April 2019

Springfield Armory's Socom 16 CQB Keeps Pace at the Range

We have tested versions of this rifle over the years, so we’re always curious to see if recent upgrades have improved its performance. Here, we found this beast of a rifle offers accurate, dependable fire.

Springfield Armory's Socom 16 CQB Keeps Pace at the Range

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.

In 1974, Springfield Armory of Geneseo, Illinois began offering a civilian-legal semi-automatic rifle based on the M14, which it christened the M1A. Since then, Springfield Armory has offered several versions of the rifle, including a number of carbines utilizing a 16.25-inch-long barrel. In the September 2014 issue of Gun Tests, we evaluated the Springfield Armory Socom 16, which added a scout-style scope mount positioned forward of the ejection port. This was a simplification of the Socom II we covered in 2012 that featured a multi-rail forend made by Vltor Weapons Systems. The subject of this evaluation is the newest carbine, the $2442 Socom 16 CQB. The CQB uses the same barreled action as previous carbines but sheds the traditional stock in favor of a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer stock by Archangel featuring a 5-position adjustable-length buttstock.

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