Smith & Wesson Releases the 5.56mm M&P SPORT III rifle

by Tommy Grant

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Smith & Wesson just dropped their latest AR pattern rifle, the M&P Sport III. It’s a 5.56mm rifle with a 16-inch barrel and mid-length gas system. It has a free-float handguard with tons of M-LOK slots. It also features a 16-inch, 1:8 Twist 5R rifled barrel and A2 flash hider. Luckily, the press release explained what 5R means. Apparently 5R rifling makes consistent contact with the projectile and makes the rifle more accurate than one with standard rifling. Who knew? Well, apparently the engineers at S&W!

The M&P Sport III uses a forged lower with integral trigger guard and has the S&W logo engraved on the right side of the mag well. The left side has basic, discrete caliber and model markings, and the fire and safe selector markings are present on both sides of the lower.

The Sport III comes with an A2 pistol grip and M4 style waffle stock. The barrel, firing pin forward assist and dust cover have an Armornite finish and it looks like the upper lower and rail are black anodized finishes.

The M&P Sport III isn’t fancy but it looks well thought out, and offers a solid looking starter platform for a a fairly reasonable $799 MSRP.

 

 

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