View Full Version : Anyone own a SMITH & WESSON M&P 15 223 AR-15

March 4, 2009, 01:44 AM
Looking for input on this AR-15 - Quality, Fit Finish, Accuracy?




March 4, 2009, 01:44 AM
sure have, and i love it

March 4, 2009, 01:53 AM
I think I fired one... a guy on the range let me shoot it, it was brand new and worked perfectly... I think it was just like that one.

March 4, 2009, 01:56 AM
Looks better in person

March 4, 2009, 01:34 PM
Looking for input - Quality, Fit Finish, Accuracy? :D

March 4, 2009, 05:10 PM
That is the gun that fits it. Love mine

March 4, 2009, 05:41 PM
There is one I might get locally for $1000. The rifle, hard case and one 30 round mag. Any opinion on that deal?

March 4, 2009, 06:46 PM
Mine is great...

Just need better glass.


March 4, 2009, 06:48 PM
I've only Shot my M&P15 so i don't have any other AR's to compare it to. It's pretty accurate, enough for my standards lol. Can't wait to outfit it with teh Acog scope!

Pretty to look at as well.

March 4, 2009, 07:43 PM
I Was Looking At One On Gunbroker For $1195 Nib. I Have Seen Them Upwards Of $1500. Seems That Most Gunshop Are Out Of Them Or Have Them On Backorder. :d

March 4, 2009, 08:02 PM
I've only Shot my M&P15

Slicktop, you're about to learn how to shoot a colt from what your signature says...too bad you didn't join a real branch, you probably wont get to use it:D

Good luck at basic, I hear it's easy in the AF.

March 4, 2009, 08:20 PM
My M&P 15 is a 5.56, not .223 :D

Mine is great. Shoots better than me. Has been totally reliable, not a single problem or issue. Based on my experience, I would highly recommend it.

Oh. it's tight, no wedge necessary (1000+ rounds). Smith quality; not a mar, mark, blemish, loose mag. or nothing.

March 4, 2009, 08:23 PM
I have the M&P with a flash hider and telescoping stock. I have the CMMG 22lr adapter in it right now and it functions great with that too. I've put a great deal of Wolf and a couple hundred of my reloads through it without a hitch. I haven't shot it much for the past month or so because Global Warming keeps filling my usual range with several feet of snow and I don't like the cold anymore.

It's a good little rifle.

March 4, 2009, 08:43 PM
I have a M&P15T (Tactical) - same gun with some extras.

They are excellent guns, and a great value. They are very well regarded.

March 5, 2009, 12:03 AM
Thanks to all for your input! I have narrowed my choice down.
3strikesNC That's a good looking rifle you have there!:D

March 5, 2009, 12:08 AM
ThreeStepsAhead. I'm not all too concerned whether or not I'll be able to fire a weapon outside of qualifying. If I was, I would have chosen a different MOS with a different branch.

March 5, 2009, 12:27 AM
I have the X model and it's great. Better than I expected.

March 5, 2009, 12:44 AM
I've been leaning towards the T model.

What's the difference in the X model?

March 5, 2009, 03:50 AM
all the "ar's" i've ever fired were actually M16s... a colt, a FN, and an Armalite (only one that wasn't USGI, my buddy brought it home from Panama...) and, sure, they work. If you really want a rifle that will challenge your marksmanship and actually be useful at TEOTWAWKI, buy an AR10 or a G3... especially considering what a AR15 costs these days!

Slicktop- don't let those guys get ya down... all the services have pogues. Just don't qualify 'marskman' in basic, cuz that sorry bastard pizza box will haunt you for the rest of your life(at least your uniformed life). And I won't lie, I'm no expert; I qualified sharpshooter with the M9 and the M16... but the third time around I did get expert on the rifle(47/50).

semper fidelis

March 5, 2009, 09:58 AM
I’ve got one. Mine is the M&P15 as opposed to the M&P15I in your picture. Mine is a fine rifle. It is tight, accurate and the finish is good. Mine likes Black Hills 68 grain heavy match and shoots LC M855 into an inch and half at 100 yards.

It swallowed 1000 rounds of Wolf steel case without a hitch in one weekend at the range. 600 rounds on day one, hit it with a brush and a couple of patches and wiped it with some CLP that night then 400 more on Sunday. Not a single FTF or FTE through the weekend.

