The MPA Protector Series is the smallest .380 on the market. It weighs 11.7 ounces empty and has a capacity of 5 rounds in the .380 and 6 in the .32 special. The MSRP is $325 for the black oxide and $350 for the one with the polished stainless slide.
The gun is solid steel and both the slide and the frame are CNC machined from steel billet. If you recognize the design, a very similar gun was made under the name Autauga Arms by the original owners of MPA. Since a change in ownership and location in 2008, the 15 year old company known for high quality MAC-10 platform pistols and carbines has built out their operation to make their guns more accesible. This Protector is the latest offering, and it is head and shoulders above the old Autauga guns. They were originally made from polished castings, but they were limitted to the .32 because the castings couldn’t handle the added power of the .380. These machined guns are the first of their kind in .380 and are flawlessly reliable and of extremely high quality.
Each gun comes with a lifetime warranty and it ships with one magazine and both the flat and extended floor plate. More magazines are availalbe from the company at $18.95 At SHOT show the buzz was “premium design at a polymer price.” We hope to get one of these sweet little guns in for a full review soon. They look fantastic.