Masterpiece Arms .380 Premium Protector

Masterpiece Arms have just released a new addition to their protector line of pocket pistols dubbed the .380 Premium Protector or MPA380P.  The new .380 Premium Protector is fully machined on 4140 stainless steel and made to fit into your pocket.  The new ultra concealable pistol features aluminum grips and a bead blasted finish protected by a clear anodized coat.  Its a double-action only and sports a 5+1 magazine capacity.

MPA is most known for its MAC 10 Defender Series whose owners typically thoroughly enjoy them.  The MPA380P should receive the same fan fair considering MPA is known for their manufacturing quality being that their facility in Carrollton Georgia is ISO9002 certified (a fancy way of saying they have a >.0000_something rate of failure from their processes).

I can see MPA‘s new addition to their popular growing protector line adding to their success.  The pistol itself looks clean and I personally like that it has the finger extension for the magazines; I have trouble using a pistol when my full hand does not contact the grip.  Assuming it functions as good as it looks, it could make for a great concealed carry weapon.  Masterpiece Arms also makes holsters for the MPA380 that are made to fit in your pocket.  The new MPA380P is available now for an MSRP of $345.90.

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Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle II

Magnum Research,  the maker of probably the most over used handgun in movies, the .50 caliber Desert Eagle, is going to be importing again their “Baby” Desert Eagles.  The Baby Desert Eagles stopped being imported into the United States probably for the same reasons Steyr stopped importing the M-A1, the exchange rate cut into profits too much.  Well lucky for us, Kahr Arms acquired Magnum Research and they’re going to start imported these “Baby” Eagles this summer.

The new Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle II will be available in the three most popular pistol calibers, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, and in a variety of frames and sizes.  Shooters will be able to choose a 9mm Baby Desert Eagle II in either a full size, semi-compact, or compact size frame.  Also, they’ll be able to chose between polymer and steel framed models.  The .40 are going to be available in full size or semi-compact in either steel or polymer framed models, and the .45 will only be available in a steel semi-compact frame model.

Baby Desert Eagle II Full Size

Other features on the Baby Desert Eagle II include a DA/SA trigger and an ambi-safety that also acts as a decocker.  The sights are of the typical 3 dot snag free type.  Also, the semi-compact and full size models feature a picatinny rail for accessories.

I would say any handgun next to the desert eagle deserves the title baby, but that title shouldn’t confuse you about these guns.  Even the sub compact doesn’t seem so micro compared to the new ultra concealable handguns that are the latest buying craze such as the Sig P290 or Ruger LCP.  With a width on all the pistols, including the subcompact, of 1.125 inches, it doesn’t necessarily live up to its name baby.  It does appear to be plenty small enough to conceal though, with a barrel length of  3.64″, and a height of 4.5″ the sub-compact Baby Desert Eagle II 9mm should be able to stay hidden.  Expect a price range for the full size steel frame to be around $650 and around the $500s for the semi-compact.  The sub compact and polymer version should be less expensive and available relatively so soon.  Click “Read More” after the picture to see the stats on all the new Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle II.

Baby Desert Eagle II sub compact

 

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Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations Review

Sig Sauer Tactical Operations

There is no more of an iconic American handgun like the 1911.  For a century now, shooters have sworn by it and for the 100 years of its existence, the 1911 has set the standard for auto-loading pistols.  From functional design elements to ergonomics, almost every single auto pistol has adopted some sort of attribute from John Moses Browning’s design from over 100 years ago.  Gun manufacturers have made and produced a huge variety of 1911s ranging from different calibers to various sizes, but many feel the quintessential American auto-loading pistol has to be the full size, steel framed, .45 ACP 1911 such as the new 1911 Tactical Operations from Sig Sauer.

A plethora of companies manufacture them but when you hear 1911, the common 1911 makers that usually immediately pop in your head are Colt, Springfield Armory, or Kimber (for me at least).  So last year when Sig Sauer released the 1911 TACOPS (Tactical Operations), just by looking at it, I had a feeling that I would be adding another name to that short list of must have 1911s.  We’ve had the Sig 1911 TACOPS for two months now, shot what seems like an endless amount of rounds through it, and we’re ready to tell Gunblog.com readers that when you hear 1911, the name Sig Sauer should pop in your head as well.

