Bob Owens

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Later, fascists: .308 precision rifle manufacturer PTR leaves Connecticut

Written By: Bob - Apr• 10•13
The drool-worthy PTR Classic Wood.

The drool-worthy PTR Classic Wood.

While I’ve never had the extra coin laying around to pick up a .308 battle rifle, I’ve always had my eye on the G3-based rifles from PTR Industries (PTR stands for Precision Tactical Rifles). Now that I know the company has integrity, they just moved up my buy list:

April 9, 2013


This past week an historic and highly controversial bill was passed by the State of Connecticut which will have far reaching consequences to the state, its citizens, and businesses. The bill we refer to is Bill No. 1160, AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDRENS SAFETY. This bill purports to reduce gun violence by banning hardware responsible for less than 3% of homicides in 2011 ; and claims to increase children’s safety by restricting the ability of those most responsible for it – their parents – to defend them.

As a firearms manufacturing firm, our industrial roots reach deep in the State of CT. Along with other companies in the trade, we were deeply apprehensive at the hurried process to develop new gun laws and fearful that it would generate unintended consequences for our industry. On Thursday April 4th 2013, upon reading the full text of Bill 1160, our worst fears were confirmed. What emerged was a bill fraught with ambiguous definitions, insufficient considerations for the trade, conflicting mandates, and disastrous consequences for the fundamental rights of the people of CT.

The magnitude of the constitutional and economic importance of this bill is such that the disregard for public input (in the final version), and the haphazard production of the legislation should be insulting to any citizen or business in CT. It should be a shock to us all that such landmark legislation could be written in one week, and seen by no one (including the rank-and-file legislators) prior to its emergency certification. Having been present in the deliberations in both legislative chambers, it was clear that a majority of our legislators had not even read the bill – and those that had read it had only a cursory understanding.

The process with which this legislation proceeded, along with the language that resulted gives us no confidence that this will be the last violation of our rights in our beloved home state, and we only hope that this does not set a precedent at a national level.

The rights of the citizens of CT have been trampled upon. The safety of its children is at best questionably improved from the day of the tragedy that triggered the events that lead us here. Finally, due to an improperly drafted bill, manufacturing of modern sporting rifles in the State of CT has been effectively outlawed. With a heavy heart but a clear mind, we have been forced to decide that our business can no longer survive in Connecticut – the former Constitution state.

Furthermore, we feel that our industry as a whole will continue to be threatened so long as it remains in a state where its elected leaders have no regard for the rights of those who produce and manufacture its wealth. We are making a call to all involved in our industry to leave this state, close your doors and show our politicians the true consequences of their hasty and uninformed actions. We encourage those in our industry to abandon this state as its leaders have abandoned the proud heritage that forged our freedom.

Although PTR has not decided upon a specific relocation site at this time, over the coming weeks the company will be actively considering offers from states that are friendly to the industry. We hope to have a site identified within the next six weeks, and hope to have our move completed by the end of this year. We plan to keep our business partners informed on the status of our move throughout this process in order to affect a smooth transition.
We have extended the invitation to join us in the move to all of our employees, as well as all of our vendors. We are pleased to say that we currently have commitments to move from a majority of our employees, which includes ALL of our management personnel, engineering staff and skilled gunsmiths.

It is our hope and sincere belief that this move will represent a step forward for the company; and that by bringing our expertise and core personnel to combine with the business friendly policies, and a motivated local labor force from a state that respects industry and the second amendment that we can expand our operations and not only maintain – but increase the quality and reputation of our products.

Please direct any questions or inquiries to John McNamara, Vice President of Sales, at or at our main phone number.

Not only is PTR leaving for freer pastures, they’re making sure that the citizens and lawmakers of the state of Connecticut know why they are taking their skilled labor and their tax dollars (their money for schools, highways, etc) elsewhere. When enough businesses leave, Connecticut might finally get a clue about what happens to states that trade their essential liberty for the illusion of temporary safety.

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  1. David says:

    I am just waiting for Colt to pull the plug.

  2. HillCountryDog says:

    We must all vote with our feet and our pocketbooks. Leave the states and cities that are violating our Constitutional rights. Like-minded people must band together to preserve enclaves where we can protect each other’s rights.

  3. Dan says:

    Colt won’t. They’re too tied in with the government, and the Democrats are able to bring enormous pressure to bear upon a company like Colt.

  4. drjim says:

    Yeah, I heard about it on the Sirius Patriot channel tonight.

    Bravo for them!

  5. Tom Wolff says:

    These are indeed great rifles, a friend owns one. I have an HK91, basically the same thing. They’ll do 1-2 MOA with decent factory ammo, out past 600 meters. Not too shabby. :D

    A word of warning for those who don’t know:
    HK91/G3/PTR91 rifles WILL ding the shit out of your brass. So, if you reload, don’t run your Lapua brass through them. :D

    Other than that, I think they are every bit as tough as a FAL. Maybe they’re cheaper because they tear up brass? LOL.

    Here’s a review from SurvivalBlog:

    • tahDeetz says:


      HK type rifles have add-on brass-buffers, both permanent and slip on, to prevent the dent.


      • Tom Wolff says:

        Those port buffers will help LESSEN the damage a little, but they won’t PREVENT brass damage. You’ll still lose brass and have to massage the rest to make them reusable.

        I haven’t seen anything that will keep the brass in good shape. The design of the weapon is contrary to achieving that objective.

        What port buffers do really well is limit the travel distance and random pattern of the ejected brass.

        My original point was not to use expensive brass in a CETME/G3/HK91/PTR, etc.

        OK? Good, I’m done.

  6. Fu#kObama says:

    When are the others moving as well. Colt? Mossberg? Ruger?

  7. Treker says:

    Great news on PTR91 . Now I will buy one, once the DC madness winds down.

  8. Klingonwork says:

    My old sarge was a great philosopher and particularly eloquent gentleman and I will quote him here if I may. To this situation he would say, “now there’s a company of men with a pair swinging”.

    Kinda makes me misty eyed.

    Waiting for CT to go bankrupt.

    Molon Labe

  9. Lazarus Long says:

    The CT gov’t will rub their hands with glee as the last moving van crosses the border. They will believe that they have “won”. Nobody left in the state but serf and the NYC elite that commute to the big city. That is the price of utopian purity.

  10. lineman says:

    They are making those states like the 3 world cities the democraps have control in like Detroit, Shitcago, Oakland, and a whole lot of others…

  11. louielouie says:

    i’m hoping they don’t move to a blue state like texas.

    the operative comment comes at the 3:40 mark.

    • Mark R says:

      Blue state like Texas?

      I’ll take all the firearms manufacturers and suppliers here in Texas, thank you!