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Springfield Armory Socom 16 CQB 7.62X51 AA9611

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GUN TESTS GRADE: B+
Rugged and more versatile than past M1A carbines, this is a powerful workhorse that can be quickly adjusted to fit any shooter.

Springfield Armory Socom 16 CQB 7.62X51 AA9611

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The $2442 Springfield Armory Socom 16 CQB offers a carbine-length M1A in a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer stock by Archangel Manufacturing exclusively for Springfield Armory. The adaptation features an adjustable-length buttstock with a secure snap-on cheekpiece to raise the eye. The factory-installed scope mount (a $299 option) combined with adjustable length of pull helped make the rifle more competitive with its AR-10 counterparts. We would have preferred an adjustable-height cheekpiece, but, as shown, the configuration proved both pleasing and effective.
Sections of Picatinny rail were attached on both sides and on the underside of the forend. In addition, the polymer stock offered inlets for QD sling swivels front and rear. The muzzle brake proved very effective.
There haven’t been a lot of good scope mounts available for the Garand M1/M1A, certainly not when compared to the long list of riflescope mounts available for the AR-10 or other rifles. This factory-installed all-steel unit was rock solid.
The Archangel buttstock on the CQB offered a pleasing contour, a rubber buttpad that was not sticky nor slippery, and five locking positions. The comb riser was lined up with the center of the bore. The small knurled tabs just below the cheek piece (center) were used to remove the buttstock.

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