February 3, 2009

The New M&P 15, Smith & Wesson

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:13 pm by Rid

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The above is a picture of my new M&P 15, manufactured by Smith & Wesson. This is my review of this weapon. I have had several thousand hits on my review of the KHAR 40 and XD 40.  So I have decided to review some of the other weapons in my arsenal of democracy.

I DO NOT ADVERTISE. I DO NOT TAKE ANY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS OR CERTAINLY NOT MANUFACTURERS. I REVIEW WEAPONS THAT I HAVE PURCHASED WITH MY OWN MONEY.

The M&P 15 shoots the Soviet block 5.45 x 39 round. I chose this weapon over the 5.56/223 because, frankly, the round is (was) a hell-of-a-lot cheaper. I purchased my 15 in November of 2008, ditto for the ammo. I bought 10,000 rounds at .19 cents per round.  Most of my ammo sources are now over .26 cents.

The price gap between the  556 and the 545 has narrowed, but still make sense for you to choose the aforementioned.

5.45 x 39 Russian Military Surplus

5.45 x 39 Russian Military Surplus

Regarding ballistics, there is some good source material on the web, but you will find that side by side comparisons between the 545 and 556 are very comparable. This post is a work in progress and I will post data as it comes available (let me know what your experience was.)

If you have fired the 556 then you have fired the 545. After the break-in period, I have had no problems with the weapon. I did have 2 failures to feed in the first 200 rounds. But my buddy who purchased the exact same weapon had zero f.t.f. problems – just my luck.

MORE TO COME>>>>>>>>