PTR has begun it’s relocation!!!

PTR Insudtries Inc. has begun its relocation from Bristol, CT to Aynor, SC.

 

The new premise address and contact information is as follows:

 

PTR Industries

101 Cool Springs Dr.

Aynor, SC 29511

(855) 676.1776

sales@ptr91.com

 

Our relocation will be finalized during the month of January.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the info above.

 

Best Regards,

PTR Industries Staff

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Employment Opportunities in PTR’s new SC facility

Although PTR is NOT CURRENTLY HIRING, and has not determined the positions for which we will post job openings, we encourage all who are interested in future employment with our company to reach out to the following contact:

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Brenda England
SC Works Area Manager, WRCOG
Office: 843.546.8581
TTY: 711
bengland@scworks.org

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Brenda will be compiling resumes and information so that once PTR is ready to post jobs and begin interviews we will have an organized listing of folks who are interested.

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Jobs openings that are LIKELY to be posted:
Engineers
Machinists
CNC Programmer/Operator
Product Assembly Staff
Gunsmiths
Quality Inspection
Maintenance Staff (Factory/Equipment/Grounds)
Office Personnel
Security Personnel

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Thank you for your interest!

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-PTR Management

 

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Perry to deliver sales pitch to CT gun companies

A cradle of the firearms industry that generates $1 billion in annual sales, Connecticut finds itself in an arms race with red-state competitors led by Texas on the six-month anniversary of the worst grade school shooting in U.S. history.

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Multiple gun manufacturers from the state are scheduled to hear a sales pitch Monday on why they should up and leave. Their suitor is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican and avid sportsman who has invited reporters for target practice and addressed the National Rifle Association convention.

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The courtship will take place at the Max Downtown, a Hartford restaurant mere blocks from the Capitol and the office of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the face of a new state gun law considered the strictest in the nation.

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“It’s pretty clear that we were being run out of town,” said John McNamara, vice president of sales for PTR Industries, which manufactures modern sporting rifles and employs 42 people.

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The Bristol company is on record that it’s leaving the state, but it hasn’t decided a destination.

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Perry will be renewing acquaintances with several of the firearms companies, including the venerable Colt’s Manufacturing, whose executives he met with in April at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston.

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“He told us what he’s essentially told the nation, that Texas is open for business, come on down and they welcome our industry,” said Jim Tipton, vice president of human relations and employee relations at Colt’s in West Hartford, which employs just over 600 people in the state.

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Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, disputed that Connecticut has a take-it or leave-it attitude toward the firearms industry.

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“We’re not trying to drive anyone out of the state,” said Smith, to whom Malloy’s office referred comment. “I think the governor has been one of the friendliest governors to business at least in the last couple of decades.”

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Smith said she has met with several unspecified firearms companies since Connecticut adopted its new gun law, which she characterized as emotionally challenging but much needed to curb the increasing number of large guns in the marketplace.

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“I got actually a very thoughtful response from them, not knee-jerk,” she said. “A lot of them like being here in Connecticut and have been here for years.”

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Colt’s is prepared to give the former GOP presidential candidate Perry a tour of its plant, where South Dakota’s Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard will visit Tuesday.

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“If he would like to fire any of our weapons, that’s fine,” Tipton said of Perry.

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Perry’s visit to Connecticut will come just 72 hours after Newtown observes the six-month anniversary of the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a madman with a semiautomatic rifle killed 20 first-graders as well as six educators.

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“I think it’s a little untoward, right now,” Smith said of the timing.

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Perry is also expected to meet with pharmaceutical and financial services companies during his recruiting tour of Connecticut and New York.

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Responding to a request for comment from Perry, a spokesperson for the governor said by email, “As CEO of the state of Texas, the governor shares our positive message of job growth and a healthy economy with companies across the country. It is his job to recruit employers to Texas … these companies are unhappy with CT, so it is clear Texas’ economic success story isn’t falling on deaf ears.”

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Mark Malkowski, president and owner of Stag Arms, a leading manufacturer of AR-15 rifles, parts and accessories based in New Britain and employing 200 workers, said Perry and office holders from other states are putting on a full-court press.

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“The offers are very tempting,” Malkowski said. “The incentives are real and very strong, things I’ve never seen come across my desk in 10 years of working there.”

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Among the incentives that Malkowski said are being dangled are free education for his workforce, cash for creating jobs, low-cost leases, money for building, excavation and utilities, and even land.

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“You name it, it’s on the table,” Malkowski said.

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A.S.C. LLC (Ammunition Storage Components), a New Britain-based manufacturer of gun magazines, including high-capacity models banned under the gun law, is also slated to meet with Perry.

