I got a new toy. That's it over to the right in black. It's a Socom 16, which is a 16" barrel version of an M1A. It's sitting next to Twisters M1A Scout Squad. I won this rifle in an On Line Auction just before the Memorial Day Weekend while I was still on Taji*. It came from a fine fellar in Stayton Oregon, who did a great job of working with me being over seas (he was in Vietnam). It's slightly used, rating 99%, no goodies with it other than a 10 round magazine. I got it for a good price, still it cost half as much as my truck, LOL. But I don't see vehicles as something to be prissy about, they all either wind up in the junk yard or belonging to a collector.
M1A's shoot .308 Winchester (7.62 NATO) and we thought since it has a 16" barrel it would have a great amount of bark to it. The Scout Squad does, but, the Socom doesn't, not nearly as bad as we thought. That has allot to do with the compensator, which is about 1" long and ported on the top. I did shoot it once without ear muffs and it left my left ear ringing and my right fine.
The sights have an enlarged aperture in the rear (go ahead, make your remarks) and a wider front sight post. It also has tritium in it so it shows in low light and the dark. As you may notice Twisters Scout Squad has a scope mounted forward of the action. My Socom has te capability too. I'm considering an Aimpoint 9000 red dot sight on it. I used the M68 (by Aimpoint) in Iraq and really liked it. An Eotech sets too high on it. Aimpoint is cool. Unfortunately, I've not gtten it sighted in yet, there was an issue with target lighting and the front sight post taking the width of the target itself. It was hard to aim it center. Note to self, get it sighted in so I can get a peice of glass on it. The Jolly Red Head Giant wants me to get a Trijicon...Too much money.
I fitted it with a three point sling from Specter Gear, it will work great for Bear Hunting. The rifle will hang on me, with the sling wrapped around my body allowing me to use my hands for holding onto Dogs.
I plan on changing the color, giving it a Duracoat camo job. I don't like a black gun. I'm looking at color schemes now, and the color black is not included. Your going to get to see pictures and all. This is so fun!
Camouflage is not essential for Bear Hunting (I may Deer Hunt with it too), but, it will help take care of the rifle and well...I don't like black guns.
I've also bought a Plott Hound. I'll talk about him later.
I don't mean to toy talk. I've lived hard the last few years and this is now possible. Besides, you want to b entertained. Most folks that read me don't know a great deal about this stuff and learn somehing... Gun culture, mountain people and hunters are not monsters.
*Darn they lobbed the mortars in on Memorial Day weekend.
Beauty is not skin deep, it's infinite.