Springfield Armory has redesigned the stock and external features of its vaunted SOCOM 16 rifle to create a carbine that’s factory-adapted for the close-quarters battle (CQB) seen in modern combat.
Springfield’s creation is dubbed the SOCOM 16 CQB, which retains the 7.62x51mm NATO chambering and gas-operated mechanics of the M1A platform while adding new functionality via a high-strength polymer stock.
That stock is where the action’s at with the SOCOM 16 CQB, with a new multi-position collapsible stock that can accommodate tactical vests, winter layers and T-shirts alike, while providing the proper length of pull and a repeatable cheekweld. The stock adds a pistol-style grip more in the manner of an M4 than in the rifle-stock manner of prior M1A designs, which aids in maneuvering in confined spaces.
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There are three new locations on the rifle for QD sling swivel mounts, and three lengths of Picatinny-style tactical accessory rails on M-LOK attachment positions on the forearm—with a length of slick forearm behind them for your support hand to properly grasp the rifle. The receiver retains the scout scope rail, and the mil-spec iron sights are classic.
For more information on the SOCOM 16 CQB, visit springfield-armory.com.