New .308 AR From S&W Is Ready for Defense, Hunting

The M4-style M&P10 Sporting Rifle is fairly basic in the features department, but is fully ambidextrous and optics ready.

A profile shot of the new M&P10 Sport Rifle from Smith & Wesson.
A profile shot of the new M&P10 Sport Rifle from Smith & Wesson.mfg photo

If you’ve ever wanted an affordable M4-style rifle in .308, Smith & Wesson has just dropped a new AR rifle option for you.

The company has introduced a new member in its M&P line, the M&P10 Sport Rifle, chambered, of course, in .308Win/7.62x51 NATO. It comes with an old-school M4 style forend with a delta ring and a gas block with an integrated rail section for front iron sight or a laser sight module and a mid-length gas system.

The muzzle features an A2-style flash suppressor on the end of a 16-inch barrel, which is coated inside and out with a corrosion resistant Armornite finish.

A revers shot of the M&P10 Sport Rifle.
A revers shot of the M&P10 Sport Rifle.mfg photo

The receiver has a top rail for optics, a forward assist, and ambidextrous controls in the familiar AR layout. The rifle comes with an A2 style grip and a 20-round polymer magazine.

At the back is a telescopic six-position adjustable stock. Overall, the rifle weighs in at eight pounds even and measures 34 inches in overall length.

The rifle offers a more powerful option for a home defense, general purpose rifle for more rural-dwelling folks, and a great hunting option that has everything you need for the field, chambered in one of the most versatile and relied upon hunting cartridges in history. Plus, it’s ready for any sight or optics setup you want to use, from a brush gun setup with irons or a red-dot, to a moderate range hunter with a scope.

The gas block features a Picatinny rail section for a front iron sight and a sling swivel.
The gas block features a Picatinny rail section for a front iron sight and a sling swivel.mfg photo

”The M&P10 Sport rifle offers consumers a top performing modern sporting rifle at a competitive price, and is well suited for target, hunting and competitive sport shooting,” said M&P brand general manager, Jan Mladek in a release.

The suggested price for the M&P10 Sport Rifle is $1,049.

All the rifle's controls are fully ambidextrous.
All the rifle's controls are fully ambidextrous.mfg photo
Smith & Wesson M&P10 Sport Rifle - Optics Ready Specs:

Caliber: .308 / 7.62x51 NATO

Action: Gas operated semi-auto (mid-length gas system - gas block with picatinny-style rail)

Barrel Length: 16 inches 4140 steel

Barrel Twist: 1 in 10" -5R rifling

Overall Length: 34 inches

Weight:128 oz (8 pounds)

Muzzle: A2-style flash suppressor

Receiver:Traditional AR upper and lower with forward assist

Forend: mid-length M4-style with delta ring

Magazine: 20-rounds

Safety: manual on lower

Sights: none

Grip: A2 style polymer

Controls: Fully ambidextrous