MasterPiece Arms is releasing more information on the new MPAR 556, the company’s new piston driven AR rifle.
The new rifle sounds like it will offer a variety of features while maintaining a sub-$1000 price tag. Considering this AR-style gun uses a short stroke piston, that price is extremely competitive.
As the name suggests, the MPAR 556 is chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge. Standard AR magazines will work with this rifle.
The handguard is a two-piece, floating system made from machined aluminum. The handguard allows the user to place Picatinny accessory rails in the most advantageous places. This allows for weight reduction, since the user can simply remove (or not install) rails in areas they are not needed.
The buttstock is made from machined aluminum and adjusts for length of pull. Additionally, the buttstock folds to the left for compact carry and storage.
MasterPiece Arms has not stated the barrel length, but I would expect a 16″ barrel. The end will most likely be threaded, and will ship with a muzzle brake attached. Since MasterPiece Arms now makes sound suppressors, it would make sense that all of the company’s new guns would ship with threaded barrels.
MPAR 556 parts will be either anodized or black phosphate coated (depending on the part material.)
Masterpiece Arms states that “Disassembly will be very user friendly, both for access to the internals of the weapon as well as piston assembly housed in the front handguard.” Since this design is a departure from the standard AR, I hope it is true.
MSRP is $959.00 and shipping starts in January 2013. MasterPiece Arms will be at the SHOT Show, so expect to see more photos and information on the MPAR 556 then.
Special note: The photos in this article are of a prototype MPAR 556 rifle, not the final production version. As soon as we can get a look at the final version, we will post them here on GunsHolstersAndGear.com.