Springfield Armory changed the shooting community’s perception of high power in a small package with the introduction of the M1A SOCOM 16 in the mid 2000s. Rather than option for a smaller caliber, shooters had the option of 7.62 NATO (.308 Win.). Best of all, the M1A SOCOM 16 offered less felt recoil and muzzle rise than anyone believed was possible in a rifle of its size and caliber.
Today, the heart of Springfield Armory’s SOCOM 16 is a specially engineered, 16-inch barrel mated to the gas system with a proprietary muzzle brake. The muzzle brake reduces felt recoil and keeps muzzle rise flat making quick, accurate follow-up shots all but a given. Sighting is a breeze thanks to the SOCOM 16’s enlarged ghost ring aperture rear sight and XS Tritium Insert in the front sight. Prefer an optic? No worries, Springfield Armory decks out the SOCOM 16 with its forward scout-style Picatinny mount.
|Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16|
|Barrel||16.25 inches; 1:11 RH twist; 6-Groove Carbon Steel|
|Caliber||7.62X51 NATO (.308 Win.)|
|Weight||8.8 pounds with empty magazine|
|Sights||Front: XS Post with Tritium Insert, .125-inch Bladetype; Rear: Enlarged Military Aperture .135 with MOA Adjustment For Both Windage and Elevation|
|Magazine||10 rounds, parkerized steel|
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