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Smith & Wesson Shipping New M&P15 Models

Smith & Wesson M&P15 X mainSmith & Wesson has announced it is now shipping new models of its classic M&P15 modern sporting rifle with M-LOK compatibility.

Ever since 2006, when Smith & Wesson introduced the gun public to its new M&P15 rifle, the M&P15 has represented a great option for entry-level buyers. And within the past decade or so, the M&P15 line has only continued to expand.

This past week, Smith & Wesson announced that it had begun shipping two new models of its classic modern sporting rifle. These two new additions are the M&P15X and M&P15T. The two new products keep the original appearance and function of past rifles in the line but offer a few key enhancements, such as M-LOK-compatible forends.

The new M&P15X utilizes a new M&P slim, aluminum carbine-length handguard outfitted with M-LOK slots. A 2-inch M-LOK Picatinny-style rail panel is also included with the rifle, and the gun features a standard Picatinny top rail. Another nice upgrade is the addition of a chromed firing pin.

The M&P15T, on the other hand, comes equipped with a longer 13-inch M&P, slim, M-LOK-compatible, modular free-float rail system. It also arrives with Magpul's MBUS flip-up iron sights as standard.

Both of these new rifles feature a 16-inch barrel with a 1:8-inch twist and 5R rifling for improved accuracy and easier cleaning. The barrel on each is also treated with an Armornite finish on both interior and exterior surfaces. Each rifle has a forged, integral trigger guard and is outfitted with a patented S&W flash suppressor on the muzzle.

Jan Mladek, general manager for the M&P and Smith & Wesson brands, said, “We are proud to continually deliver new and innovative additions to our M&P15 rifle series in order to meet the changing needs and wants of our fans and consumers. We remain dedicated to developing the finest products possible. From the seasoned competitor to the professional user, these enhanced M&P15 rifles are a must-have for any shooting enthusiast.”

At this year's SHOT Show, famed competitive shooter Jerry Miculek demonstrated the new M&P15T’s capabilities during the show's Industry Day at the Range event. Miculek used the M&P15T to set a new speed record, firing 10 shots on three targets in 1.59 seconds. Miculek said, “Attempting speed records is never easy, but using the right equipment improves my chances. I really like what Smith & Wesson has done with the M&P15 rifle.”

The new M&P15X and M&P15T are available now for $1,239 and $1,190, respectively. Each rifle ships with a 30-round Magpul PMAG magazine.

For more information on these two new rifles, visit the Smith & Wesson website, or check out specifications on the new rifles below.


Smith & Wesson M&P15X
Type: Semi-auto, direct impingement gas
Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Barrel: 16 in., 5R rifling, 1:8-in. twist, 4140 steel
Overall Length: 36.8 in.
Weight: 6.4 lbs.
Stock: Six-position standard AR
Grip: Standard GI-style grip
Sights: Adjustable A2-style front post, Magpul MBUS folding rear
Handguard: M&P slim, aluminum, carbine-length with M-LOK
MSRP: $1,239
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson M&P15T
Type: Semi-auto, direct impingement gas
Caliber: 5.56 NATO
Barrel: 16-in., 5R rifling, 1:8-in. twist, 4140 steel
Overall Length: 36.6 in.
Weight: 6.7 lbs.
Stock: Six-position standard AR
Grip: Standard GI-style grip
Sights: Magpul MBUS folding front and rear sights
Handguard: 13-in. M&P, slim, modular free-float rail system with M-LOK
MSRP: $1,190
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson

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