Randy Davis, Ronin Combat Strategies Instructor|
There are multiple reasons that I highly recommend MSTN. Wes is a great guy to deal with and provides outstanding customer service. He stands behind his products and takes extra steps in their construction that I have not seen from anyone in the firearms industry. He takes the time to talk in depth with the customer to ensure that the weapon is purpose built for the application that the end user requires. His knowledge of set ups for different applications comes from extensive time speaking with top level competitive shooters and LE/MIL shooters, many of whom run his products. Wes also spends a lot of time on the range testing and evaluating any and every component prior to ever using it in one of his builds.
MSTN only uses the best components available, not only the major components but every single part of the weapon. This combination of attention to detail and superior components culminates in the most accurate and reliable uppers that I have fired.
I had heard of MSTN but thought they were the same as every other custom AR' company. Then, I happened to be at a police range for a Surefire suppressor demo that Wes also attended. We spoke for a while and then I fired one of his rifles. The accuracy of the weapon and the smooth, flawless operation made it apparent that he was doing something special with these rifles. After shooting that day I started talking regularly to Wes about his rifles. I was impressed at the depth of knowledge he has concerning the AR platform.
I own two MSTN uppers, a MK12 Mod 0 and a 14.5" upper. Both are purpose built and perform well above expectation. My MK12 is a consistently averages 1/2 MOA rifle from 100 meters to 800 meters. I have owned this weapon for 6 years and the accuracy amazes me every time I take it to the range. 600 yard shots are boringly consistent. While in the military, I was issued a MK12. Comparing my old data to that of the MSTN rifle was interesting. Either I've suddenly gone from an MOA shooter to a half-MOA shooter, or I'm using better equipment now. I have run this Mk 12 extremely hard while teaching and have had no issues. The mid length 14.5" upper I have used both instructing and as a student for 5 years. I have put about 8,000 rounds through this rifle during this time and have had no issues. The 14.5" is subjected to very demanding courses of fire. I have done this suppressed and unsuppressed with the same results. I cannot remember any malfunctions that I have encountered that were not magazine or ammo related. The 14.5" also holds an average of a 3/4 MOA.
As a former Army Sniper there are two things that I place emphasis on when evaluating a weapon. Those two things are accuracy and reliability in adverse conditions. I have fired many MSTN rifles, and every one that I have fired is exceptional in these two areas. Also, the fit and finish of every weapon that I have seen from MSTN is exceptional.
The old saying "you get what you pay for" is very true. For the person that wants the best rifle available, I would highly suggest speaking with MSTN.
Ronin Combat Strategies Instructor
Former Army Sniper, LEO and Security Contractor