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