posted on Aug, 10 2013 @ 07:59 PM
reply to post by Sharingan
Not sure what your local shops charge- but in that range and staying with brands you listed: the optic ready smith & Wesson is best bang for buck. Big
reason compared to sport model is more sight options- meaning not stuck with a fixed front sight post (that's a really personal preference thing...
It won't fail but it doesn't fold out of way) and chrome lined barrel. The dust cover and fwd assist are also nice to have.
Maybe the tactical model M&P15 but no clue what they are going for these days but I could check for you.
Factor about 200 bucks for quality folding sight set, and you need magazines. We could talk for pages on just the mags: but best quality and
consistency of manufacturing is the Magpul PMAG. Never had one fail me since getting them when they were just getting popular. I also have had some
fully loaded with the included cover in place and tried them years later with no issues.
Quality GI mags are fine: but you gotta know your getting legit ones and not cheap crap.
Also note: the M&P15 Sport is a great plinker and range gun for the price. If you want to go with the sport model I suggest finding the "M&P15 Sport
Magpul MOE Edition" it's only a little more and has a much nicer grip and handguard.
And the cash you save with the sport model allows you to get more ammo and mags. Upgrade wise I would save up for a quality trigger - Giessele or
Timney come to mind. Hit me up for options on that side of things.. I have installed and shot pretty much every upgraded trigger on the market- that
actually goes for most rails, grips, stocks, sights ETC. please feel free to ask away on here or a U2U
(Without getting into specifics I am an armorer and have a long list of certifications on plenty of really awesome weapon systems and have trained at
top facilities and love to share and knowledge I picked up along the way- and I always learn new things every day so please if I say something not
correct I want to know- thanks everyone)