By David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com
September 19, 2008
Para USA (formerly Para Ordnance) is marketing what appears to be an updated (or just rebranded) version of Al Zitta’s Z-M Weapons LR300 AXLT carbine called the Para Tactical Target Rifle (PTTR). The PTTR operates via a modified direct-gas-impingement (DGI) system, which the company calls "Delayed Impinged Gas System (DIGS) (TM). Basically, the PTTR, just like the LR300, has moved the recoil spring up front, on top of the op-rod (operating rod), which the company claims simultaneously reduces muzzle rise and noise in the shooter’s ear, and supposedly also runs cleaner.
The latter is accomplished via the…
PTTR’s Manifold Injector System (MIS) (TM), which is located in the bolt carrier. Upon firing, gas flows through the tube inside the op-rod, and is expelled through the MIS. Para claims that this makes the PTTR "the cleanest running autoloading rifle in the world." This is a rather bold claim, considering the plethora of gas piston/op-rod-driven tactical AR carbine systems a.k.a. tactical AR-15 carbine systems on the market.
The PTTR also comes with a flat-top upper receiver, free-float rail system/forend rail tube, flip-up front and rear BUIS, Phantom-style flash hider (flash suppressor) and a 5-position telescoping/folding stock (buttstock) called the "Rapid Deployment Stock (RDS)", which folds to the left side.
So, what’s the price? The PTTR has a rather serious MSRP of $2,297. Let’s just say that the PTTR had better live up to the hype if Para wants to sell a lot of them. That said, starting in 2009, a PTTR conversion upper receiver will be made available, so you don’t have to buy a complete rifle. DefenseReview doesn’t yet have pricing on that product/option.
The following information on the PTTR and DIGS operating system comes directly from Para’s website:
The new Para Tactical Target Rifle with its Delayed Impinged Gas System™ (DIGS™) gets you back on target faster than any other rifle of its kind. The recoil spring is over the op-rod so there is no “twang” in your ear as your head rests on the rifle’s stock while the bolt cycles between shots.
Having the recoil system up front over the barrel puts it where it naturally pushes the rifle back down on target instead of up and into your shoulder.
The Tactical Target Rifle’s gas system not only improves target acquisition but it also keeps the chamber area cleaner. The gases that flow through the tube inside the op-rod are expelled through the Manifold Injector System™ (MIS™) in the bolt carrier making it the cleanest running autoloading rifle in the world.
Bailing in and out of a Humvee or MRAP vehicle with a conventional rifle can be slow and awkward but the Para Tactical Target Rifle with its DIGS recoil system gives you the advantage of compactness without having to shorten the barrel and lose velocity.
The Rapid Deployment Stock™ (RDS™) reduces the overall length of the Tactical Target Rifle by almost 10-inches when the stock is folded. The unique 5-position sliding stock means that whether you are 5-foot 4" or 6-foot 4" the Tactical Target Rifle will fit you.
"For the past decade one of my top secret weapons in the competition world has been the Tactical Target Rifle. I have trusted it and used it exclusively for over ten years. Its unique design lets me get on target faster with accuracy and reliability unmatched in any other rifle. And it is just fun to shoot." – Todd Jarrett, World Champion Shooter and Instructor
Product Code: TTR556
Caliber: 5.56 Nato
Barrel: 16.5 inches Chrome Lined
Twist: 1 in 9 inches
Sights: Flip up front sight and fully adjustable flip-up rear sight
Receiver: Flat topped with full length Picatinny Rail
Magazines: 1 – 30-round
Overall Length: Stock Open and Fully Extended – 36 inches
Stock Open and telescoped in – 33 inches
Stock Folded – 26.25 inches
Height: Bottom of pistol grip to top of sites 9.125 inches
Weight: 7.6 pounds
Additional Features: Field strips with no tools
Multiple sling mount points
Conversion Kits: Coming in 2009, will be kits to convert your conventional AR-15 to the premier Para Tactical Target Rifle.
Photo Credits: Para USA
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