Friday, August 5, 2016

Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 Sport

A Winchester .22 long rifle was the first real rifle I ever fired as a child and I have owned many different rifles in that caliber in my time on this planet.  If I could have only one rifle it would be chambered in the .22 long rifle cartridge.  Most near anything can be taken with it if need be and although not advertised as a defense round I often carry one exactly for that reason and do not feel under gunned.  One can carry hundreds of rounds of ammo in a pocket and the cost will not damage your wallet near as much as the cost of center fire cartridges.  I have always wanted a .22 long rifle in an AR-15 platform but have not found one I really like and preferred less weight than all of them I have previously tried out.  Some of the others .22 rifles look like an AR-15 but don’t really work or function like an AR-15 so are not really a proper training rifle for the AR rifle platform.
I recently got the chance to check out the new S&W M&P 15-22 Sport.  The gun is a lightweight reinforced polymer .22 long rifle that has a 25 round magazine or an optional 10 round magazine.  The sights are Magpul folding sights adjustable for windage and elevation.  It has a full top picatinny rail so that any preference of optics can be attached. The model I was shooting was in Krypetk Highlander Camo but they come standard in black along with Muddy Girl Camo and other options available.  It has a six position adjustable stock and fully functional charging handle.   A ½”-28 threaded barrel with removable flash hider/muzzle brake allows one to use a suppressor on this rifle if desired. This rifle weighs only 5 pounds which makes it a perfect training rifle for kids and women.  Once they have trained with this lightweight rifle they will be able to operate any of the AR-15 variants in center fire calibers as they work exactly the same just heavier and more recoil.  It has all the standard AR-15 operating buttons, safety and disassembles basically the same. The uppers and lowers are not interchangeable with AR-15 rifles but many of the same parts such as triggers, stocks and accessories can be used on the 15-22.  Accuracy seems on par with my other open sight twenty two rifles.  I did not bench test the rifle for accuracy but was able to bounce cans and rocks out to fifty yards with the peep sights with no problem. I have put around 500 rounds through this little rifle without any kind of hiccup.   This is pretty amazing considering I did not oil or clean this rifle as I wanted to see how it would perform right out of the box. This would be a great little rifle to grab when the wolf or any other varmint is at the door.  The suggested retail price is $499.99 for the standard black model but it can be found for less in the big box stores or on sale.  I think this will be a fun rifle for all the kids in the family, young or old.   I know the grandkids will love shooting this rifle if they can get it away from me. 
 Enjoy the outdoors and stay safe, Wild Ed

Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 Sport Kryptek Highlander Features:

Built from the ground up with all of the standard operating features of a modern center fire AR-style rifle, the M&P15-22 Sport is chambered in 22LR and features a variety of product enhancements. These enhancements include the 10-inch M&P Slim Hand guard with Magpul M-LOK, Magpul MBUS sights (front and rear), a 6-position telescoping stock, and a 2-inch M-LOK Rail Panel.

The new M-LOK enhancements to the M&P15-22 Sport allows for a wide range of customization options for a variety of optics and accessories.

·         10” M&P Slim Handguard with Magpul M-LOK

·         Magpul MBUS Folding Sights

·         Easy to Mount M-LOK Accessories

·         2” M-LOK Rail Panel Included

·         6-Position CAR Stock

·         Functioning Charging Handle

·         Shell Deflector

·         2-Position, Receiver Mounted Safety Lever

Firearm Specifications

·         Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson

·         SKU: 10211

·         Model: M&P15-22 Sport with Kryptek Highlander Finish

·         Caliber: .22 LR

·         Action: Semi-Auto Blow Back

·         Capacity: 25+1 Rounds

·         Barrel Length: 16.5” (41.9 cm)

·         Front Sight: Folding MBUS

·         Rear Sight: Folding MBUS

·         Overall Length: 33.75” (85.7 cm) Extended 30.70” (77.9 cm) Collapsed

·         Grip: Polymer

·         Weight: 5 lbs. (2 268.0 g)

·         Barrel Material: Carbon Steel

·         Upper and Lower Material: Polymer

·         Finish: Kryptek Highlander


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