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Back in the late 1990s, a new polymer pistol called the HS 2000 hit the market. Made in Croatia by I.M. Metal, the HS 2000 suffered from poor marketing, a poor supply of holsters and accessories, and ultimately, poor sales.
The M1A SOCOM can supply well-directed heavy fire from an easy-to-use, cop-friendly platform.
Whenever I handle a basic 1911 pistol, either an original commercial Colt from 1918 or a more modern gun, I'm quickly reminded of just why this elegantly simple gun has been the darling of so many millions of fighting men over the decades.
As the sear releases the striker and the primer ignites, it's now the rifle's job to deliver that bullet exactly where it must go.
It looked like the metal was finished virtually flawlessly, and these weren't castings but forgings, milled to final form. Impressive.
Springfield Armory's M1A rifle is more refined than ever and it still packs a punch.