Springfield Armory’s M1A remains a popular rifle with many shooters who prefer its simple and proven design. Having used one for years, it remains one of my favorite .308 Winchester/7.62mm NATO rifles.

The 16-inch-barreled SOCOM version has become extremely popular because it’s lighter, shorter and handy. Its scout-type rail accommodates red-dot sights, making it perfect for close quarters. Until now, however, the SOCOM 16 was only available with a standard rifle stock.

While that’s fine for some shooters, others wanted a more vertical pistol grip and collapsible stock. Well, Springfield Armory has come through with the new M1A SOCOM 16 CQB.

Designed to facilitate the use of accessories, the M1A SOCOM 16 CQB’s forend provides M-LOK-compatible slots for mounting lights, lasers, a bipod or other accessories. The generous mag well makes it easy to reload quickly. With a more vertical pistol grip and collapsible stock, it makes CQB work much more comfortable. QD sling cups are also available for attaching a sling. The rifle is even available with a Vortex Venom reflex sight using a clip slot mount that co-witnesses with the front and rear iron sights.

Take a quick look at this video to see the M1A SOCOM 16 CQB in action, and keep your eyes peeled for a full review in an upcoming issue of SPECIAL WEAPONS. To subscribe, visit

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