MasterPiece Arms DMG and MPAR At SHOT Show 2015

| January 29, 2015 | 10 Comments

I learned about the MasterPiece Arms MPA DMG series less than two weeks after I got my NFA stamp back for my MPA 930SST. The DMG line of MAC10 firearms takes Glock magazines. We’re a Glock household, so magazine compatibility was very intriguing to me.

I made it a point to stop by their booth at SHOT Show 2015, and I was very glad I did so. Brandon Newman from MasterPiece Arms took some time to talk with us about the new DMG line, as well as their piston-driven AR-like firearm called the MPAR.

MPA Defender DMG

The DMG comes in both a traditional length MAC10 size (MPA 30 series), and the smaller “Mini MAC” size that I have (MPA 930 series).

The biggest difference is the grip angle. The MPA 30 and 930 take Sten mags, which are straight stick mags. The DMG is angled to take Glock 17 or the 33-round “Happy Stick.” This is a little bit of a downer for me, as we have G19s in the house. The She Shepherd didn’t like the grip tape on the side.

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Another huge difference is that the DMG is ready to accept a SIG brace or a stock made by MPA. I still have to machine my NFA registered MAC10 to accept a stock; MPA has done all of this work for you at the factory.

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As you can see, there’s a built-in QD attachment point, and three threaded holes in the back of the receiver.

Lastly, the magazine release is now on the side of the grip underneath the trigger guard. The traditional MAC design has a mag release at the bottom of the grip. I think this is a subtle but significant improvement. The safety remains unchanged.

The uppers are compatible with older 30/930 models; only the lower is different. The DMG is available only with a side cocking upper, however as Brandon told us you could put a top cocking upper on it if you wanted to. I don’t think MPA sells just the lowers.

The DMG has a bump in quality over the older traditional line. Brandon explained that the lowers are made by MasterPiece Arms, and are made out of aluminum instead of steel. The finish is much better on the DMG series, right down to the laser engraved MPA logo.

The DMG comes in a ton of different colors: black, burnt bronze, flat dark earth, gunmetal, and tungsten (which I like the most). Brandon said MPA could custom finish your in whatever color you wanted.

MSRP on the DMG is $679 for either size, and it comes with a 17-round magazine and faux suppressor “safety shroud.”

The DMG should be at the top of your list if you are looking for an ultra compact pistol caliber carbine. This is especially true if you already own a Glock. If this was an option when I started my NFA Glock quest, I would have saved myself a ton of money on all three enclosures and the MPA930SST.

MPAR556-P Gen 2.

Brandon also wanted to show us their 5.56 AR-like pistol. Brandon was so nice I was just going to humor him about the MPAR, but by the end of our chat I was intrigued.

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Similar to the Faxon Firearms ARAK series, the MPAR is piston driven. It has a non-reciprocating charging handle mounted on the left hand side. While not nearly as configurable as the ARAK, the MPAR was very well put together. It is not a lightweight by any means, but I definitely feel like it could stand up to heavy use at class.

The MPAR comes with an 11″ barrel. It accepts AR15 magazines, and has a push button mag release on the right hand side. Like the DMG series, the MPAR is ready to accept a stock once your Form 1 comes in. The MPAR is sold in 5.56/.223 right out of the factory, but you can buy a .300 Blackout barrel or a complete .300 Blackout upper. Both .300 Blackout products seem to be out of stock / backorder only at this time, but it’s a neat idea.

The MPAR starts at $949. Colors other than black are an extra $50, and it’s shipping now.

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  1. David says:

    The DMG guns are going to be huge sellers for MPA. IMHO, the Sten mags became a serious liability to MPA’s product line once all the surplus mags vanished. (This also screwed over a bunch of M11/9 owners who did Sten mag conversions.) Glock mags reduce the cost of entry because practically everyone’s got a Glock.

    Speaking of which, have you considered just cutting down the grip on the DMG for G19 compatibility? This was a popular trick for Sub-2k owners who wound up G17-compatible guns.

    Vis a vis the MPAR556, they’ve got to make more of a marketing effort to promote it over the competition (higher-end piston ARs, premium AKs, and the Sig 556). MPA fixed the glaring deficiencies with gen2, but haven’t really made a compelling argument why anyone should buy them over the more established competition. Invoking the gun’s distinguished lineage (AR18->Leader Dynamics T2 Mk5->MPAR556) would give it some street cred that it could use. Right now, it’s almost like MPA hides that.

    • Marc says:

      Very well said.
      I believe they need to promote the rifle heavily. It’s a very classy product that no one’s ever heard of.

  2. Mike says:

    Your other option is running G17 mags for reloads for both your sidearm and the DMG; keeps your G19 the same size in the holster, but means the only mag you couldn’t use in either weapon would be the one that started the day in your sidearm.

    I think cutting down the grip to take G19 mags would be more work than it’s worth… it’d mess up the finger grooves and the lower is aluminum, making that a decent amount of work.

  3. Erik says:

    Hmm, with MAGPUL coming out with the Glock mags for cheap, the DMG sounds rather interesting.

  4. Spartan says:

    Mike nailed it. I carry both a g19 and g17 depending on the day but always carry a g17 spare mag. Easy fix. Plus magpul is releasing glock pmags for $15.

  5. van der lin says:

    +1 on just carrying G17 mags for spares. Or you could chop the grip on the MPA a little bit, though you might have to remove the finger grooves to to make it work right.

    I appreciate the review.

    I thought that the smaller versioun had aluminum lower and the larger versiou had a steel lower??

    What I need to know is what is hte weight savings of the gun and if it can feed hollow points.

    SBS, please tell us your experiences of feeding HP ammo w/ your MPA.

    Thx

  6. van der lin says:

    The pictures of the other 9mm in the background are not that clear. Does it use the same upper and lower as the one you are holding, just w/ a longer barrel and that HG thing, or is the upper and and lower longer in any other respect??

    Thx

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