- Caliber: 5.56 mm NATO (.223)
- Capacity: 30 Round Magazine
- Action: Semi-Auto
- Barrel Length: 16″
- Barrel Twist: 1 in 9
- Barrel: 4140 Steel
- Receiver: 7075 T6 Aluminum
- Front Sight: Adjustable A2 Post
- Rear Sight: Magpul Folding MBUS
- Overall Length: : 32″ to 35″ Extended
- Stock: 6 Position Telescopic
- Chrome-lined Gas Key and Bolt Carrier
- 1 – 30 Round Magpul PMags Included
- Weight: 6.4 lbs Unloaded
(Fore-Grip, Red Dot was added on later)
Typical Smith & Wesson quality, at a great price for an base entry AR15. Purchased from on 2/1/15 from GrabAGun.com for $579. Now selling at $619 (12-21-15)! The transaction was flawless, and the M&P15 Sport was shipped and received by my local FFL gun shop 3 days later. Paperwork completed and on the way home.
With the purchase of the M&P15 Sport they had $2.00 off Magpul PMags bringing the cost down to $9.99, so I picked up a couple more.
The M&P15 Sport was heavily lubed by Smith & Wesson. Gave it a good cleanup and a complete application of Froglube. The barrel inside and out, and the entire rifle. The first time out to the range I had purchased some cheap $5.99 “Monarch” steel ammo, and $7.99 brass “Monarch” .223 ammo. “Monarch” I believe is an Academy Sports brand. I mixed the steel and brass ammo up, and the M&P15 Sport shot all 100 rounds mixed without any problems or jams.
Chambered in 5.56 Nato round, which means it can run .223 ammunition. From what I understand, if rifle caliber is 5.56 (engraved on barrel), rifle will also run .223 ammo. If rifle is chambered as .223, the 5.56 round is not advised to use. This Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport is engraved on barrel as 5.56, so it runs .223 fine.
The rifle has a flat top “T” marked Picatinny style rail for mounting accessories, and muzzle brake is standard A2 style with standard threading. Rear sight is a flip-up, adjustable dual aperture removable Magpul Folding MBUS sight. Both dual apertures on the rear sight fold completely opening the rear sight up better for CQB. Bayonet lug mount under front sight gas block. With a standard AR15 telescopic 6 position butt-stock. Hard coat black anodized receiver finish.
Using the stock iron sights the M&P15 Sport shot exceptionally well for the first time out. Grouping were all very tight at 50 yards 1-2″. and the same at 100 yards. The Froglube CLP kept the M&P15 Sport lubed real well, almost wet look inside the chamber and bolt. Again, first time out just fired 100 rounds.
The price, and Smith & Wesson quality you cannot beat the value on this AR15 platform rifle. Extremely accurate on subsequent range trips, with no jams or failures to feed.
There are only 2 differences that Smith & Wesson held back on with this M&P15 Sport model, to cut costs and ultimately price. There is no forward assist, and no dust cover. This was no concern for me. There is a scallop cut out area in the bolt that you can push the bolt forward with your finger if needed. And dust cover, not shooting at the moment in a dusty environment or sandy area. And if I do we’ll see what happens.
The newer model M&P15 Sport II does have a forward assist & dust cover. Photos here are the M&P15 Sport.
I watched many youtube video reviews, and checked various reviews on this Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport and have to say it is a great AR15 platform rifle. A base AR at a bargain price. You can added needed accessories yourself.
Quality, price and value you just cannot beat. Great rifle as it is, but at it’s affordable base price for a AR15, you can add on, customize & accessorize as you see fit. On a few photos above, the stock buttstock & handguard have been changed out to Magpul FDE (Flat Dark Earth).
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