Wilson Combat recently announced a reintroduction of the .458 SOCOM to the company’s rifle line. Currently, the company is offering several different models chambered for the cartridge. Here is a look at three of them:
- Rifle456 – This rifle has a 14.7″ barrel with a 1:22″ twist. It uses a mid-length gas system with a low profile block, and comes with the company’s TRIM rail. A Rogers Super-Stoc and single stage trigger are standard. Folding sights are included. The MSRP is $2,844.95.
- Rifle471 – According to Wilson Combat, this is the shortest possible AR for suppressed use that is not an NFA rifle. It has a 14.7″ barrel with a permanently attached Rapid Thread muzzle brake. Both the brake and the 14″ rail are designed to seamlessly work with the company’s Whisper suppressor. The MSRP is $2,605.00.
- Rifle394 – A version of the Recon Tactical, this rifle uses a 16″ stainless steel barrel with a 1:14″ twist. The bolt carrier group is NP3 coated and the upper and lower has a Mil-Spec hard coat anodized finish. Wilson Combat uses a four pound, single stage trigger and adjustable stock on this gun, plus also includes quick detach sights. The MSRP is $2,814.95.
Popular with many AR shooters, the .458 SOCOM is said to offer ballistics similar to the venerable .45-70 Govt cartridge while still using standard AR magazines. For example, Wilson Combat loads a round with the Barnes 300 grain TAC TX bullet to 1,800 fps. Some might call that a thumper. For comparison, Winchester’s .45-70 Super-X 300 grain HP is rated at 1,880 fps.