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Old 01-01-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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I have found someone locally selling a Socom II for under $800. He is claiming that only 20 round have been fired through it. This sounds to good to be true. What would you do? Cuz that price... Is a steal!

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Old 01-01-2013, 07:31 PM   #2
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If it really is an M1A Socom, BUY IT! Even if something is wrong with it i bet the cost of replacement parts + the $800 will still be under the cost that most are going for.

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The seller claims it is used but in 99% condition. I'll have to look at it before buying but I don't know what to look for as far as working parts wise.

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The seller claims it is used but in 99% condition. I'll have to look at it before buying but I don't know what to look for as far as working parts wise.
Just buy it and have a gunsmith look at it, at that price you can swap out anything you need to and still save money
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The only cons I can think of are:

For its size it's kinda heavy.
It has a short sight radius for an M1A.
The front sight is kinda big and blocky.
.308 is loud and overpowered for CQB plus ammo is pricey and heavy.
Muzzle brake is loud.

Even after that though, they are well made, tough, and fun to shoot.

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Let's see:

1. Ergonomics - The M1A is still just a M1 rifle with detachable magazines with respect to ergonomics.

2. Balance - The accessory rail is heavy and makes the weapon overly muzzle heavy. You still can't mount magnifying optics without expensive cantilever optics mounts.

3. Iron sight / red dot sight co-witness (if you run it like a CQB .30 caliber rifle as it was designed).

Apart from that, the M14 rifles and derivatives are generally pretty accurate, durable, and easy to operate.

With the availability of the SCAR 17S, I would not spend money on any other .30 caliber battle rifle if ergonomics, balance, and optics co-witness were important to me. All other .30 caliber battle rifles have weight distribution that is less optimal than the .30 caliber SCAR series.

I own a SA WWII M-1 rifle and I would not purchase or use any other .30 caliber rifle apart from the SCAR 17S. No other platform is as well-balanced, ergonomic, or otherwise "ready-to-run" as the SCAR.

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