Smith & Wesson M&P15-22

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Smith & Wesson M&P15-22
Smith & Wesson M&P15-22
Type Semi-automatic rifle
Place of origin  United States
Production history
Designer Smith & Wesson
Designed 2009[1]
Manufacturer Smith & Wesson
Unit cost $499-769 (MSRP)[2]
Produced 2009-
Weight 5.5 lbs / 2.4948 kg[3]
Length 33.75" Extended, 30.5" Collapsed[3]
Barrel length 16" / 40.6 cm[3]

Cartridge .22 Long Rifle
Action Blowback
Feed system 10 or 25-round detachable box magazine[2]

The Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 is a .22 LR variant of the Smith & Wesson M&P15. In contrast to the original AR-15, it is blowback-operated, rather than direct impingement-operated. It is intended for recreational shooting ("plinking") and hunting. It is made with a polymer upper and lower receiver, rather than the aluminum that is normally used in AR-15s. Its proprietary magazines are also polymer.[2] The handguards are also polymer, and feature quadruple Picatinny rails.[1] The M&P15-22 can be used as a less expensive alternative for training with an AR-15 style rifle, as the rifle itself is much less expensive than most AR-15s, and the ammunition is often much less expensive than the .223 Remington/5.56×45mm NATO typically used in full-sized AR-pattern rifles, allowing the owner to shoot more rounds for the same cost in ammunition. While shooting .22 LR is not a perfect substitute for training with the rifle's "true" cartridge, it can be a good way to focus on basic marksmanship and handling skills without the cost or recoil associated with shooting larger cartridges. The rifle features a safety and bolt lock that operate just like an AR-15's. The M&P15-22 can also be an alternative in jurisdictions that restrict magazine capacity for centerfire cartridges. The M&P15-22 is also offered in a MOE (Magpul Original Equipment) version complete with an MOE pistol grip, MOE stock, MBUS sights, and a threaded barrel. This is available in Magpul FDE (Field Dark Earth), and standard black. The M&P15-22's lower recoil may also be used as a way to ease new shooters into the sport, allowing them to familiarize themselves with AR-15 controls without the fear of excessive recoil or noise. The 15-22 disassembly process is very similar to the AR-15 and S&W M&P 15. The lower receiver detaches from the upper with two captured pins. The lower receiver contains a standard M&P15 trigger assembly that is compatible with most AR-15 trigger groups. The upper receiver contains the bolt, barrel, and charging handle.


  1. ^ a b ""An AR Plinking Good Time: Smith & Wesson’s M&P 15-22 Rifle." By Paul Rackley. American Rifleman". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Main product page". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Product page". Retrieved 15 November 2014.