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  • Is the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II actually a good first gun?

     ashley308 updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 7 Posts
  • ashley308

    Member
    June 14, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I have been doing some research into a good first gun and the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II keeps coming up as a great first AR.

    Is it worth the hype?

    Or is there a better option in the same general price range?

  • jsaranczak

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    They’re solid AR’s. Buy it, train with it, then upgrade when you figure out what you want to improve.

  • That_Squidward_feel

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    It’s a serviceable AR.

    It’s not the most accurate, durable or pimped out AR there is, doesn’t have the best trigger and isn’t as adjustable as others, but it’ll probably be sufficient for 80%+ of your AR needs.

  • drkwaters

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Yes, it’s a fine choice for a first AR. You could also look into a Ruger AR 5.56, which is probably the most comparable to the S&W if you want to stick with big name brands. Personally, I prefer Ruger over S&W due to the exceptional reputation of their customer service department.

    Once you’re comfortable with your standard AR, you can always look at installing a few upgrades, and/or building a completely customized rifle on your own. It’s not overly difficult to do either, and the S&W is a good starter platform to experiment on.

  • kalash_and_beer

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Yes.

    Rifle is fine. You will hit man sized targets and acceptable accuracy. Shoot first and then upgrade as you go along!

  • SouthPawXIX

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Yeah they’re good if you can get it at a good price

  • Securdy

    Guest
    June 14, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    It was my first rifle. I’ve got fancier stuff now but the Sport does like 90% of what my custom builds and more expensive models do, for how I use it. Over time I started changing out parts here and there to learn the platform.

    It’s a totally unremarkable weapon, nothing great or terrible about it, which makes it a good first rifle. It’ll perform as it should but it won’t be helping you out with a nice crisp trigger or anything while you’re learning, which I think is a plus. Mine had a few thousand rounds through it with no reliability issues.

    Also check out the Ruger 556.

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