For some years I have enjoyed firing the PTR 91 rifle. I am on my second rifle and I enjoy it very much. The PTR 91 is quite an accurate rifle for long-range use and it chambers my favorite rife cartridge, the .308 Winchester. I have sent quite a few rounds of Winchester USA FMJ practice loads downrange. The rifle is a great all-around go anywhere do anything shooter. I was excited to learn that PTR Industries was making a move to South Carolina. Now that they are settled they have designed a special edition as a show of thanks for South Carolina’s support for the gun industry. South Carolina thanks PTR as well because PTR has put South Carolina in the forefront for moves to the state. By the way- the SC Legislature unanimously passed a bill supporting the gun industry and their move to South Carolina. That deserves our respect. PTR was moved to relocate due to the passage of gun laws that stand to cripple the gun industry in New England. And it isn’t just gun-related laws, but a general difficulty in dealing with the government and an insufferable structure that makes business difficult for anyone.
The move was the work of many local and state businessmen and the Governor. I was very impressed by the delegates in attendances, and the atmosphere was very friendly. These men and women were dedicated to bringing in business, providing jobs, and placing the people first. I was particularly impressed by one elected official that stated that while he had not been on board from the start—he was newly elected—he was doing all he could to continue his support of business and commerce. I was also impressed by the craftsman putting together the Precision Target Rifle. The fitting of a precision rifle isn’t the easiest thing to accomplish and these folks were at work fitting the rifle with precision. There are modern CNC machines and the latest equipment to be certain, but in the end a rifle like this one must have a hands-on approach. PTR is producing rifles with battle rifle reliability and target gun accuracy. While I do not wish to distract the folks one their job, but young many stopped his fitting job long enough to share how he sometimes goes ‘out back’ to test a rifle. Right down the middle at 300 yards he smiled.
On Monday, June 30, Governor Nikki Haley toured the Aynor facility and received one of the first specially made PTR rifles. The Governor heft the rifle like a pro and answered press questions while holding the rifle. This Governor is a great asset to the state, and frankly, when the Governor, the legislature and local government bring in business instead of making it difficult for any business to operate, it is an inspiring thing to witness and participate in. Some of the folks moved from Connecticut, and many were hired in South Carolina. That is a significant contribution to the economy. The jobs are good jobs as well, and the folks are employed as skilled craftsmen and women, skilled gun makers of the first order. I know a lot about building firearms, I have done so myself on the gunsmith’s bench, and it isn’t easy to get a good gun right every time. The people were the real story and the people who build these guns know what they are doing. A solid thanks for Governor Haley for her unwavering dedication to the 2nd Amendment, to the people, and to the industry as a whole and especially the gun industry.
Readers, within the week, look for a report on the PTR 91 rifle.
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