Manufacturer: Magpul PTS (Hong Kong)
Spartan Imports was kind enough to send me a Magpul PTS – ACR Masada prototype to take a more in depth look at. Granted I only had it for a day, but it gave me a bit more time then I had at Shotshow 2010. There are still a few specifics that will not be covered here, waiting for confirmation on production model.
The Magpul PTS – ACR Masada has an aluminum upper receiver with polymer based lower and furniture. A metal RIS, sliding stock and longer QD barrel assemblies will all be available upon product release. The PMAG pictured is 1 of my personal ones. Production Masadas will ship with a midcap PMAG with out PMAG Ranger Plate.
The Masada is extremely easy to strip without the use of tools. All frame pins are body captured. The outer barrel assembly is QD (quick detachable) and includes inner and outer barrel, hop bucking and fake piston all in 1 unit. This will make barrel swap extremely fast.
With this new type of QD barrel system, the hop-up is different from a normal AEG. The hop-up adjustment mechanism and nub are held captive in the upper receiver
The charging handle locks back for access to the hop up mechanism and depressing the ambi bolt release in the front of the trigger guard closes the fake bolt.
To the rear of the gearbox is quick change access to the gearbox spring. At this time we are working on a more in depth review focused on the Magpul PTS – ACR Masada gearbox, but we can confirm it has a caged motor.
More info coming soon! Stay tuned!
Received Production ACR Masada – 10/2010
Just picked up the production ACR recently in the FDE (Flat Dark Earth) color. A very solid build as with the prototype.
1 issues I’ve had is it seems to only like the latest Magpul PTS PMAGs and EMAGs. I’ve been having issues where the original PTS PMAGs and normal M16 style airsoft magazines will not lock in place with the magazine release. If I hold the magazines in place, they will misfeed. Haven’t found a solution yet, but fortunately I have ample supply of the latest PTS Magazines.
I’ve switched the spring out a few times with the quick change spring function and it works as advertised.