Hi everyone this is part 1 of my MasterPiece Arms Mac-10 review. The model I have for review is the MPA30T-A. This is the full size 9mm Mac-10 from MasterPiece Arms.
The first part Iím going to start off with is the fit and finish. This seems to be a small complaint on a few of the Mac series.
The fit and finish on the Mac-10 from MasterPiece Arms is great. The welds have been cleaned up with no sharp edges on it all. I have to look really close to see the welds. They cleaned them up really well and then painted the gun with a flat black.
The second thing Iím going to talk about is the sites. The sites have been a big complaint on the Mac-10 series. I can understand why and see that now after really holding one in my hands. I have held others and didnít pay much attention to it then.
The MasterPiece Arms has an ok site on it and its something that wonít be a problem with shooting it and being right on target. I think where the complaints lye with it is the Mac-10 series has a small hole to look through. These are not normal open sites you would see on a handgun and that is something that you just have to get used to.
I have been looking to see if I can make a scope mount of some kind without having to put it on rail that would have to be attached to the Mac-10 permanently. I believe I have found a way of doing this.
The front take down pin=2 0is right under the front sight. The front sight has holes on the side of it and I believe I can mod something to work with the take down pin and front sight. I will have more on this later on and maybe a video to show what Iím talking about.
The third thing Iím going to talk about is the grip on the Mac-10. I have heard complaints that itís to thick and one thing people hated about it. The grip is thick but not that bad.
The grip on it I can see where it would be great in full auto and maybe something to get used to compared to other handguns in semi auto. My Glock G19 took me awhile to get used to and to adapt to shooting it. I feel this is something I will have to do with the Mac-10 and itís no big deal on it.
The fourth thing I want to talk20about is the magazine release. I have read that some of the Mac-10 series where and are tough to get it to let go. I put the magazine in it last night and the MasterPiece Arms has no problems with releasing the magazine and let me take it out.
Iím not sure if it should drop free or if the design of it is to push and pull it out. I didnít even try to let it drop free. This maybe something I will try and update in my second part of this review.
The fifth thing I want to talk about is the top cocking handle on the Mac-10. The cocking handle is another thing I have heard good and bad things about.
I have talked to others who have had other brands of Mac-10ís and they said the charging handle was sharp and would cut there hands when chambering a round. The MasterPiece Arms has no sharp edges on it at all.
I have also read that the charging handle got in the way of the sights I myself have not noticed this yet on it but maybe I will see something different at the range.
The charging handle is stiff but I feel it will loosen up a bit after I break it in. I was comparing it to my other handguns and I would say it would come close to my Polish Makarov copy I have. Thatís really stiff as well and has gotten better over time so I feel the Mac-10 will also. This again is no big deal to affect the gun or me shooting it.
The sixth thing I want to talk about is the magazines for it. The MasterPiece Arms uses the sten magazines and I know I have read itís hit or miss on used magazines.
This one comes with what they say is a new Sten magazine. Iím not sure if they are new or not as I thought they have not made new magazines in years. This one came with what looks like a new follower inside it. The body of the magazine does look new and never used and again I donít know if it something MasterPiece Arms has done and went ahead and made them or just re-did original ones.
The magazine again is something I will know more about when I get to shoot the gun. I also have a fe w used magazines that I will get to try out as well. This is something I can talk more about in part two of the review.
This is all I have for now and if you have questions or something you want to me to talk about post and PM me. I canít wait to get to the range with it and I hope to have a video of it at the range. Iím not sure how the range feels about cameras so I will see when I get there.
Thanks everyone for reading and stay tuned for part two my day at the range. I will add pictures and a small video later on tonight or tomorrow.