The Smith & Wesson story is an interesting one for sure. It started when Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson's first foray in 1852 saw the manufacture of a lever-action pistol known as the Volcanic pistol for their Volcanic Repeating Arms Company. Four years later, after financial difficulties led the company to come under different ownership, the pair left to begin anew and started work immediately on a newly designed revolver known as the Smith & Wesson Model 1. The rest is history. Now, over 150 years later, Smith & Wesson is still going strong and shows no signs of slowing down. With that kind of experience, it is not surprising that the company is now at the forefront of the arms industry – responsible for providing high performance firearms to the military, law enforcement and civilian markets.
As noted, the Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 A1 is a dedicated M&P15-patterned rifle. What does that mean? It means that it was patterned after the M&P15 series – Smith & Wesson's series of AR-15-style rifles – but was built around the .22 LR cartridge from the group up. As such, each M&P15-22 A1 offers all standard operating features and accessory specifications that are characteristic of a centerfire M&P15. From a completely functional charging handle, which is often absent from AR-15s chambered in .22 LR, and the bolt catch to the high-strength polymer upper and lower receivers, this is one rifle that is perfect for use as a training tool.
The Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 A1 features a carbon steel, match-grade (1:15-inch twist rate) 16-inch barrel and an overall length that measures between 30.5 inches and 33.75 inches. This range is given due to the M4-style, six-point adjustable stock, which is used to adjust the length of pull. As noted, the upper and lower receivers are constructed from high-strength polymer with integral steel inserts and feature a non-glare matte black finish. Though the rifle does include a quad-rail handguard, which provides for the attachment of sights, scopes, lights, lasers, grips and more, the iron sights are more than capable of allowing one to shoot with pinpoint accuracy. This system consists of an A2-style post front sight and an adjustable dual aperture combat-style rear sight. Other features include: a threaded barrel with A1-style compensator, bolt catch, recessed magazine release and an ambidextrous load-assist button. As noted, the rifle includes one 25-round detachable magazine.
No matter what you choose to do with your Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 A1, you are sure to love it. Consider this rifle for:
- Sport shooting
- Target shooting
- Varmint hunting
- Much more…