Smith & Wesson may be traditionally known as a handgun company, but it is a major player in the AR-15 market. The company’s latest rifle introduction is the M&P15 MOE SL.
These new rifles are fully equipped with the Magpul Slim Line (MOE SL) furniture including an adjustable stock, grip and handguard with M-LOK attachment points. S&W also uses Magpul’s MBUS folding sight that is paired with a front sight tower. To further the link between the two companies, Smith & Wesson co-brands the receiver with the Magpul logo on the right side of the magazine well. There aren’t too many opportunities to get a Magpul branded lower, so if you are a huge fan of the company, this alone could be worth the investment.
The 5R rifled barrel has a 1:8” twist and a mid-length gas system. This appears to be the same barrel used on the company’s M&P15T and M&P15X that were upgraded to M-LOK components earlier this year. The barrels are threaded and equipped with Smith & Wesson’s own flash suppressor.
For what it is worth, these guns come in at 6.7 pounds – close to a full pound lighter than the DPMS Lite 16M that I wrote about recently. Though the DPMS is less expensive, this gun seems to offer a number of upgrades in addition to having a more reasonable weight.
These guns are available in black, flat dark earth and stealth gray. All of the guns have a suggested retail price of $1,239 and are shipping now. The guns are backed by a S&W lifetime service policy.