This company produces a clone of the semi-automatic rifle "HK-91" and is located in the American Bristol, Connecticut. Bristol is in 45 minutes north of Newtown, where last December there was a tragedy: twenty children and six of their teachers were shot.
The passion for gun debate in the United States was heated since April 4, when a law on strict control of firearms was passed in Connecticut. In response to this act, PTR Industries announced on April 9 its plans to leave Connecticut. This was stated in an open letter.
Correspondents "Business Insider" flew to the United States and talked with Mr. Fiorini. When they asked him how he felt when he learned about what happened in Newtown, he replied that the tragedy had devastated him and his staff, but in the end, in his opinion, the problem here is not at all in arms manufacturers.
“I probably feel the same thing that an engineer at General Motors feels when a car accident happens,” he said.
Australian journalists visited PTR Industries to get first-hand information about the company, as well as to talk with staff at the forefront of the gun control discussion.
On the site "PTR" The following is told about the American company.
The original PTR rifle was first conceived in 2002, when the predecessor company acquired technology and components for the HK line at the Fabrica Militar (Portugal).
Initially, the HK-91 rifles (“clones”) in small quantities were made primarily from parts purchased all over the world. In 2002-2006 The PTR-91 rifle's reputation improved significantly with the growth of its market.
PTR was established in 2006 year to meet market demand. Over the next few years, the company grew, and its capabilities increased. Going beyond the original “clone” -91, “PTR” began to introduce other models and variants into production in order to meet various shooting requirements.
The company was reorganized in 2010 year. Today, PTR is a modern firearms firm and is capable of more than just “cloning” rifles. Instead of some assemblers standing at their machines in the first years of the company's activity, at present PTR employs gunsmiths, engineers, toolmakers, machinists working with modern technologies and producing real modern firearms for consumers. PTR is independent of foreign markets: it has the ability to produce every detail for rifles right in the United States.
The updated PTR seeks to provide high-quality firearms to the most demanding shooters: whether they are military, law enforcement or civilians.