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Disappointing experience with a SOCOM II

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by philpost, Jun 5, 2011.

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  1. philpost

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    After seeing the SOCOM II on TV, I was excited to finally get to pick one up. That quickly changed to disappointment because of it's weight, the fact that I found it way off-balance, and the lack of a comfortable hand hold due to the rails. I didn't get to shoot it, but the terrible ergonomics (IMHO) turned me off. Has anyone had a different experience with it, or am I missing something?
     
  2. kmcintosh78

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    Did you purchase it?

    I have shot them and love it.
     
  3. Zerodefect

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    I prefer the AR10 type rifles in that price range instead.
    LMT, Larue, Armalight etc.

    The rail space that isn't filled is best covered up wiht Magpul XTM covers and Gear Sector hand stops. Those will help any railed rifle feel alot better. And you can stipple the Magpul covers as needed.
     
  4. cottonmouth

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    I got rid of the rails on my SOCOM II, it's not a long range rifle and the sight are fine for up close work. It balances fine to me without the rails, still heavy but it's an M1A not an AR.

    J.B.
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    I think people who think the M-14/M1a's are bulky never handled an FAL. ;)

    Full size for me.
     
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    I have to agree with you, Philpost. My only experience with the SOCOM II is fondling, but I was put off by the weight and imbalance.

    I've fired my friend's FAL, and while it is a brick, at least it's a better balanced brick.

    I guess I should try an AR-10 some day.
     
  7. helotaxi

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    I actually liked the weight/balance of the version that I fondled without the rails. No use for the rails, personally.
     
  8. philpost

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    No, I didn't buy it - it was more of a scouting expedition for my next must-have that I could start saving for. The weight was not so much of an issue as was the balance. I also checked out a standard model (w/synthetic stock), and found it preferable. I'll also be looking into the Scout model.
     
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    The only way to fly with the M14 platform, IMO, is the full length barrel (22").
     
  10. Jeremy2171

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    Here is my new favorite......

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    Nice one, JB, and proof positive :)

    and a nice AR'ed one, Jeremy ;)
     
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    i have an older 18" bush model & socom 16 (whithout the rails) and they ballance well. the socom 2 with the rails, has all that extra weight hanging off the front, making the rifle very front heavy. my bush rifle had excellent balance before i put an ultimak rail on it, & now it is way to front heavy. so im thinking about taking it off, so it balances better. i think its better to just put a traditional scope mount over the receiver, or use the forward scout mount that comes with the scout/squad & socom. i don't care for the balance of the full size 22" m1a/m14 rifles either, i feel like their is just to much weight up front.
     
  13. philpost

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    Yes, exactly. Also, if it feels front heavy with nothing on it, I can only imagine what it would feel like with a scope/laser/light on it.
     
  14. Z-Michigan

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    I own and shoot both and find the FAL much handier. YMMV.
     
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