The m&p 15 series is a popular range of Smith and Wesson. These rifles are used for recreational shooting, sports as well as hunting and are admired by shooters. One such model of this series is the m&p 15 Sport 2.
M&p 15 Sport II
The m&p 15 Sport II is an entry-level semi-automatic rifle that Smith and Wesson introduced in 2016. It has a lot of features that shooters love. One crucial factor that the shooters admire is its affordability; it is more affordable than the original m&p 15. The Sport II model of Smith and Wesson has an additional dust cover and forward assist. Both of these were absent in the original m&p 15 and original Sport. There was a lot of cry about it. S&W has responded to the demands of the customers by adding these features.Moreover, you can always increase the efficiency of a rifle by adding the right scope with it. There are a number of scopes available to use with Sport II.
Usually, people say positive things about the Sport II model, but there are some downsides too. This article will point out the problems with the Sport II rifle and its solutions.
The problems of m&p 15 Sport II
1. Over gassed
There is no doubt in the fact that m&p Sport II is over gassed. If you shoot five consecutive rounds with Sport II, you will have a lot of gas back at your face. One more reason to know that it is over gassed is that it has a harsher recoil impulse when you shoot with it at a 2’oclock or 3’oclock position. A lot of gas on your face will burn your eyes.
How to fix it?
In an over gassed rifle, you need to adjust the gas pressure which the gas block controls. But in most rifles, this adjustment option is not available. What you can do to fix this problem is that you can change your gas block with an adjustable gas block. The adjustable gas block will allow you to change your gas pressure. Hence, it creates better timing, prevents excess carbon from building up, creates less force on the rifle components, and prevents damage.
2. Firing problem
In some cases, the Sport II won’t fire. It is not a problem with every rifle, but some rifles can have it.
How to fix it?
To solve this problem, you need to check that the firing pin is in good condition. Firstly take the bolt out and verify if the firing pin is present there. Then separate the bolt and clean it. While the bolt is separated, check if the tip of the firing pin is broken. Make sure that the pin is there and also that it is in good condition. You can read the Smith and Wesson manual for separating the bolt carrier of the rifle.
If this doesn’t solve the problem, then you can send your rifle to Smith and Wesson. The company provides good customer service; you can get your rifle repaired in a few days.
3. The barrel is heavy
The front of a Sport II barrel is heavy; the rifle tilts forward due to the heavy front.
Is it a big issue?
Heavy barrel front can be a problem for new shooters, but otherwise, this is not a big deal as it is pretty manageable.
4. The barrel twist
The m&p Sport II has a 1 in 9” barrel twist. Generally, the 1 in 9” barrel twist is not a problem, but it can be a problem for people who prefer a 1 in 7” twist.
Why is a 1 in 9” barrel twist not preferable?
A bullet with a more barrel twist rate rotates faster inside the gun barrel. A faster bullet will be more stable in its flight and will have more accuracy. The barrel twist rate of an m&p 15 Sport II is 1 in 9″, which means the bullet makes one revolution every nine inches, and it can take bullet weight up to 62 grains. The 1 in 9” twist is not preferable because a shorter barrel twist such as 1 in 7’’ has more accuracy with ammunition weighing up to 50 to 77 grain.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 Sport 2 a good gun?
M&P 15 Sport II is a good quality, low-budget entry-level rifle. It gives accuracy and good quality at an affordable price. What’s different about this gun is that it has an additional dust cover and a forward assist absent in the original Sport.
What is the difference between the M&P 15 and the M&P 15 Sport?
Sport II has an Armornite finish, whereas m&p 15 has a chrome-lined finish. The barrel twist rate of m&p 15 is 1 in 7″, and that of the Sport II is 1 in 9″. S&W has added the forward assist and dust cover to the Sport II, which was not there in m&p 15.
Is the M&P Sport 2 an AR-15?
The m&p 15 sport 2 is an entry-level AR-15. It is chambered in 5.56/.223 and uses an M16/M4-style magazine.
Does the M&P Sport 2 have a threaded barrel?
Sport 2 has a 16-inch threaded barrel with a nitride finish.
Does the m&p 15 Sport II have a chrome-lined barrel?
The barrel of m&P15 Sport II is not chrome-lined. It has a nitride finish.
What does m&p stand for?
M&p stands for military and police. But the rifle is primarily made for the consumer market and mainly used by civilians.
Where are Smith and Wesson made?
Smith and Wesson’s manufacturers are in Springfield, Massachusetts.