Originally Posted by Quentin
It seems to be a cost saving move. Most people don't like the new barrel as well as the harder to find old one. Unfortunately it doesn't seem S&W changed the model # or SKU so you don't know which one is in the box. Other models also may have cost cutting changes as well.
Anyway, another good reason to choose your own parts and roll your own AR!
well, my sport has the barrel stamped "5.56 NATO 1/8 5r." so, unless they are continuing to stamp this on barrels that don't meet the specs, then you should easily be able to identify the ones with the 1/8 twist.
disappointing overall. idk why they could make a profit with these features previously, but not now?