PTR Industries to Leave Connecticut

PTR logo courtesy
PTR Industries, makers of frighteningly black rifles, has decided that continuing to do business the what was formerly known as The Constitution State is now untenable. Today they’ve announced their plans to leave for greener pastures and they’ve called on other firearms-related firms currently based in Connecticut to join them. They won’t just be taking their machinery out of Gun Valley either. “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.”

[h/t James Grant]


  1. avatar says:

    This is great. And honestly, it’s awesome that these companies are taking their employees, who are certainly people of the gun, with them to freedom. Come to VA! We’ll be very happy to have y’all.

    1. avatar Jacknine says:

      And VA is safe for how long?

      1. avatar C says:

        that’s exactly why we need pro-gun voters moving here.

        1. avatar Dark says:

          I plan to be moving soon. Looking for a place to rent, preferably in the Vienna/Fallschurch/Arlington area. Any recommendations?

    2. avatar John F says:

      Come to Arizona and never shovel snow again (except in Flagstaff & Rim country)

      1. avatar Azman says:

        I hate snow. Here I thought it was spring again.

        1. avatar APBTFan says:

          What part of Arizona are you in Azman? I’m in NW Glendale and thanks to all the wind our spring shower was nothing but blobs of mud falling from the sky.

  2. avatar Loyd says:

    Colt, Mossberg, Stag…

    1. avatar Mr Pierogie says:

      Not gonna happen. Bloomberg magazine had an article about the NRA and gun manufacturers recently. Big gun companies in Connecticut are asking to be exempt from the law so that they can keep making the rifles there. They will happily stay as long as they get special treatment. And if I recall correctly they didn’t say anything about siding with the people and boycotting the law the way PTR has.

      1. avatar JSIII says:

        If Colt refuses to move then the NRA and gun owners need to grow a pair and refuse to buy any of their products.

    2. avatar anonymous says:

      > Big gun companies in Connecticut are asking to be exempt
      > from the law so that they can keep making the rifles there.

      If gun manufacturers get an exemption, then it just demonstrates what a bunch of bloodthirsty ghouls Donkeyrats are.

      (1) Donkeyrats believe that guns/magazines/etc. cause the murder of thousands of innocent children every day.

      (2) Donkeyrats ban those gun/magazines/etc. in their state.

      (3) Because the Donekyrats want the manufacturing jobs and tax revenue that gun companies provide, they exempt manufacturers in their states from gun control laws, allowing the manufacturers to sell their dangerous death-causing products to other states.

      (4) By their own “logic”, Donkeyrats want to profit from the murder of children in other states.

      F*** you, Donkeyrats. As much as I hate the Republicons and Glibertarians, Donkeyrats are the most vile pieces of s*** imagineable.

      If the NRA, Republicon Party, etc., had any moral courage (waits for laughter to die down), they would not be shy about telling this truth, and repeat this message for the next several election cycles.

      1. avatar mediocrates says:

        so…. ummmm…. who exactly do you NOT HATE. I’m sure the list is much much shorter.

  3. avatar whiskeytangofoxtrot says:

    “And another one’s gone, and another one’s gone…”

  4. avatar ericcartman says:

    cant wait to buy a ptr91 Gi model when they start to become available again

    1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

      You know, I was looking for a future battle rifle platform. I think this fits my budget and matches what I wanted. Guess I’ll add it to the wish list.

      1. avatar ericcartman says:

        get those 3 dollars mags now bro. i picked up 20 of em last year

        1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

          I just read that on a forum. Looks like what I am buying this payday.

    2. avatar APBTFan says:

      My neighbor has a FAL and he made me a deal if he sells it I get it for $600. Still waiting dammit…….

  5. avatar William Burke says:

    …and their taxes and skills with ’em. Bye-bye, “Constitution State”. Hello, pastures of plenty!

  6. avatar William Henderson says:

    Please think about Utah for your new home as we are currently the 4th most gun friendly state in the USA.

  7. avatar Eddie Reynolds says:

    I’d like to say to PTR Industries congratulations on your decision for bravery, your love for our Constitution and your commitment to carry on producing high quality arms for God Fearing Constitution Patriotic Americans. And to all of your employees and vendors, hang tough. I’m certain that PTR has made a calculated and wise decision. We Patriots stand by you and with you !

  8. avatar dirk diggler says:

    Move to missouri. Strong aerospace industry and some automotive. Lots of skilled labor

    1. avatar 16V says:

      We hang on by a thread. You posted this before Dotson showed up on the locals tonight advocating for “tough new gun laws” with that punk Mike Bush.

      1. avatar Taurus609 says:

        16v, that’s STL, not the rest of Missouri. Slay wants different gun laws for STL and MCI, but won’t give up his security detail, wonder why!

        I sent Robert an email (not sure if it got through) about doing an article about ALL fifty states and listing who is really the best and worst as far as gun friendly. I know everyone here always spouts off about come to my state when some business or individual talks about moving. I’d like to really know the truth about where some one or business should go if so inclined!

  9. avatar Steven says:

    I believe if a state, county, municipality, etc. wants to attempt to infringe on the rights of its citizens, then businesses that rely on those same citizens for cash flow should head the warning. Not just gun related businesses. Any business that intends to maintain enough of a client base to operate should consider a move to greener climates! You know that once the 2nd amendment is infringed, it won’t be long until they start coming after the others. Like they say, ‘Maintaining the 2nd protects all the rest.

    1. avatar anonymous says:

      > Like they say, ‘Maintaining the 2nd protects all the rest.

      Saying it over and over again doesn’t make it true.

      1. avatar Donuts says:

        Except that it IS.

      2. avatar SD3 says:

        Unlike liberal progressives, we don’t believe ‘saying’ something makes it true. It’s simply truth.

        A pretty deep concept, I know.

