We are finally going to bring you a review of the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II.

The M&P 15 Sport II is Smith & Wesson’s offering for an entry-level modern sporting rifle. It was the number one selling rifle in America last year and it’s easy to see why. You get really high quality for a very budget-friendly price. This is a great little rifle because for the money it’s tough to beat.

A few specs, it has a 4140 steel barrel with what Smith the Wesson is calling an Armornite finish. The original Smith & Wesson M&P Sport lacked a few features. It didn’t come with a dust cover or forward assist and that bothered some people. Some people do like them; I guess it’s better to have them than not. The Smith & Wesson M&P Sports, even the original ones without the dust cover seem to run fine. With the Smith & Wesson M&P Sport II – you get your dust cover and your forward assist at virtually the same price as the original MP Sport.

The Sport II comes with a 1:9 rate of twist instead of the first generation’s 1:8 rate of twist. This barrel does not have 5R rifling but it does have M4 feed ramps.  I’ve been shooting this guy, I’ve had it since Christmas and here we are now in spring, and I haven’t had a single malfunction with it. It’s functioned perfectly and it’s cycled every type of ammo we’ve run through it. Every load has produced pretty good groups for a non-free floated barrel.

It does come with an A2 standard flash hider, nothing unusual there, but it does work. If you don’t like it you can always spin it off and replace it with something else. It is a 5.56 NATO with the 1:9 twist so you can shoot either 5.56 or .223 out of this barrel. This is not an M4 profile barrel; this is just a standard barrel profile. It doesn’t make much of a difference. I do like it; it’s a good thick heavy barrel. You’ve got your F marked front sight post. There is a bayonet lug, which you would need a really wicked long bayonet for that to work. I don’t think anybody runs bayonets anymore, but if you do, it is there.

It doesn’t come with M4 handguards; instead, it comes with a thinner version of the M4 handguards. You open them up, and there is no heat shielding. I shot it like that for a while. It did heat up a little bit, but if you’re wearing gloves, they’re not really a huge problem. It does make the front end of the gun really light. When this gun is unloaded, as it comes out of the box, it weighs 6.45 pounds. That is really a very light rifle. As I said, you do not have your heat shields. Do you need them? Honestly, you will probably never shoot your gun enough to need them, but for folks running training courses all the time they will eventually reach a temperature where they might melt. So if you’re a guy that likes to train a lot, I’d swap it out for something else.

Smith & Wesson have finished the entire rifle in their Armornite finish for durability and corrosion resistance. Both receivers, upper and lower are T7075-T6 aluminum, so it’s the higher end aluminum, not the cheaper 6 series. 6 series does fine, but 7 series is a little bit stronger and more durable. I think but if you do have a rifle with 6 series on it you’re going to be fine.

It comes with a 30 round pmag; they do make the state legal versions of it. Pretty standard trigger, I think it breaks around 8 or 9 pounds. I love CMC triggers, but I’m pretty happy with the factory trigger on this rifle. The trigger is actually pretty smooth right out of the box, so good job Smith and Wesson. It’s a trigger you can live with, and I can still get good groups for that trigger.

It does come with a flip-up Magpul backup iron sight and it is that it is sighted in from the factory for 50 yards. So right out of the box, you’re good to go. I didn’t have to adjust this at all. It was just spot-on dead center; they must have laser bore-sighted it at the factory.

It came with the A2 pistol grip which is a perfectly fine basic grip. The stock is a standard Smith & Wesson M4 style collapsible stock. It also has an enlarged trigger guard. I love that Smith and Weston threw that in there.

I’m really pleased with this rifle.

So there you go there it is the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II, an excellent firearm for under seven hundred dollars. You can’t beat this industry standard. It’s an affordable budget firearm, but because it is a high-quality firearm, you feel like you’ve gotten a rifle that costs a whole lot more than seven hundred bucks.

You can pick up the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II here.
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