Skip to comments.Gun maker PTR Industries opens its doors in Horry County (From Connecticut to South Carolina)
Posted on 01/06/2014 10:12:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Horry County's newest manufacturer is open for business. PTR Industries began its first day in South Carolina by welcoming its new local employees.
The rifle manufacturer decided last year to move from its home base in Connecticut, after that state's legislature passed restrictive gun laws in the wake of a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown.
PTR's new building in the Cool Springs Business Park near Aynor is still mostly empty and a few weeks away from being at full production, so the first day on the job for the eleven local workers the company has brought on board so far consisted mostly of having them sort and inventory boxes of gun parts.
But the company plans to have rifle assembly operations up and running by January 20, after a massive move-in and set-up operation.
"We've got our entire crew up in Connecticut, plus a crew of about 40 movers, 32 trucks and everybody's going to be working basically from now until the 20th to get all that done, so it's a project, it's a challenge," said PTR CEO Josh Fiorini.
Fiorini says a second wave of local employees will come on board in February, joining the 21 employees moving here from PTR's current base in Connecticut, to make a total contingent of nearly 50 workers.
He says the company plans to quickly add many more.
"The eventual goal is 120 (employees), short term within the next 3 years."
Stan Parker is among those Horry County residents starting a career with PTR.
Parker says he's long been a gun enthusiast, so being able to make rifles for a living is a dream come true.
He expects the company to have a big impact on the county.
"There's the trickle down effect of the incomes we make, we spend in local businesses," Parker said. "The company's growing, or going to grow. They have projected plans for that. I think it will effect the community as a whole in a positive way."
PTR now has much more room to grow that it did before. The plant is 58,000 square feet under one roof, which means the company can add two new gun models to its product line.
"We've really been kind of sitting on our projects, waiting until we could run with them and now we can," Fiorini said.
Fiorini says he's happy with the local people he's hired so far and with the initial training they've been able to get through the SC Works program and Horry Georgetown Technical College.
About 2,000 people applied for the 30 job openings posted by PTR in November.
The US is going to have to go to
I’m wanting a PTR91 and will probably get one eventually I think but I have my eye on soemthing else right now. still, $1,200 for an HK91 seems pretty tempting if indeed it actually rates comparably to an HK91. Anybody have any first hand good/bad experience with the PTRs?
Century uses the same HK parts that PTR does and they do it for what it would cost you to buy the HK parts.
It’s made by Century out of used parts. Century is a bunch of drunken monkeys and their used parts can be suspicious.
I haven’t ever touched a C93. I have fondled a PTR91 a few times at cabelas and it felt pretty darned solid. I have a line of a DSA FN-FAL that is solid as an anvil too though and, I’m quite sure, far superior to the PTR91. I’m working towards a particular bolt action rifle right now though.
Not so. PTR got ahold of the tooling and machinery from Portugal. They are making their own parts.
I paid $399 with two 40 rd mags and bayonet
The Century builds were original HK parts kits.
That alone is like $400
Holy culture shock, Conn to Horry County.
If they offer tours of the facility one day, not too far away in Longs is The Most Awesome RV Park on the Entire Planet- Willow Tree.
I have heard bad things about the century guns. I have no personal experience with them though. I have heard good and bad things about the PTR91s. No personal experience with them either. I have never really heard anything negative about the HK91 however and I have no experience with them either. I have never heard anything bad about the DS arms FN-FAL and I have plenty of experience with one of those. It lives up to its reputation. That being said, the PTR91 looks pretty cool and feels really good but the DSA FN-FAL seems like the better gun for the money IMO.
I have handled C93s. Quality varies wildly and sometimes Century forgets to refinish their used parts. I saw a NIB one that had a nicely rusted charging handle.
The PTRs, on the other hand, are made in the US (no import compliance law BS to worry about) out of all new parts.
Disclaimer: I don’t own a PTR or any G3/36 type rifle. I’m no fan of the roller system and my FAL outshoots them anyway.
Century uses gun monkey gunsmiths but the parts are solid if you have a talent to tweak that stuff.
That would describe me
Love the FAL
Love the CETMES
I wouldn’t buy either if they came from Century. Too many problems, too many weapons they’ve sold without proper assembly (headspacing, etc.)
Except when you try it on a Century gun and you find the stupid thing has rusted in place.
My gunsmith told me he could not buy the HK parts for the price of the rifle, and he was right. I checked.
