It’s been suggested by some that PTW ownership in the UK is disproportionately high – but why should this be?
Is it because UK based Tackleberry perfected marketable fixes for the PTW, way back in 2008? Is it because he recognized the PTW as a sound design, marred by shortcomings which prevented it from being the consistent, reliable platform it always threatened to be? Is it because when combined with his experience and expertise, Tackleberry made the PTW worth the price tag?
One thing is certain: Tackleberry understood the full potential of the nascent PTW luxury market. A market which he developed in synergy with his craft. A market uncomfortable with the traditional DIY approach to maintenance and modification, whose constituents preferred to consult and contract an expert. An expert they could trust to get the right result, every time. Maybe an expert with self-confessed Extreme OCD? I know just the man…
The demand for PTW expert services is still growing. I’m not just talking about the UK here, because Tackleberry ships worldwide. Is demand big enough for more than one specialist PTW gunsmith company? Project PTW (PPTW) thinks so and the good news for us UK PTW users is PPTW is UK based, too. You can read what PPTW says about itself here.
In the past year, I’ve sent a few jobs PPTW’s way. All three of my guns were bought direct from Tackleberry, fully Tac’d (pre-modded by Tackleberry). However, given the demand for his services, it’s not always possible to join the queue for Tac’s bench and get the gun back in time for the next big game. That’s not to say PPTW has been light on work. However, with each job I’ve been given detailed guidance on what to expect from PPTW’s schedule, which I’ve found to be extremely helpful in my own planning.
After having my Vltor upper reworked – or Pro’d (get it? Tac’d/Pro’d) – by PPTW, I decided to send my URX 3.1 upper. This would form the basis of my Hit Takers upper and I’d already been discussing the project with Stu from PPTW, as we share similar taste in PTWs.
Stu has delivered an awesome write up of the entire collaboration, as part of PPTW’s blog – and I’ve pinched some of the photos here.
I’ll report back when I receive the upper, but suffice to say the entire experience was very slick and I’m really pleased with how the upper looks in the pics. As my friend Alan said when he saw the pics – a quick glance would lead you to believe Geissele had released an MRP-style upper. The Rainier receiver seems to grow out of the back of the SMR. More coincidence than design, but I do like it.
Installed on a PPTW test lower, to ensure feeding is perfect:
Graced by PPTW’s Facebook page: