Smith & Wesson M&P15

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Smith & Wesson M&P15
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M&P15 with a standard A2 grip, Magpul MOE hand guard, and PRI sights
Type Semi-automatic rifle
Place of origin  United States
Production history
Designer Eugene Stoner
Designed 1957
Manufacturer Smith & Wesson
Unit cost $839–1,949 (MSRP)[1]
Produced 2006–present
Variants Smith & Wesson M&P15-22
Specifications (M&P15)
Weight 6.74 lbs
Length 35" Extended / 32" Collapsed
Barrel length 16"

Cartridge 5.56×45mm NATO/.223 Remington
Action Gas Operated Semi Automatic
Feed system 10 or 30-round detachable box magazine[1]
Sights Front Sight: Adjustable Post, Rear Sight: Adjustable Dual Aperture

The Smith & Wesson M&P15 is Smith & Wesson's version of the AR-15 rifle with which Smith & Wesson reentered the rifle market in January 2006.

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Smith & Wesson is a gun manufacturer and supplier of law enforcement and personal-defense firearms. The "M&P" stands for "Military & Police."

Design details[edit]

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, they come with either a melonite lined or chrome-lined 4140 steel barrel, 7075 T6 aluminum receiver and a hard-coat black anodized finish.

Variants[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] In 2009, they released the M&P15-22, chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge.[4]

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