Hands on with the PTR91GI
By Chris Upchurch, Director of Marketing
The first thing you notice with these rifles is that the fit and finish is just impeccable. Everything fits together very nicely, there are no blemishes or rough spots. This is a very nicely made rifle.
Picking it up, its heft is about normal for a .308 battle rifle. Like the AK, the whole rifle is essentially one solid unit. This is definitely a gun you could beat someone to death with. It balances very well, thanks to the HK profile barrel, which is a bit thinner than the bull barrel PTR puts on some of their other models. The balance point is right at the magazine, so it points very nicely and is easy to transfer from shoulder to shoudler. The long handguard works great with the floating support hand technique that SI teaches.
The barrel is 18", which is about right for the universal rifle. It's not a gun that's made for CQB, though it's handy enough to fill that role if necessary. Nor is it a long, unwieldy, dedicated long range shooter. This really fits the bill as a 'do it all' gun, the essence of the universal rifle.
When I got this rifle we'd been getting a lot of rain here in Prescott, so it took a while before I was able to take it out and shoot it. When I finally did, it was worth the wait. The rifle shoots beautifully. It's hard to do a true test of accuracy without an optic (at least with my eyes) but when I was zeroing it I got small, consistent groups at 30 yards with the irons.
The HK diopter sights are just marvelous. They work great with our long gun point shooting continuum. If you need a quick torso shot at close range, just put the front sight ring on the target and press. At slightly longer distances, the wide notch on the rear drum works like an express sight or for more precision you can nestle the globe down into the inner notch. Rotate the drum to the longer range settings and you get a peep sight adjusted for the appropriate drop.
The PTR has been absolutely reliable with all ammo that I've shot through it, both brass and steel case. Ejection is vigorous, to say the least. The HK manual of arms is a bit different from what I'm used to, but some dry practice should take care of that.