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Colt’s representatives said Malloy inflamed the industry when he told CNN that firearms companies only care about selling the maximum number of guns.

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“The state of Connecticut and Governor Malloy, in particular, (have been) making pretty offensive statements about our industry, and it’s just not a good place to work,” Tipton said.

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For full story please visit:

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http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Perry-to-deliver-sales-pitch-to-CT-gun-companies-4599830.php

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Advantages of the G3 and the HK system

by Suarez International Ambassador John Chambers

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In the course of my military career, I was “blessed” with the opportunity to train with, and serve with, many of our international allies. Since I was part of a Long Range Surveillance Detachment, the units we trained and worked with tended to be very interesting, and very well equipped with a variety of weapons. Whether they were German Paras, British Ghurkas, or Japanese Intelligence troops, these soldiers were highly trained and I took every opportunity to become familiar with their weapons, and to learn from their experiences with those weapons.

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Because of this, I have had the opportunity to work with the three main battle rifles found on battlefields around the world: The FAL, the M14, and the HK G3. While all are very fine weapons, the G3 offers some major advantages for both the Guerrilla Sniper and the Insurgent Rifleman and unlike the other rifles; an excellently built and priced example of the G3 is available now in the form of the PTR91.

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Accuracy: The G3 is very accurate for a battle rifle. Most FALs are typically a 3 MOA rifle with NATO ball, and the M14 is about the same. My G3 (PTR 91) will shoot 1.5 MOA with NATO spec ball ammo and match ammo will cut that almost in half. The lack of moving parts that affect the barrel harmonics is a serious advantage for those who prefer an accurate semi auto for sniping or DMR work.

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Modularity: Stocks, forearms, trigger packs, pistol grips are easily interchanged. As the mission or your desire dictates you can have a folding stock, a set trigger, a stock that is adjustable for length of pull, railed forearm, etc. MILSPEC optical sights that are both QD and RTZ can be added very easily. If MILSPEC is not your preference, there are a wide variety of excellent scope mounts that can be added that will let the end user take advantage of the large array of optics that take advantage of MILSTD 1913 interface. Variants with the rail installed from the factory are now available and if you have a rifle without the rail, the rail is easily added by a skilled gunsmith. The FAL, and especially, the M14 are more difficult to set up for optics than the G3, and the G3 is the only battle rifle that has quick detachable optics that are truly rugged and reliable.

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A G3 can be configured as a battle rifle, DMR, or have a grenade launcher attached as the mission requires and all of these modifications can be made by the end user, while they are sitting on their haunches with the parts are spread out on a poncho in front of them.

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Compactness: Compared to other battle rifles the G3 is very compact. The overall length is just over 40 inches, which is the same length as an M16! By comparison, the FAL is 43 inches long and the overall length of the M14 is almost 45 inches! And even though it is just a matter of a few ounces, the G3 is the lightest of the three rifles.

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Rugged Sights: The front sight is very well protected; the rear sight is mounted very low and has a minimum number of moving parts. Once zeroed, it stays zeroed and there are not any “tempting nobs” to be spun in boredom and curiosity. The sight picture provided by the issue sights is very precise for long range shooting and in a CQB setting, there is nothing better than the “ring of death” that is the HK pattern front sight housing. Just put the target in the ring and work the trigger. It is the simplest version of “meat and metal” aiming that one will encounter.

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Excellent magazines: LIGHT, rugged, and inexpensive! A lifetime supply of new HK magazines can be purchased for the price of a basic load of brand new FAL or M14 magazines. The magazines will be lighter too, which means you can carry more ammo for the same weight penalty.

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Simple design: The roller delayed blowback action is simple and the design eliminates many parts and manufacturing steps as compared to other designs. This leads to increased reliability under harsh conditions as compared to The FAL or M14. The G3 is used by both regular and irregular forces in the harshest environments on the planet. Whether it is arctic warfare conditions (Norway, Denmark, Sweden), the sand and rock of the Middle East/SW Asia (Pakistan, Iran, Turkey), the jungles of Central and South America (El Salvador, Paraguay, Chile, etc.), or the harshest environments of Africa (Angola to Zaire!) a G3 will keep running after other rifles have failed. The ONLY rifle that matches or exceeds the reliability of the G3 is the AK, and it is nowhere near the precision, do it all, weapon that is the G3.

The roller delayed design can also compensate for minor variations in the dimensions of the cartridge, and as the weapon system wears the rollers are able to be replaced at the end user level, unlike the bolts of other weapon systems that must be fitted or checked by a gunsmith or armorer.

