Leaked: New Smith & Wesson M&P10 in 6.5 Creedmoor and M&P45 Shield Ported

Looks like Julie Golob let the cat out of the bag in regards to a few new Smiths coming to market. The new guns look pretty promising, it will be interesting to see some more detailed specs on them.

Above each photo I copied the text from Julie’s post, this way you can hear it straight from the source.

Wish I had a better pic of the NEW Smith & Wesson Corp. Performance Center M&P15 Competition. It features a Troy Industries free float 15″ handguard with M-LOK capabilities, rifle length gas system, 2-stage Match trigger, ambi options, PC muzzle break and a Hogue Inc. over molded grip.

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Exclusively from the Smith & Wesson Corp. Performance Center is the NEW M&P10 in 6.5 Creedmoor with Magpul Industries Corp. stock and grip, Troy Industries 15″ free float hand guard with M-LOK capabilities and several ambi controls.

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NEW PORTED M&P 45 caliber Shield from theSmith & Wesson Corp. Performance Centeravailable with fiber optics or night sights! Who wants to see video?

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New from the Performance Center is a 2-tone machine engraved Bodyguard 380 with the engraving designed by our master engraver!

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Keep an eye out for what Smith is introducing this coming SHOT. I imagine that there will be a gun or two that really catch your eye.



Patrick R

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  • Nicks87

    S&W makes a shield in .45, then ports the barrel to handle recoil? Maybe just buy a 9mm Shield if recoil is an issue. A short ported barrel on a defensive pistol really just doesn’t make sense.

    • Mmmtacos

      Some of us are curmudgeons when it comes to caliber. Plus the size and grip (not necessarily the texture, although it is awesome) of the Shield 45 feels just right in the hand, the 9/40 feels a little anemic to me.

    • iksnilol

      Meh, for me the increased muzzle flip is worth it over the extra noise of the porting.

      • Dougscamo

        WHOA….am I reading this right?….YOU are advocating for something other than a 9mm?…..I must be in a state of misunderstanding…..

        • iksnilol

          Well, sure. if they make a 7.62×25 version I’d be all over that.

          But I digress, I dislike porting is all. I’ve got bad enough tinnitus already. So my dilemma is the following: Get a 8 shot .357 from SW (which has that ugly angled barrel) or get an 8 shot .357 from Taurus where I’d have to get the 6 inch version and chop to 4 inches (because it is ported by default). I really want an 8 shot .357 for my revolver needs.

          • Dougscamo

            Okay….gotcha reasoning….what kind of revolver restrictions are you under on that side of the North Atlantic?….

          • iksnilol

            Well, according to Norwegian govt ColionNoir was on to something when he said that a 9 milla kills the body whilst a fo-fiddy kills the soul. Thusly handguns over 45 caliber are banned (hilariously enough, 460 S&W is super legal whilst .50 GI is super illegal).

            But yeah, If I’m buying a handgun it needs to for organized target/competition shooting. So I can’t buy all willy nilly (like, one gat for one specific type of competition class). So I am thinking .357, 8 shot with a 4 inch barrel. A solid all rounder that would also be pretty decent in a bad situation.

          • Dougscamo

            That’s cool because European and Revolvers aren’t generally used in the same sentence here…..I mean Europe is the motherland of all semi auto pistols….
            I guess because the .460 is actually .452 in diameter they consider it a .45? Since you can shoot a .45 Long Colt from it…they don’t quibble over the extra .002?….

          • iksnilol

            Surprisingly they don’t.

            But yeah, revolvers are an American oddity in my eyes. Sure, they’ve got some advantages, but those are soooo rarely utilized (at least by me) and they’ve got flaws and quirks that just make them not attractive to most folks.

            Though there is good European revolvers, the French ones (Manhurin or whatever they’re called) come to mind. Korth is also fantastic if you’re an aspiring Bond villain.

            In the end tho, revolvers are primarily competition arms… for revolver competitions. At least in Norway.

          • Dougscamo

            LOVED my revolvers back in the day…..soooo easy to shoot instinctively…..
            Still have a few but I don’t carry them any more….all my Sunday-Go-To-Meetin’ pistols are semis….
            My next door neighbor has a .500 S&W that he shoots fairly often….rattles both the china and my greyhound….

          • iksnilol

            I’ll admit, I don’t see the appeal of revolvers except that they’re wicked cool. I’m tempted to have a snubbie 38 in an ankle holster just because kickin’ it old school.

            That, and a 4″ .357 just screams “civilian survivor” to me. Just want to grow out my beard and wear flanell.

