In the last few years, there have been all kinds of carbines or rifles introduced for the law enforcement officer chambered in .308 (7.62x51mm). Most are AR-type rifles. Military contracts, especially for Special Operations, have driven much of this demand, but the caliber is still a favorite among departments that need more than the 5.56mm can offer. Whether for its increased effective range or its stopping power at close distances, many officers on the road or on the SWAT team have expressed an interest. Although certainly not for everyone, there is a growing crowd that sees the advantages of this caliber. The bad guys only seem to be getting better weapons and armor.
With all the advances in ammunition, there are some bullet choices that make this caliber viable for entry, as well as urban environments. More consistent manufacture, lighter weights and low flash powders make controlled expansion bullets an excellent choice. Many departments are moving to these bullets for their marksman’s rifles, as they have proven to have far less of
a tendency toward over-penetration at very close ranges.
Sometimes it is a good idea to take a minute and take a look at what has been out there and is proven, which brings us to the Springfield Armory M1A rifle, a civilian variant of the military M14. It is still the favorite of many operators who can choose their weapons to this day, crossing virtually every service line.