The Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22 is a great ergonomic and fun choice for modern rimfire rifle training.
We use a variety of rimfire rifles at our Youth Marksmanship Camp program. From single shot Savage rifles (check out the Rascal!), Henry lever actions, Volquartsen Custom rifles, H&K MP5s and of course the S&W M&P 15-22s.
The M&P 15-22 is several of the campers favorite rifles. Of course the first reason probably being because it’s an AR15 style rifle and it just looks cool. But as a range instructor I appreciate it the most because of it’s ergonomics and reliability. At this past camp we had several issues with our stock Ruger 10/22s and it was frustrating for the campers, but once again, our M&P 15-22s ran great.
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When you are looking for a new type of firearm to add to your collection, you might hesitate when someone suggests an AR-15 pistol. The AR-15 pistol is a fascinating weapon, but it suffers from the reputation and controversies surrounding assault rifles in general. Contrary to popular belief, AR doesn’t stand for “assault rifle,” but rather Armalite, a trademark currently owned by the Colt company. As such, you can’t simply apply the same principles and stigmas to all AR-15 models that the general public usually applies to automatic weapons and assault rifles.
The AR-15 pistol does, however, have its own set of concerns and important considerations to be aware of. Let’s separate the fact from the fiction regarding AR-15 pistols so you can determine if it is the right firearm for you. We’ll also highlight the versatility and customizability of this fascinating weapon.
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If you’re somewhat new to the AR-15 platform you might find things that catch you by surprise. The proper use of gas operated weapons like the AR-15 is a bit more complicated than that of your average hunting rifle or handgun. You may have heard stories of AR-15 jamming, failure to feed, and short stroke and wonder what causes them. Maybe you need to know how to clear a double feed. Let’s take a look at the common stoppages and malfunctions of the AR-15 and help you with some of those mysteries.
At one time, or another, it is likely that you will encounter a situation where your AR doesn’t behave as you expect it to. You might squeeze the trigger and find it gives only a little and feels mushy or it might give a click while nothing else happens. Perhaps you’ve just fired one, or maybe several rounds, and now your weapon won’t fire again.
When one of these things occurs, what you’re experiencing is a stoppage of your AR system. Simply put, a stoppage is any situation where your AR-15 fails to complete a cycle of operation. Stoppages may be caused by simple human error or by mechanical malfunction. Many basic stoppage situations can be remedied immediately in the field and will not necessarily repeat themselves. If you have ever failed to chamber the first round and pulled the trigger with no results, you have experienced a stoppage caused by human error. Obviously this stoppage is a simple one to resolve, other stoppages may be more complicated and have mechanical roots. These are malfunctions of your AR system.
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