The lower receiver also features a standard military-type plastic pistol grip with finger grooves and a slightly flared magazine well. The Windham Weaponry logo is prominently displayed on the left side of the magazine well and consists simply of the company name in a cursive type script, doing away with more aggressive logos that may be off putting to some department heads.
The trigger was of the standard single-stage AR variety with the typical utilitarian feel I have come to expect. Unfortunately, that means “not great,” and the trigger exhibited a fair amount of noticeable creep, which felt quite a bit gritty but mercifully avoided any stacking or over-travel. It did break consistently at 7.5 pounds, and it should be noted that this was not developed as a sniper-grade rifle but as a utility patrol rifle. In that regard it should serve well.
At 6.9 pounds, this isn’t the lightest AR carbine one can purchase, but it is far from some of the feature-laden alternatives out there, and its short overall length and excellent balance make it easy to handle and pleasant to shoot.
For range testing, given the rifle’s twist rate, I stuck with .223 Remington ammo with bullet weights at 55 grains or under. On the initial range session, I used the iron sights only and was very satisfied. Firing off hand, I had no difficulty clearing 4-inch steel disks on a dueling tree at 50 yards, satisfactorily pinging one after the other in rapid succession. As a patrol rifle, even without the use of optical sights, this level of accuracy is extremely suitable. Many will prefer a solid red dot optic, however, for faster sight acquisition and for low-light use as well. The rifle’s flattop upper receiver is eminently suited for easily mounting optics.
For true accuracy results, I paired off the Windham Weaponry MPC with the new Weaver Tactical CIRT (Close-Intermediate Range Tactical) scope. This excellent and compact optic features 1-5×24 variable power with an illuminated, adjustable-intensity red/green first focal plane glass-etched reticle. Glass etching the reticle ensures that there is nothing to come loose under shock or recoil. Placing the reticle in the first focal plane is also an added benefit as this causes it to grow or shrink as magnification is increased or decreased. This keeps the reticle in proper perspective for use in range finding.
The Weaver CIRT is specifically designed for the .223 round and is well suited for patrol rifle use thanks to its versatility. At 1X magnification with the illuminated reticle, it can function as a standard red or green dot scope. Green is easier to see in daylight conditions. For greater precision or intermediate-range shots, as a designated marksman scope, an officer can increase magnification to 5X. The horizontal crosshairs are segmented in mils and the center circle and dot is measured at the size of a human head at 100 yards.
Another advantage to this optic is that even if the battery goes dead the scope still functions with its standard reticle. As is to be expected from a duty optic, the Weaver Tactical CIRT features solid one-piece construction, fully multi-coated lenses, and comes with argon gas-purged 30mm tubes to prevent fogging. It’s also waterproof and shockproof.
During my entire range session, I never experienced a single malfunction of any sort and the rifle performed admirably. Accuracy from a bench rest at 100 yards was about what one should expect from a patrol rifle, with the best groups measuring 1 MOA and the worst measuring 4 MOA, with most shots averaging in between. With the right ammunition and a better trigger, this rifle is certainly capable of pinpoint accuracy.
Windham Weaponry ships their rifles in a black hard plastic case with one 30-round magazine, sling and a well-illustrated operator’s manual. Currently, the company’s offerings are a bit limited, as production has only recently been renewed. However, there are California- and New York-compliant models available, as well as a more optic-ready carbine with no front sight and a heavy-barrel version.
Given the difficulties experienced by gun owners in certain states, it is much appreciated that Windham Weaponry chose to include them before flooding the marketplace with a plethora of models and options. It is clearly far preferable to make a few very good products and earn a reputation for quality first and foremost. However, those seeking high-quality AR alternatives from Maine won’t have long to wait. I spoke with representatives from the manufacturer at a trade show and they mentioned that several new models were on the way to meet this growing demand.
I came to the MPC with high expectations given the rifle’s hard-earned pedigree and my own prior ownership of Bushmaster firearms made by the good folks in Windham, and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. There are few things more satisfying to a consumer than a high-quality, American-made product that performs as it should each and every time. That level of dependability is one feature that will not be lost on officers assigned this as their patrol rifle.