Built On Qual­ity

TROY'S SOCC CARBINE IS WELL-BUILT, DE­PEND­ABLE & FAST-HAN­DLING

Firepower - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY MIKE SEARSON | PHO­TOS BY BEN DAVIS

When talk­ing Troy's SOCC Carbine, think beauty and the beast

If you are a stu­dent of his­tory or Greek mythol­ogy, the name "Troy" con­jures up thought of He­len of Troy, the death of Achilles, the Tro­jan Horse, and an epic bat­tle in one of mankind’s old­est pieces of lit­er­a­ture: Homer’s Iliad.

If you are a stu­dent of firearms, the same name brings to mind a com­pany ded­i­cated to build­ing some of the finest ARS, while mak­ing huge in­no­va­tions along the way. The man who is lead­ing the TROY charge is Pres­i­dent An­drew Finn.

Both of these thoughts hit us when we un­boxed the Troy SOCC (Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Com­pat­i­ble Carbine). Fin­ished in what Troy refers to as a "mil­i­tary brown" coat­ing, it made us think of the ar­mor and shields pos­si­bly worn by the an­cient Tro­jans.

It’s more than just a cool fin­ish, though. Troy’s SOCC is one of the short­est non-nfa Ar-pat­tern ri­fles you can buy. The 14.5-inch bar­rel is equipped with a pinned and welded flash hider that acts as a sup­pres­sor mount for Troy’s brand of si­lencers. In fact, the pin and weld job has been done so well that we have been un­able to find it. If you pick up one of these ri­fles, do not think you can sim­ply re­place the muz­zle de­vice with a few turns of a wrench. So, what else does it have? Keep read­ing.

Build De­tails

Any ri­fle’s bar­rel may be its heart, but we be­lieve the trig­ger to be its soul. In this case, Troy went with the non-ad­justable 2-stage Geis­sele G2S. A two-stage trig­ger means that the trig­ger moves in two-stages. The first part takes up the slack and takes the shooter to the “break wall,” a slight amount of pres­sure be­yond that takes the shooter into the sec­ond stage and is what re­leases the ham­mer. The ad­van­tage here is that the shooter knows pre­cisely when the trig­ger is go­ing to break.

Most shoot­ers will be fa­mil­iar with this. If the con­cept is new to you, you may be think­ing, “I don’t need stages! I just want to pull the trig­ger and have it go bang!” You can rest easy. When you squeeze all the way through in a CQB sit­u­a­tion, or if you just want to blast away at a berm for the week­end, you still have a very smooth and crisp 4.5-pound trig­ger on your ri­fle. The first stage is 2.5 pounds, and the sec­ond is 2 pounds.

Orig­i­nally de­signed as a lower-cost al­ter­na­tive to the SSA, the G2S has a cult fol­low­ing of its own. This is the trig­ger pop­u­lar with shoot­ers who own nu­mer­ous ARS and want a Geis­sele in each one. It works as well as the rest of their line, but fewer hu­man hands have touched it or in­spected it be­fore it ships out the door. It was a per­fect choice for Troy to use in this ri­fle.

The stock is a PDW type that slides for­ward and back­ward and is sur­pris­ingly com­fort­able to shoot. It is called the SOCC Air­borne Stock and was de­signed by Troy to re­in­force and strengthen the M4 buf­fer tube at its weak­est point. There are mul­ti­ple QD at­tach­ment points for adding a sling. When col­lapsed, it is shorter than most AR stocks; when ex­tended, it of­fers a full 14 inch length of pull.

This new stock pro­vides the op­tion of a 4-position length of pull, or a rapid de­ploy­ment fea­ture that by­passes the 4 po­si­tions and moves the stock from fully col­lapsed to fully ex­tended, or the re­verse, in one smooth move­ment.

One is­sue that we have had with these types of stocks in the past is that the side rails can in­ter­fere with ma­nip­u­la­tion of the safety/ se­lec­tor switch. Troy an­tic­i­pated this and has re­designed the se­lec­tor by cant­ing the lever at an an­gle, so the shooter can op­er­ate the safety with the stock in the fully or par­tially

“Any ri­fle’s bar­rel may be its heart, but we be­lieve the trig­ger to be its soul. In this case, Troy went with the non­ad­justable 2-stage Geis­sele G2S.”

col­lapsed position. This se­lec­tor is also am­bidex­trous.

The Troy Bat­tle Rail in­stalled on the SOCC is one of the nicer ones that we have seen. It is very light, smooth, un­ob­tru­sive and fully M-LOK com­pat­i­ble. It adds an ex­cel­lent bal­ance to the carbine. Then again, Troy mas­tered the art of mak­ing ex­cel­lent rails years ago, so the Bat­tle Rails al­ways get bet­ter with each it­er­a­tion.

SET YOUR SIGHTS

Many times, we have been dis­ap­pointed when a higher-end ri­fle comes in and it comes with no sights. Granted, most shoot­ers out­fit their ri­fles with an op­tic of some sort these days; how­ever, when shelling out hard­earned cash for an AR, we like the ri­fle ready to go, out of the box. Troy un­der­stands this as well, and in­cludes a set of their own fold­ing iron sights with the SOCC.

One thing we re­ally liked was the in­clu­sion of, not only back-up iron sights, but the fact that they were Troy’s new­est low-pro­file de­sign. They sit 45% lower in pro­file than their stan­dard fold­ing Bat­tle Sights, pro­vide a con­tin­u­ous zero, and are po­si­tioned at ex­act fac­tory height. The front-fold­ing sight al­lows for quick-and-easy el­e­va­tion ad­just­ments; no tools are needed. These sights are ma­chined from hard­ened air­craft alu­minum and are Mil­spec hard-coat an­odized.

