Springfield Armory Socom 16 rifle product photo

The Springfield Armory Socom 16 is a 16" barrel version of the M1A. Its short barrel length makes it perfect for a close quarters battle rifle, or just an all around house or ranch gun. The barrel is the minimum length allowed by federal law.

The gas action on the rifle has been modified from the standard M1A version to work reliably with the 16" barrel.

The rifle features a forward-mounted base for a scope, red dot sight or other optical accessory. Because the base is so far forward on the rifle, you'll want to make sure that any device you mount has long enough eye relief for you to use it when your cheek is on the stock.

The sights on the SOCOM 16 have been modified slightly to suit the rifle's close quarters purpose. The rear aperture sight is englarged, making it a ghost ring sight rather than pure aperture style. The front sight post features a tritium insert that is illuminated, making target acquisition easier in low light.

The SOCOM and the M4 rifle share many of the same close quarters duties. However, the 7.62 NATO caliber of the SOCOM has much more stopping power and effective range than the 5.56 NATO cartridge used by the M4. If you're looking for a close quarters rifle/carbine chambered in a powerful caliber, you'll want to look at the SOCOM.


Caliber: 7.62mm NATO (.308 Win.)
Barrel: 16", Twist: 1 turn in 11 inches, right hand, six-groove
Size Weight 9.3 pounds
Length: 37.25" long
Mechanism: Rotating bolt, gas operated, air cooled, semi-automatic magazine fed
Sights Front: XS Post with Tritium insert
Rear: Enlarged Military aperture (ghost ring) with MOA adjustments for both windage and elevation.
Capacity: 10 round box magazine
Trigger Pull: 5 to 6 lbs., two-stage military trigger

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Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 Customer Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By COL (ret) Jim Hampton, Wesson, MS
January 15, 2015

"First handled the SOCOM 16 before retiring in 2006. Wish I had bought it then because it was several hundred dollars less than what I had to pay to get one last year. I much prefer it over the AR platform, even those chambered in 7.62. A tad heavy and a tad expensive for most, probably, however I'm extremely happy with mine and have no regrets in having purchased it. Have equipped it with a mil sling and a low-power scout scope. Top-notch piece of hardware!"

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By 1LTLos, Torrance, CA
October 9, 2014

Purpose: Target Shooting

"The SOCOM 16 is everything that you would ecpect from a firm such as Springfield -- Just as I purchased a 1911 from Springfield and called to complain about the rifling in the barrel, what was the real issue was operator error. You need trigger time - the rear sights are fine - I adjusted both the windage and the elevation and when that happened I couldnt miss long range metal targets. I have enjoyed shooting my SOCOM 16 now for 4 years -- I want to replace the polymer stack with standard M-14 walnut furniture but besides that I wouldnt change one thing!"

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By George, Century, FL
April 24, 2014

Purpose: Target Shooting

"Extractor broke on rd 12 out of the box. SA repaired. No further trouble. Great rifle."

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By Charles, Barnegat, NJ
April 4, 2012

Purpose: Target Shooting

"I gave it five stars because of the way it shoots and smootness of opperation. The rear sight really sucks. It
is impossible to adjust. I have a M1A loaded and it is fine. Any way to get a new rear sight for the socom? In
fairness I bought the socom used. I read in forums that there has been problems with that sight.

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By J. Winn, Houston, TX
January 17, 2012

Primary use: Hunting

"I'm a firm believer that any major purchase that you make nowadays has to have a multi-role capability in mind. The SOCOM 16 fits the bill in the areas of home defense, combat, and hunting. Its small size masks its truly monstrous firepower and accuracy.The SOCOM 16 is durable and can continue to perform well even after being subject to sub-standard conditions. Without question, the SOCOM 16 is a rifle that will make short work of its target."

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