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S&W M&P AR-15 Sport

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by biker, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. biker

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    Anyone have any experience with the M&P 15 Sport? Looks like a good deal but doesn't have forward assist or a dust cover.

    Not sure these days forward assist is even relevant. Whats your take on this?

    These things are selling for $659 in my area but not sure how important the forward assist and dust cover are thse days.

    Biker
     
  2. cowboy1964

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    I'm not sure $659 is a great price. List is $709.

    No dust cover?? What a strange thing to cheap out on. Seriously, how much cost could that add to the thing?

    It has a 1:8 twist? That's kind of interesting.

    For just plinking around I think this is ok. For home defense or serious use I would prefer to stick with something more standard.
     


  3. tx787

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    I haven't seen one in person yet but I think it'll be the best of the bargain basement ARs. They saved $ by removing the dust cover, integrating the trigger guard into the lower and having a Melonite lined barrel, leaving the rest of the components at the typical M&P 15 level of quality. If MSRP is $709 I think you'll see them close to $550 soon enough, that's an incredible price.
     
  4. cowboy1964

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    The barrel is Melonited on the exterior, not the bore, right? But apparently the barrel is NOT chrome-lined?

    You can sometimes find a regular M&P 15 (like the OR model) for $700 or less.
     
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  5. tx787

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    Barrel is Melonite lined, not chrome lined.
     
  6. Reswob

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    Doesn't make any sense. You'd think it would cost S&W more money to create a new upper without a forward assist or dust cover.
     
  7. Not necessarily if they bought out the designs, or a small company that was already producing them.
     
  8. Matthew Courtney

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  9. tx787

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    It's not like they built a new revolutionary rifle from the ground up. They figured out a way to cut down production costs on each unit made.
     
  10. ghostman1960

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    DPMS Sportical upper receivers?