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I bought an M11A1 machine pistol several years ago, when I first heard about the Lage Max11/15 project (I chose the M11A1 because I wanted the shortest registered receiver possible). Well, the M11A1 version of that upper sat in ATF purgatory for more than two years, but it is finally out! (Note: yes, a realize that ATF approval is not a legal requirement for a product like this, but for Lage it was an important step for protecting themselves against a potential future ATF decision)
The basic Max11/15 upper uses a 10.5 inch barrel, and is designed primarily as recreational machine gun, along the lines of the previous Lage 9mm uppers. I wanted something more along the lines of a SAW/LMG, though.To start, I wanted a longer barrel, and chose a heavy-profile 16″ one to allow a bit of sustained fire. I also thought that a Blk Lbl integrated bipod/handguard would be a perfect fit for this build. I chose to use Lage’s Internal Recoil System to avoid needing any modification to my Mac, and I also upgraded several of the Mac parts. Specifically, I have a Lage hardened sear, grip, and trigger shoe on the gun. For optics, I wanted something that was suitable for the SAW role, and I chose to go with an Aimpoint CompM4 and 3x magnifier on a Spuhr BAM (Ballistic Adjustable Mount). This mount puts both the optic and magnifier on a BDC cam, adjustable out to 600 meters.
All the parts for this gun have been sitting around for the past two years, but in the interest of full disclosure, Blk Lbl gave me the handguard, Aimpoint gave me the optic, Spuhr gave me the BAM mount, and Lage would not let me pay for the upper. The Surefire mag was a gift from Jim Sullivan. I paid for the M11A1, Aimpoint magnifier, and everything else myself.
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