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SOCOM 16

Industry Day at the Range afforded me the
opportunity to shoot the new Ruger 57 semiautomatic pistol (a very smooth shooter),
Springfield Armory's Hellcat (surprisingly
easy to control) and a full-auto AK-47
(thank you, Barnaul Ammunition). On the
trap range, I found Rock Island Armory's
12-gauge AR-15 so easy to shoot that I never
missed a clay after the first one-and I'm not
a trap shooter. It might have gotten the nod
as the Range Day fav but for my bias toward
steel, wood and rifling.
On the rifle range, Springfield Armory's
SOCOM 16 Tanker stole my heart. The
Tanker is essentially that firm's M1A
.308 Win./7.62 NATO semi-automatic
rifle sporting a barrel shortened to 16ΒΌ
inches. Stocked in walnut with a fiberglass
handguard, the M1A is a semi-automatic
clone of the National Match M14 rifle I shot
while on a Navy High Power team, so it's got

some nostalgia appeal for me as well.
Shooting the shortened barrel version,
one would expect more muzzle flash and
muzzle climb, and perhaps a bit more recoil,
but without a side-by-side comparison to a
standard M1A, I can't say whether the Tanker
behaved any differently than its progenitor.
In my hands it simply felt like a sweeter
rifle to handle, thanks to lopping off about
eight inches of gun to make the Tanker
configuration. Perhaps the attached muzzle
brake simply works as intended.
Firing a handful of rounds at a 100-yard
bullseye target demonstrated the Tanker is
not a match rifle, nor is it intended to be.
The Tanker's rear sight adjusts in 1 MOA
clicks and the aperture is slightly enlarged,
presenting a "ghost ring" sight picture. The
post front sight has a tritium insert, and
both are well-suited to the rifle's abbreviated
length and its function to serve as a handy
yet full-bore battle rifle. MSRP $1,987;
springfieldarmory.com.

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