Troy’s SOCC Carbine Is Well-Built, Dependable & Fast-Handling
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.
“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.”
Both of these thoughts hit us when we unboxed the Troy M4 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.
“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.”
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 less 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 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.”
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 will move the stock from fully collapsed to fully extended, or the reverse, in one smooth movement.
“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.”
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 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.
Caliber: 5.56mm NATO
Barrel: 14.5 inches
OA Length: 30.5-34.5 inches
Weight: 6.75 pounds (empty)
Sights: Folding front and rear
Trigger: Geiselle G2S (2-stage)
Finish: Military brown
A Brief History of Troy
Steve Troy founded Troy Industries in 2003, with a single purpose of designing and manufacturing small arms components and accessories of the highest quality.
It did not take long for AR manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson, Sturm Ruger & Company and LaRue Tactical, to start using Troy’s top of the line sights, rails and stocks in their platforms.
Troy Industries debuted their own firearms division in 2012, building complete firearms from the ground up. Troy Defense offers technologically-advanced firearms and upgrades that previously were only available to select military and law enforcement agencies.
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