, historian and firearm writer.” Frank Wierus

Articles below for your reading pleasure:

The New Peabody
Article written by Gary Paul Johnson

Guns of The Old West
“Peabody Raton. 45-75”
Article written by Gary Paul Johnson

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