SA M1A Socom II cons?

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by Squawk, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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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!
     
  2. nosaj

    nosaj New Member

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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.
     

  3. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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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.
     
  4. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    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
     
  5. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.