I hear a frequent comment from instructors that a combat handgun’s primary function is to allow you the ability to fight your way back to your rifle. If the rifle malfunctions, swap to the handgun until you are out of danger and can clear the weapon. If you’re out of ammunition for your rifle, swap to the handgun until you can safely reload. The examples go on, so you get the idea. I’m not quite sure that weapons instructors would have the same attitude toward PTR Industries’ most recent pistol.
Based on the PTR-91 rifle, this weapon is basically a short-barreled 7.62mm NATO rifle without a buttstock. When you slap the bolt handle on this weapon, you have some serious firepower at the ready.
Over the past two decades, military and law enforcement personnel have learned that more firepower is typically an advantage in a rifle fight. Special Operations forces in Mogadishu, Somalia, found that the 5.56 NATO round wasn’t enough to drop a drug-crazed combatant in his tracks, but they weren’t the first.