          • Big Daddy

            I carry a revolver in my pocket as a backup. I can shoot in my pocket without it having to be drawn. An advantage in fast action situations. Hand in pocket pop pop pop pop pop of 38 135 +P gold dots. Close up kind of right on top of you situation. Ruger LCR .357, fits perfectly no hammer to catch on anything. It’s in a little holster I can slide my finger into the trigger. Of course I practice this and do not rely on it working without practice. I’m going to make a small hole in the holster and shoot it at the range to test it also.

          • iksnilol

            You mean, PERFECT FOR ASSASSINATIONS!? 😮

            Ooooh, big daddy is big poppa ’cause he poppin’ fools left and right without breaking a sweat.

          • Big Daddy

            Are you serious? I am. I live here in Texas, it’s great. But the town over has a crime problem. Not as bad as the place I’m from New York City. But her everybody has guns you might not have time to draw. So are you the clown of the firearms blog or a young ignorant and foolish person?

          • iksnilol

            Part time smarta$$, part time asssassin. Its what happens when silencers are unregulated

          • Dougscamo

            Gives a whole new level of importance to the question “Dress left or right?”….

          • Big Daddy

            I was taught how to deal with close engagements. Right pocket use left hand to get a little distance. There are techniques to work on if you carry. Unfortunately most people do not. People think just having a gun is enough, it’s not, you need training and practice. Shooting and working on techniques for self-defense.

          • Disarmed in CA

            The new Ruger Redhawk in .357 magnum has an 8-shot cylinder.

          • Amanofdragons

            But only with a 2 inch barrel

          • Disarmed in CA

            Wait…

          • iksnilol

            And a 2 inch barrel. So might as well have a ported 4 inch barrel.

          • DrewN

            The V-Comp isn’t too bad. The R8 is hideous for sure. I agree on the 627’s under lug as well.

          • iksnilol

            Yup, that triangular shape is so ugly to me, but the gun is otherwise pretty perfect.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            If you dont mind shooting a .357 that light, check out the 4″ 327PD. It was discontinued a couple years ago so would need to be bought used, but it is darn pretty.

          • Big Daddy

            I use .38 135 +p gold dots in it. Not a lot of recoil at all. Using a .357 is crazy. It’s a bone crusher but not as bad as a S&W pocket rocket. I tried some and it hurts down to the bone.

          • roguetechie

            I just so happen to know of a revolver which exceeds your 8 round requirements…
            .
            Maurice the franken ruger is the gun for you!

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, I’d be tempted to bolt on an AR stock on the mag tube :p

            I’ve seen that revolver, its wicked cool. But it does seem more hi-tech than the “dead nuts simple” DA revolver that is romanticized.

          • roguetechie

            Probably because the dead nuts simple DA revolver doesn’t actually exist, never actually did, and almost certainly won’t be brought to market at any point before Sarah Brady and Rosie O’Donnell do their first two hour premier extravaganza on helicopter hunting Feral Pigs and the 10 best NFA weapons for the well heeled ladies of means with a meanstreak entitled the feminist firepower hour on the Oxygen Network

          • iksnilol

            Shhhh… you’re runing my “last of us” aesthetic. Was kinda in luck since I do already wear flanell shirts (not nearly enough tho) and denim jackets.

  • Rick O’Shay

    Can anyone tell me whether the M&P10 is compatible with the DPMS platform, or if it’s its own special snowflake? If it is DPMS compatible, which generation?

    • Matt

      Mostly a snowflake. Receivers aren’t compatible and the BCG isn’t compatible with DPMS barrels. The receiver can take DPMS low profile rails and AR15 stocks, triggers, and pistol grips. You can replace the S&W BCG with a DPMS 1.0 BCG and use DPMS 1.0 barrels with it.

      • Rick O’Shay

        Thanks for that info. I own a LR308, and the various implementations of the AR10 platform interest me quite a bit.

        • Big Daddy

          I’m very happy with my CMMG MK3T. I upgraded it and will continue to do so. Very accurate and soft shooting, maybe a little over gassed though. Better quality than the DPMS I have seen and it’s DPMS high compatible. Next might be a Aero Precision NiB BCG. I got some weight off the front with a SLR ultra lite rail and titanium gas block, it’s a 16″ barrel with an odd rifle length gas system so the gas block is at the end. The titanium block helped more than if it was a carbine system. It comes with a very good SS barrel already.

          • Redfoot

            The Aero NIB BCG is friggen awesome. Mirror finish, very easy to clean. It can be had for about 150-170 if you know where to look. /r/gundeals on reddit is a valuable resource for getting parts for cheap.

