s&w M&P 15 sport owners


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marine 97-03
December 24, 2011, 12:54 PM
I have just about been convinced to purchase one of these tell me how are they holding up for u guys pros. Cons . Thanks

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justinpar
December 24, 2011, 03:26 PM
Not a single issue with mine. No ftf,fte or anything of that nature. I've been shooting handloads, american eagle ar223(walmart brand), and a little bit of tula. Shoots everything I feed to it. That being said it is a good rifle for the quality, but I wish I would of built one instead of buying the sport. You can build a better quality rifle that has the dust cover and forward assist for a little more money. Plus it is much more fun to build your own.

whatever
December 24, 2011, 04:06 PM
I've got the sport. Not quite 500 rounds through mine, but close. Zero issues whatsoever. It's a good shooter. It won't win any contests in the "My AR is better than yours" contests that seem to constantly pop up, but I'm loving mine.

All of my rounds have been lake city reloads and they've been flawless.

hardluk1
December 24, 2011, 04:16 PM
I only have about 600 rounds shot but not a single issue. Ammo so far is AR223 american eagle "federal" , A box of 73 gr match king both .223 ammo and a few hundred rounds of 62gr M855 IMI ammo. The first two will shot 1" and sub 1" the M855 is not known for it's accuracy and it's still is a good cheap ammo that will group at or under 2" at 100 yards. Barrel cleans very easy and runs well and the melonite slicks up well No wear on bolt that is also melonite coated. I paid 595 new at a local general store 4 weeks ago and you would be hard pressed to build a better rifle cheaper and still have a great company behind it if its ever needed.

marine 97-03
December 24, 2011, 04:51 PM
As far as the dust cover and forward assist go they are almost a novelty .....I severed for six years in the usmc and I don't think I ever used the forward assist and dust cover .....dose a m1a ak mini 14 fal have dust covers my m9 needed a dust cover more than my m4 did they are more cosmetic at this day and age ......you guys notice any throat or barrel wear..

2ndtimer
December 24, 2011, 05:47 PM
Have only put a couple of hundred rounds through mine so far. No complaints, hasn't missed a beat at this point. It has digested Fiocchi factory 40 gr V-Max, Federal Tactical 223AE, handloads with 55 gr FMJ, Hornady 55 gr SP. Haven't scoped it yet to check benchrest accuracy, but feel confident it will do well once I get it set up. Can't beat it for $599 at the local hardware store.

marine 97-03
December 24, 2011, 05:58 PM
There 649$ here

marine 97-03
December 24, 2011, 10:26 PM
Would 649$ be to expensive for one

matt 7mm
December 24, 2011, 10:46 PM
local shop here in western ny has new m&p 15 sport rifle on the shelf for 549$

marine 97-03
December 24, 2011, 11:24 PM
There at academy here

matt 7mm
December 24, 2011, 11:54 PM
glad to see all the good reviews i have been kicken around the idea of buying one, price seems right.i have always been a bolt gun guy but am startin to think an ar type would be fun

marine 97-03
December 25, 2011, 10:57 AM
Seems good quality for the money

imac98374
December 25, 2011, 03:53 PM
I've had a lot of fun with mine. 1-2 moa accurate off the bench with xm855. Not much worse with wolf. 1500 rounds, 1 malfunction (wolf case rim ripped off.) Overall, well satisfied with the purchase. Fit and finish are excellent. Cleans just about as easily as my chrome lined rifle. To be honest though, if I did it again today, I'd probably buy a palmetto rifle.

Ro1911
December 25, 2011, 04:35 PM
great rifle, I have a smith and wesson M&P OR and mine runs great I've looked at the sport and it is on my list to get

for $650 you can't go wrong

marine 97-03
December 25, 2011, 08:42 PM
Are they mil spec?

ugaarguy
December 25, 2011, 09:56 PM
Are they mil spec?
The Bolt Carrier Group, buttstock, and buffer tube are Mil-Spec. The buffer is standard carbine weight, but M4 Spec calls for an H1 heavy buffer. The lack of dustcover & forward assist is not Mil Spec. The lower receiver has the trigger guard integrated in the forging, which exceeds Mil Spec. The upper & lower receivers are black hard anodized equivalent to Mil Spec. The front sight base is F marked, F height Mil Spec. The handguards are not heat shielded, which is not Mil Spec, but you can get Mil Spec dual heat shield handguards online for $25. The bbl. steel is 4140, which is a step below Mil Spec. The bbl. twist is 1:8, while mil spec is 1:7. However, the bbl. is Melonited (black nitride), and 5R rifled, which exceeds Mil Spec for accuracy & comes close to (if not better than) Mil Spec for durability.

