i have the M&P sport, and i have nothing bad to say about. in fact, i have always been a a bit "on the fence" as to if i even like the AR platform....but my M&P sport has been an outstanding rifle!
500 rounds through mine w/o a single hiccup (but i keep her extra clean
). using my cheap red dot, i can get about 1-1.5" groups at 50 yards. i really want to get a scope on it and see, but i think its going to be a pretty accurate little gun.
i keep hearing people talk about getting this gun for around $600....but i NEVER saw those prices. the cheapest i saw before the craze was $650 at academy, but they were NEVER in stock. they were $699 at cabelas, and i got a $20 off promotion, so i got mine for $679. i had seen both $749 and $799 before the craze. and of course, some online prices were like $619 or so, but even IF they were in stock, you still had to add the extra $ for FFL and shipping.
in my mind, its should be well under $800...but in this climate, under $900 might be ok. if you HAVE TO have it now, you will likely kick yourself in a few months when you see them dip back down to $650-750.
but as far as the sport goes, its a GREAT gun at a price that has many other AR fans trying to find excuses for why they paid so much more for theirs....