Both substantial pistols, the MPA10T-A (left) and the MPA30T-A (above) are robust and sturdy semi-automatic handguns.
Taking an appealing design that has had more than its share of underserved troubles, the Masterpiece Arms Defender Series provide shooters with a series of MAC-style firearms that are even better than the originals—and are here to stay.
Sometimes, it just seems as though the stars are aligned against the success of particular firearms. While this may not be of too much concern when it comes to mediocre or unremarkable designs, sometimes truly innovative firearms simply get a raw deal. And, a classic example of this is the family of firearms known colloquially as MACs.
However, the series has been revived through the efforts of MasterPiece Arms, a company that has taken these appealing designs and given the MAC-style firearm a richly deserved new lease on life through its extremely high-quality Defender Series product line. But first, we should consider the complex, murky and hotly debated history of this class of firearms.
With a timeline dating back to the 1960s, what is now known as the MAC series began its life as a sub-machine gun design created by Gordon B. Ingram and dubbed the Model 10. While Ingram had a history of developing sub-machine gun designs in preceding years, none would become as well known as the Model 10 would eventually be.
The Model 10 (or M10) had many appealing characteristics. First and foremost, it was extremely affordable to produce, made up of a significant amount of simple sheet steel stampings. Further enhancing its low cost was its means of operation, functioning as a straight-blowback, open-bolt, select-fire firearm.
The MAC-style firearm is minimalist in its design, made up of a combination of sheet steel stampings and milled steel parts.
In addition to its low cost of production, the M10 was also extremely compact for such a powerful sub-machine gun. In fact, Ingram was purported to have developed the compact design with clandestine operations in mind. The M10 also proved to function extremely well with silencers, further burnishing its credentials as a covert weapon. By the late 1960s, Ingram began working with a silencer company name Sionics to produce the M10.
Ultimately, Ingram developed both .45 ACP and 9mm variants of the M10 with both featuring the same overall dimensions despite the difference in the cartridge sizes. In addition, he also developed a radically downsized variant of the design dubbed the M11, chambered for .380 ACP. It featured a similar general overall design and operation as the much larger M10. All of the variants featured steel retractable stocks. In addition, the famous Cobray logo (a logo that combined visual elements of a cobra and a moray eel) is attributed to have been created at this time at Sionics.