Not a company to let their product line stay the same, Springfield Armory has come out with a new M1A, this one aimed at being a “CQB“, or Close Quarters Battle rifle. It looks like they have made the leap into really modernizing the M1A from the factory, different from how many shooters buy an M1A, then add the Archangel stock, or a Sage EBR. In this case Springfield Armory is offering a stock set up similar to the aftermarket Sage, but this time from the factory. They incorporated a collapsible stock with a raised cheek wield, standalone pistol grip, and picatinny rail segments at the 12,3,6, and 9 o’clock positions. The rest of the stock is modeled after the Archangel especially in regards to the magazine well. However one of the most important additions, is the mounting of a reflex sight in the position of the scope mount/stripper clip loading section. The sight is a Vortex Venom Red Dot. This setup is optional from the factory, with the basic rifle separate from the reflex sight. But each rifle will have an XS front sight installed. However, the rifle will come with a 10 round magazine, which is somewhat perplexing because Springfield Armory always includes these, while everyone eventually goes out and gets the 20 round magazines later on.
A modernized descendant of the distinguished M14 and M1A™ rifles, the SOCOM 16 CQB is designed for serious defensive use as its Close Quarters Battle name implies.
Nearly ten inches shorter than the M1A™ standard model, the CQB offers quick and easy handling for defensive use indoors or out. The authoritative .308 chambering with optional 20-round magazines won’t leave you wanting more fight-stopping effectiveness.
If you’re looking for a defensive rifle, you’ll find the CQB outfitted right out of the box with the features that can make all the difference when it counts. The adjustable buttstock, with 5 position length and 2 position adjustable cheek piece, is mounted on a standard AR-type commercial buffer tube, so you can always choose the perfect stock for your needs from hundreds of AR-compatible stocks. The AK-style pistol grip places the exact grip angle and distance desired between the hand and trigger, and the CQB accepts any standard AK-style replacement.
The CQB stands ready for the addition of your favorite gear with the M-Lok compatible system. One seven-slot and two three-slot rail segments, factory installed, that can be mounted at the three, six, or nine o’clock positions. Also there is a fixed top rail that provides the perfect location for a scout optic should your needs dictate engaging from a distance.
Out of the box, you’ll be ready to hit your target quickly day or night. An XS front post front sight with tritium insert appears effortlessly through the aperture rear sight, and an optional factory CQB rifle comes equipped with a proprietary Springfield Armory® clip guide red dot mount with a Vortex® Venom Red Dot sight which enables fast target acquisition indoors or out.
Not to leave out the finishing touches, we’ve packaged this new SOCOM 16 CQB in a custom ballistic nylon tactical case complete with internal supports, owners manual storage, and pockets for up to three magazines.