American Rifleman | S&W M&P-15 Sport II: The Top-Selling Semi-Auto Rifle of 2020
by Guy J. Sagi –
Saturday 30th January 2021
The Smith & Wesson name is synonymous with firearms to some enthusiasts and many non-gun owners alike. This legend grew out of the ability to design and manufacture a fine line of revolvers and later pistols, but the same attention to detail and quality goes into their rifles. This fact has not gone unnoticed, as the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II was the top-selling semi-automatic rifle among all retailers on GunBroker.com in 2020.
The ascent to the top was a roller coaster ride, although the modern sports rifle with 5.56 NATO / .223 Rem. Chamber in the year of its introduction – 2016 – performed strongly in third place. It has since ranked sixth, third, and fifth, finally taking the crown last year, and never leaving the top 10 after hitting the shelves.
It is an improved version of the company’s original M&P 15 Sport. A 2006 introduction is missing some features that gun owners prefer. The lack of a dust cover was one, and there was no forward support. They were added along with other details, but the budget-friendly price remains. Depending on the options selected, the MSRP ranges from $ 748 to $ 814.
The threaded tube made of 4140 steel is each 16 inches long and a 6-groove rifle is 1: 9 inches. Weight is 6.5 lbs, it is 35 “in length, although this is a bit deceiving because the rifle comes with a six-position adjustable polymer buttstock. Magazine capacity is the AR-15 standard 30 rounds, although it comes with 10-round versions when purchased in a state with restrictive regulations.
The most expensive model comes with an M-LOK compatible handguard and Crimson Trace CTS-103 red / green dot optics. The weight increases to 6.9 lbs. You can also choose a visually suitable one or upgrade from the basic handguard to the M-LOK version or combinations thereof.
Given the Smith & Wesson name and quality – backed by the company’s Lifetime Service Policy – and the popularity of the modern sporting rifle, it’s no wonder the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II received the top honors in 2020.