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Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 7.62mm/.308 Win.

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The high price will give pause to most shooters. But everyone who saw the SOCOM 16 wanted one, so who are we to argue?

Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 7.62mm/.308 Win.

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Power, high capacity, and maneuverability were the hallmarks of the SOCOM 16. Adding an electronic sight like the Sightron S33-4R (4-reticle) scope would improve both speed and accuracy. A Picatinny rail made mounting optics a snap.
The muzzle brake made a big difference. We fired an M1A fresh from the Civilian Marksmanship Program for comparison. The CMP rifle wrenched the muzzle straight up to about 45 degrees with each shot. The SOCOM 16 pushed nearly straight back.
The SOCOM 16 carried with it the standard M1A safety design. To release the safety (arrow), the trigger finger pushed the lever forward. One of the benefits of the hole in the safety lever would be that the gun could be locked on safe with a padlock.

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