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Parris Manufacturing Company History and Information

Toy Gun Manufacturer

 The history of Parris Manufacturing Company is a very interesting one. At the start of World  War II, when draftees by the thousands were being sent to the Army and Navy training camps, there were no rifles available for training purposes.

Parris Manufacturing Company, already expert in woodworking, was asked by the Department of Defense to make dummy training rifles for new recruits to use until real rifles could be made available.

More than 2 million of these training rifles were made by the company for the Army and Navy and the company earned the coveted Army-Navy "E" Award for its contribution to the war effort.

After the war was over, the company switched its production lines over to manufacturing toy rifles and pistols. These toy guns were made with the same skill and care that the company had used in making the Army and Navy training rifles.

Parris Manufacturing Company officials did not want to manufacture only military toy guns, so they quickly added frontier and cowboy style rifles, pistols and pistol holster sets. Every replica in the company’s line is based on a rifle, musket or pistol that played an important part in our country’s history.
To commemorate the Civil War, Parris produces replicas of a Civil War musket and pistol. The company also manufactures replicas of a Davy Crockett rifle, Kentucky rifles and pistols similar to weapons carried by frontiersmen-- Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. Parris also manufactures replicas of guns used in the American Revolution.
In our Western line, Parris produces high-quality die cast & plastic cap pistols and Western rifles. All of our Western toy gun replicas are vintage 1800 era.

Parris continues to expand its quality toy product line, which includes a full line of toy bow & arrow sets with accessories; we also sell top quality pistols and rifles from Spain and Europe.  You can find these guns in our Cowboy Collection, Civil War Sets and Western Sets. 

The Parris Manufacturing Company has its corporate offices, manufacturing plant and distribution center in the foothills of the Shiloh National Military and Pickwick Landing State Parks.


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