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Springfield Armory Introduces Improved SOCOM .308 Rifle

Springfield Armory showed off its new SOCOM 16 CQB rifle out for range day on Jan. 18, 2016, at SHOT Show in Las Vegas. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)
Springfield Armory showed off its new SOCOM 16 CQB rifle out for range day on Jan. 18, 2016, at SHOT Show in Las Vegas. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)

LAS VEGAS -- Springfield Armory had its new SOCOM 16 CQB rifle out for range day at SHOT Show 2016.

The updated model features a six-position AR-style stock and Magpul M-LOC attachment system in several places for mounting accessories.

"It makes it a very handy rifle for being a pretty-lightweight, pistol grip in .308," said Jon Yackapraro of Springfield Armor.

I had never fired one of these compact 7.62mm rifles, but I immediately liked it.

It feels very lightweight and compact, despite weighing just over nine pounds. I am partial to the traditional M1A-style stock, but the pistol grip stock felt very natural.

The new SOCOM 16 CQB is available with iron sights and an optional Iron Clip Guide Red Dot Mount w/ Vortex Venom Red Dot optic.

--Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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