One of the first new guns announced for 2014 is the MPA 308BA from MasterPiece Arms. Â The information on the new gun is limited, but there is enough to make the gun sound very interesting.
TheÂ MPA 308BA is a bolt action rifle with a Remington 700 bolt design. Â The rifle will have detachable magazines and initial models will be chambered in .308 Winchester. Â 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 theÂ MPA 308BA. Â 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 theÂ MPA 308BA, a computer rendering, shows a standard M-4 type adjustable stock and pistol grip. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â I expect to see these at the 2014 SHOT Show in January. Â The MSRP is $2495.