by David Crane
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Springfield Armory showed off its new M1A SOCOM II carbine
(or SOCOM II M1A carbine
) with Cluster Rail System at SHOT Show
2005. The SOCOM II M1A carbine is basically just the SOCOM 16
carbine with a 4-sided (or "quad-rail") Mil-Std-1913 rail system/forend rail tube attached. If there’s another difference between the two products, DefRev isn’t aware of it, yet. The SOCOM II
carbine DefenseReview photographed and handled featured an urban tiger-stripe camo pattern. Pictures are below.
The Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM II
carbine’s purpose is CQB (Close Quarters Battle) and short-to-medium-range interdiction where
7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester) rifle/carbine power is required (defeating vehicles, barriers, hostile subjects wearing tactical body armor/hard armor plates, etc.). The SOCOM II gives the operator M14/M1A-level punch in a lighter, more compact package/weapons envelope.
Barrel length on the Springfield Armory SOCOM II carbine is 16.25" (1:11 right-hand twist, six-groove rifling). OA weapon weight is 10.9 lbs without scope. OA weapon length is 37.25" long. Like any other M14/M1A rifle or carbine, the SOCOM II is gas-operated (air-cooled) and utilizes a rotating bolt. Operation is semi-auto-only (box magazine-fed). Trigger pull weight is 5-6 lbs. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds (box magazine).
The Springfield Armory SOCOM II M1A carbine’s rear sight features an enlarged military aperture and is MOA-click-adjustable for both windage and elevation. The front sight sports a tritium post.