The previously mentioned torture test video from Palmetto State Armory (PSA) has finally dropped and I am really not sure what to think. I’ll preface this post by saying that I own 2 uppers from PSA that have performed very well for me so far. That said, the video is kind of ridiculous.
I think Palmetto State Armory has a pretty impressive training staff at least in terms of numbers. There seems to be a never ending parade of instructors. This video has lots of instructors, lots of berm shooting without using the sights or a cheek weld, lots of quantifiable data (if “a few hours” or “about 200 rounds” is your idea of quantifiable), and lots of moments where you are just going to have to take their word for it because apparently a lot of the shooting and passage of time happens off screen.
I am probably not the target audience for this video but I would have much rather they spent time talking about what makes their rifles “mil-spec” rather than just using the term a few times. Please feel free to bore me with information like whether or not the castle nut is staked, which barrel steel is used, which alloy is used in the receiver extension, are the front sight base pins tapered, and other details like that.
This video, while mildly entertaining, is very light on useful information. I think that certain PSA products, especially their hammer forged barreled uppers, can be excellent values but this video really highlights why PSA will never be confused with companies like BCM and Colt… and that is okay. They are obviously not going after the same markets.