That’s like saying “Hey, it’s too bad these Pintos burst into flames, but hey, if you have a talent you can fix them up.” Yeah, fact remains that out of the box you’re looking at a potentially unsafe weapon and that’s a no-no.
$350 and 15 minutes 0r $1200? for the same thing?
That is my point.
Sarco had them in 2012 (before the Panic) for $199, IIRC.
My point is that they are knowingly shipping defective and dangerous product *and they don’t care.*
You want to patronize such a business, go right ahead. There are other options.
The century’s were made with HK parts kits.
Te parts are not bad and the design is not bad.
That would be a steal.
That’s nice, but they’re still being shipped out the door knowing that most of them are improperly and dangerously assembled. I don’t like people who ship rifles that can explode as used out of the box.
FYI, they’re not all H&K ‘made in Germany’ parts. Most of the parts they are using are ex-Malaysian surplus, with many of the parts ‘local’ sourced, i.e., made in Malaysia.
If they go kaboom they get sued.
I think Century does a good job for a good price and brings us lots of goodies for cheap.
I aint paying $2500 for an MP5
No, they do a terrible job for a meh price. These are the people who managed to make AKs that didn’t work (and in fact, actually explode.)
Think about that. Uneducated peasant blacksmiths can make copies of AKs that actually work, but Century can’t assemble AKs from parts kits. They’re that bad.
I have NEVER heard of someone being maimed by a century build.
I do now someone that was maimed by a brand new Springfield Armory M1A.
The real lesson here is if its a big hucking gun you had better look it over and be sure.
My research shows me that Century did not do the conversion. They only imported it.
The conversion was done at the factory in FRance, hence my trepidation ☺
Exploding Century guns:
Classic Century customer service:
There’s plenty of horror stories about Century on damn near every gun forum on the internet. Seriously, go look.
Man injured by exploding Century-assembled FAL:
As the late and very funny comedian Phil Foster used to say, “That’s what I like about the South”.
Another old saying was: “Hey Granny, throw some yeast in the Mississippi River. The South shall rise again!”
As Phil Robertson would say about this new So. Carolina business - “Happy, Happy, Happy”.
The real money right now is in manufacturing ammunition not just the completed cartridge but also the components. Bullets, brass, primers, powder and primer powder.
Lost one in a boating accident. POS. My fascination with semi-autos in .308 ended about the same time: I love the round, but I only use it in a Ruger Scout now, and I savor every last shot.
My SHTF “battle rifle” is once again the AK-47 or Norinco SKS. It’ll last longer than I will, and with far better accuracy and less maintenance. :)
Somebody straighten out this for medoes PTR only build parts sets? Is that why Century has come into the discussion?
I have an AR10T that I’m fond of and several AR15s in various guises that are fun just because liberals hate them so much but I really prefer fine bolt action hunting rifles. I’m drooling over one right now. That’s gonna be my firearm focus for a while I think.
Damn auto spell!
PTR, long ago, used to assemble parts sets into rifles. Since then, they bought all the HK tooling and machinery from the Portugese armory that was making them under license and are now making entire rifles in the US. They are all new, all US made.
Century is just slapping parts kits together on a US reciever and calling it a day.
Wow... How about that Summer of Recovery, man that Obama Economy is smoking right along here.. ( sarc / off )
Not sure if anyone has noticed that some time ago Henry Firearms quietly move much of their operations to Wisconsin and, WE all welcome them albeit a late “welcome”.
I have handled, fired, and cleaned a HK 91.
I have handled, fired, and cleaned a PTR 91.
They are made the same, except the PTR 91 has a much better factory trigger.
I’ve had a PTR91 for about 8 years now. Well made rifle, I’m very pleased with mine. PTR builds them in the USA using original factory equipment purchased from Portugal (I think). It’s the closest you can get to a new HK91.
The only drawback is for those who collect their brass for reloading. They have a fluted chamber to aid in extraction that really screws up the brass. I just feed mine the cheap russian stuff for plinking, it works fine.
Of course, with the cost of ammo, it doesn’t get out to the range as often as when it was new.
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Personal experience: They are good. It has a fluted chamber so that might be a consideration if you reload. Hits on a steel plate can be made out to 500 yards- using an 18 inch barrel. The trigger can be worked on to get a decent “PULL”.
I would say buy one. my two cents.