I also like it when I can say I’ve made a decision.
For those not here last week (tsk,tsk), I began a search for a new Main Battle Rifle (MBR) in preparation of the high probablilty of the new Congress’ sending new anti-gun legislation down the pike in the near future.
I first started with the venerable M1A, my all time favorite. However, due to issues consisting of initial cost, cost of accessories, and finally the availability and cost of parts, I decided that unless I win a moderate sized lottery, an M1A would not be in my future.
I that same linked post I asked folks of their opinions of the other two leading MBRs on the market: the FN/FAL and the HK91/G3 (and both of their various clones).
After some cosideration that included emailing a number of other bloggers whom I remembered having current expreience with said models, I have come to a decision.
Hello G3. You will be mine.
Factoring initial cost, reliability, parts availablility and cost and accessories availability and cost, the HK91/G3 won hands down. More specifically, the G3 clone made by JLD Enterprises, the PTR 91 , has won my money. An American made rifle, built on HK licensed equipment to original German specs. I have heard nothing bad about them from anyone: owners, friends of owners or dealers. Plus, by buying the PTR, you can still get into a new one for under ten Franklins (six of them if you’re willing to take a chance with a CETME), the mags are just about everywhere and the price reflects that, See-Thru/QD scope mounts are available and not too expensive and parts availability is good with prices varying from low-cost to average.
In addition, a guy who comes highly regarded from other folks I’ve talked to and read, the writer Boston T. Party, regards the G3 very highly, with people like MKH100 at AlphaRubicon paraphrasing him saying “It just doesn’t break.” I’ve seen Boston T’s name around in various circles before and during this search and have asked folks about him. Like I said before, he is highly regarded and I think I can take his opinion at face value. Check out some of the other links at AlphaRubicon main page when you get a moment.
This weekend should see me ordering/buying my first one. And if I have any luck at all, I should be able to make this customized PTR91 my latest aquisition
I’ll post again when I know the financials on Friday AM.