One of the first new guns announced for 2014 is the MPA 308BA from MasterPiece Arms. The information on the new gun is limited, but there is enough to make the gun sound very interesting.
The MPA 308BA is a bolt action rifle with a Remington 700 bolt design. The rifle will have detachable magazines and initial models will be chambered in .308 Winchester. Although no other calibers are mentioned, I would expect that demand would drive development of other calibers.
An AR-15 style buttstock and pistol grip are standard on the MPA 308BA. I do not know if the parts will be interchangeable with other buttstocks and pistol grips designed for the AR-15.
The only image of the MPA 308BA, a computer rendering, shows a standard M-4 type adjustable stock and pistol grip. I’m sure a lot of people would like to add a Magpul CTR stock, MOE grip or other favorite replacement to the rifle.
The barrel will be from Spencer Rifle Barrels, a company purchased by MasterPiece Arms in June. Spencer Rifle Barrels has experience building precision rifles, so I expect the talent from that company is significantly involved in the development of the 308BA rifle.
MasterPiece Arms is now making sound suppressors, including one for the 7.62. So, expect that the rifle barrel will come threaded for an easy addition of a can.
An aluminum handguard is standard, as is a full length, monolithic upper rail for the addition of an optic. Although it is not listed, I would expect that there would be at least an option to add additional rail section for easy attachment of a bipod and other accessories.
An exact release date has not been announced, but MasterPiece Arms lists availability as 2014. I expect to see these at the 2014 SHOT Show in January. The MSRP is $2495.