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Systems Approach: One of the hallmarks of the HK weapon system is that the weapon designers took a true systems approach to how the weapons operated and how they were designed to be operated. Quite simply, if you can run a G3, you can run a HK33 (5.56mm) or the MP5 SMG. The same goes for basic disassembly of the weapons. The bolt handles, safeties, triggers, and sights are IDENTICAL.

The importance of this advantage cannot be emphasized enough. It cuts the training time for users dramatically. Case in point: the first time I was trained on the MP5, I already had experience running the G3 and the HK33 in their civilian versions. I picked up the MP5 and I immediately knew how to run the SMG, as everything was identical.

Some might not believe that this has any application in the civilian world, but consider the following. It is possible to purchase high quality civilian variations of each of these weapons. It is entirely possible for one build a complete long gun solution: a battle rifle (PTR91), a SBR assault rifle (Vector V93K) and a SBR SMG/carbine (Vector V94) that all operate identically. All your muscle memory and training will transfer between the weapons!

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Final Thoughts: The advantages of the G3 system are numerous and in the form of the PTR91 it is the best rifle deal on the planet. There is no other rifle that gives the skilled user the combination of features for the money that this rifle does. Something to consider: before the PTR rifles were available, people willingly paid $2500 to $3000 for a used HK91 in good condition because IT WAS WORTH IT. Now, you can purchase two rifles that are the same quality, with a lifetime supply of magazines, for the same price. Is that an advantage? You be the judge.

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For full story with pictures please visit:

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http://www.warriortalknews.com/2013/06/advantages-of-the-g3-and-the-hk-system.html

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CT Gun Manufacturer Leaving State

Step Inside The Connecticut Gun Factory That Is Leaving The State In Protest

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CEO Josh Fiorini and his gun manufacturing company PTR Industries, are right in the center of the national gun control debate.

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PTR makes clones of the HK-91 semi-automatic rifle and is located in Bristol, CT. Bristol is about 45 minutes north of Newtown, where 20 children and six of their teachers were shot to death last December.

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The debate grew more heated recently, when Connecticut passed the strictest gun control law in the nation on April 4th. As a response to that law, on April 9th, PTR announced its plan to leave Connecticut in an open letter to the state.

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When we asked Fiorini how he felt after learning about the shootings in Newtown, he told us, while the tragedy left him and his employees devastated, he ultimately feels manufacturers are not the problem.

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“I probably feel the same way an engineer at GM feels when he drives by a car accident,” he said.

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We visited PTR Industries to get a firsthand look at the company, their operation, and employees living on the front lines of the gun control debate.

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For full story and pictures please visit the link below.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/ct-gun-manufacturer-leaving-state-photos-2013-5?op=1

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PTR to Move from Connecticut

April 9, 2013
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A STATEMENT CONCERNING MANUFACTURING ENCOURAGEMENT, ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND PROTECTION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF CITIZENS.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Please direct any questions or inquiries to John McNamara, Vice President of Sales, at john@ptr91.com or at our main phone number.
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PTR at SHOT Show 2013

Hi Everyone,

We’re excited to let you know PTR will be in attendance at SHOT Show 2013.  The PTR booth is #2043 and will be located in the lower level exhibit hall.  It will have interactive displays and plenty of classic and new PTR models on hand to check out along with knowledgeable staff to answer any questions you may have.  Please stop on by if you’re in attendance.

Thank you,

PTR Industries Inc.

 

 

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On the Sandy Hook Shooting and Gun Policy

This past Friday, our state and our nation were witness to an unspeakable act of evil when a deranged individual (who will intentionally not be named here) took the lives of twenty innocent young children and six adults who were trying to teach and protect them.  Most employees at PTR are parents, whose children attend schools in Connecticut.  While thankfully, no one here was directly affected by this tragedy, it does hit uncomfortably close to home for our company.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones in Newtown, and we pray that the innocent children are being well taken care of in God’s hands.

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Being both a company very local to this tragedy, and a business that is engaged in the firearms trade, PTR occupies a somewhat unique place in the spectrum of those who were, and will be affected by this tragedy and its aftermath.  As such, we thought it prudent to release this statement on the issue.

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First, on behalf of everyone at PTR, we would like to pledge our assistance to the families, school system, and local law enforcement agencies in helping them to recover from this tragedy.  Individually, or as a company, we are hoping to do anything we can to help our community mourn, recover, and rebuild.

