New MPAR 6.8 Rifle from Masterpiece Arms

MPAR 6.8 Camo

MasterPiece Arms announced a new rifle called the MPAR 6.8.  The gun is chambered in 6.8 SPC and uses a short-stroke pistol system.  The gun does not need a buffer tube, so the company outfitted the gun with a six-position stock that can also fold to the side.

The guns will be available in a variety of finishes including a black phosphate, ATACS camo and hydrodipped Vista Camo.

A 16″ barrel with a 1:11″ twist is standard.  The handguard will have a Picatinny rail on top and bottom, with the option of adding side rails.

MPAR 6.8 Camo rifle

The rifles should be available for purchase by April 2014.


  • chambered in 6.8 SPC
  • short-stroke piston system
  • side folding, six position stock
  • 16″ barrel
  • MSRP: $1028-1103 depending on finish

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  • Andrew Tuohy

    Skepticism intensifies

    • We have one coming to review. We’ll see what happens.

      • Dick is a Dick

        I’m eager to see the result. Hopefully it’s a fine rifle, I might get one.

  • popejoe

    Question is after all these years, have they improved upon the initially poor design of the Leader T2, or just hoping we forget how bad it was the first time?

    • Someone Else

      Is this opinion from hands on experience, by any chance? Because it seems like 50% of those who have had a chance to handle it hate the T2, while the others like it to various degrees.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    I think you meant “short-stroke piston system” in Line 2 of your first paragraph. An interesting, if somewhat brief, article.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    I’ve noticed over the years that there seem to be many opposing views concerning the Leader T2 — some think of it as a well-designed firearm with great additional potential, while others dismiss it out of hand or consider it a poor design that nevertheless has some redeeming features. Perhaps we should do a factual, in-depth and unbiased article on the merits and demerits of that design, complete with analyses impacting projected battlefield scenarios, and invite commentary from all sources, including the designer himself. This might help to clarify and resolve once and for all the many variations on the truth behind the gun.

  • noob

    it’s great that there are so many folding stock piston 5.56mm rifles out there. I just wish that one would gain the popularity and widespread “install base” that the AR-15 has and build a really good ecosystem of replacement “mil-spec” spare parts.

    probably not likely since the AR has been the service rifle for 60 years and counting and everything else is a tiny slice of the market.

  • MrHight89

    Did the buttstock is a standart buffer tube ? Can we use ar-15 buffer tube ?

  • Ben

    Why is the foregrip so deep? By losing the bottom rail for keymod holes and bringing the bottom face closer to the barrel the could have reduced the height of the foregrip by at least .5″.

    Charging handle is in the right place at least. If you’re left handed you can have the righties AK experience.

  • Oscar

    6.5 Grendel, please.

  • iksnilol

    HAHAHAHAH! For every piston AR (especially long stroke) we AK guys are winning.

    Not intended to be fanboyish but it’s interesting how “new” ARs are either chambered in 300 BLK or are some form of piston action.

    • Drapetomanius

      “Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias) is the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses.People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. People also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. Biased search, interpretation and memory have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme even though the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs persist after the evidence for them is shown to be false), the irrational primacy effect (a greater reliance on information encountered early in a series) and illusory correlation (when people falsely perceive an association between two events or situations)”

      Just throwing that out there.

    • FourString

      Shrug, more options can’t hurt. AR ergos packing AK wallop is a win in any guy’s book. Even if I were an AK guy, I wouldn’t be at all opposed to the new stuff coming out like the SIG 556xi in 7.62x39mm (has a left hand charging handle). In fact, I’d probably add it to my collection because sharing AK mags with a Swiss rifle, and then swapping out to a NATO caliber depending on ammo availability, is just cool.

      • iksnilol

        Yeah. That is cool.

        And you are right about the confirmation bias.

        • FourString

          Haha the second kudos goes to Drapetomanius not I 😛

    • FourString

      also: .300 BLK stacks in your widely available PMAG, so it’s nice in that regard over the ol’ Russian whopper. Same bolt, same mags, same lower receiver as your 5.56x45mm stuff. Admittedly, Ye Ol’ Russian is cheaper feed to yer rifle.

  • Rainhaven

    I’ll never understand why, in the 21st century, that any design that isn’t completely ambidextrous is even considered at all. It’s mind boggling. I know for the most part that righties don’t care about lefty user experience, but c’mon if you’re going to design something put a little extra thought and care into it so that ALL potential users can use the product with little to no discomfort or altered usage. Just like all the people mewling about how awesome the Tavor is…no it’s not. It’s an extremely old design dressed up with some decent ergos…but you have to have two fricking versions of the guns to satisfy your user base. And that means two sets of parts and the armorer/gunsmith has to know the protocol for working on both versions. And don’t even get me started on switching the components out to make it lefty from righty…you have to take the entire gun apart….

    This MPA stuff would be so cool if they had just thought forward a little bit and made it more user friendly and completely ambi. /End Rant/