by American Rifleman Staff - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The newest member of the Springfield Armory M1A family—the SOCOM 16 CQB rifle in 7.62x51 mm NATO—is reminiscent of the classic wood-and-steel battle rifles, but with some very modern features. This new model, previewed above by American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe, features a collapsible stock and a Vortex Venom red-dot sight. This rifle is not just a smaller and more maneuverable M1A; it’s been designed specifically to excel in close quarter applications. At nearly 10 inches shorter than the M1A standard model, the CQB offers quick and easy handling for defensive use.
Handling improvements to the SOCOM include an all-new adjustable buttstock that is mounted on a standard AR-type receiver extension tube, enabling customers to choose from hundreds of compatible stock options to suit their specific mission requirements. A new pistol grip facilitates retention and control over the rifle with the firing hand, and the grip itself is AK-rifle compatible, allowing interoperability with the widest possible array of aftermarket options to suit specific customer needs.
“There’s never been a question about the effectiveness of the M1A platform for serious fight-stopping use,” said Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese. “With the SOCOM 16 CQB we wanted to really optimize the platform for indoor or field close quarters use.”
A close combat rifle requires customization when it comes to accessories like lights, lasers and optics. The SOCOM 16 CQB leverages the M-Lok compatible system for easy attachment of gear exactly where it’s needed. Two included three-slot rail segments can be mounted at the three and nine o’clock positions. A longer seven-slot rail at the six o’clock position is perfect for mounting a bipod or other accessories. On top and forward of the receiver, mounted on the barrel, is a medium eye relief seven-slot rail capable of mounting a scout optic should needs dictate longer range shooting.
The SOCOM 16 CQB accepts all the same magazines as other M1A models so users can choose from 5-, 10- or 20-round magazines. A 10-round magazine is included with the CQB.
The rifle comes with a ballistic nylon Springfield Armory “Tactical Gear” soft case complete with internal support straps, owners manual storage pocket, and pouches for up to three spare magazines.
Caliber: 7.62x51 mm NATO (.308 Win.)
Magazines: 1 - 10 Round, Parkerized (shown with optional 20 round)
Barrel: 16.26", 6 Groove, 1:11" RH twist, Carbon
Rear Sight: Enlarged Military Aperture .135 w/MOA Adjustment For Both Windage And Elevation, Springfield Armory Clip Guide Red Dot Mount w/Vortex Venom Red Dot
Front Sight: XS Post w/Tritium Insert, .125 Blade Front
Trigger: 2 Stage, 5-6 lbs.
Stock: Black Composite 5 Position CQB Stock, M-Lok Rail System: 1 Seven Slot Rail & 2 Three Slot Rail
Weight: 9.3 lbs.
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