Smith & Wesson updated its popular line of AR-style rimfire rifles. The second generation of M&P15-22 Sport rifles feature two main upgrades and will offer a number of variants that include various color and state compliance models.
The base model of the new Sport rifles have deleted the original quad Picatinny rail handguard and replaced them with a slimmer forend that uses M-LOK attachment points. The new handguard adds a Picatinny rail along the top for the addition of a front sight, but the rest of the unit uses only M-LOK attachment points. This provides a sleeker look in addition to a thinner grip.
The new guns also replace the original blocky sights with standard Magpul MBUS sights. The MBUS sights are folding sights that look a lot better, but the folding option allows the shooter to take them out of the view of any optic you might add to the gun.
The basic black gun ships with a single 25-round magazine. It has a suggested retail price of $449. There are two other basic options: one in a Muddy Girl finish and another in a Kryptek Highlander finish. Both of these models will have a MSRP of $499.
There are two “restricted” versions of the basic gun: one with a 10-round magazine, and one with deleted features (such as no muzzle device, fixed length stock, etc.). Both of these rifles will sell for $449.