S&w m&p ar 15-22

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Budasac, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. Budasac

    Budasac New Member

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    Hi guys, new to the forum and the sport.

    I currently have a Glock 23 and was looking to add a .22 rifle since that's all most indoor ranges around here will allow. Does anyone have the 15-22 and have an opinion to offer? I'm just looking for a little plinker that's relatively accurate to throw a small scope on. Something my 9yo can shoot is a plus.( And he would just look bad ass on the firing line with an AR. Lol)

    Thanks in advance for any and all input and advice.
     
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  2. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I do, and I love it. It's my more fun than a barrel of monkeys gun.
     

  3. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    Couldn't agree more. They had issues when they first came out but those have been cleared up a couple of years ago. Great guns. Love mine and may get another soon.
     
  4. JonM

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    Ive got one and love it. Fantastic plinker. Mags are cheap easy to get easy to load easy to clean. Accuracy is very very good.

    HIGHLY recomend it.
     
  5. Budasac

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    That's great guys. Sounds like everyone is happy with it! I noticed there are a number of 15-22s out there (most are a little less then the S&W), other then brand preference is there anything about the S&W that stands out or makes it better then the others?

    And thanks again for the quick replies. Much appreciated. I belong to a number of forums for various hobbies and while some are infinitely helpful, others are filled with rude annoying people. It appears you guys have a very friendly and helpful community here. I look forward to learning all I can and contributing when able. Thanks again.
     
  6. sbeezy

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    I have one and love it. There are actually 2 in my house. What I think stands out, toe at least, is the fact that it has almost all the same functional parts as a real ar, minus the forward assist and dust cover. So if you don't already have an ar it's a good way to become somewhat familiar with them. I got one before I got a real ar. They're also pretty reliable. There are certain types of ammo that don't work as well in mine. I know I had trouble with federal, but others on here may have differing experiences. High velocity rounds like mini mags work flawlessly. Overall really fun gun to blow off a bunch of ammo with.
     
  7. Que

    Que Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I don't own one but have got to mess with a few of the first ones that were released. did some muzzle threading for cans. these seem to be decently built .22s.
     
  8. Quentin

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    I've shot my buddy's M&P15-22 many times and like it a lot. Very light weight and reliable. However I bought the Colt/Walther M4 .22lr carbine and it goes to the range with my G23 often. (Nice Glock, BTW.) Externally it's more like an AR (heft, feel and look while the S&W's trigger group is more like an AR's.) You really can't go wrong with either so I'd say handle as many tactical .22s at your LGS and compare. But I'd stick with the S&W or Colt. After two years of experience with both I'm glad I bought the Colt. If I had originally bought the Smith, I'd probably say the opposite.


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    BTW, the S&W tends to be very affordable, the Colt is about $50 more and the Mossberg is less. I'm not a fan of the Mossberg.
     
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  9. Budasac

    Budasac New Member

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    Lol, nice. Yeah, $50 difference won't kill me, I'll check out the Colt. I saw the Mossberg for <$300, I'm all for a bargain but, the low price scared me a little. I don't want to buy a pos, just something affordable (and well made). I have a LGS less then a mile from my house, I'll have to go and see what he has in stock and get my hands on them. I'm very glad to hear all the positive comments though. So many guns out there, it's hard to narrow it down to just a few. Being new, the buy-in is expensive: Gun Safe, initiation and dues for a Club, ammo, gear, and of course GUNS! The fact that my wife is totally opposed to it makes the investment that much more difficult.
     
  10. KJG67

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    Stay away from the Plinker Tactical 35 rnd mags. They've been hit or miss with reliability for feeding. Got one. Hate it. Basically a paper weight until I can rip it open and see what I can tinker with. S&W mags all work flawlessly.
     
  11. Budasac

    Budasac New Member

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    That won't be an issue. I live in NJ. :-(
     
  12. 515Survival

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    I have the S&W and its an awesome lightweight gun and its great if you have kids that want to learn as well.
     
  13. Budasac

    Budasac New Member

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    That was exactly my intention. My son turns 8 at the end of the month and I'm getting him a pellet gun to start out. But eventually he'll be shooting the .22.
     
  14. flybuddy

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    Heck of a gun..thousands of rounds through it. VERY reliable. I've also got it's bigger brother, a regular S&W M&P15. The feel is nearly identical and you can practice with 22lr a lot cheaper than .223. The weight is quite a bit more and the charging handle takes more of a pull though.
    Also, i saw a mention on the Plinker Tactical 35 rd mags. I've got 3 of them and they do take some getting used to but once you figure them out they are reliable. Using the loading rod takes about 90% of the stress out. Also, the rounds need to be pointing slightly up as loaded, if you push way down and dump them in flat, they won't feed reliably.
     
  15. Sniper03

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    Bud,

    You can not go wrong with the S&W 15 22. There are fine little rifles and accurate. I would be sure to get one with the flat top on it so you can mount other optics sights and etc. I think they all come that way but not sure. It would be a great rifle for you and your son to go to the range and shoot also teaching him safe gun handling and shooting basics.
    At 8 he is not too young to begin teaching him to shoot a real gun!
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  16. Budasac

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    I just spoke to my neighbor and he's gonna get a price for me. He's got the AR15 in .223 so I can just play with his when we go to the range. His may be a little more fun, but I'll be able to shoot all day without going broke. I have a feeling he may be borrowing the .22.

    As far as my son goes, yes, I agree, 8 is old enough to learn to handle a gun but, between the stigma surrounding guns in NJ and the fact that my wife is generally "anti-gun" I need to ease him(them) into it. Plus, some local ranges have air-gun competitions and I thought that would be fun for him. He's extremely competitive for his age (he's an awesome wrestler).
     
  17. Sniper03

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    Bud,

    That is great! Thanks for being a good Dad and spending time with him regarding the shooting sport. He is part of our Second Amendment Insurance for the future! A Positive VOTE for the sport we all love here on the FTF.


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  18. JTJ

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    My wife took mine. She loves it. The adjustable stock really makes it great for smaller shooters. I put a 1.5-6x scope on it for her. She lets me shoot a few rounds occasionally.
     
  19. flybuddy

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    Most of the ones I've seen come with easily removable magpul sights, at least mine did.
     
  20. rachilders

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    Same for me. I've had one 4 years (got an early model) and it's still my favorite fun gun, followed very closely by my Henry Golden Boy. My sons began shooting it in elementary school and though they are teens now, it still fits them as well as their mother and I due to its M4 design. :D