How well would this hold up rust? Would this perform well in the rain or after it was dropped in a puddle?
So would a gun like the M&P15 make a good home defense weapon. I've never owned a gun. Would this be too much weapon for a beginner. I plan on taking lessons to learn how to properly use whatever weapon I choose. I want a gun that I can have fun with as well as perform as a home defense weapon.
squidzit: first off, welcome to the forum.
Yes, a S&W MP 15 is more than adequate for home defense. They are FUN to shoot--and don't cost an arm and a leg for ammo. The best thing to shoot for pure fun and cheap is a .22 rimfire, but they are not so great for home defense.
Now, if you want to spent even more $$, you could buy the S&W MP in .223(5.56mm) for home defense, and then buy an identical S&W MP-15 in .22 cal rimfire. You would then have the .223 for Home Defense [the .223 has a larger bullet and MUCH bigger case-which holds more podwer, than a .22 rimfire all of which means that .223 hits MUCH HARDER than a .22 rimfire), and the same rifle in .22 rimfire to practice on and just have fun with.
All the mechanical things like safety, magazine release, bolt release, etc are identical to the bigger .223 version, so you would have familiarity and as you practiced with the MUCH CHEAPER .22 rimfire, the muscle-memory would carry over to its bigger cousin for home defense.
I have bought one of these and I must say it is a bargain, shoots pretty much on the money out the box and just an all around awesome rifle to have!
So, does anyone have any knowledge of how well this thing perforsm in the rain and holds up to rust?
Rust depends how you keep it lubed , in the rain I couldn't tell you I don't shoot in the rain
Other than that, it should hold up to the elements about as well as anything else. I would not consider it as durable or reliable when exposed to the elements as other rifles will be.
Just like any AR, keep it well lubed and a light coating on exposed metal.
As far as adding extra's I totally agree with Jonconsiglio. Every single point is spot on with regards to a free float barrel, VFG, and a decent red dot. Hence the reason my plinker is the M&P 15-22 and my real AR is a Daniel Defense.
I've got mine on hold over at SW and 2 ammo boxes of 5.56 on order! From all that I've read, the sport model is just up my alley. Combined with my natural love for all things S&W I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Now, to get off my butt and go over and pick it up one of these days!http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...ys/yahoo-1.gif
i guess all that discussion is ok i just bought my AR 15 sport to be an occasional shooting gun along with my other guns. If the barrel were to wear out or accuracy drop i have a buddy that can replace at almost no cost so i need not the reason to spend 1000+ on a gun thats just that.....A GUN....
I'm not law enforcement or .mil, just a guy that wanted an AR clone at a decent price for plinking around and the off-chance of a SHTF moment in the neighborhood. I'm happy with my choice of the S&W M15 Sport....also, I think the sights it comes with are awesome...no batteries to make them work!