After shooting the S&W M&P 15-22 at an AR-15 clinic quite a few months ago, I decided it was high time I purchase my first rifle. It was love at first sight between the 15-22 and me. When I brought it into the office, CTD Scott said, “Suzanne is single handedly trying to keep S&W in business.” But don’t worry; I did try other .22 LR rifles out, the SIG, DPMS, and GSG. The S&W just had the best feel for me. I have to admit, though. The majority of my guns are S&W. I love them so much that I have a tattoo of one them and am seriously considering inking my rifle, too.
Anyway, when I overheard that CTD Mike and CTD Robbie were off to the shooting range after work the other night, I invited myself to join them. It had been a full 24 hours of owning my 15-22 and I was itching to shoot it. I purchased the Leapers UTG Advantage covert rifle case, Radians Eternity shooting glasses and the CCI AR Tactical .22 LR ammo.
Since I was at the range and had some .38 Special ammo, I ran 10 rounds through my Bodyguard. It had been awhile since I shot it, so I decided I needed to. Yep, still smarts. Movin’ on.
I loaded up my mag, put it in my rifle, pulled the charging handle, took it off safe, pulled, and nothing. Pulled the charging handle again; and nothing. You do not EVEN understand my utter disappointment. I’m pretty sure I looked exactly like a three-year old whose ice cream scoop fell off the cone. CTD Robbie stepped in. He fiddled around with it for a bit and found that the last round I had loaded into the magazine did not seat properly, so it was most likely user error and not the function of the rifle.
Though the rifle hit low, groupings were the best I have ever achieved out of any gun I have ever shot. I have the Magpul MOE model, so we know the sights are good. After my initial thrill of shooting it for the first time, I wanted to shoot for better accuracy and my low groups were starting to get frustrating. I got CTD Mike to help me. He reassured me it was not me and it was not the rifle, rather it was the height over bore issue and I just needed to compensate for it. CTD Robbie and I both experimented with setting the sights right and soon both of us were hitting bullseye from whatever distance at which we put our target.
Because we had other .22LR guns with us, we all had brought different .22LR ammo. CTD Mike wanted to experiment with some of the cheaper stuff and was pleasantly surprised that my S&W ate up every single round. Absolutely no issues whatsoever with whatever we fed it. At one point, I thought that maybe I had a fail to fire, but what actually happened was that I tried to load a round into the chamber when one had already been loaded. Oops.
Recoil is like non-existent, it is lightweight so I never got tired of holding it, it is extremely reliable and accurate (so far), smooth trigger pull, the stock, the weight, the controls all “fit” me perfectly, and it draws quite of a bit of attention. “What is that?” “It’s so quiet!” “Nice rifle!” You know how guys take cute puppies to the park to pick up chicks? Well, I am depending on my trusty rifle to help me pick up cute dudes. In fact, I have even already had the bosses’ boss offer to buy it. Well, guess what? No way, no how. This baby is mine and I love my rifle!
After going through about half my box of ammo, I decided that my stomach was starting to rumble more loudly than my gun blasts, so I told the boys we needed to call it a night.
Next up will be cleaning my rifle and mounting a red dot sight. Stayed tuned.
Specifications and Features
- S&W M&P 15-22 MOE semi automatic rimfire rifle
- .22 Long Rifle caliber
- 16.5″ barrel
- 1:15″ twist
- Threaded barrel with compensator
- 25 round capacity
- Blow back semi automatic operation
- Magpul MOE stock and grip
- Polymer upper and lower receiver
- Carbon steel barrel
- Matte black finish
- Folding MBUS sights
- Ambidextrous sling attachment point
- 33.75″ overall length extended
- 30.5″ overall length collapsed
- 15.5″ sight radius
- 7 pounds trigger weight
- Weighs 5.5 pounds without magazine