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Good day.

Decided that I really need an AR platform in my life and have selected the M&P 10 as the one that has everything I need to get started, plus a few great features.

With the 18” “standard” model being ~$1,400 at retail and the 16” sport model being under $1k, I have questions.

To hit the lower price point, are there other aspects that have been dumbed down in the Sport? I can’t be a ~$400 difference for the 2” additional barrel length and the upgraded flash hider, can it?

I was learning towards the 18” model, but if the Sport is truly build the same, with the same internals and such, I’ll elect to go slightly shorter and that allows me to budget in a set of sights and a PEPR mount to boot.

Thank you for any details you can share. I called S&W, but the woman I spoke to didn’t really know, she basically just said it’s the budget model but didn’t know about the internal parts.

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Allen
Colorado Springs


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Called S&W again, just to see if I could get an answer to what I thought was a pretty basic question.

After a bit of time on hold, I was told that the increase in price is due to a better flash suppressor on the 18” model, superior to the suppressor (his words) on the Sport, 2” of additional barrel length and possibly a different finish on the barrel.

To his credit, he was just a front-line customer service rep, but I figured that details about internal differences and quality level would be pretty basic.

On their spec page, the call out that the bolt on the 18” version is 9310 steel, but it’s not called out on the Sport spec sheet.




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I’m thinking that’s the case.

Swung by a shop that had both in stock, looked them both over really well.

Now it’s just whether or not I want to spend the additional $$ for the extra length.

I believe that I will in end, just wish the price differential wasn’t so much, but I guess that’s always the case.



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Depends on what you want the rifle to do. Long range shooting the 18 inch barrel is better with a heavier bullet. CQB Close shooting with red dots or lasers the 16 is the gun you want . All depends on you and what you want you gun to be. ??

Ah freedom of choice. OR you could by the 16 inc and buy an 18 to 20 inch upper for distance shooting .. !!
 

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Thank you all.

Just ordered the standard model with the 18" barrel. Want the slightly increased velocity and distance/ft lbs that will allow for. Slightly quieter (w/in reason) will be a plus.

Looking forward to getting acquainted with this new AR platform soon.

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Figured I should post an update.

I ended up making the investment and going with the “standard” model with the 18” barrel. A larger investment, but it’s the one I truly desired.

While I waited...a new Glock appeared as well ;)

Hopefully will get out to the range to send the first few rounds to target, looking forward to getting to know my new S&W.




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