Overall, S&W cut corners only in insignificant places to keep the cost down. Build quality is still excellent, and the Sport is one of the best approx $600 AR-15s on the market.

marine 97-03
December 25, 2011, 10:01 PM
So all after market rails grips stocks ect.will work

ugaarguy
December 25, 2011, 10:05 PM
So all after market rails grips stocks ect.will work
Yes indeed. My personal Sport is wearing a Falcon ErgoGrip, and MagPul MOE buttstock, which were inexpensive comfort upgrades. I added a Troy MRF-CX free float rail to get the longer handguard setup I like better.

marine 97-03
December 25, 2011, 10:13 PM
Uga man you got any pics of your m&p you could put up?

ugaarguy
December 25, 2011, 10:39 PM
Marine, pics were taken with the Troy rail installed, but before the new grip & buttstock were put on; but here they are - http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=7406375&postcount=46

marine 97-03
December 25, 2011, 10:48 PM
Good looking ar....and for the price its hard not to like it :-)

marine 97-03
December 26, 2011, 09:21 AM
Think I'm going to get one

ercnjasmine
December 26, 2011, 10:03 AM
i bought one as my first personal ar, haven't had any problems with it. Might catch a little ribbing from others about the lack of dust cover and forward assist, but honestly who uses them? Mine came with a magpul pmag, and i procured another as part of the deal. brand new out the door, 625. I got a little po'd about the lack of the front sight tool that the paperwork said was supposed to come with, but one call to smith and wesson fixed that even though they told me they haven't included one in over a year. All in all, I'd say go for it. Good little gun, and good customer service from the factory

Brockak47
December 26, 2011, 12:06 PM
If you are looking for a carbine AR that's a good way to go but you can get real nice Rifle length AR's for ~700 out the door

marine 97-03
December 26, 2011, 12:53 PM
I have a saber a4 20"

marine 97-03
December 26, 2011, 02:53 PM
I've heard there very accurate is this true?

ugaarguy
December 26, 2011, 03:47 PM
Mine shoots MOA or better with premium factory ammo when I do my part. That T/C Arms manufactured 5R rifled bbl. is probably one of the most accurate medium contour 16" tubes on the market.

justice06rr
December 26, 2011, 10:27 PM
M&P15 Sport is a great starter AR for the price if you are an occasional/recreational shooter. The lack of a forward assist, case deflector, and dusk cover is not a big deal, but I like to have those in my M4 platform.

If anything you can buy it at the cheapest price you can find ($549 in some places) and just swap out the upper for one that has the forward assist, case def, and dust cover.

ugaarguy
December 26, 2011, 10:36 PM
Justice, the Sport does have the extended brass deflector. Here's your $15 dust cover - http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=21481/Product/AR-15-M16-SAFE-PORT

marine 97-03
December 26, 2011, 11:33 PM
Like I said before forward assist and dust cover are merely cosmetic in this day and age.....

Quoheleth
December 28, 2011, 10:10 AM
I've been looking at these, too. Anyone know the name of these stores selling them for $550? My local Academy has them at $650, which is still a good price. But, adding sales tax and I'm just north of $700.

Q

hardluk1
December 28, 2011, 01:23 PM
Might just try some of your area small shops or general store/gun shops. For 40 years allways found better deals with them. My sport cost 595 at a general store in the NC mountains.

Skribs
December 28, 2011, 01:37 PM
If you shoot it left handed, does the brass fly in front of you or peg you in the face?

hardluk1
December 28, 2011, 05:46 PM
My son-in-law is one of you lefties and the brass clears his face well. Mine throws brass at no more than a 40* angle for . Plenty of room because of the over sized deflector.

Skribs
December 28, 2011, 05:59 PM
I'm actually right-handed but due to severe eye dominance I have to shoot rifles left.

marine 97-03
December 28, 2011, 10:23 PM
I wish I could find one for 550$
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marine 97-03
December 28, 2011, 10:43 PM
I wish I could find one for 550$
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foolsgold80z
December 29, 2011, 08:38 PM
Best price in these parts is $639.

Tom609
December 29, 2011, 09:04 PM
I've been very pleased with mine. I've had it a month and put around 300 thru it without a hiccup. I paid $625 in NJ. I'm a lefthander and have no issues.

marine 97-03
December 30, 2011, 09:55 AM
I still think the m&p is tops on my list...but I've also been looking at the psa,and ruger mini 14 tactical with folding stock and pistol grip with rails...

mdauben
December 30, 2011, 11:11 AM
I wish I could find one for 550$
My LGS had them on sale earlier this year for just under $600 which I thought was a great deal and I know they sold a ton of them. I have not seen them on sale there again since then, though.

foolsgold80z
December 30, 2011, 04:33 PM
I just bought one for $629.

marine 97-03
December 30, 2011, 04:40 PM
Be sure to post on here how u like it and any pics ...congrats on the purchase

hardluk1
December 30, 2011, 05:13 PM
The main thang that sold me on the M&P15 was have'n s&w behind it. and they build all the metal work in house unlike darn near all others. And the 595 dollar price here. The rugers are good but typicaly do not shoot nearly as well. More aftermarket for the AR based M&P too.

foolsgold80z
December 30, 2011, 05:51 PM
^^^This, and a continuing relationship with a particular local gun store.
And the rifle would seem to meet my needs.

Matthew Courtney
December 31, 2011, 01:42 PM
Yes indeed. My personal Sport is wearing a Falcon ErgoGrip, and MagPul MOE buttstock, which were inexpensive comfort upgrades. I added a Troy MRF-CX free float rail to get the longer handguard setup I like better.
What kind of accuracy are you seeing since free floating the bbl?

ugaarguy
December 31, 2011, 04:48 PM
What kind of accuracy are you seeing since free floating the bbl?
With premium factory ammo anywhere from 55gr ballistic tips to 77gr OTM it shoots 1.25" or less 5 shot groups at 100 yards (not to the same POI of course) when I do my part. My friends who are better rifle shooters than I can get it to group 1" @ 100 with regularity. I have an acquaintance who's a retired Ranger & former rifle instructor at Benning. I hope to get him to shoot it soon to eliminate any errors I may be inducing, and establish a good base line.

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