An American-Made Roller-Locked 9mm
One interesting new offering on the roller-locked market is PTR’s 9CT pistol. Classic-looking and true in form and function, the 9CT’s introduction immediately caught my attention. Rather than being imported from a foreign manufacturer or produced from a mix of new and surplus parts, the 9CT is produced new entirely here in the United States. I’ve long been a fan of pistol-caliber carbines for certain rolls and own two MP5K PDW clones. So I was interested to see how PTR’s American-made 9CT would perform and stack up. I wanted to find out how its build quality, accuracy and reliability were.
While there are certainly other interesting and more modern designs on the market, none have the sheer panache of the classic roller-locked MP5. Perhaps it’s the unmistakable stamped and welded sheet metal profile, German engineered roller-locked action or impressive performance in the hands of special operations units, like the British SAS, which elevates this design above its peers in the eyes of shooters and collectors. The MP5 certainly isn’t perfect, but it has aged surprisingly well. Today, it is seeing a surprising resurgence of popularity among American shooters. Despite its age compared to many of its competitors, roller-locked MP5 clones are currently being embraced by a whole new generation of shooters and collectors who love their looks, pedigree and performance.
Looking for a compact 9x19mm carbine but desire a touch of panache? Consider PTR’s new made-in-the-USA 9CT.
I always find it interesting how the firearms industry runs in cycles. At any given time period, certain types of firearms are hot, and some are not. Wait a few years, and the cycle changes. Currently, Pistol Caliber Carbines (PCCs) and their pistol siblings are in vogue. To meet the demand, there’s a diverse array