S&W’s upcoming ambi-control AR-15

David at Defense Review has the skinny on this new AR-15 rifle

DefenseReview (DR) got to see the latest Smith & Wesson (S&W) M&P tactical AR (AR-15) rifles/carbine/sBRs developed for Special Operations Forces (SOF) at SOFIC 2010 (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference 2010. The new guns incorporate ambidextrous controls and advanced coatings.

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  • SpudGun

    Makes sense, 10% of the population are ‘devil handers’ and that’s a sizeable chunk of any market.

  • Sian

    After having handled a G36C, I have to say it’s hard to go back to non-ambi controls. Safety off with thumb, on with trigger finger is just so smooth and natural I don’t see why it isn’t standard across all military rifles.

    On top of that, the M&P 15 is just a nice lightweight black rifle.

  • Burst


    So an obsolete DGI rifle from a second tier tactical company has
    deigned to mirror it’s safety and mag release.

    That’s just spiffy.

  • drewogatory

    As a lefty, the only two controls on an AR platform that I prefer to have ambi are the safety (which has been a 30 second, $15 dollar fix forever) and the mag release. You can release the bolt catch easily enough with your trigger finger. However, most of the lefty mag releases that have been available are really only suited for competition, as they provide a large, easy to manipulate paddle for the left,along with an enlarged release button for the right side. Dropping the rifle smartly on it’s left side will almost always release the mag, as there is no fence at all, making these ($200 dollar [ridiculous, that’s 2.5 bare lowers!]) systems unsuitable for “tactical” use. Not a problem for me, but if bare lowers with a cast left side mag release fence become available for a competitive price, I will certainly use them for my future builds.