SOCOM II

The Springfield M1A SOCOM II is a semi-automatic carbine chambered in 7.62 NATO or .308 Win. The M1A is the civilian version of the famous M14, which was once a standard issue US military rifle.

It was also known to be very accurate and reliable. Springfield offers eight models different models of the M1A.

What makes the SOCOM II different from the SOCOM 16 is its cluster rail system, where there are Picatinny rails on the top, bottom and sides of the carbine for easy mounting of optics or accessories. There is also an extended top rail version available (add about $100).

The SOCOM II is gas-operated, so propellant gases are captured by a tube near the muzzle, which directs the gas into a valve on the bolt, and the gas pushes the bolt back so it can eject a spent casing and chamber a fresh round.

Features of the SOCOM II include a two-stage military trigger that sets off the action with a 5- to 6-pound pull. It has military sights that are adjustable for windage and elevation. It has a tritium dot front sight, so shooters can see it at night. And it has a synthetic stock.

Springfield recommends the SOCOM II for military or law enforcement, but also hunting varmints.

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