When MasterPiece Arms announced that they were making a precision bolt action rifle, I was skeptical. The company is best known for their MAC-10 clone handguns and carbines, and making the jump from short range pistol caliber guns to long range precision rigs isn’t something that every company can pull off. I brought that skepticism with me when I visited their factory in Georgia a few weeks back, but as soon as I actually put some rounds downrange with the gun it disappeared almost as fast as the bullet . . .
While the gun is basically a Remington 700, most of the gun is made in-house at MPA. The stock is fabricated on their CNC machines, the barrel is drilled and hand lapped in their barrel shop, and the gun is assembled right there on the factory floor. There are a few things that aren’t MPA originals, such as the magazines and the action (it’s a precision-made Stillers TAC action), but what’s interesting to see is that parts of their other guns have contributed to the newest addition to the catalog. For example, the magazine catch from the MPAR rifle is re-used here in the swivel for the rear monopod.
The fit and finish on the gun is excellent. The finish on the metal is satin smooth, and there’s nary a rough seam to ruin the sleek look of the gun. The rifle is as adjustable as I’d like on a hunting gun, with a movable cheek rest and butt plate. There’s talk of making a folding stock in addition to the fixed one (the end section is bolted in place and can be changed by the end user), but as-is it feels delightful.
The gun comes with a 1/2 MoA guarantee, and even from a pretty terrible shooting position . . .
…it meets that spec. That was a one-hole five…I take full responsibility for that flier high and right, BTW.
I’ll have a full review as soon as we get one in our hands here at TTAG HQ, but until then things look promising. Stay tuned.