      3. avatar anonymous says:

        For all the talk of fighting tyranny and oppresion, and standing up for all rights, I have yet to see gun owners, you know, fight tyranny and oppresion, or stand up for all rights.

        Give me a call when that changes.

        In the Art of War, Sun Tzu wrote that “All warfare is based on deception.” Yet gun owners continue to insist on deceiving ourselves in this war.

      4. avatar ProfShadow says:

        Too bad you never spent time reading the Federalist Papers or other discussions that were going on at the time.

        The Second most surely is designed to protect the rest. Its purpose is the final check against a tyranny by the citizenry.

        Sort of the “nuclear option” for the citizenry against its government. A deterrent, like our nuclear arsenal.

        We don’t ever want to use it…but we sure will keep it handy just in case. And the US is the one country that has demonstrated that it will use a nuke if necessary.

        Probably a dissertation there …

  10. avatar Megrim says:

    Aw heck, all the cool kids are moving to Texas.

    1. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

      Hey maybe RF can arrange for a mass migration of TTAGrs to Texas! 😉

      1. avatar DJ says:

        I’d love to move to Texas, wife wants to move to FL, tho.

        1. avatar RKflorida says:

          Florida is ahead of Texas in the dubious “Gun Friendly” states thingy.

    2. avatar Ing says:

      Meanwhile, the few who want it all — better gun laws, world-class skiing, and unbeatable scenery — are moving to Utah. 🙂 Not that there’s anything really wrong with Texas, but…

      1. avatar Jim Scrummy says:

        Yes, but doesn’t Utah still have 3/2 beer? Get rid of that stupidity and a few other laws, I’m all in.

      2. avatar anonymous says:

        > Not that there’s anything really wrong with Texas, but…

        There’s a lot wrong with Texas, unless you like privatized corporate fascism, and making everything you own forever collateral to the most corrupt group of parasitic lawyers that ever existed.

        I look forward to the day that Senator Jon Carona (Republican – Dallas) rots in Hell for all eternity.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          Gee, but Carona always speaks so well of you . . . .

  11. avatar Paul53 says:

    Last one out of Connecticut and Colorado, turn off the lights! Where you cough cough texas cough Moving too?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      So far, nobody’s actually left anywhere.

  12. avatar john Doesky says:

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  13. avatar Paul53 says:

    Never heard of PTR but suddenly they’re at the top of “must buy” list. Awesome, democracy in action.

    1. avatar TTACer says:

      A friend of my has 91, which is a G3 clone. Other than not having a poly barrel, and the fact that I don’t believe that PTR hates us or thinks we suck, it is the equal of the HK. Honestly it is beautifully machined and finished, I don’t think that the HK is as nice. But maybe that is why HK hates me, and thinks I suck.

      1. avatar 1911A1 says:

        Love my PTR-91. A .308 that kicks only slightly more than an AR-15 is a pleasure to shoot. Wish it was a little lighter, though. At 10 lbs., it’s like lugging a Garand around….

      2. avatar DJ says:

        I’ve wondered about the G3 platform since the season of “Top Shot” where everyone struggled with the G3. I always thought the G3 had a reputation for high build quality and accuracy. It sure didn’t look like that on the show. I wonder if they were using CETMEs or some other foreign build?

    2. avatar rxdrive says:

      There are other semi auto rifles out there besides an AR or AK. Do a little research and you’ll be surprised… Specifically H&K rifles and the PTR rifles(h&k clones with a few US upgrades). Excellent build quality, as accurate as anything out there and extremely reliable.

  14. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    Business & votes they will never get back. The pres can flap his yap like nero fiddling while Rome burns. They can’t change, can’t cut their losses, all they can do is blow up their party…pity, Randy

    1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

      Bread and circuses for everyone!

  15. avatar Keith Ringgenberg says:

    Come on to California. Oh wait, never mind.

  16. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

    That is truly epic! Good for them..
    I love the fact they are asking their extended family to join them. Lord knows if I were given that option I would be jumping at it!

  17. avatar Keith Gagner says:

    I do believe colt already has plans to move to Texas … Stag is still unsure what he is doing

  18. avatar Betty Liberty says:

    Way to go PTR! As people are discovering they have zero representation, it’s time to ‘vote with your feet!’

  19. avatar ProfShadow says:

    We’re waiting with open arms (so to speak) down here in Florida…the “Gunshine State” and we don’t have any personal income tax!

    We even have skiing! (Well, water skiing, but ya know….beer instead of cocoa afterwards!)

  20. avatar Tim U says:

    PTR is proving to be a great company. Not only are they up and leaving, but they are bringing their employees and families with them instead of leaving them out to dry.

    A big +1, and I am keeping them in mind for if I get the funds and need for a rifle they can produce.

  21. avatar CptQ says:

    I think it’s great that some of these arms manufacturing companies are the “Un-Constitutional State”. All of them should leave. I know it is a difficult decision to make but the bottom line is why would any company want to pay one penny of taxes that support a state government that is so SHALLOW. If the laws that were passed were properly debated and well thought out, then you may have laws that would reduce the possibility of mentally ill persons or criminals using guns. As it stands now, all you have are laws that will most likely not stand due to constitutional challenges. I will never spend one cent that goes to these states that are TRAITORS OF LIBERTY.

  22. avatar Shane says:

    Who is John Galt?

  23. avatar Jojo Mo says:

    Welcome fellow patriots to God’s country. Please leave the snow and liberals up there. Encourage Libertarians to migrate! One more thing: we don’t like to hear “how you did it up North.” We realize you are just trying to help by doing that. My father-in-law is a converted Yankee (here since the 1950s) and he still does it. Don’t get me wrong, we appreciate the advice and experience you share. Just keep that phrase to yourself and you will “feel even more at home”.

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