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Nice barrels, but I want this build to be more economical. I also have to invest in 6-8 magazines plus a significant amount of ammunition.
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Lower receiver group completed

Spike's Tactical Lower/Enhanced Parts Kit - Calico Jack
BCM Buffer Kit
Magpul CTR
Magpul Bad Lever

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Thoughts on the Springfield Socom 16?

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Especially in comparison to a similarly-priced AR.
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Originally Posted by VaderDave View Post

Thoughts on the Springfield Socom 16?

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Especially in comparison to a similarly-priced AR.

My friend has a Ruger Mini 14 (which seems similar), and that thing is sweet. I have never had much appreciation for AR-15s generally speaking.
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My friend has a Ruger Mini 14 (which seems similar), and that thing is sweet. I have never had much appreciation for AR-15s generally speaking.

I've had my eye on the Mini 14 as well--it seems like a good middle ground between the ARs (same caliber) and the M1A platform (same sort of configuration).

I live in California, and I'm not really interested in getting grilled about whether or not my black rifle is CA-compliant anytime I take it to the range. So the less-evil-looking options seem appealing to me.
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I've had my eye on the Mini 14 as well--it seems like a good middle ground between the ARs (same caliber) and the M1A platform (same sort of configuration).

I live in California, and I'm not really interested in getting grilled about whether or not my black rifle is CA-compliant anytime I take it to the range. So the less-evil-looking options seem appealing to me.

Yeah, he has the ranch version in hardwood. It is a nice gun: accurate, a nice weight, and seemingly well balanced.
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I reviewed the Springfield Socom carbine some years ago. It impressed me as a pretty nice little rifle if you like that sort of thing.
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I guess I will just have to track down a couple I can shoot and then go from there. Thanks to everyone for the feeback--I was mostly worried that someone would come along with a horror story or two.
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Sig Sauer had a demo day today. For pistols, we shot a P220 with a suppressor, the new P320 compact (Sig's new striker fire - which they sure made look easy to break down), and a 1911 scorpion carry. For rifles, we shot the MPX with suppressor, the MCX with suppressor, and a 716 with suppressor.

It was a lot of fun, and we had the chance to talk to one of their master gunsmiths. He showed me his customized P226 SAO too.

Shooting the rifles, they helped my wife with her stance, which I have told her about, but she seemed to listen to them which is definitely good.
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Next piece has arrived. Spike's bolt carrier group, nickel boron.

AppleMark
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BCM upper receiver group with 18" barrel ordered along with BCM charging handle. Should be ready to shoot in 7-10 days nod[1].gif
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My friend has a Ruger Mini 14 (which seems similar), and that thing is sweet. I have never had much appreciation for AR-15s generally speaking.


I've never shot a mini14, but they have always held a dear place in my heart. They seem so utilitarian. Defense, snakes, mid-range circling of the wagons, general utility.
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Last pieces arrived today.

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I've never shot a mini14, but they have always held a dear place in my heart. They seem so utilitarian. Defense, snakes, mid-range circling of the wagons, general utility.

"Snakes"? I should think a rifle--any rifle--would be less than optimal for dealing with snakes. At ranges we typically take on snakes, the zero on the rifle will be way off for hitting a snake. A fast moving snake makes a tricky target in any event, I have found. Around the homestead, a nice, sharp hoe is, I think, a much more efficient device for dispatching venomous snakes than any firearm and won't disturb the neighbors. In the field, they are usually easily avoided...at least if you can see it well enough to shoot it. If you can't see it, the firearm won't do much good. If I lived in South Florida and there was a reasonable chance one of those damned 20-foot pythons turning up, I think I would rely on my full-choke Winchester Model 12 (12 gauge) loaded with #2 birdshot and aim for the head. The convulsions of one of those huge reptiles with its head shattered ought to be a sight to behold!
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