M&P15 Sport II Review & Torture Test: Smith & Wesson AR15
Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II Review
The Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II is a low cost, entry-level AR15 built to the same high quality you can expect from Smith & Wesson. The M&P 15 Sport AR15 II is an excellent choice for your first AR15 – or if you just want an AR-15 that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on.
Made with the same quality standards and lifetime warranty from Smith & Wesson, this is one fantastic AR15 for under $1000 bucks. You just can’t beat the price of this gun! When AR15s can go for upwards of $1500 bucks, Smith & Wesson builds a fantastic gun for a lot less cash.
This gun comes standard with a 30 round magazine, a flip up rear sight, and now with both a forward assist AND a dust cover.
Let’s take a look at some of the features and unique qualities that are unique to the M&P Sport 15 II AR15.
M&P15 Sport II Feature #1: Now with a Forward Assist!
A forward assist is located on the right hand side of most AR-15 platforms and is used to push the bolt forward in case of a malfunction with the gun. For instance, if the AR15 cycles, but doesn’t lock forward properly, a shooter can use the forward assist on an AR15 to lock the bolt forward.
You can either hit the forward assist with the palm of your hand, or push it forward with your thumb.
When designing the original M&P Sport 15, Smith & Wesson made a good choice in removing the forward assist for a couple of reasons. First, the M&P Sport 15 is designed as an entry-level AR15, not an AR-15 that will ever be issued to soldiers on the front line of any battlefield.
When using a forward assist, there is a potential for an inexperienced shooter to use the forward assist to jam the bolt forward when it is not the right response to a jam. A forward assist on any AR15 could cause the cartridge to get super stuck in the rifle, which would require a cleaning rod to extract (from the end of the barrel.)
If the cartridge is stuck in place at the wrong time, or in the wrong way, the pressure buildup inside of the chamber could be so immense that it could cause a life-threatening catastrophic failure when you snap off the round.
Now, the Smith & Wesson M&P Sport II comes standard with the forward assist – AND Smith managed to keep a fantastic price on this gun!
M&P15 Sport II Feature #2: Now with a Dust Cover
On an AR15, a dust cover is a piece of metal that can be manually closed to prevent dirt, grime, mud, and other debris from entering the bolt carrier group and chamber. When the dust cover is closed, it will automatically open when a round is fired through the AR15, which will then allow the shell to be extracted.
The original Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport engineers made another good call when not adding a dust cover to their Smith & Wesson Sport AR15. Most AR15 shooters have little or no need for a dust cover because they’re firing from safe and clean enviroments. Again, the Sport 15 is not the type of AR15 you take to war – it’s the type of AR15 that’s mostly used at shooting ranges, hunting, etc.
Smith & Wesson listened to customer feedback on the dust cover and decided to add this feature back into their design on the Smith & Wesson M&P Sport II models. The dust cover is an important part of maintaining reliability and functionality on a standard AR15.
Outside of most situations, the dust cover is hardly used, and isn’t needed when not in a dirty and grimy combat situation – but it’s the kind of thing you WANT to have in case you DO need it.
M&P15 Sport II Feature #3: Affordable AR15
Florida Gun Supply has the M&P15 Sport for sale at their online gun store for a great price.
While the M&P15 Sport doesn’t come with a quad rail, you can easily pick one up and add it on – it’s a super easy job.