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There is no one at this company who is not shocked at, and disgusted by the actions of the shooter in Newtown.  Further, there is no one who does not wish those children and teachers were celebrating the holidays with their families this year as they should have been.  When an act of violence is perpetrated upon children it hurts us deeply – both because it is our job to protect them and because it takes an exceptionally deranged individual to commit that kind of an act.  But please make no mistake – despite the magnitude of the crime – that single deranged individual is the only person who committed a crime at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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As we deal with the aftermath of this tragedy, we must take a moment to urge a degree of caution in our collective reaction to this horrible event.  When any tragedy happens, as they inevitably do in life, people everywhere ask themselves “What could we have done to prevent this?”  This is a natural reaction, and – when handled correctly – a good one.  But we must be careful to separate our anger and grief from the logic that leads to good decisions and good policy.

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We have heard many calls for more “gun control” in the wake of this tragedy.  Again, these reactions are natural for people whether they are involved in politics or not.  But one must tread extremely carefully where people’s fundamental rights are concerned and make sure that any policy response is directed to where it can do the most good, and the least harm.  And, as Ronald Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.  It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

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We could spend pages citing facts about gun laws.  We will leave the lion’s share of that to other sources.  We would simply like to point out that the shooter broke more than 15 federal laws before he ever set foot in that elementary school with his illegally obtained weapons – each of which would have carried a hefty prison sentence.  Further, we would like to remind people that the State of Connecticut has maintained a law that largely mirrors the prior federal assault weapons ban since it expired in 2004. To those contemplating more laws, or a renewed federal assault weapons ban, we ask that you consider at least these two facts before forming your opinion.

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Firearms are tools that are employed by people to accomplish a task.  They are employed by our military and law enforcement personnel to protect the rights of citizens.  But, they are also employed – or at least maintained – by citizens to protect their own rights to life, liberty, and property.  Unfortunately, there is not always a law enforcement officer present or readily available in every situation.  Our first responders are heroic men and women who do their utmost to protect people – but they are just that: responders.  They cannot be present at the inception of a tragedy like this other than through previous planning or sheer luck.  There are millions of people in the U.S. who own legal firearms who acted responsibly this past Friday, and one who committed an evil act of terror.  To strip those millions of law-abiding gun owners of their ability to protect themselves from evil actors is not the proper answer to this tragedy.

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The shooter in Newtown succeeded in taking the lives of innocent children and teachers.  He has taken a sense of safety from a community and a nation.  We believe that he should not be allowed to take any more.  There is no loss that can compare to the loss of a child.  Yet it is in times of adversity when it is so important not to forget how dear our rights are, and price that was paid to secure them.  If we as a nation rush to unnecessary and unproductive restrictions on the gun rights of citizens – we will be allowing this person to take even more from us.  We have gone to war all over the world to protect our rights and defended them against millions of armed men.  We urge our fellow citizens not to let one insane individual succeed where nations and armies have failed.

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We at PTR, along with most in the nation, believe that a discussion must be had regarding security in our schools, mental health, and the availability of firearms in that context.  As a firearms manufacturer, we would like to commit ourselves to being involved in those discussions from a common sense standpoint – in advocating a logical and rational response to this tragedy that protects the fundamental rights of legal gun owners while reducing the likelihood of tragedies like this happening in the future – especially to children.

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Like many in the nation, our hearts are broken thinking about the innocent young lives that were cut short.  We pray for the families, and we offer our support.  As we pray for the victims, we encourage those who make policy to remember the historically proven truism from Benjamin Franklin: “They who would give up essential liberty to obtain temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  They will lose both.

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PTR Announces LIFETIME Warranty on Internal Parts!

PTR would like to take this opportunity to announce that it will be providing a Lifetime Warranty on all PTR manufactured internal parts.  This warranty covers all bolt group and trigger group parts manufactured in the U.S. by PTR, and is retroactive – so it may be considered to cover all internal parts manufactured by PTR both before and after this announcement.

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Parts covered by the Lifetime Warranty include PTR manufactured parts such as:

- Trunnion

- Bolt-Head

- Bolt Carrier

- Hammer

- Sear

- Trigger

- Trigger Box

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This warranty can be further construed to cover any other parts manufactured by PTR within the Bolt Group, and Trigger Group.

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We want our customers to rest at ease knowing that their PTR manufactured internals are dependable and designed to last a lifetime.  If you have a problem with any of our parts during the life of your rifle, let us know, and we’ll replace or repair it.  It’s that simple.

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This Lifetime Internal Warranty combined with our new three-year warranty on the full rifle, is just another part of our mission to let our customers know that PTR is determined to stand by its products and its goal to make the best roller-lock rifles on the market today.

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The full warranty policy can be viewed here:

http://www.ptr91.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/PTR-Industries-Warranty-Policy1.pdf

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If you have any questions about this policy change, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Staff.

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Sincerely,

PTR Management

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