Smith & Wesson M&P rifles

For the 2015 issue of BLACK GUNS, author David Bahde examined Smith & Wesson‘s Military & Police (M&P) lineup of AR-style rifles. Whether for home-defense purposes or competition shooting, Bahde found a rifle from the M&P lineup crafted to meet the shooter’s needs.

“S&W anchors its M&P line with its base model, the M&P15 Sport. Fully equipped with a flattop rail, flip-up rear sight and M4 handguards, it is an excellent base rifle,” says Bahde. “Available in configurations that meet most state requirements, the M&P15 Sport is a fantastic entry-level rifle.

For shooters interested in tactical features, Bahde recommended the M&P VTAC II, a 6.2-pound rifle featuring a variety of aftermarket accessories. “The M&P VTAC II…meets the needs of those requiring specific aftermarket features. A mid-length gas system is covered by a VTAC forend. The barrel is 16 inches with a 1-in-8-inch twist configuration. Made with 4150 CMV steel and coated with Melonite, it is built to last,” says Bahde. “S&W’s enhanced flash suppressor is also attached to reduce recoil. Geissele Automatics Super V trigger provides a quick reset, light trigger and increased precision. A VTAC sling, Vltor IMod stock, light mount and low profile sling mount are also featured on the rifle.”

The M&P10 also proved to be a standout in Bahde’s roundup, as it is an all-business 7.62mm ready for competition or defense. “AR rifles chambered in .308/7.62x 51mm are amongst the most popular this year. S&W offers one of the best this year in the M&P10,” says Bahde. “Completely ambidextrous controls allow for operation in any condition from either side. Weighing in at just under 8 pounds, it remains light and maneuverable, and it is perfect for tactical operations.

To read the full article, check out the 2015 issue of BLACK GUNSavailable on newsstands and digitally July 22, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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