Smith & Wesson coats the stainless steel slide with PVD for maximum durability, and the 4.25-inch barrel is broach rifled.
Kyle Lamb served more than 21 years in the U.S. Army, with the majority of that spent in the special operations community. During that time, Kyle was deployed to all four corners of the world, including Mogadishu, Somalia, where, as part of Task Force Ranger, he participated in the event that has come to be known as “Black Hawk Down.” This vast operational experience has left Kyle with some very specific opinions on what does and doesn’t work in the real world.
When Kyle retired as a sergeant major, he founded his own company, Viking Tactics (VTAC). The company allows Kyle to share his experiences through tactical firearms instruction, leadership seminars and private consulting. In addition, he has developed an extensive line of tactical products, training DVDs, and has written two books.
Several years ago, Kyle collaborated with Smith & Wesson on the M&P15 VTAC rifle. The design was based on Kyle’s extensive experience, both as an operator and as a competitor. The VTAC is based on a standard M&P15 that is upgraded with a Vltor six-position Modstock and a VTAC/JP Enterprises round, free-floating handguard. A JPE Speed Hammer and single-stage match trigger replaced the factory fire controls. In keeping with the “simple is better” philosophy, the VTAC low-profile handguard has lightening cuts to reduce weight and is void of the full-length Picatinny rails. All in all, the M&P15 VTAC is a very capable rifle that can fill a variety of needs.