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18" vs 16" PTR-91...I am about to order one!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by crash32, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. crash32

    crash32 Well-Known Member

    I am about to order one right now and I have a choice between the 18" PTR-91 rifle or the 16" PTR-91 carbine.

    I was wondering which one you guys had and if there is an accuracy difference between the two models? I think I would rather get the 16", but not if it is going to significantly influence my accuracy at 100 yards. What do you guys think?
  2. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    I would go with 18". I own a FAL with an 18" barrel and it's still very handy.
  3. Min

    Min Well-Known Member

    I would get the 16" barrel.
  4. crash32

    crash32 Well-Known Member

    So we have one vote for the 16" and one for the 18". I guess it comes down to a few things.

    Will the 18" be noticeably heavier?
    Will the 16" compromise accuracy?

    Of course...which one looks cooler... a shorter evil rifle or a longer badass rifle haha.
  5. Golden Hound

    Golden Hound Well-Known Member

    I go by the philosophy that a longer barrel is always better, personally, just because it's more manly. If it's too heavy, lift some weights, and then it will feel lighter as you get stronger. :p
  6. Min

    Min Well-Known Member

    If you're going to get a PTR-91, it's because it is an evil black rifle, not because you are going to be a long-distance shooter with it.

    16" barrel is evil. :)
  7. crushbup

    crushbup Well-Known Member

    IMHO, the 18in barrel will still be quite handy, you'll get a tidbit of a velocity boost, and recoil will be somewhat reduced. I've never fired one with a 16in barrel, but whatever you do, never fire one with a G3 collapsible stock- it leaves a mark.
  8. marktx

    marktx Well-Known Member

    It's a lot easier to get different front hand guards for the 18" model and the overall length of the rifles only decreases by 1 1/4 inches with the 16" barrel.
  9. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    Given the heft, 18" is plenty small. That's a real tank, enjoy it as such.
  10. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    Get the 16"!
  11. Big Bill

    Big Bill Well-Known Member

    Get the 18"!!! Size Matters!
  12. crash32

    crash32 Well-Known Member

    What about accuracy? At 100 yards do you guys think that there would be any noticeable difference?? I know that this is not the world's most accurate rifle, but I'd still like for it to be somewhat accurate!
  13. Bartkowski

    Bartkowski Well-Known Member

    There shouldn't be any difference in accuracy between the two. Accuracy has more to do with the barrel's quality and how rigid it is. I don't own either size gun, but if I were to buy one would get the 18".

    The 18" would make the gun a little quieter and there would be a small velocity increase. Both of which are worth decrease in handiness to me.
  14. chipp

    chipp Well-Known Member

    18 is pretty short already I'm voting 18
  15. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    Get the 18" barrel. 16" is a little short for 308.

    About long ranges, and some sort of limitation on range because the PTR is an "evil black rifle," I've shot prairie dogs with mine at 400+ yards. I haven't gone to 600 yet, but I have no doubt it will go that far readily.
  16. FuzzyBunny

    FuzzyBunny Well-Known Member

    I would go with 18" but thats me.
  17. I'd want a 20" at least, but 18 beats 16 any day for that chambering. The flash and blast are horrendous from a 16", not to mention increasing recoil.
  18. Runningman

    Runningman Well-Known Member

    My vote is for the 18" .
  19. Grayrider

    Grayrider Well-Known Member

    Most gun makers use a 16 1/4" barrel for "16 inch" barreled guns, so you are talking 1 3/4" difference. I prefer the 18" as it is just barely longer and gives you a bit more velocity. Two of my FALs are 18", one 16".

  20. crash32

    crash32 Well-Known Member

    "The flash and blast are horrendous from a 16"

    Well, thats exactly what I want lol!!!! Even with that being said I think as of now I MIGHT go with the 18 inches, but the increased blast and flash from the 16" is sounding really cool right now :)

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