MPA57sst-ATACS Defender

MPA57sst-ATACS Defender

When a press release comes to us, and it’s something interesting enough to share, we do so. Sometimes I’ll just put up the press release as it’s sent to us. Other times I’ll do my own write up and include important bits of information. For this one I’m going to post the press release first and then comment on it.

Press Release:

MasterPiece Arms Introduces New MPA57sst-ATACS Defender Semi-Auto

Carrollton, GA (July 2012) – MasterPiece Arms, manufactures of the MPA MAC Line of semi-auto submachine pistols and carbines, is pleased to introduce the new MPA57sst-ATACS Defender semi-auto. Based on the successful, standard MAC design, the new MPA57sst-ATACS is available in a 5-inch fixed barrel pistol with A-TACS hydrographic coating. Available in 5.7x28mm with 20-round magazines standard, the MPA57sst-ATACS features a threaded barrel with ½ x 28 threads making it suppressor ready.

The MPA57sst-ATACS Defender Semi-Auto will come with adjustable sights, a side-cocker, scope mount and muzzle break and features all the accuracy, low recoil and performance expected from the Masterpiece Arms Defender series. MSRP will be $659.99.

 

 

My Thoughts:
Let me start by saying I’ve only seen what was shared above relating to this gun. I’ve never seen, held, or fired one in person.

With an MSRP of a penny under $660 this gun doesn’t look like something I would envision from a company with “masterpiece” in their name. The lines of this firearm are far from beautiful. The trigger guard doesn’t attach to the grip, which looks cheap to me. It looks like they skimped on the texturing for the grip, furthering the look of something not well thought out. The cocking mechanism is located on the left side of the gun, which effectively eliminates all lefties from being able to easily handle their firearm.

When I buy I firearm I’m looking for value. At the price they’re asking I do not see value in comparison to other $660 firearms. Am I just too caught up on the looks of this gun? What are your thoughts?

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Kel Tec KSG 12 Gauge Shotgun Preview

Kel Tec KSG 12 Gauge Shotgun Preview

Although its 2011 end of year release was delayed, the KSG is now being shipped. Jeff Compoc gave us a a great glimpse of Kel-Tec’s KSG back in January 2011, and much of this shotgun remains the same.

The Good:
•Kel-Tec has corrected a previous flaw relating to trigger reset.
•Slits have been added to the magazines to show if there is ammo in them.
•The price in stores should be in the mid $500-$600 range.

The Bad:
•The magazine selector switch is still far behind the trigger, which makes transitions from one magazine to the other awkward.

The Ugly:
•At this point there has been at least one report of the lower picatinny rail breaking while equipped with a vertical forward grip. The specifics of how and why have not yet been answered, but an issue such as this is not one you want to be hearing about after a delayed release.

Final Thoughts:
Despite the possible rail issue and awkward selector switch I’m still eagerly waiting to find one in stock at my local shop, or better yet at the firing range. Has anyone else had a chance to lay their hands on one of these yet?

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FNH Ballista Bolt Action Rifle

FNH Ballista Bolt Action Rifle

FNH Ballista

One of the finest looking rifles at SHOT SHOW 2012 I’ve seen so far has to be the FNH Ballista.  The Ballista is FNH’s submission to SOCOM’s PSR solicitation and lucky for us, they’ll be offering it on the civilian market as well.  There’s one common theme amongst all the new bolt action rifles I’ve seen at SHOT this year–modularity.  FNH’s new flag ship bolt action follows suit.

Using a few tools (stored on board) and losing a few bolts, an operator can change out the caliber of the new FNH Ballista in about 2-3 minutes and FNH claims that each barrel remains true to the receiver’s centerline.  The Ballista can be configured in 3 calibers:  338 Lapua Mag, .300 Win Mag, and .308 Winchester.  It has a fully adjustable trigger that can be set between 2 and 5 pounds.

FNH Ballista

FNH’s Ballista has a barrel length of 26 inches (with the .338 Lapua Magnum barrel installed), an overall length of 49 inches with the stock fully extended (47.75 collapsed), and the length when the stock is folded is only 37 inches.  It weighs 15.8 pounds with a fully loaded magazine.  The Ballista rifle system will retail around $8,000 and will come with all three caliber kits (I believe, inferring from the video below).  I got a chance to shoot the Ballista at the SHOT SHOW Media Day Range Event, and I have to say I completely loved the 5 or 6 rounds I got to send down range with it.  I tagged a 60″ steel plate at 900+ yards a couple of times, so needless to say I was happy.  Check the video below to see it.

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Sig Sauer P224

Sig Sauer P224

Sig P224 Banner

The concealed carry movement isn’t slowing down, and neither is SIG Sauer’s Exeter, NH plant–they’re pumping out a new concealed carry pistol for 2012, the SIG P224.  In a nutshell, Sig pretty much cut off an inch from the front and the grip of their P226; in fact, that’s exactly what they did to prototype the idea.  The result is a sub-compact pistol that’s in between the size of a P226 and a P290.

Sig P224 Stainless

Any SIG owner, or frequent shooter of SIG’s P226 or P229 will be instantly familiar with the operation and features of the SIG P224.  The P224 will accept newer P229 magazines which will allow owners to carry a full capacity magazine as a spare, which a lot of concealed carry practitioners like to do. Sig’s new sub-compact will also feature full size SIGLITE night sights and a Double-Action-Only trigger.  Other common features include an overall length of 6.7″, overall height of 4.5″, overall width of 1.3″, a 3.5″ barrel length, and it weighs 24.5 ounces.  The SIG SAUER P224 will be available in 9mm, .40, and .357 SIG.  Suggested retail of the P224 is between $1,100-$1,200 depending on the model.

SIG will be putting out 4 different versions of the P224:

  • The SIG Anti-Snag (SAS) model features a de-horned slide and frame, and the new
    ergonomically enhanced one-piece grip. SIGLITE Night Sights will be standard in the Nitron®
    coated slide. The short-reset trigger (SRT) will be available in the DA/SA version.
  • A Nickel model will sport a black hard coat anodize frame as a contrast to the nickel slide and
    controls. Custom Hogue® G-10 grips and SIGLITE Night Sights round out this package.
  • As part of the Extreme family of handguns, the P224 will feature the distinctive black and grey
    Hogue Piranha grips, SIGLITE Night Sights and the SRT (in the DA/SA version).
  • The P224 Equinox® features the same two-tone accented Nitron slide treatment as the rest of the
    popular Equinox series. A Tru-Glo® fiber optic front sight is paired with a SIGLITE Night Sight in
    the rear. Nickel controls and Hogue black diamondwood grips make the P224 Equinox as striking
    as it is reliable.

See the video below for a quick look at the P224 at SHOT SHOW, along with some footage of me shooting it at the Media Day Range.

 Sig P224 SAS

P224 Equinox

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