Smith & Wesson’s Model 10, .38 Special revolver started it all. Called the “Military & Police” revolver, S&W have been making the legendary line of firearms since 1899. Mostly known for the polymer-framed, striker-fired M&P semiautomatic pistols, Smith & Wesson continued growing the line of M&P firearms with the introduction of the M&P-15 rifle in 2012. The M&P-15 series of rifles have quickly become a hot contender to Bushmaster and Colt AR-15s. The latest to the M&P line up are the very popular carry guns—the .380 ACP and .38 Special Bodyguard, and the M&P Shield. There are currently almost 70 different models of M&P handguns with close to the same number of variations of M&P rifles. From full-sized to the small sub-compact, an M&P will fit your needs whether you are carrying for self-defense, target shooting, competing or training. Here are Cheaper Than Dirt!’s top selling S&W M&P firearms.
S&W M&P Shield
What makes the Shield a top seller?
- 8-round magazine with extended base giving you more room to grip
- Ergonomics; fits all hand sizes comfortably
- Upgraded sights; a low profile three-dot with a large rear notch for quick target acquisition
- Point of aim shooting at 5 to 7 yards
- Reliability; shoots all types of ammo without malfunction
- Sized right for concealing
- Price point; sells for less than $400
Functionality of the M&P Shield is identical to its larger full-sized M&P counterparts. However, the Shield is much smaller, uses a single-stack—not staggered—magazine, and does not come with interchangeable grip panels. It retains the standard M&P 18-degree grip angle, double-action only trigger and striker-fired, recoil operation. Even the smallest M&P, the M&P9c is over an inch longer than the Shield. The M&P Shield is available in 9mm or .40 S&W—both have the same dimensions: a 3.1-inch barrel, 6.1-inch overall length, 4.6-inch height, 0.95-inch width and weighs 19 ounces unloaded. The only difference is the one extra round the 9mm model holds. Out of Cheaper Than Dirt’s top selling M&P firearms, four are variations of the Shield.
S&W Bodyguard .380 ACP Semiautomatic Pistol
Why should you consider the Bodyguard?
- Available with an integrated Crimson Trace laser
- Minimal felt recoil for quick follow up shots
- Smaller size doesn’t affect accuracy—achieves 2-inch groups consistently at 7 yards
- Includes an extend floorplate for better grip
The S&W Bodyguard uses the same Browning tilting-barrel design and double-action only trigger like that of other M&P pistols. However, instead of striker-fired, the Bodyguard is hammer-fired and aesthetically looks nothing like the M&P line of semiautomatic pistols. It is the smallest of the M&P line-up with a 2.75-inch barrel, 5.25-inch overall length and weighs only 12 ounces. The Bodyguard has an external thumb safety, polymer frame and the same tough Melonite finish on the stainless steel slide. The S&W Bodyguard .380 is available in two different models—both have drift adjustable sights, while one comes with an integrated Crimson Trace red laser.
S&W M&P15 Semiautomatic Rifle
Why pick the Smith & Wesson over all the other ARs?
- Tight fit between parts, made in the United States in-house by S&W
- Unrivaled reliability
- Staked buffer tube castle nut
- Chromed gas key and bolt carrier
- Price point; Sport models are priced lower than $600
Smith & Wesson entered into the black rifle market in 2006 with the introduction of the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO-chambered M&P15 AR-15. Originally built by Stag Arms, S&W now makes all the M&P15 lowers in-house. The M&P15 series of rifles are gas-operated and have all the standard features, internally and externally, found on most traditional AR-15s. The line is available in a variety of options from A1 to M4 styles, to rifles with Magpul folding sights to optics ready carbines, to basic standard black to FDE and even pink and red camo finishes on the M&P15-22 .22 Long Rifle rimfire models. There are two chambered in .300 AAC Blackout. With nearly 70 to choose from—ranging from the standard M&P15 to enhanced and customized rifles out of Smith & Wesson Performance Center and state compliant rifles—the two top selling M&P15 rifles at Cheaper Than Dirt at the M&P15 Sport and M&P15T.
The M&P15 Sport is by far the least expensive model in the line up and does not have a dust cover or forward assist. However, other specifications and features of the M&P15 Sport are the same when compared to other more expensive M&P15 rifles, such as the Magpul MBUS folding rear sight, adjustable A2 front sight post and Picatinny rail.
The S&W M&P15T or “Tactical” model has a 10-inch patent-pending, anti-twist, free-floating rail and both front and rear sights are Magpul MBUS folding sights. Both the Sport and 15T have a 16-inch barrel, 30-round magazine, chromed bolt carrier and gas key, 6-positon telescoping stock and 7075-T6 aluminum receiver.
Buy the M&P15 Sport and Tactical here:
- S&W M&P15 Sport .5.56mm NATO semiautomatic rifle
- S&W M&P15T Tactical 5.56mm NATO semiautomatic rifle
S&W M&P22 Semiautomatic .22 LR Rimfire Handgun
What makes the M&P22 so great?
- Perfect for training—controls and feel are just like the centerfire models
- Virtually no recoil
- Easy to rack the slide
- Not picky about ammo
Though externally it looks identical to the M&P semiautomatic pistols, the rimfire M&P22 deviates from the functionality more than any other of the M&P semiautomatics. It is hammer-fired and has an aluminum aerospace alloy slide, operates single-action only and has a thumb safety. Available in two different models, standard and compact, the M&P22 feels just like the centerfire models do when you grip it, and the controls are all in the same place as well. The first M&P22, introduced in 2011, is made in Germany with a 4.1-inch barrel, while the new compact model is made in the USA and has a 3.56-inch barrel. Both Smith & Wesson M&P 22 handguns are perfect for training or teaching new shooters. The M&P22 is easy to use, reliable and a lot of fun to shoot.
For more on the S&W M&P22, read the following articles
- Range Report: Smith & Wesson M&P .22 Pistol
- Art of the Gun: Smith & Wesson M&P 22, Suppressed
- Pro Gun Advice: Kay Miculek Touts the S&W M&P22
Do you own a S&W M&P rifle, pistol or revolver? Which one and what do you like or not like about it? Share your thoughts on the M&P in the comment section.