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Posted: 3/1/2006 7:13:35 PM EDT
Will I be able to tell any diffenets in shooting or in recoil from the SOCOM M4 Barrel on a Non Auto lower beside the barrel weights 4 oz. heavier? The Reg. Colt M4 barrel with is lighter weight under the Handguards and cost a $250.00 and the Skich's SOCOM Colts Barrel cost $359.00+$8.60? Please tell me what is best choice to get? The hard to get SOCOM Barrel in which cost $100.00 more and weight 4oz. heaver. Tell me is the Colt M4SOCOM Barrel worth collecting? I plan on buiding a M4A1 Upper with the Reg.Colt M4 barrel or SOCOM Colt M4 Barrel. Please help me out on my questions on these barrels?
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 7:38:33 PM EDT
The perceive difference in recoil between the SOCOM M4 and standard M4 barrel is not enough to justify the added price. In fullauto it is much more controllable, and if you were to use a suppressor the added stiffness of the heavier barrel is worth it.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 2:58:49 AM EDT
Josh makes good points here

If you plan semi-only shooting, I's get the light (standard) version

The heavy model advantages are far "outweighed" (pun intended) by the the disadvantage of that extra weight

It is compounded by being forward the center of balance making it more pronounced.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 3:36:07 AM EDT
As someone who has had both, I would say don't worry about it. Get which ever one you can get cheaper and\or easier. For a Semi-Auto, the SOCOM barrel has no noticeable advantage.

Normally I'm all for light weight but I came across a deal from one of our dealers here who was selling some brand new Colt 14.5 SOCOM barrels at a price I couldn't resist. Cheap enough that I figured I would send it to ADCO and have it turned down and still save some money. Luckily the dealer talked me into just trying it first and I'm glad I did. The difference in weight is hardly noticeable. That's why I say get which ever one you can find cheaper or easier because you are unlikely to notice much, if any difference.

Now assuming you can find them both for the same price, I would go with the lighter profile just because lighter is lighter and lighter is better IMO
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:53:12 AM EDT


i prefer heavy barrels because on 11.5" and 14.5" guns, i really don't notice any real weight difference, and since the added material is under the handguards its' effect on the guns moment is minimal also.


Link Posted: 3/2/2006 5:34:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 5:16:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 5:22:58 PM EDT
I have both, and can't tell the difference in regards to weight.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 5:52:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 5:54:58 PM EDT by theshootersden]

Originally Posted By Ekie:
I have both, and can't tell the difference in regards to weight.



Me too... I have them both and really cant notice the weight difference either...

The things that are noticeable is the SOCOM barreled M4 runs cooler and is a smidgen more accurate then my Government profile barreled M4...
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 6:09:10 PM EDT
Not to upset the apple cart here, but if price is a concern CMMG also offers that same barrel for a substatial amount less money than any of the Colt M4 Socom barrels I've found.
And besides being more suited for suppressors, and dissapaitting heat better, they just look better!
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 6:37:49 PM EDT
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