Sneak Peek: SOCOM II (video)

With all of the AR-type rifles coming out in .308…

With all of the AR-type rifles coming out in .308 caliber it is easy to forget that other platforms have been around for years. One of those is the venerable M1A, manufactured by Springfield Armory. This is easily the most battle proven .308 semi-auto in our military inventory and has served America with distinction for decades and a couple of wars. The question is, with the new models such as the SOCOM II, does it meet the needs of the 21st century SWAT or patrol officer?

One of the biggest issues with many .308 semiautomatic rifles is reliability. The M1A has proven reliable in every conceivable condition in its standard form — will it do so as a 16-inch version suitable for today’s operator? Can you attach the needed accessories in order to do the job? What about weight and overall feel? Is their ammunition that will not function? These and many other questions will be answered in an upcoming article in Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement. see how this old dog did in a new world.

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  • ava8harrierusmc1

    I own both the AR-15 in .223 and 6.8 both are Stagg Arms and I also own two M1a’s one is the standard and the other is the SOCOM ll. Having shot all I have to say I love my 6.8 for the fact that it is 80% the power of the .308 round and also its easier to handle at times. But I got my SOCOM before I bought the others rifles and I must say its like having sex with my girlfriend at times. I can work her all day long and she does what I want her to do out to about 250 yards with my glasses on. The only thing I didn’t like was the upper rail why because I bought one of the first SOCOM’s. The Rail was to short for the type of scope I wanted to put on her so I gave the top rail to a friend about a year later not I’m going to get the extended rail and a different type of stock with a pistol handle in the near future. But I would not trade that rifle for nothing I know when it comes down to a fire fight I can depend on her to pull me out of the fire if need be.

  • David Bahde

    Well, the 15 and 25 yard targets were pretty easy as they were mostly there to show rapid fire functionality.

    As to the 100 yard target, it was a 6″ steel target, so I am thinking that from the hip shot would have been tough. But hey, Mr. Pimms I guess I am just not quite up to your level I will strive to meet our standards next time.

    Given this was a piece about a patrol rifle, and as a rule, at least in my 25 years on the job even a 100 yard shot was rare. I try to keep it as real as I can, so I will probably pass on the Annie Oakley hip shot and leave that to the experts!

    Dave Bahde
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  • Richard

    I worked at gun rang rent both ar-15 and Spingfield Armory M1a. The M1a was far more reliable use than any version of ar-15 he had on rent. It held up better on rent than any ar-15 handle abuse being shot agian and again daily with out regular cleaning than ar-15 does. That one reasons still round great rifle.

  • Mr.Pimms

    wow, 15 and 25 yards.. i certainly hope he can hit it. 100 aint that far either. I would put money on me hitting all 3 targets from the hip.

  • Great weapon…I have a SOCOM I…I mount an Aimpoint Red Dot on it from time to time. I have also put a National Match gas group on it…to improve accuracy and reliability.

  • CBec

    I own one, its in a VLTOR Mod Stock. Great weapon system.