I need another PTR-91


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Father Knows Best
February 16, 2006, 11:47 AM
Who has them? My dealer says that he can only order from a couple of big distributors that don't handle JLD rifles, so I have to buy it myself and have it transferred through him. Lew Horton distributing only has one PTR-91 in stock, and it's not the right model (I want a PTR-91k). I've found a few dealers online who say they carry them, but none have them in stock.

Suggestions? Any dealers near you have a few gathering dust?

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Rupestris
February 16, 2006, 11:55 AM
Last time I was at Top Gun Shooting Sports they had two. One with a folding stock and one with a sliding stock.

http://www.topgunshootingsports.com/

Ph: (734)282-8470

You might want to give 'em a call to see if they're still there.

Swallent (Sean) is a member here on THR and works at Top Gun. You might want to drop him a PM as well.

HTH

Bobarino
February 16, 2006, 01:39 PM
www.atlanticfirearms.com usually has them. i have never even seen one in a gunshop in my neck of the woods.

Bobby

Onmilo
February 17, 2006, 09:50 AM
Who has them? My dealer says that he can only order from a couple of big distributors that don't handle JLD rifles, so I have to buy it myself and have it transferred through him. Lew Horton distributing only has one PTR-91 in stock, and it's not the right model (I want a PTR-91k). I've found a few dealers online who say they carry them, but none have them in stock.

Suggestions? Any dealers near you have a few gathering dust?

Your dealer can ONLY order from a couple distributors????
Why not just have him send his FFL and get one direct from the source?
http://www.jldenter.com

Father Knows Best
February 17, 2006, 10:20 AM
Your dealer can ONLY order from a couple distributors????
Why not just have him send his FFL and get one direct from the source?
http://www.jldenter.com

The last time I checked, JLD was no longer selling directly. JLD only sells to distributors now. I know Led Horton and Atlantic distribute for them. If you visit JLD Enter, you'll see that they don't even have their rifles displayed on their site, anymore -- just parts and accessories.

My dealer is not a stocking dealer. He runs an indoor shooting range and has some used guns for sale on a consignment basis. He can and will order for you at cost plus $25-50 (depending on the price of the gun), but only from the major distributors (like Davidson's). That means he can get all the household brands like Ruger, Colt, Winchester, Savage, S&W, Glock, Beretta, Kimber, Para Ordnance, Springfield Armory, Bushmaster, etc., but typically doesn't have ready access to smaller or specialty brands like JLD. While he could order them, he makes so little money on them that it's not worth his time trying to track them down and get them. To order from a specialty manufacturer or small distributor he doesn't usually do business with, he has to establish an account with them, perhaps pay in advance (or get a credit line established), etc. With the big four or five distributors, he already has accounts. He also has their catalogs and knows their phone numbers. All he has to do is call, give his customer number and what he wants, and it's on its way to him.

I don't begrudge his decision not to carry more obscure stuff, because he's a businessman and he has to make some hard decisions. Besides, he gives me great service and only charges $20 to do a transfer (every other dealer in town wants $50). I also save money if I order it myself thanks to the sales tax issue. On a $1000 PTR-91, sales taxes here would be $92.50 if I bought it from my local dealer. If I buy it online or over the phone from an out-of-state seller and have it transferred through my dealer, I only pay the $20 transfer fee.

There are shops in town that will supposedly order anything you want, but I won't do business with them because of their poor attitude, rotten service and high prices. The biggest is one called "Guns and Ammo" that is better known at my gun club as "Guns and A-holes" thanks to the rude staff.

Father Knows Best
February 17, 2006, 10:23 AM
Last time I was at Top Gun Shooting Sports they had two. One with a folding stock and one with a sliding stock.

Thanks for the suggestion. I called, and was impressed at how friendly and helpful they were. Unfortunately, they only had one PTR-91 in stock, and it was the folding stock variety. The man I spoke with said that the collapsible stock ones (my first choice) are impossible to get right now, which is consistent with everything I've found. I really don't like the folder. I may end up settling for a fixed stock carbine and plan on adding a collapsible later, but I already have a fixed stock rifle.

Rupestris
February 17, 2006, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. I called, and was impressed at how friendly and helpful they were.

Thats why they get my money. ;)

Onmilo
February 18, 2006, 12:32 PM
FKB, it has been a while since I visited the jld website, I had no idea they took the rifles down.
I do work for a small shop local and Iknow they have ordered direct from JLD in the recent past.
You may have your dealer give them a call and see if they will send him a rifle or at least find out if JLD signed an agreement with the larger distributers for exclusive rights recently.
I may do that myself.
My personal rifle came from SARCO in New Jersey, I know they can get you a collapsing stock rifle if they are still available but you may wait a while to receive it.

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