  • Jack Morris

    I had nothing but bad luck with my M&P-10. Had to send it back for jamming up every couple rounds and the bolt carrier was tearing up the upper receiver. Still wasn’t 100% even after they serviced it. I got rid of that rifle.

    • Big Daddy

      I’d rather build my own ARs at this point or buy one as a starter and slowly replace and upgrade parts. Make sure everything is compatible. With AR15s it easier, mil-spec, with the AR10 I keep with the DPMS high pattern and even then things might not fit. I have a CMMG MK3 that the BCM gunfighter charging handle did not fit, it just needed a little sanding but out of the box no. My first response was WTF!!! So many parts out there so many companies you have to choose wisely and know what does what and what you need. Go in blindly and get hosed. I do a lot of research on anything I buy now. I do not expect a perfect gun anymore unless it is a perfect gun. At this point I would not buy anything new from S&W.

      • RSG

        There’s a lot to be said about this approach. I’ve strategized that if a person is going to own less than 4 ARs, it pays to buy manufactured, new with the warranty. More than that, the cost of tools, including vice, mag block, torque wrench, etc, the tools pay for themselves

        • Big Daddy

          I’m lucky to have a friend who is a gunsmith. We build them together. He is very experienced. i also have friends who know a lot about the platform coming from different approaches, military, LEO and so on. So I put them together with specific jobs to do. I don’t just slap together guns. They all have a job once they have proven to be reliable. 500 failure free rounds unless it’s ammo or mag related.

      • Redfoot

        This is definitely a problem with building an AR-10 patterned rifle in 308. Anything from the bolt catch, charging handle, to the take down pins can be off a bit, as well as gas system issues. I have built 2 Ar-15 uppers that were problem free from the get go, but the 7.62 platform rifles have some issues even if you are careful. That said, once they work, holy crap they are fun.

  • Mmmtacos

    Dude. Smith, Wesson. Y’all guys need to tighten up on those leaks. First the M&P M2.0 and now this? I mean, it’s cool and all, but is your board getting together and doing this on purpose or what?

    • Dougscamo

      Looks like the firearms industry is taking their clues from Congress…..

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      I got an email from Smith & Wesson this morning w/ all of their new products for 2017 at 1 am. Less a leak, so much as press release.

      • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

        To be fair I sat on this for about 5 days. Sometimes it is hard to find the time to get something up.

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          So you kept the leak under wraps until the official press release so you could report the leak without spreading the leaked info? That’s ethical journalism right there, folks.

          Jk, I understand being busy.

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            Ha! No, just busy as hell.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Sometimes leaks are intentional. People are more interested if they think its information they arent supposed to have.

  • nova3930

    If the street price is right that M&P10 6.5 might be a winner.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Agreed! When I priced out a build it was over $2500 but if I can get a factory gun for sub $1700 and it’s still sub MOA I’ll get the SW.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        “…and it’s still sub MOA…” That will be the real test. I’ll hold my judgement until then.

      • R

        FWIW, Alex Pro Firearm sells two different versions of a 6.5 Creedmore. One’s $1300 and the other is $1725. They also just sell the upper.

        • Redfoot

          AIM surplus had the uppers for awhile. Not all similarly patterned lowers were compatible. The consensus was that they were low priced, accurate, but heavy.

      • Redfoot

        I was able to build an Aero M5 Gen 2 for about $1400, with a Geissle G2s and Magpul furniture. It is doable with a little patience.

        However…after researching I recommend people get at least a complete upper from the factory. The gas systems can be finicky. Everyone I know that has an M&P 10 loves it, except beware the proprietary parts. I wonder if the Troy is DPMS low height compatible, or another one-off part.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          Even if I do a parts build I’m going to find a shop that specializes in 6.5 creedmoor to help with assembly and critical parts selections.

        • nova3930

          I keep eyeballing AP M5s for a 6.5 build. Just never have pulled the trigger.

  • PK

    If they’d released the 6.5 AR before Christmas, sales would have been impressive. As it stands, yawn.

  • ??

    Now that the shield is ported. I wonder if it will handle .45 Super? I love shooting that cartridge. The smallest gun I have that has been able to handle it, is a modified Glock 30 with a KKM barrel and a 23lb recoil spring. 230gr Gold Dot @ 1100 fps does all the outdoor things. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/17d3cf1343a562e607a2c16c1f1a4997486fe26ba245d4a77edacea5b27d8bac.jpg