Smith & Wesson’s New M&P 15-22 Sport Rifles


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.

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  • Maxpwr

    My original S&W MP-15/22 is flawless with CCI ammo and excellent with most other brands. So much fun and these new models with new forearms are a good idea. Glad to see they are continuing to serve the markets of those behind enemy lines who can only get fixed stock versions or 10 round magazines.

  • Dondgeon

    The first gen version I have is a blast. Everyone that shoots it comes away smiling. My only complaint, if you could call it that, was the blocky quad-rail forend which looks like they nailed it with this version. Well done.

  • Hope to see some additional color schemes that are different from the first version. My kids like choices 🙂

  • CanadianShill

    I’d love one.. But it’s restricted in Canada… So I’ll stick with a ruger. Looks like a lot of fun though.

  • Bear The Grizzly

    I’m curious if the new handguard is plastic or aluminum and if it uses the same proprietary system to lock it in place. At any right this is a perfect example of a company moving forward with an existing design to stay ahead of the pack.

    • anonymous

      Implicit in your question is (1) will the new forearm fit onto current rifles, and (2) will Smith & Wesson sell it as a separate part so current owners can upgrade?

  • Brad Ferguson

    It would be nice is Smith & Wesson would add……. .22mag and 5.7mm caliber models. I would be willing to bet they couldn’t make them fast enough. I to own a 1st gen model and it’s a great plinker.