MPAR 556 Pistol

MPA 556 pistol

Update: I would caution everyone to watch the video review of the MPAR-556 Gen II from Full30. The gun looks like it has some problems, and I would be uneasy spending my money on one of these.

MasterPiece Arms announced the addition of a AR-type pistol to the company line up.  The new MPAR 556 pistol is not-surprisingly based on the company’s MPAR 556 rifle.  It is chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge and will also fire the .223 Remington.

The pistol retains many of the same features found on the rifle version of the gun.  For example, the MPAR 556 pistol uses a self-regulating, short stroke piston system.  This means that the pistol version of this gun does not have a buffer tube sticking out of the back of the gun, which is typical with many AR-type pistols.  It also means, in theory, that the gun will run cooler and cleaner than a direct gas impingement system.


MPA 308BA: New Gun for 2014

MPA 308BAOne 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.


MPAR 556: New Piston Rifle from MasterPiece Arms

MPAR 556
These photos are of the prototype, not production, MPAR 556 rifles.

Update: I just watched this video (click here) of the MPAR-556 Gen II being run in a competition shoot by the guys at Full30. I was not impressed by its performance.

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.

MPAR 556 handguard

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.

MPAR 556 muzzle brake

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 5.7×28 SBR

MPA 5.7x28 SBR

MasterPiece Arms is now making a short barrel rifle (SBR) version of their 5.7×28 gun.  The new SBR has a threaded 8″ barrel for the included muzzle brake, or for the MPA Suppressor (which is shown in these photos but does not come with the gun).  Yes, all NFA rules do apply.

The MPA57SST-SBR (aka MasterPiece Arms 5.7×28 SBR) comes outfitted with an MPA short aluminum quadrail and a Strike Industries foregrip.  Based on the photos, the foregrip appears to be the “Cobra Tactical” that normally retails for $25.

Handguns Rifles

MasterPiece Arms 5.7×28 Guns

MasterPiece Arms 57x28

MasterPiece Arms (MPA) builds a number of firearms chambered for the 5.7 x 28 cartridge including a pistol and a carbine.  The latest member to the stable is the MPA 57 pistol with the very popular A-TACS camo finish.