Surefire SOCOM 556-RC


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Willie Sutton
April 24, 2014, 11:44 AM
Thumbs up or down for these from owners or those experienced with them?

Local SOT offered one to me for $1K new, and am tempted.

Owners/Users observations on both normal length and SBR 5.56mm rifles?

Application planned for mid length AR Carbine, SIG 556 rifle, and a SBR based on a SIG 556 Pistol. Might play on my HK-53 clone as well (SBR built on a C93 Pistol).


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Theohazard
April 24, 2014, 06:52 PM
If I had the money to buy a dedicated 5.56 can, I'd buy the Saker. I like it mainly because of the modular mount design; it will fit on my current AAC muzzle brakes and I can switch the MAAD mount for many other mounting options in the future.

That said, if I was buying a dedicated 5.56 can and I didn't care about the modularity or being able to fit on my current rifles, I'd probably go with the Surefire SOCOM. It's compact and rugged, has a very simple mounting system, and it's supposed to have less gas blowback and less POI shift than other 5.56 cans. I've shot one before, and it seemed to be just like any of the other 5.56 cans on the market as far as loudness (that's a good thing; Surefire has a reputation for having less blowback and less POI shift at the cost of being louder). I didn't shoot the rifle without the can, so I can't say if the POI shift is less than normal, but it sure did seem like it was gassing me less than most other cans I've shot on ARs.

The mounting system on the SOCOM is very similar to their previous-generation mounts, except they claim it has less carbon build-up so the can is less likely to carbon-lock to the mount. It's also rock-solid, unlike some mounting systems that have a little play in them (AAC for example). For some reason, they got rid of the indexing notch on the SOCOM cans, so it's a little harder to tell if it's lined up properly before you slide the can over the muzzle device. It's still not hard, and if it bothers you it would be easy to make your own indexing notch. I'll be honest, after getting used to AAC-type mounting systems where you turn the whole can until it stops, the Surefire mount can be slightly difficult to get used to. But everyone I know who owns a Surefire swears the mount is much easier than others. I have a buddy who bought an AAC SDN-6 for his 6.8 after using a 2nd gen Surefire on his 5.56 for years. He says the AAC mount is not as fast or intuitive for him as his Surefire mount.

That's a really good price for a 5.56 SOCOM. One of the reasons I've never owned a Surefire can is because they're almost always more expensive than their competition. But $1,000 puts it on par with AAC and Silencerco as far as price.

Charger442
April 24, 2014, 07:19 PM
The only can i would own from Surefire would be their new 22lr can. Generally speaking, their cans are too loud and too expensive to beat out other cans with better metering and less price, IMHO. Plus, each mount is $150.

even at $1000, thats still $200 more than the nearest Saker and much more than a specwar.

Theohazard
April 24, 2014, 11:32 PM
Generally speaking, their cans are too loud and too expensive to beat out other cans with better metering and less price
That's true, but it all depends on what your priorities are. If you want the quietest can for the best money, you don't want a Surefire. But if you want a tough can with a rock-solid mount that has less gas blow-back and less POI shift -- and you don't mind paying extra for that -- then the Surefire is hard to beat.


even at $1000, thats still $200 more than the nearest Saker and much more than a specwar.
Keep in mind you need a MAAD mount to use the Saker, and that brings the price to around $1000 at most LGSs. But you're right that the Specwar is a lot cheaper. For the money, the Specwar is one of the best rifle cans you can buy in my opinion.

Willie Sutton
April 25, 2014, 11:28 AM
Thanks guys, I think I'll spring for it.

Deal seems a good one and the build quality seems superb.


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