Smith & Wesson has been busy retaking the law enforcement and personal defense world with their M&P series that there weren’t too many new things to view at their booth this year. However, I did find the VTAC II M&P 15 and I thought I’d share it with you. Nothing earth shattering in design, but a nice combination.

S&W M&P15 VTAC Rifle

This is a standard semi-auto M&P15 .556 mm AR-15 style rifle with Viking Tactical (VTAC) furniture, which compliments the M&P 15 nicely. S&W made this a mid- length platform and claims that this will lower recoil and increase accuracy, along with higher 2nd shot hit probability.

Here are the key features you’ll want to know about:

Rifle Specs

  • Gas impingement
  • Overall length 36.75”
  • Collapsed length 33.5”
  • 6.28 lbs. (unloaded)
  • Hard coat black anodized
  • MSRP $1949, but I’m sure dealers will drop that to around $1500

S&W M&P15 VTAC Rifle


  • 16” barrel
  • 1:8” twist
  • 4150 CMV Steel
  • 5R Rifling
  • Melonite Finish
  • Chrome-lined bolt carrier and gas key

Fore End Rail

  • VTAC/Troy 13” Extreme TRX Hand Guard with full Picatinny top rail
  • Improved shooting ergonomics – smooth tubular rail with long slots for accessories
  • Reduced heat transfer and quicker target acquisition
  • Extremely lightweight and rigid allowing quicker target-to-target transitions

S&W M&P15 VTAC Rifle

Flash Hider

  • Patent-pending, S&W enhanced flash hider (kind of looks like a longer bird cage with bigger cuts and an enlarged threaded end)
  • Reduces flash signature significantly
  • Directs gases and sound forward and away from the shooter
  • Eliminates secondary flash/streak


  • Giessele Super V trigger
  • Quick reset and light trigger (no information on pull pounds)
  • No set screws to come loose when cleaning or firing

S&W M&P15 VTAC Rifle


  • VTAC wide, padded 2-point tactical sling
  • VLTOR IMod 6-position, collapsible stock
  • VTAC light mount
  • VTAC LPSM low profile sling mount
  • 30-round Magpul PMAG magazine

I must admit that I own a S&W M&P15 and I like the M&P15 rifle already, but the VTAC and VLTOR hardware go well with this rifle. I’d like to see how well the new S&W flash hider works too. Let me know what you think.

By Aaron

Aaron is a sergeant with a midwestern police department, where he serves as a trainer, supervisor and SWAT sniper. In addition to his broad tactical knowledge, Aaron is an experienced hunter using bow and both modern and blackpowder firearms.