|Smith & Wesson M&P15|
M&P15 with MOE grip and PRI sights
|Place of origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Smith & Wesson|
|Unit cost||$1,169–2,244 (MSRP)|
|Variants||Smith & Wesson M&P15-22|
|Cartridge||5.56×45mm NATO/.223 Remington|
|Feed system||10 or 30-round detachable box magazine|
Smith & Wesson is a gun manufacturer and supplier of law enforcement and personal-defense firearms. The "M&P" stands for "Military & Police."
The M&P15 series of rifles is based on the AR-15 platform. Smith & Wesson now offers the M&P15 semi-automatic rifles in a variety of configurations tailored to specific shooting applications and styles. Each model is chambered in 5.56mm NATO/.223 Remington and has a six-position collapsible stock, chrome-lined 4140 steel barrel, 7075 T6 aluminum receiver and a hard-coat black anodized finish.
Unveiled at 2006 SHOT Show, the rifle debuted in two varieties; the M&P15 and the M&P15T. Both are basically the same rifle, chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO, with the T model featuring folding sights and a four-sided accessories rail. At its debut, the M&P15's suggested retail price was $1,200, while the M&P15T retailed for $1,700. Their current line consists of twenty-four models, ranging in price from $739 to $1,989. These rifles were first produced by Stag Arms, but marketed under the Smith & Wesson name. Currently Smith & Wesson makes the lower receiver in house while the barrel is supplied by Thompson/Center, an S&W company.
In May 2008, Smith and Wesson introduced their first AR-variant rifle in a caliber other than 5.56×45mm NATO. The M&P15R is a standard AR platform rifle chambered for the 5.45×39mm cartridge. In 2009, they released the M&P15-22, chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge.
- Product listing
- S&W press release on new M&P15 Rifles
- "Smith and Wesson M&P15R: New AR15 Platform Rifle and Uppers in 5.45×39". http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/2008/06/05/smith-and-wesson-mp15r-new-ar15-platform-rifle-and-uppers-in-545x39/.
- Rackley, Paul. An AR Plinking Good Time, American Rifleman
- Smith & Wesson webpage on the M&P rifles
- The Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport Semi-automatic Rifle via Yahoo Voices, June 2011
- Will the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 fire .223 rounds?
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