Smith & Wesson has produced ARs for many years now. Their M&P 15 series has expanded to dozens of models, ranging from .22 rimfire plinkers, to standard .223 AR-15s, to large-frame camo-coated .308 versions, and more. Most of their offerings live more on the budget-friendly end of the price range as well, which has helped them become hugely popular with customers. S&W has sold a ton of these rifles over the years. Now they’re adding a new option to the list, offered exclusively to the military veterans, law enforcement personnel and other first responders who qualify for S&W’s “America’s Guardians” program. This newest M&P15 is an SBR, and thus will require a $200 tax stamp from the ATF on top of the purchase price. Davidson’s, who will be distributing many of these mil/LEO program guns to retailers and end users, issued the following announcement about the new item.
May 11, 2021
Smith & Wesson’s America’s Guardians Program Adds M&P® 15 SBR ‐ Will Be Carried at Davidson’s
Smith & Wesson’s America’s Guardians Program has added a special M&P15 Short Barrel Rifle model to their available firearms under the America’s Guardians Program (LE only).
Davidson’s WILL be carrying this new SBR LE only M&P15 rifle.
Item #13351 will have an MSRP of $1,250.00
This new SBR model of the M&P15 will be arriving at Davidson’s within the next 60 days. Keep in touch with your Account Executive for details of availability.
Davidson’s and Smith & Wesson also offered the following details regarding the gun’s particulars. Most of them are fairly standard, apart from the sub-16″ barrel length which qualifies this as a “Short-Barrel Rifle” rather than a regular one.
American guardians M&P15 SBR
Caliber: 5.56mm NATO/223 REM
Action: Gas Operated Semi Auto
Capacity: 30+1 Rounds
Barrel Length: 14.5˝ (36.8 cm)
Rifling: 1:7˝ Twist, 6-Groove
Front Sight: Magpul® MBUS
Rear Sight: Magpul® MBUS
Stock: 6-Position CAR
Sight Radius: 17.25˝ (43.8 cm)
Length of Pull: 10.3˝ – 13.4˝ (26.2 – 34.0 cm)
Width: 2.5˝ (6.4 cm)
Overall Height: 9.0˝ (22.9 cm)
Overall Length: 30.8˝ (78.2 cm) Collapsed
34.1˝ (86.6 cm) Extended
Weight: 6.7 lbs. (3,039.1 g)
Barrel Material: 4140 Chrome-Moly Vanadium Steel
Barrel Finish: Manganese Phosphate
Receiver Material: 7075 Aluminum
Receiver Finish: Matte Black
UPC Code: 022188884982
– 13˝ Free-float handguard with M-LOK®.
– Threaded barrel with A2 Flash Suppressor.
– Forged, integral trigger guard.
– M&P® 2˝ M-LOK® rail included.
– Blackhawk universal single-point sling adapter included.
– Magpul® MBUS® dual-aperature flip-up adjustable rear sight.
– Magpul® MBUS® flip-up front sight.
– Chrome-lined barrel.
– 15˝ cable lock included.
What do you think about this new SBR option? If you are eligible to participate in Smith & Wesson’s America’s Guardians Program, do you think you might purchase one? If so, what attracts you to it? If not, why not, and what would you rather see changed or buy instead? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! See you at the range.
Photos courtesy of Davidson’s and Smith & Wesson.
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