I have no idea if these are worth a damn, but MasterPiece Arms has a new, 5.56mm pistol that looks like pure fun. The Georgia-basedMPAR company introduced its MPAR556 Pistol in October and intends to start shipping them this month.

It features a threaded, 11-inch barrel, a short stroke piston design and a lightweight, free-floating, two-piece handguard made of hard anodized aluminum.

The MPAR556 Pistol also contains a locked triangular bolt design, an angled foregrip and a non-reciprocating, side charging handle with forward-assist.

It includes one AR-compatible 30 round magazine. Sights are not included. It retails for $900.

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dave patry November 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm

ya know, I just don't get how companies can do allllll the work and spend alllll the money to design and manufacture something as complicated as a weapon like this and then spend approximately dick-all on their marketing videos.
No offense to the guy in this video, hes obviously an employee or owner that just setup a camera and did his best. But c'mon, spend the money and have a professional write shoot and edit these quick release videos for you, the "um's" and "uh's" and cheesy wipes and effects just make what should be a perfect opportunity to proudly display something that took peoples sweat and tears to design and makes it seem like amateur-hour.
Anyway, not trying to nitpick this companies video in particular, they are hardly the worst offender in this industry.

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Dan Morgan November 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

What was that amateur hour? He doesn't even how to grip the angle right.

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thebronze November 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Right? WTF…

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Molon Labe November 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Moronic video aside. Looks interesting. If it'll get Feinstein's granny panties in a bunch….I'm all for it!

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CommieObama November 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Nice rip off of the LWRC REPR charging handle.

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JB Gleason November 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

If anything, that charging handle looks like it came from a FAL.

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Lance November 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Another .223 5.56mm rifle or now pistol. Like every one is doing the same thing in caliber and design. YAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rodney November 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Needs a stock and a 16" barrel option. The 5.56 is worthless when shot from anything less than a 16" barrel. Oh wait, the 5.56 is worthless period.

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seans November 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Wow, so all the 10" barrels that are used by all the Special Operations Forces these days are useless. Lets get the word out to those guys. And if your response is that it is only good for short ranges, a good free floated 10" is capable of first round hits at 600yards.

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Virgil_Hilts November 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I don't get it…it looks like either an excessively large pistol…or a REALLY TINY AR design.

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Riceball November 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Legally speaking, it's a pistol. I don't know the exact legal parameters but basically any rifle with a barrel under 16" in length and no buttstock is legally classified as a pistol, add a buttstock (or shoulder thingy that goes up and down as Feinstein likes to call it) and it becomes an SBR (Short Barrel Rifle) which requires a tax stamp to make it legal to own.

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DLS November 7, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Checked the website, looked at both sides of the gun, only see a mag release button. Look like the bolt doesn't lock back on the last round, nor is that stated in the details or video. If so, rapid AR style mag changes are out, and its only on par with an AK. Sorry, but true ARs have me spoiled on that option. Gotta have that, for me to want it.

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DLS November 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Yeah, I just confirmed it on the video. Shooter pulled the trigger on an empty chamber of the last round, wasting time from not being able to sense the bolt locking back on its own, and will have to re-cock after a mag change, just like AKs. So mag changes are not as fast with it as with a true AR/M16. Bit of a design shortcut there, just to save time and a penny This could have been done.

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DLS November 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

But to be fair, it would have been nice to also see it chambered in 300 Blackout. Offer that as an option Masterpiece Arms, and then you've got something decent for its intended PDW role.

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Chris November 13, 2013 at 3:09 am

What would be revolutionary is making a 5.56 pistol that doesn’t look butt ugly.

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Witchdoktah February 20, 2014 at 7:35 am

Yes, something closer to the size of a broom handle Mauser that takes AR mags

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Lobby February 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

For $900, I'd probably spend a tiny bit more and build a (more than likely nicer) piston AR pistol, one that wasn't designed and put together by masterpiece, not a huge fan of theirs. Some of the krink style pistols and "MAC" clones I have seen people get from them have had major issues…That's just me though, it still looks like it would be fun, and I wouldn't pass it up if i could get a great deal on it, but I can also say that about almost anything…

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