S&W M&P10 Selling Well – New Models Coming?

Smith & Wesson M&P10

In the most recent earnings call, Smith & Wesson indicated the new M&P10 rifles are selling very well.  As is typical for the company, S&W did not release any numbers for units sold or for how many are on backorder.  However, it seemed plain that the rifles are doing very well in the company’s line-up.

Smith & Wesson introduced the M&P10 at the 2013 SHOT Show in January.  Similar in design to the AR-15 platform the M&P10 is a gas operated, semi-automatic rifle chambered for the 7.62×51 cartridge.  It will also fire the .308 Winchester.

The gun is set up with an ambidextrous magazine release and bolt catch, which is a nice feature for the southpaw shooter.  The shells still eject to the right, however.

Smith & Wesson M&P10 camo

The gas block has a short Picatinny rail instead of a fixed post sight.  While this does require the shooter to purchase a front sight if irons are to be used, it does offer the shooter the flexibility of picking exactly what he or she wants.  Considering a lot of people will be adding glass on the rifle, having a front sight that folds down is preferred by many shooters.

M&P10 ambidextrous controls

In the call, no one from S&W made any specific announcements of new products, rather saying that when the time and market conditions are right, they will release new guns.  Assuming the M&P10 is selling well, I would not be surprised to see new versions of the rifle at the SHOT Show in January 2014.

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  • http://gravatar.com/aevans9716 Aaron Evans

    I have an M&P15 rifle and enjoy it very much. I’m surprised it took S&W this long to produce a rifle in the very popular .308 caliber, especially since they already offer a model in .300 Whisper/Blackout.

    S&W has appeared to be very cautious with their move into the rifle market. As such, I would be surprised to see any new calibers in their offerings – at least for some time. Instead I would expect to see modifications to their current offerings for specific purposes.

    I foresee a fluted heavy barreled sniper model, with a Magpul PRS stock, upgraded pistol grip, 2-stage trigger set at around 3-3.5 lbs., extended top rail, with a bottom rail for a bi-pod. Maybe even a partnership with a fine optics manufacturer so you get the whole package at one stop.

    Oh, and I’m thinking we’ll see a piston option soon as well.

    • Rudy SD

      A sniper model would be great.

  • Tam

    Look at the muzzle brake on that thing. Wow.

  • David

    Now that you mention it, it looks like a potato peeler hanging off the front of that thing.

  • Michael

    When are we going to see AR10 pistols?

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