S&W M&P 15 5.56.The Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport™ II is a quality AR-style semi-auto rifle, offered at an affordable price. The Sport II comes with a forward assist and a dust cover to enhance reliable function in rugged tactical environments. The upper and lower receivers are constructed from 7075 T6 aluminum with a hard coat black anodized finish. The upper has a full Picatinny rail, and the lower features an integral trigger guard. The barrel features a durable, corrosion resistant Armornite finish; and a 1 in 9″ twist. The gas key, bolt carrier, and firing pin are chromed for reliable function and ease of maintenance. A 6-position telescoping butt stock allows shooter to adjust for the perfect fit according to stature or clothing. The M&P15 Sport II Semi-Automatic Rifle comes with a Magpul Folding MBUS rear sight and an adjustable A2 post front sight. The Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II Semi-Auto Rifle is compatible with most standard AR15 components and accessories. Comes with one 30-round detachable magazine.
Manufacturer model #: 10202.
- Affordable semi-auto rifle
- Forward assist and a dust cover
- Anodized aluminum upper and lower receivers
- Chromed gas key, bolt carrier, and firing pin
- 6-position telescoping butt stock
- Full Picatinny receiver rail
- Armornite finished barrel
- Magpul Folding MBUS rear sight
- Adjustable A2 post front sight
- One 30-round magazine
The versatility of the M&P 15 shows in the application and competition that shooters see. With the endless applications of the AR-15 in today’s world, it can be easy to switch interest on purpose-built rifles.
Chances are, if you’re considering an M&P 15 it’s either one of your first ARs or you just need an easy-to-use varmint rifle. Check out this Smith and Wesson M&P 15 review as you read on.
Unfortunately, most of the time there is going to be some quality tradeoff when looking at budget ARs. Smith and Wesson’s build quality comes through for us in the latest M&P 15 line.
Smith and Wesson’s 5.56 M&P 15 is one of the top offerings in the ‘out of the box’ AR-15 market. Building on the success and feedback generated by the M&P 15 Sport, the next generation now has both a forward assist and dust cover.
Why it took so long is somewhat baffling to me. Although, it could be part of a product rollout to give the customers more options. These stock AR-15s have all the power and features needed by most owners.
While it’s tempting to opt for a Picatinny rail handguard, the modified GI handguard keeps handling simple, and mounting holes if you must have some type of accessory mounted to the barrel.
The Picatinny rail on the upper receiver does exactly what it needs to do. It provides a platform for your optic of choice. Though, it won’t be difficult to find Smith and Wesson M&P 15 upgrades for gun owners to enjoy.
Out of the box, it does come with a polymer MBUIS pop-up peep sight. Before depending on an optic, it is always best to familiarize yourself with the iron sights should the optic fail for any number of reasons.
We’ll go into more depth on shooting, maintenance, and build quality today. We’ll also expose some strengths and weaknesses of this budget-conscious AR-15.
This particular Smith and Wesson M&P 15 tactical has been in use as a training rifle by Atlas Defense for over a year now. In that time, about 5,000 rounds have been fired through it by 20+ clients.
Most first-time shooters are impressed with the efficiency of the buffer system and compensator. This allows for very accurate follow-on shots.
The lightweight and stable design also come into play when carrying it for long distances. This is also noticeable around obstacles as encountered in the competitive environment.
This volume of use made us aware of some non-catastrophic stoppages, usually attributed to a buildup of carbon or ammunition.
The included Magpul magazine has remained functional throughout the months of use. The receiver also took any variation of AR magazine we jammed into it.
As with any AR magazine, we strongly advise against overfilling or maxing out a 30 round magazine.