March 5, 2009, 11:00 PM
I've shot several. Good guns but I like my Rocky better

May 20, 2011, 08:46 PM
Great gun. Have the same make and model. More reliable than you could know if you haven't had it for years. Super accurate considering barrel length. There's a whole world of accessories and upgrades. Enjoy this tool as you could have it for lifetimes without so much as a hiccup. =>

May 20, 2011, 10:07 PM
There great rifles. Excellent finish, machining and over all quality. The only down side is there .223 and not 5.56. The chamber is chrome lined, but the bore is not. Definitely recommended.

May 21, 2011, 12:08 AM
There great rifles. Excellent finish, machining and over all quality. The only down side is there .223 and not 5.56. The chamber is chrome lined, but the bore is not. Definitely recommended.

You are saying the M&P15 is chambered for .223?

May 21, 2011, 01:23 AM
You are saying the M&P15 is chambered for .223

Interesting, I thought that only Bushmaster NM barrels were chambered in 223?


May 21, 2011, 01:48 AM
Ethan must be thinking of something else. The S&W M&P15 is chambered for 5.56. And the ENTIRE BORE, Chamber, Bolt Carrier and Gas key are all chrome. Now, if you're talking about the cheaper "Sport" version, that's a little different. The barrel isn't chrome. It's melonite. But it's still chambered in 5.56.

I think ethan is thinking of something else, because it's definitely not an M&P15 that he's talking about.

On a side note: Why do people bring back to life, threads that are 2 YEARS OLD???

May 21, 2011, 02:40 AM

May 21, 2011, 04:46 AM
I thought a lot of the M&Ps didn't have a chrome lined bore. For example, for the Tactical the website says the barrel is Melonite, and the chrome lined components are the bolt carrier and gas key. Also, I don't think they would chrome line the chamber and Melonite the bore. Applying Melonite to something involves submerging it in a bath, so that doesn't really make sense.

May 21, 2011, 09:55 AM
My M&P15 is stamped 5.56mm on the barrel.

Ethan95, care to share why you say it is .223?

May 21, 2011, 12:08 PM
Jackblack; only the SPORT model has a melonite barrel bore. If you go to the S&W website, and look at the tactical line; which includes all the M&P15's, OR, T, etc... it says what's chrome lined. Bore, barrel, chamber, BCG, etc...

Now; if the newest line, other than the "Sport" is getting melonite, then that's new to me.

And yes, they are all 5.56. NOT .223 chambered. Granted; some manufactures LIE and say they are 5.56 when in fact they are .223, but S&W is not one of them. It really is chambered for 5.56.

May 21, 2011, 02:23 PM
Jackblack; only the SPORT model has a melonite barrel bore. If you go to the S&W website, and look at the tactical line; which includes all the M&P15's, OR, T, etc... it says what's chrome lined. Bore, barrel, chamber, BCG, etc...
You must be looking at something different than me, because this clearly says the Tactical has a chrome bolt carrier and gas key and Melonite barrel.


May 21, 2011, 03:02 PM
I just found this one. It's also called the M&P15T but has a chrome lined bore, unlike the other one I linked too. I wonder if S&W is switching over to chrome lined bores through most of their lineup? In the past when I looked at their website I saw few CL bores, but now it looks like most are.


Father Time
May 23, 2011, 04:56 PM
I have a M&P15A and it is a good rifle. Had to go back to the factory for some work but overall a good rifle.

It has a chrome bore. All S&W AR15's except the "sport" models have chrome lined bore's and barrels.

May 23, 2011, 06:42 PM
Actually, some variations of the "T" model do have melonite treated barrels. Also; the VTAC and one other "Slips my mind", have a 1:7 twist barrel. Most others have the 1:9. The sport has the 1:8. Twist really doesn't matter at all, unless you're shooting competition match, and are using 75 grain bullets. The majority of ammo bought will be 55 or 62 grain; a few 64/65 grain. ANY of the twist will shoot this very accurately. It's not until you get into the 70's that a 1:7 comes in more accurate. The 1:8...... Well, that just seems odd ball. The 1:9 is better for the 40 grain and such varmint type rounds. The 1:7 is probably the best all around; but you pay a bit more for that barrel. The 1:8; still don't really get it. Either way, the M&P15's are excellent weapons.