Shooters in the legislatively challenged state of California are going to finally be able to get their hands on the popular Smith and Wesson MP-15s. Smith and Wesson is now producing California compliant AR-15s with all the normal frustrating modifications that make them legal in California.
The new California compliant MP-15s will include the reduced magazine capacity of only 10 rounds, and it will include the dreaded bullet button. For those who don’t know, a bullet button is a modification to a standard magazine release button that requires a tool to be inserted in order to release the magazine. The bullet button received its name because shooters have to use the tip of a bullet in order to drop a magazine. The “legislative” logic behind the requirement stems from the presumption that it will take more time to change a magazine, hence making the weapon less dangerous–I tend to think that if someone was going to use a gun for violence, then I doubt they’ll respect a law about a bullet button and just use a weapon that does not have one; however, I digress.
Smith and Wesson will be making available almost their entire M&P 15 line to California shooters with the exception of the VTAC models. The SPORT ($709), the M&P15T ($1,159), the gas piston M&P15PS ( $1,359), the .22lr M&P15-22 ($499) and the M&PORC ($1,069) will all soon be available in California gun shops. They’re not as enjoyable as their less regulated brethren, but at least it’s something for our California shooters.Read More