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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WIN FREE TICKETS FOR THE NRA EVENT!!

WIN TICKETS TO THE NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits!! The event with be held in America’s Center in St. Louis MI from April 13th-15th.

PTR is giving away 100 pairs of complementary day passes to the people who make us successful every day, all of you!

Please visit out booth (#122) to check out new products, meet the staff, and find the answer to any PTR/Roller-lock related questions.

PTR will be selecting 100 people who will receive (2) tickets that grant 1 day access to the NRA event. ALL activity on the PTR Facebook page will qualify you for selection from 2/22/2012 thru 3/31/2012.

So start posting pictures, telling us about your experiences with your PTR, get your friends to “LIKE” PTR… and you could be given free passes to the event!!

Please visit our facebook page here; http://www.facebook.com/PTR91Inc

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PTR-91 is now PTR Industries!

We are pleased to announce that as of February 1, 2012, PTR-91 has changed its name to PTR Industries!

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PTR Industries is a new name, intended to help grow the brand established by PTR-91, and better represent our expanding product line that has grown far beyond the original 91 clone that launched the company.

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Please note, there have been no personnel changes – PTR Industries is the same company that you have been used to dealing with, making the same products.

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Along with our name change, we have also relocated locally to a more modern facility.  This new facility has allowed for us to bring in several new pieces of new CNC equipment as well as organize our production operations in a much more efficient way.  In 2012 and beyond, PTR Industries is committed to not just providing the same quality products you had come to expect from PTR-91, but also to improving the quality, delivery, and level of service to our customers.

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Warranty Claims:  PTR Industries will honor all warranty claims and fully support any and all products that were produced by PTR-91.  It is not our intention to distance ourselves from our previous brand, but rather to embrace it and build upon it.  As such, you should expect uninterrupted support of your products.  Additionally, we are pleased to announce that all PTR Industries produced rifles going forward will carry a 36 month warranty against all defects from the factory, to allow our customers to share our ever growing confidence in the quality of our products.

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For the convenience of our customers, our web address, emails, and phone numbers will all remain the same.  Your support contact information at the factory should remain unchanged with the exception of our new physical address, reflected on the “Contact Us” page.

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It is our hope that this change goes very smoothly for everyone, and that our new name and facility help us to continue to grow our brand and improve our product offerings to the benefit of all our customers and partners.

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Sincerely,

PTR Management

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2011 Outdoor Sports Fair – Blue Trails Range

This past weekend, August 6th and 7th PTR-91 participated in the 2011 Outdoor Sports Fair at Blue Trails Range in Wallingford, CT. Even with the crazy weather conditions, there was still a great turnout! We were happy to see some of the same faces from last year and also to introduce some new gun enthusiasts to the PTR-91 line.

The winners of the raffle are as follows:  (Each winner has been contacted by e-mail)

Ben S.

Stanley W.

Josh B.

Matthew D.

John V.

Please follow this link to see pictures from the event! Outdoor Sports Fair Pictures

If you have pictures with a PTR rifle, or the PTR staff – we would love to see them. You can post them to our Facebook page, or e-mail them to devin@ptr91.com.

PTR would like to thank Blue Trails Range and David Lyman for hosting a great event this weekend! Also, we would like to thank Dennis, a Blue Trails volunteer that helped with our table and brought each person to shoot! We can’t thank you enough for all the support both days of the event! We would also like to thank Bill Buller at 99.1 PLR for working with the Blue Trails Range to organize the event.

Blue Trails Range – A great range for CT and surrounding area residents

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PTR Trunnion Issue Details

To: Existing and Potential PTR Customers:

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This post is intended to make existing and potential PTR customers aware of a quality control issue that was recently discovered by our company involving stress cracks forming in the Trunnion on some of our products, and explain that issue in detail as well as our intentions to remediate it.

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PTR makes many of the parts for its rifles here in the United States, however, for economic reasons, when high quality surplus military parts become available PTR does make use of those parts as well.  Prior to 2011, the Trunnion was one of the parts that was interchangeable between US Made, and military surplus.  Most military surplus Trunnions that can be acquired come with a barrel fragment from the original rifle already pinned into it.  To use these Trunnions in new production, the barrel fragment must be milled out, and the existing pin extracted.  The extraction of the existing pin, and subsequent cleanup of the pin-hole results in a pin-hole bore size that is larger than the original print.  Thus, a larger diameter barrel pin must be used with the surplus Trunnions than with new production (to print) Trunnions.

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The above situation necessitated that PTR stock two different sizes of barrel pins to accommodate the two differing diameters of hole.  Due to a clerical error in inventory in mid-2010, one box of oversize barrel pins got mixed in with the standard size barrel pins, and used in production with new Trunnions.  The total amount of oversize barrel pins that were used is 50.  These oversize barrel pins have a +0.004” press-fit in a standard diameter pin-hole; which may result in over-stress on the Trunnion itself leading to cracking.

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Please note, the fact that an oversize pin was used does not necessarily mean that the Trunnion will crack.  It does mean that it is possible for it to crack.  The absolute maximum number of affected rifles is 50, but that does not mean that 50 rifles will develop cracked Trunnions for certain.

