New for 2024: Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport III Rifle

It might seem hard to believe but the Smith & Wesson M&P series made its debut 125 years ago with the release of the Military and Police Revolver Model 1899 –known today as the Model 10. The series has long since expanded to semi-automatic rifles, and for 2024, S&W has introduced the M&P15 Sport III rifle. Building on the proven Sport II platform, and designed to perform under various conditions, this new iteration arrives equipped with enhancements to increase performance while being offered at a lower price.

S&W M&P15 Sport III rifle
The S&W M&P15 Sport III rifle delivers quality and value.

The Sport III is a gas-operated semi-auto MSR chambered in 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington, and offered in 30+1 and 10+1 capacities. Upgrades to the platform include a 16-inch Armornite coated barrel with a threaded muzzle, 5R rifling, and a 1:8-inch twist that allows for a wider variety of ammo to be used. The barrel is housed in a free-floating 15-inch M-LOK handguard with a full-length Picatinny-style rail, offering numerous options to accessorize than previous generations. The Sport III further utilizes a mid-length gas system to help mitigate felt recoil when shooting and it also ships with a 6-position adjustable stock, polymer grip, bolt forward assist, and chromed firing pin.

S&W M&P15 Sport III Specs

  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Capacity: 30/10
  • Frame Size: Rifle
  • Barrel Length: 16
  • Safety: Thumb Safety
  • Weight: 104.32 ounces
  • Width: 2.5 inches
  • Overall Length: 35 inches
  • MSRP: $799

The new M&P15 Sport III rifle is available now at authorized dealers for $799 (MSRP). It is state complaint for Colorado, Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii, and Oregon.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based freelance writer who regularly covers firearms related topics and military history. As a reporter, his work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites. Among those are The National Interest, Forbes, and many others. He has collected military small arms and military helmets most of his life, and just recently navigated his first NFA transfer to buy his first machine gun. He is co-author of the book A Gallery of Military Headdress, which was published in February 2019. It is his third book on the topic of military hats and helmets.

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