Troy MCS SOCOM Range Report


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MassMark
July 8, 2007, 07:07 PM
First off, I'm no match shooter - the folks at Camp Perry can rest easy - I won't be going for the gold any time soon... :neener: I am an essentially undisciplined shooter, chock full of bad habits - trying to improve what skills I do have and most importantly, have fun on the range.

It became clear within the first pull of the trigger today that adding the Troy MCS was a tremendous leap forward - not only for my SOCOM-16, but for my shooting in general. Having left my large square sight-in targets in the garage, I had to settle for 7" Shoot-N-See's that I fished out of my range bag, so I wasn't expecting much - boy was I wrong. I set up at 100-yards, using two blocks of wood as a make-shift rest and had at it. My first groups were naturally high - as my Tripower was originally mounted lower down on the front rail of my SOCOM. After some tweaking, I started to pull some amazing strings, (for me) together. The final 20-round group is posted at the end of this thread.

The Troy has transformed the SOCOM in many ways - far beyond the addition of rails and M-16 furniture. Felt recoil is greatly reduced and when combined with the already effective brake on the SOCOM, the chevron barely jumped off center, so follow-ups were sublime. The recoil feels more focused and though this was only a 200-round day, I felt as if shooting many hundreds more would be a joy. The LOP of the A2 stock is perfect for my build, (6'4" 260) and my gorilla face is no longer scrunched up near the receiver - struggling for cheek-weld. With the Tripower mounted slightly off midline, cheek weld was natural and the scope inline with my eye made shooting a breeze. This does not feel like a gun in a stock - it feels singular, as if the Troy MCS and the M1A were built together - it's hard to explain. It's a system that has to be fired to be believed - anyone in the area drop me a PM and I'll let you experience it for yourself... :cool:

Next week, I'll be mounting my Swift 4-18x44 on deck and take some pot-shots out to 200-yards, (the extent of my range). The beauty of this rifle is now it's a system. I can mount optics at will - from irons, to electronics, to magnified optics, to night vision, or a combination. I see great utility for rifles like the SOCOM, but see even greater potential for folks with full-sized M1A/M14's who do long range shooting....Anyway, here's some obligitory pics for your review. Note how few rounds are outside the Shoot-N-See's. On a target this small, it is not the norm for me whatsoever:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/MassMark/HPIM1507_1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/MassMark/HPIM1514.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/MassMark/HPIM1508_1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/MassMark/HPIM1516.jpg

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Will Learn
July 8, 2007, 08:08 PM
Nice AR:D

MassMark
July 8, 2007, 08:16 PM
Nice AR:D

LOL...Ain't it though? Except this one's got bark and bite... ;)

Gewehr98
July 8, 2007, 10:16 PM
Why didn't you just buy one? :scrutiny:

MassMark
July 8, 2007, 10:34 PM
Why didn't you just buy one?

I didn't, don't and never will want an AR-10 - different mechanics entirely. What I wanted was an M1A SOCOM and what I have is an M1A SOCOM fitted into a stock which allows me to have the finer points of AR ergonomics without having the AR....It goes far beyond ergonomics as well, the stock is about more than rails and buttstocks....

homeka45
July 9, 2007, 04:06 AM
Nice looking rig.:)

DMK
July 9, 2007, 10:10 AM
I can see how the ergos and the lower boreline would make it easier and more comfortable to shoot. I'm not sure I can get used to the looks, but in a utilitarian sense I can appreciate it.

You can add some irons and co-witness that red dot too. That's cool.

Gewehr98
July 9, 2007, 12:33 PM
I'm one of those crotchety old Camp Perry guys. I kinda felt bad about putting a scope on my M14NM, too, but I got used to it. :D

http://mauser98.com/m14nmbench.jpg

MassMark
July 9, 2007, 01:37 PM
Gewehr98: God, that's a beautiful rifle...My next rifle will likely be an 18" Scout and my last will be as close to the one you pictured as possible, (Rule of 3)...I like keeping my feet dipped in both worlds, (old and new) and the looks of your rifle is awesome....How "old" a Camp Perry guy are you? Just wondering, as my Uncle Claude was a "Young Camp Perry Guy" (Army Rifle Team) back in the 50's.....

Glock22
July 9, 2007, 02:07 PM
That is a nice looking rifle you have there.

MT GUNNY
July 9, 2007, 02:22 PM
What other cool stuff can you put on a M1A/M1.

Gewehr98
July 9, 2007, 02:35 PM
I only competed there with the M14 above from 1989 to 1999, and tapered off as the Black Rifle started to make its presence known across the line.

I bought a Black Rifle, and scoped that Armscorp/Krieger M14NM to compete in 600-1000yd regional tactical shoots (Mudville Militia). But it's a goodly amount of work to get an M14 autoloader variant to perform at 1000 yards, with or without the 175gr Sierra MatchKings. :o

Foxtrot427
July 9, 2007, 05:24 PM
woowwww. Nice man. How much if you dont mind me asking

MassMark
July 9, 2007, 10:33 PM
Gewher98: Man, I can't get over how sweet that rifle is. Is that a McMillian with the USMC paint scheme, or is it a modified USGI? Either way, it's an awesome combo. What are you running for optics? Here I am hijacking my own thread... :) My uncle Claude sadly passed away from Hodgkins disease in his late 20's - I never knew him, but have all of his medals and trophies, (even his shooting jacket) from back then - you're not so old after all... ;)

Foxtrot427: The complete system I bought was $675.00 - you can buy the stock bare bones and add your own gear if need be. You can see more - including pricing at: Law483 Enterprises (http://www.law483.com/stocks/ti-mss.html)

lucas flesher: With the addition of this stock, the sky is the limit. Essentially, anything you could/would/can mount on an AR, you can mount on here. Long range shooters can KISS with just a long optic and a bipod, CQB shooters can add electronic sights, NV, BUIS, lasers, lights, vert grips, launchers - whatever.

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