Originally Posted by Sharpshooter76
Awesome. I was looking at the Scout Squad the other day. I really like to have one of those someday. My local gun store finally got in the urban camo version of the Socom II but it does seem bulky.
Mine felt the same way until I removed the rails.
A buddy of mine had just returned from a deployment as I was getting ready to head out to where I'm at now. He showed up at the house with a Socom II in the urban camo furniture. He told me that his plan is to sell off the rails, add a small front sling swivel rail to it... (as the SOC II has the front sling swivel removed, or at least mine was like that...), and top it off with a Fulton Hand guard painted black. As for optics, he has decided on a Bassett mount, but last I spoke with him, he hadnt made up his mind on which type yet.
As for me, I really am impressed with the 18is in bbls for the M1A/M14, but also enjoy the compact Socom. My solution was to utilize an SEI gas lock front sight along with thier Vortex direct connect flash hider. I end up with the 18in bbl, and a very close OAL compared to the Socom.
This pic is a "front end" comparison of an M1A-A1 Bush rifle, next to the SEI front end sitting on another 18 ish in bbl. I lined them up as best I could to show the differences in OAL, and sight radius.
Note: The Bush rifle and the Scout will be virtually the same regarding OAL/sight rad.
Note: The SEI front end in this pic is the hooded/HnK type, but they also produce a dovetail version that allows you to utilize the existing front sight that is already on a Scout, or any other dovetail designed M1A/M14 front sight of correct heigth.