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Magpul 5 and 10 Round Limiters

Magpul is now shipping 5 and 10 round limiters for their Magpul 20 round magazines.  The magazines are designed for hunters and sport shooters.  At first, you would think these are aimed at the massive California shooting market to make their magazines legal; however, there is an explicit notice on their site stating that they indeed do not make the magazines legal in those states.

The magazine limiters installation appears to be almost effortless consisting of sliding off the floor plate and inserting the limiter on the spring.  I actually wouldn’t mind have a set of these for drills (I rarely load my magazines at full capacity when I perform drills).  For only fourteen bucks for a set of 3, I could stop worrying if I put 9 rounds or 10, or 11 in the magazine when loading them up before a tactical reload drill or speed reload drill.  It looks like the new Magpul magazine limiters are only available in the 5.56–no word if they’re going to make them for the 7.62 PMAG.

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Winchester 5.56 Ranger Recall


Winchester Ammunition has released an immediate recall on their Ranger 5.56 which is mainly marketed towards law enforcement.  A number of law enforcement AR-15s have experienced catastrophic failures while using Winchester’s 5.56 ammunition–the rifles used were Colts, Bushmasters, and Stag Arms; all of which are pretty reputable and commonly used AR-15s.  Check out the events that lead to recall below that was released by TheFirearmBlog.com:

ATTN: REQUEST FOR NATIONAL BROADCAST – FIREARMS HAZARD INFORMATION
****** CORRECTION TO ORIGINAL BROADCAST SENT 2/25/11 *******
Attention Law Enforcement Agencies, this Police Department is seeking any similar incidences with the .223/5.56 style rifles.

On 02/14/11 an officer was attending an M4/MP-5 class and during a shooting session, the .223 rifle (Stag Arms) experienced a catastrophic failure resulting in an upper receiver cracking and the bolt being pushed into the bolt assembley.

During a SWAT training day on 02/23/11, three more M4 style rifles experienced a catastrophic failure at the same time. All three rifles experienced the bolts being pushed into the bolt assembly, the upper receivers were cracked and / or broken apart, and the lower receivers were bowed outward. The ammunition we used in all the rifles were Winchester RA223R2 Ranger 64 gr. Power Point.

The Rifles were: 1-Colt, 2- Bushmasters and 1 – Stag Arms

Back in January, this teletype was making the rounds:

**ATTENTION ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES**OFFICER SAFETY INFORMATION**THE XXXXXXXX POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS EXPERIENCED THREE CATASTROPHIC FAILURES OF AR STYLE RIFLES/THE FAILURES INCLUDED THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF THE UPPER AND LOWERS OF THESE WEAPONS/THE THREE WEAPONS WERE WELL MAINTAINED WITH REGULAR DOCUMENTED MAINTENANCE PERFORMED BY A CERTIFIED ARMORER/THE THREE WEAPONS HAD BEEN IN SERVICE FROM 3 TO 10 YEARS/THE COMMON DENOMINATOR CONSIDERED WAS THE AMMUNITION USED DURING THE FAILURES/THE THREE RIFLES EXPERIENCING FAILURE WERE FIRING WINCHESTER RANGER RA223R2, 64GR POWER POINT, LOT NUMBER 065DK31/OTHER WEAPONS FIRING THE SAME AMMUNITION BEARING A DIFFERENT LOT NUMBER WERE NOT AFFECTED AND PERFORMED NORMALLY/IF YOU HAVE AMMUNITION BEARING THE LAST FOUR DIGITS DK31 IN THE LOT NUMBER IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU QUARANTINE THAT AMMUNITION AND CONTACT WINCHESTER**

If you own some Winchester 5.56 Ranger ammo, I would strongly suggest you check out the lot numbers and bump them against Winchester’s Recall notice located here.

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