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.
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.
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?