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MPA MPA930T Defender Top Cocking Mini 9mm 3.5" TB 30+1 Metal [MPA930T]
by Brian G
Date Added: Monday 26 March, 2012
Placed my order for the mpa930t on 2-29....finally received my package at ffl on 3-14??, So maybe it was just bad timing on my part for being my first order from buds, but none the less it put a very bad taste in my mouth. Now..on to the weapon, Masterpiece Arms packages the smaller handguns in very nice custom padded cases with the company logo embossed upon the front cover, This is impressive on it's own. The gun was packaged within the case in a plastic bag and the extension, magazine, and loader were loose, but this is no problem due to the foam packing keeps whatever is inside tight and free from movement. The first thing that I removed from the case was the extension, I noticed right away at the extreme weight of this item, It is manufactured of solid billet aluminum and the weight that is removed from it in design is the clearance hole through the middle, The threads are very clean and consistent allowing for a nice fit, and the finish is fine as well with smooth cnc finished edges. The magazine is from tapco, this magazine holds 32 rounds opposed to the sten which holds 30 rounds, the weight of an empty tapco compared to the weight of a empty sten is about half, as far as loading goes with the tapco the supplied loader is a piece of crap!! what I received instead of what used to be an actual tapco loader is some ill-fitting piece of plastic junk that is nothing more than a square block of soft black nylon that Masterpiece Arms is obviously saving alot of money for themselves by manufacturing in house now (shame on you for short changing the customer) The tapco magazine has a very cool tactical design and loads very easily even with the supplied junk loader. On to the gun! I will not give too many details about the inside and outside due to the fact that there are hundreds of videos posted on youtube that will give a better description, But i will say that fully loaded with the fake can on the end this pistol is extremely heavy for a "handgun", but what I found out right away is it is very surprisingly accurate ! ! ! with the minimalist iron sights out of the box I was hitting within my 6" sighting target at 30 yards and holding a well grouped pattern, I shot this handgun better than my lightweight fully loaded sw9ve at the same distance, after realizing how accurate this weapon is I went on to find out how fun it is as well, Started shooting with the tapco, everything was smooth with no misloads, on to my surplus reconditioned sten mags, I initially thought going into it that I would have feeding problems from the sten mags, but not the case at all, total I shot 7 mags at 30 rounds each which equals 210 rounds with only two misloads, that's pretty damn good in my book! On top of the fact that I was shooing Russian Wolf bulk ammo. After months of researching between the mpa930t and the mpa930sst (top loader) i decided on the side loader, here is part of my reasoning, Why take an already heavy pistol and add more unnecessary weight to the top of it, And for what? to look more tactical? B.S.! got the side loader, and you will have a blast! trust me. Now as far as the trigger slap goes that everyone talks about, I do believe that this is highly overestimated, Of course there is some noticeable difference between this gun and a more modern semi-auto 9mm handgun, but your not planning on carrying this thing with a 30 round magazine on the side of your hip into walmart to buy some milk and eggs now are you? In conclusion, The price is a bit high for a 9mm handgun, but it's a fun gun, the weight knocks down the overall score but the accuracy and cool factor bring it back up. The gun is great, My service from Buds....well....not sure if i will order again.