With the popularity of the AR15 skyrocketing over the last few years so has the price of the .223 ammo. At $.50-$.75 per shot it makes shooting the rifle for practice and fun pretty expensive. Finally the major gun manufactures have started coming out with some kick ass AR15 and other popular models chambered in the much cheaper to shoot .22LR.
A 22LR shot cost around $.04-$.08 vs $.50-$.75 of .223. The Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 was on one of the first on the scene in 2011 and all the major gun makers jumped on board. Probably the most popular AR15-22 is the Mossberg 715T Tactical 22LR and it has everything to do with the quality and fun vs the cost.
The Mossberg tactical 22 is around $240 brand new vs about $500 for the M&P or even more for the Colt. Why? Mainly because it’s made out of mostly cheaper plastic and is much lower quality over all. The Mossberg takes 5-10 minutes to take apart to clean while the M&P takes about 15 seconds by simply removing one pin.
But, even though it’s not of the same quality as the M&P, it’s still a ton of fun and just as accurate. Also, it looks good…it looks just like a real AR15 and can take just about all the AR15 accessories making it a superb training weapon. You can see more cool mods here.