I see no reason why that's worth $450 more than the smith and wesson..http://www.budspolicesupply.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/196/products_id/10988
I believe it has dropped a little under $150 from the last ones they offered.
I had an M&P15 for awhileWhat kind of steel is the S&W's bolt carrier group made of? Does it have the full M-16 BCG? What kinds of feed ramp cuts does it have? Does it have a heavy buffer? Is the twist rate compatible with the bullet weight you use?
The answers to these questions, and whether the answers weigh against your needs, should clear everything up.
Let's go Apples to Apples here...does the Smith you're referring to include an integrated monolithic rail system? If you're referring to the $880 S&W they sell, a better comparison would be the $1099 6920. Is it worth $200 more? I think so. Is the 6940 worth $200 more than the M&P15T? Probably.I see no reason why that's worth $450 more than the smith and wesson..