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Due to the nature of the manufacturing process, it is not possible for us to determine exactly which rifles were affected by this error.  This issue MAY be present in firearms that left the PTR factory between July 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010.  Please note that PTR shipped over 1,500 rifles and pistols during this time period, which means that there is a maximum of a 3.3% chance that your rifle may be affected if it falls into this category.  It is the opinion of our gunsmiths and engineers that this issue does not pose any immediate danger or safety risk to users of the firearm.  Given the above facts, PTR will not be issuing a recall as a result of this situation.  However, PTR advises customers with rifles in the below serial number ranges to check their Trunnions for signs of cracking:

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WK0001 – WK0250
DK0001 – DK0360
DW0430 – DW0710
AW7950 – AW8360

GI0001 – GI0260

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A crack in the Trunnion, if present, will look like a hair-line fracture (usually linear but not straight).  This can be detected with the naked eye by removing the hand-guard from the rifle, and looking at the exterior of the Trunnion from the muzzle end of the barrel.  Please, as always, make sure that your rifle is unloaded and safe before performing this inspection.

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Another sign of a cracked Trunnion is continuously decreasing bolt-gap over time.  The proper bolt-gap for a PTR-91 rifle or pistol that has been fully “broken-in” is between 0.010” and 0.018”.  If your bolt-gap falls under that specified range, you may have an issue with your Trunnion.  Also, if your bolt-gap is within specifications, but continues to decrease AFTER more than 250 rounds have been fired through the rifle, this may be an indication of a problem with the Trunnion.

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Please note, on the specific issue of bolt-gap:  As mentioned above, the acceptable range for a fully broken in PTR is between 0.010” and 0.018”.  A new in box rifle received from PTR will have a bolt-gap of between 0.014” and 0.019”.  This manufacturing tolerance is based on the fact that prior to shipping the rifles are test fired with 20 rounds of ammunition.  This is not enough firing time to completely “break-in” the rifle.  It is NORMAL AND EXPECTED for a new in box rifle from PTR to lose between 0.002” and 0.003” of bolt-gap during the break-in period of the first 250 rounds, so this should NOT be interpreted as a reason for concern.  Only if the bolt-gap continues to decrease after that number of rounds should there be cause for concern.  Please note as well that the German military specification range on bolt-gap for issued G3 rifles was 0.004”-0.020”.  Of course we maintain a higher standard for new production rifles, however, the rifles are safe to operate at much lower bolt-gaps.

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These stress cracks are most likely to develop between 50 and 150 rounds fired through the rifle.  If you have fired more than 250 rounds through your PTR and do not notice a visible crack or a decreasing bolt-gap, than it is extremely unlikely that your rifle will ever develop this problem – even if an oversize pin is present.

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Currently PTR is aware of seven issues with cracked Trunnions.  These have all been replaced at no cost to the customers.  PTR takes pride in, and stands by its product.  As such, any customers that have noticed cracks on their Trunnion are encouraged to contact us so that we may correct this problem.  Additionally, any concerns or questions will be addressed by our customer service staff in a timely manner and they can be reached at 860-676-1776 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Eastern Time.

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PTR-91 Inc. policies and procedures with regard to this issue are as follows:

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For any rifle that falls within the serial number ranges listed above, PTR will issue a return authorization, repair and/or replace the rifle, and cover all shipping costs regardless of warranty status, if either of the following conditions are present:

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1.)    Visible crack in Trunnion

2.)    Bolt-gap below 0.010”

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If a customer owns a rifle in the serial number range listed above that does not currently exhibit one of the above criteria, PTR will be happy to inspect his/her rifle (and repair if necessary) free of charge if the customer so desires.  However, in this scenario the customer will be responsible for shipping costs unless the PTR inspection reveals a problem – in which case shipping costs will be refunded.

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PTR would like to offer its sincere apologies for this inconvenience.  Our goal is to make sure that every customer is 100% satisfied, and we plan to offer our full support to clear up this issue for any customers who are affected.

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PTR-91 Inc. Management

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Women on Target

Reading the article “Rise in firearms use by women a national trend” by Shannon M. Nass in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette made me reflect on the amount of women that enjoy the shooting sports. Being a woman myself, before being exposed to shooting on a daily basis my feelings were that owning or firing a gun was something that was out of reach. As I got more involved in the industry I found there are many women who are influential and even legendary as rifle marksman. In educating myself about the topic, I discovered a long tradition of women shooters from Annie Oakley, to Soviet snipers in WWII, and now even Sherri Gallagher – a woman who won the NRA national high power rifle match in 2010. After realizing that big guns aren’t just for big boys I decided to develop my marksmanship skills as well.

The stereotype that women only want guns for protection is being changed more and more. Women, including myself and other female colleagues, thoroughly enjoy getting to go to the range and shoot. After completing the Connecticut Pistol Permit course (and passing with flying colors, I might add) I found that I truly looked forward to the opportunities to head to the range and try shooting new weapons and learn as much about them as I could.

June 18, 2011 marks the second Women on Target event that PTR will be attending at the Metacon Gun Club in Simsbury, CT. What makes this year more special is that the female employees of PTR – Bianca Diaz and myself, Devin Green – will be teaching the women that attend how to handle and fire our PTR rifles. The opportunity to teach other women about something we are so passionate about is truly an honor.

I frequently answer customer service questions throughout the day and large percent of men ask if I shoot the rifles we manufacture. I generally answer with a smile on my face and proudly say “yes, and I love it”! I encourage women to get involved and shoot for the first time. Chances are you will love it too!

For more information on PTR-91 you can contact us at info@ptr91.com or (860) 676-1776.
To find a Women on Target event near you, check out the following link. http://www.nrahq.org/women/isc/clinics.asp

Pictures from the event will be posted on our Facebook Page – Click here to “Like” PTR-91

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New Website

PTR is proud to announce the launch of its brand new website designed by the experts at Blue Fountain Media.  Please take a minute to look around and discover all the new features.

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