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M1A SOCOM 16 range question(s)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by checkmyswag, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. checkmyswag

    checkmyswag Well-Known Member

    I understand that the SOCOM 16 (16" barrel) isn't meant to be a long range rifle. I read people referring to them as less than 100 yard guns but i just don't see how their accurate range can be that short.

    What are it's upper limits?

    Accuracy at 100/200/300/400/500 yards (or more)?

    Optics make the difference?

    What's your experience?
  2. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Anyone who tells you it's only a 100 yard rifle has no idea how to shoot, or is applying entirely inappropriate standards.

    It is a (semi) military carbine (sort of) that fits into pretty much the same niche as a combat AR-15 or AK. Out to 300 yds it should not be impossible for you to hit a man-sized target if you have a decent understanding of what you're doing. And that's the point of the thing. Engaging human-sized targets at the distances most modern "combat" happens. If you're hoping to shoot precision matches, or plink groundhogs, this isn't the gun for that.

    Some form of low-magnification optic can help you, of course, thought the M14/M1A platform is not the easiest to scope.
  3. checkmyswag

    checkmyswag Well-Known Member


    that was my initial opinion, if Civil War soldiers were hitting accurately well past 100 yards, then a modern gun even with a short barrel should be fine.

    So it comes down to marksmanship fundamentals. Training over gear...yet again!
  4. Caliper_Mi

    Caliper_Mi Well-Known Member

    Barrel length does not affect accuracy except that it will typically reduce the sight radius and decrease the shooters ability to aim the rifle as accurately.

    I would say that you should be able to hit a man sized target within 500yd. Even with the short barrel, .308 should still have plenty of energy at that range. Realistically, in a combat situation, your ability to acquire and identify a target is the range-limiting factor without optics.
  5. Workhorse6

    Workhorse6 Member


    I have heard a lot of people talk a lot trash about the so called accuracy of the SOCOM 16. You posted my exact questions about accuracy vs distance of this rifle but, I agree with what sam1911 posted. Personally, I think people are trying to compare a SOCOM 16 to a M1A Super Match and I think that is not realistic.

    With the proper fundamentals of marksmanship you should be able to hit a man size target out to 300m. Now, with 400m - 500m you may need some type of optic with magnification but, it still boils down to fundamentals IMO.

    Personally, I think this rifle will be great to 300m with irons and that is why I want this rifle. I am not looking to shoot out to 500m or more consistently and all I really want to do with this rifle is put a Ultimak M8 rail and mount a Eotech 517.
  6. boricua9mm

    boricua9mm Well-Known Member

    In my experiences shooting the SOCOM 16, the giant, thick Tritium front sight post makes it difficult to reliably aim for & hit the vital zones of a B27 target when you get out to 300. You're adding a much larger potential for aiming error on top of ammo inconsistency and a rifle that is, per SAI, in-spec at 2-4 MOA.

    Switching to a standard front sight or a 0.62 NM sight changes things drastically.

  7. pilotlight

    pilotlight Well-Known Member

    Met a guy who ran a DPMS LR-308 with a 16" barrel at Whittington out to 1,000 yards. Hit like 8 out of 10 times on steel.
  8. Workhorse6

    Workhorse6 Member


    Do you think switching out the thick front sight post affect the speed of acquiring your targets at closer ranges being that this weapon is more of a "CQB" system. I agree that switching to a thinner blade would help with running irons but do you think running a eotech sight still accomplish being able to hit accurately at 300m and under?
  9. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Well-Known Member

    Mine is a 4 MOA gun with match ammo.

    I will be shimming the gas cylinder shortly and see it that helps.
  10. checkmyswag

    checkmyswag Well-Known Member

    The Scout Squad is reported to have better accuracy and range.

