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Does Smith & Wesson make a good AR15?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by GWARGHOUL, Nov 24, 2012.


    GWARGHOUL Well-Known Member

    So, some of you may have read about my experience with PSA.

    I can't buy from a company like that. What if I get a dud?

    Anyways, so in the same price range (around $800)...

    I've been looking for a good AR.

    Chrome lined barrel, chamber, the works.. 5.56/.223 (must fire both)

    I'll upgrade and customize as a I go along...

    But I've been looking at this Smith..
    Model M&P15OR Rifle


    Seems to offer what I want. I just don't know if there is a better option for the same price?

    I'm wanting to make the RIGHT and FINAL AR purchase about mid February.

  2. mr.scott

    mr.scott Well-Known Member

    If the walmarts in your area carry AR15's check out the Windham Weaponry AR15s.
  3. 41

    41 Well-Known Member

    I love my S&W, but I don't have very much experience with any other AR's.
  4. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    People that have S&W ARs seem to like them just fine.
  5. Kurt_D

    Kurt_D Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Nov 24, 2012
  6. Eureka40

    Eureka40 Well-Known Member

    I've had an M&P15 for a few years now. It's been flawless and I would recommend it. On the other hand, I've also just bought components to put some ARs together. Basically they all work well.

    My advise is don't get hung up on a brand, just put one together and go shoot.
    It's very hard to go wrong.
  7. Eureka40

    Eureka40 Well-Known Member

  8. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    No issues whatsoever with my Sport.

    However, being a fan of my Garand and history in general, I wish I had bought an A2-style rifle instead. Something about the longer sight radius and softer recoil appeals to me.
  9. Quentin

    Quentin Well-Known Member

    S&W makes a good AR. So does PSA. I don't know what your problem was with PSA but I've been very impressed with mine (and I also have Daniel Defense and BCM).
  10. NYH1

    NYH1 Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine got a nice M&P15 from a friend of his that moved to Germany a few years ago. He really likes it.

  11. fanchisimo

    fanchisimo Well-Known Member

    Read his past post to find out his issue with PSA. It's not their parts, it's their 10% cancellation/restocking fee.
  12. ShooterGuy

    ShooterGuy Well-Known Member

    I recently went out with a buddy and his M&P and shot it next to my D.D. m4v5LW, We were shooting targets 100yds out with only iron sights. My D.D. Got 27 shots in good points on the paper. He got 8 on the paper with his M&P...but that's likely the shooter, not so much the rifle.

    His is a bit heavier than mine, and not as many options out the box but that's the type of differences you'd expect for spending as much more as I did. Overall I've seen him recklessly chew through mag after mag with his just to make noise that I was impressed at its operation especially since the guy probably never really cleans it (he's that type of shooter.) Enough so it has me thinking I might pick one up just for a backup, so for their price they cant be bad.
  13. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Well-Known Member

    S&W has a slight advantage in my book. They forge their own uppers and lowers. They can control tolerances better. I have a DDV4, CMMG, and M&P15. I first started shooting the S&W to keep from wearing out the Daniel Defense. Now I shoot it because it is my favorite AR. The fit and finish are as good as my DD. Mine was one of the first year that S&W started forging their own insted of using Stag Arms. I could not be happier. It has never had a cough,hick-up, or sputter.
  14. Ramone

    Ramone Well-Known Member

    I just recommended a S&W MP Sport to a friend based solely on the barrel.

    Overall, it seems to be a fine rifle (I am not concerned about the lack of an FA or Dust Cover), but the spec on the barrel impressed me for the price.

    We only put 150 rounds through it so far. It's been flawless, and I am looking forward to working up some loads to see just how good the barrel really is, but if I was shopping, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
  15. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    In that price range look at the Windham, good quality and a CS department that will knock your socks off. (if you should ever need it)

  16. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Mine has been excellent and shoots MOA with cheap Federal ammo. I started with the optics ready carbine for $600 from CDNN. Installed a rifle length free float rail for a longer sight radius, YHM flip sights along with Magpul goodies and a Millet 1-4x. It stands at the ready here in my office. I wouldn't trust it with my life if it weren't a good rifle.
  17. gotigers

    gotigers Well-Known Member

    yes, very good, had mine 3 years, 2500ish rounds. Mine is a M&P15A. It is accurate (1 to 1.5MOA with bulk ammo) for a chrome lined AR. No issues. Cycles everything. Mine was made just after S&W started making them after Stag and before the melonite barrels.

    GWARGHOUL Well-Known Member

    Yeah, thats right. I want a gun from a company that answers the phones, has reasonable policy, and warranty or the possibility of refund or exchange if I get a dud.

    The Smith is sounding like a good option
  19. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Well-Known Member

  20. wriggly

    wriggly Well-Known Member

    Dont blame you. And, Smith makes a great AR. I already owned the model you are interested in, and I ended up buying a sport as well, for a range gun that I could beat on, and not worry about. I paid $599, and got my son in law to get one a few days later, and the place we bought them from had them for $50 less three days after I bought mine. So, he got his for $559, and I got a store credit for 50 bucks, which I promptly spent on P Mags.

    Turns out my Sport is more accurate than my OR model.....much more accuate, and I am very pleased overall with my Smiths. The attached photo is a three shot group at 100 yards using PMC X-Tac 55 grain XP193 ammo, and I was shooting with the rifle resting on the magazine on the bench and my elbows resting on the bench. I was also using a Leupold Mark AR 1.5 to 4 scope in a LaRue SPR 1.93 QD mount.


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