TTAG’s truth tellers play with tons of guns. Some of these guns are excellent: ballistic baubles that blow us out of the water. Some of these firearms don’t quite stack up (i.e. they suck). Smoking stogies in RF’s top-secret above-ground bunker, Dan, Robert and I put our heads together to identify the one gun that ruled them all in 2014. The winner of our first Editor’s Choice Firearm of the Year award: MasterPiece Arms’ MPA-308 BA.
Most people know MasterPiece Arms as the company that makes MAC-10 clones. Whether that clouds people’s judgement or not, it’s safe to say that not all their products are not universally loved. Regular readers will recall that I made disparaging remarks about the MasterPiece Arms MAC-10 in 5.7x28mm. That article led to a challenge to visit their factory, where I discovered the truth about MasterPiece Arms. Specifically, the MPA-308 BA.
The MPA-308 BA isn’t a five star gun. As my review indicated, it isn’t perfect. But it’s a wonderful gun: a hand-crafted, precision-machined bolt action rifle. Each barrel is individually bored, rifled and hand lapped to perfection. Every action is individually tested to ensure that what leaves the factory is up to spec. The chassis provides a solid platform for the rest of the gun. The icing on the cake: MPA-308 BA costs a fraction of the price of comparably-equipped bolt action rifles ($3k).
You’re looking at four rounds in less than 0.2 MoA at 100 yards using Federal ammo. That’s a remarkable achievement from a remarkable rifle at an affordable price. Congratulations to MasterPiece Arms for producing the most outstanding firearm we encountered in 2014.