American Rifleman | Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II: A Top-Selling AR-15

by Guy J. Sagi –
Saturday 19th September 2020

Smith & Wesson introduced its original M&P15 at the 2006 SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) trade show in Las Vegas, NV. The company’s AR-15 was an overnight success. It proved so popular that the company later launched a sibling with a rimfire chamber – the M & P15-22. However, the original lacked the forward assistant and dust cover that enthusiasts had expected from their modern sporting rifles.

It didn’t seem to hold back the famous manufacturer’s sales, despite the fact that Smith & Wesson launched the M & P15 Sport II in 2016. It carried the parts. The gun is extremely popular, and last year the model was one of the best-selling semi-automatic rifles from FFLs using the services of GunBroker.com.

Today the M&P15 Sport II is available in different versions, many of which comply with government regulations. For example, the California model has a fixed inventory and magazine capacity of 10 cartridges. It is housed in the 5.56 NATO, has a 16-inch barrel and crimson trace optics with red or green dots on the receiver’s Picatinny rail.

The handle has the right swelling to pass the official pattern and the MSRP is $ 780. For Golden State residents who prefer an A2-style visor at the front and an adjustable Magpul MBUS at the rear, the MSRP is $ 759 and the optically-compatible model is $ 736. The company even offers a version that meets Colorado requirements.

In other regions, where a optics-enabled M&P15 Sport II with 5.56 NATO Lenses retails for $ 728, things aren’t quite as restrictive. It comes with a 30-round PMAG 16 “threaded barrel with a 1: 9” twist ratio. It’s also threaded to accept aftermarket muzzle devices, although it comes with a flash hider. Regardless of where you live, different configurations are available.

The prices are certainly budget friendly, and each of the guns is made and backed by one of the leading manufacturers in the industry. Since its inception, the rifle has topped the list every year, ranking third in 2018, sixth in 2017, and third the year it was unveiled.

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