Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II
We’re big fans of the M&P lineup as a whole (even if the Department of Defense is not), so it comes as no surprise that the M&P 15 Sport made our list.
One of the most outstanding aspects of the M&P line is affordability. The Sport II is available well below the $700 price point through most dealers, a great price for a well-outfitted rifle from a highly reputable manufacturer.
As for specifics, the Sport II is designed for the whole range of uses, from target shooting to home defense, and is marketed toward all levels of shooters including professionals. The Sport II is very well-made, especially given its price range. It’s also got some nice features, including a picatinny rail, a protective amornite barrel finish, and Magpul MBUS sights.
Just as you’d expect, these guns are highly accurate and dependable. The name recognition that comes standard with a S&W provides a lot of comfort in a market with lots of lesser-known names (many of which are excellent).