At this point, all you re­ally need (be­sides an op­tic, if that’s how you roll) is a sling and a light, and you are good to go.

Fore­go­ing these op­tions to give you a good re­view of the ri­fle’s per­for­mance, we headed out to the range with 500 rounds of Aguila 5.56 62-grain am­mu­ni­tion.

AT THE RANGE

Troy only sup­plied one mag­a­zine, which was ex­tremely well-made, but we were not about to load that one mag­a­zine up 15 times, so we sup­ple­mented with a few Mag­pul P-mags and some OKAY In­dus­tries Sure Feed mag­a­zines.

We tested the ri­fle with both its fac­tory iron sights and a Tri­ji­con ACOG (TA01-NSN), which is what we be­lieve is the per­fect scope for any Ar-type ri­fle. This is not a dual-il­lu­mi­nated model like most ACOG scopes are. Rather, it uses a tri­tium ret­i­cle for use in low-light con­di­tions and a more tra­di­tional crosshair with a bul­let drop com­pen­sator (BDC) us­able out to 600 yards. The ret­i­cle is marked clearly and like all Tri­ji­con scopes, the glass is ex­tremely clear. The BDC is cal­i­brated for 62-grain am­mu­ni­tion, but it’s not that far off if you use the lighter 55-grain rounds, ei­ther.

Although the TA01-NSN pre­vents the use of a ri­fle’s iron sights—un­less you opt for a seethrough mount that will prob­a­bly give you more of a “chin-weld” in­stead of a cheek-weld on your stock—the scope has back-up tri­tium sights built into it.

The front sight is part of the body, and the rear is at­tached to the ring of the ob­jec­tive and is re­move­able, so you can re­place it with an RMR or sim­i­lar elec­tronic sight as a backup. The Tri­ji­con’s “irons” are on the crude side and meant for ex­treme CQB when the 4x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion might be too much or you just have time for a “flash sight picture,” but they are bet­ter than noth­ing.

With the Troy iron sights and stand­ing at the shoot­ing line, our groups av­er­aged around 2 to 3 inches at 100 yards, but the ACOG with its 4X mag­ni­fi­ca­tion cut these group sizes al­most in half when we fired while seated at a bench. Although, not de­signed as a pre­ci­sion-type ri­fle, the Troy SOCC could be much more ac­cu­rate with a bet­ter op­tic, as far

“The Troy SOCC proved to be 100% re­li­able with all our am­mu­ni­tion and mag­a­zines. It sim­ply ran like the well-oiled ma­chine that it is.”

as mag­ni­fi­ca­tion goes.

Ejec­tion was con­sis­tent, and we were eas­ily able to po­lice our brass, as the ri­fle threw it all into a neat lit­tle pile for us.

Bot­tom Line

The Troy SOCC proved to be 100% re­li­able with all our am­mu­ni­tion and mag­a­zines. It sim­ply ran like the well-oiled ma­chine that it is. A shooter could not ask for a bet­ter hard-use ri­fle ideal for mil­i­tary, law en­force­ment or home-de­fense use.

These ri­fles may be pri­mar­ily mar­keted to­ward the mil­i­tary and law en­force­ment mar­kets for ex­treme CQB sit­u­a­tions, but a civil­ian shooter will get plenty of use out of one of these, as well.

Troy made its name de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive parts for ARS that functioned bet­ter than most of their coun­ter­parts. It is good to see these great com­po­nents in­cor­po­rated into such a fine ri­fle, di­rect from the man­u­fac­turer.

Although bud­get ARS might be a dime a dozen these days, we found the Troy SOCC to be worth part­ing with the ex­tra coin. The er­gonomics are su­perb, the ac­cu­racy and re­li­a­bil­ity are there, it is ready to shoot, out of the box, and it looks great, as well.

As we said ear­lier: All you need to do is add a sling, a light and per­haps an op­tic, and it will be one carbine suit­able to de­fend the walls of your cas­tle. Just don’t be too quick to open the door if you see a large wooden horse sit­ting out­side.

“The Troy Bat­tle Rail in­stalled on the SOCC is … very light, smooth, un­ob­tru­sive and fully M-lok com­pat­i­ble. It adds an ex­cel­lent bal­ance to the carbine.”

“This new stock pro­vides the op­tion of a 4-position length of pull or a rapid de­ploy­ment fea­ture that … will move the stock from fully col­lapsed to fully ex­tended, or the re­verse, in one smooth move­ment.”

A strong mix of func­tion and form, the Troy SOCC is de­signed as a hard-use ri­fle that hap­pens to look good at the same time.

Troy's lat­est rail is light­weight and M-LOK com­pat­i­ble.

Troy made a huge im­prove­ment to the se­lec­tor lever by cant­ing it at an an­gle to make it eas­ier to en­gage with the stock col­lapsed.

The au­thor said Troy's carbine is an out­stand­ing harduse ri­fle that can be used for mil­i­tary, law en­force­ment or home de­fense. Troy’s new Air­borne stock can quickly be ad­justed to four dif­fer­ent length-of­pull po­si­tions and is the most ad­vanced PDW stock out there.

Although it ships with Troy's lat­est set of bat­tle sights, we found the ri­fle more ac­cu­rate with a Tri­ji­con ACOG.

Com­pact, light­weight and fasthandling; Troy's SOCC is ready for any­thing that gets thrown in its way.

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