I read the article in the March 2006 issue of Guns & Ammo about S&W's new AR-15. I was wondering if anyone on the board has bought one or shot one.
The guns look nice. I didn't even notice any holes in the receiver for an action lock, like they put on their revolvers. Was that why they are using 7-pound triggers on their new AR's?
Anyway, the trigger pull weight is what I was wondering most about. Here you have two guns with MSRP's of ~ $1200 and $1700, and they use 7-pound triggers?????????? Hell, just about any other reputable brand name AR can be had for less than that - and with 3- to 5-pound pull weights. $1700 is getting up into the range of Wilson, Les Baer, and other premium manufacturers/builders.
I guess I have a hard time understanding the thinking at S&W since they "took on" the new owner. Is he so proud of his lock business that he either has to deface a beautiful revolver by placing the locking mechanism on the side of the frame (look at their website-all the revolvers are shown right-side to the camera, suggesting that even folks at S&W are embarrassed by the location of that damned locking mechanism), or else, if he can't install an action lock, then by installing a Ruger-like heavy trigger on his companies rifles?
Just curious. I love S&W handguns (or used to) and I figured that anything they produce will be a quality product, but for that kind of money, I want quality and appearance, too.
That is my point !!!! I can't think of one other manufacturer that doesn't put together a gun with a 2-stage or competition trigger that can't be had for around $1200. For $1700, I want a good trigger right from the manufacturer!!
Send lawyers, guns, and money....The shit has hit the fan!!! W. Zevon