    Is this due to the longer barrel/sight radius, smaller sights or?
  11. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

  12. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    The big issue with M1A's seems to be that stock, which can be very loose fitting. AFAIK there's nothing in particular about the SOCOM which would make it less inherently accurate. I believe the sights may be designed for closer range shooting? But they can be swapped out for match sights.
  13. boricua9mm

    boricua9mm Well-Known Member

    In theory, the smaller front sight will be slower to acquire, but you've also got a shortened sight radius which makes the front blade appear larger than it normally would on a full sized rifle. Personally, I prefer small apertures and finer front sight blades, but that's in the daytime. Of course tritium irons or illuminated optics like a red dot or a reflex type would be faster and more effective in the dark.

    On the subject of optics, I personally think that for a SOCOM the best solution is to get an Aimpoint H1/T1 as low as possible on the rail. The EoTech just sits way too high b/c it was designed for the inline buttstock and low rail height attributes of the AR15. If you sue one on an M1A, you're going to have a chin weld or else you'll need to find a good cheek rest or even a completely different stock.

    Again, those are just my opinions based on my experiences.
  14. Workhorse6

    Workhorse6 Member

    Will putting a Ultimak M8 rail work with a Eotech? I saw a YouTube video of a guy who put that rail on his socom 16 with a micro Aimpoint red dot. He said with that setup he could still co-witness through the Aimpoint without putting a check rest on the stock.
  15. boricua9mm

    boricua9mm Well-Known Member

    It appears to me that the Ultimak is either the same height, or slightly lower than the factory Scout rail that comes on the rifle. I would expect to contend with the cheek weld issues if your plan is to stick with the EoTech. Aimpoints just seem to have many more mounting options with various heights, which helps greatly when mounting them on different types of firearms. With the EoTech, its design drastically favors the AR layout.
  16. Workhorse6

    Workhorse6 Member

    Cool.. I figured the EoTech were built more for the AR platforms but, I didn't know if it would work well with the Socom as I have seen pics with them mounted. Thanks for clearing that up since, I am trying to get my research done and wish list put together lol.
  17. tech30528

    tech30528 Well-Known Member

    That round is perfectly capable of terminal performance well out past 600 yards. If I understand this correctly the front sight blade on the 16 inch barrel is narrower than the standard M1A blade, is that right? If so there would be a good reason for that. Take an M1 for instance, the thickness of the blade is no accident. It is used for ranging. An M1 front blade represents 8MOA. Using this and comparing it to your target (in military terms roughly 20 inches for the width of shoulders) the thickness of the blade in relation to the shoulder spacing gives approximate range to target. So if the enemy's shoulders appear the same thickness as the blade, then 8MOA= 20 inches, and your range is approximately 250 yards. So it would make sense that the blade on a shorter barrel would be thinner is this metric were to be preserved.
  18. Matthew Courtney

    Matthew Courtney Well-Known Member

    My socom is a 3-4 moa rifle. Nothing shoots better than 3 moa. Nothing shoots worse than 4 moa. I tried everything to get it to shoot better. No joy. I now have it set up with a micro aimpoint as my home defense rifle. My truck rifles are 1-2 moa LR-308's with Leupold 1.5-5 illuminated scopes.

    Can a Socom get 300 yard hits on a man sized target? Sure. But if 3/4's of the target is behind cover at 300 yards, I'd rather have a more accurate rifle in my hands.
  19. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Neither of those have anything to do, at all, with the question at hand, which is what can a decent rifleman expect to be able to do with a Springfield M1A SOCOM 16. That's not an inherently accurate, direct impingement AR action, and it isn't a bolt rifle. It is a shortened, modified, loose, "CQB-style" M-14 clone with very coarse sights.

    Well past that, certainly, but again, the round's capacity isn't in question.

    No, and that's a key issue. The front sight of the SOCOM is a big, chunky, XS Sights post with tritium insert for quick pointing at close range.



    You could certainly change things about the rifle, from the sights to bedding the action, shims, etc., and possibly get it to tighten up like a match rifle that's had similar treatments, but that's not a SOCOM 16 then.
  20. Workhorse6

    Workhorse6 Member

    I couldn't have agreed with you more on that Sam. I think if you want that type of accuracy then go with a Squad Scout or Match rifle but, if you want a more compact easy to bring on target rifle then I think SOCOM 16 would fit the bill.

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