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SOPMOD

The Special Operations Peculiar MODification (SOPMOD) kit is an accessory system for the M4A1 carbine, CQBR, FN SCAR Mk 16/17, HK416 and other weapons used by United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The kit is not specific to USSOCOM, however. The kit allows American Special Operations personnel to configure their weapons to individual preferences and mission requirements.

SOPMOD Block I

The program dates back to September 1989, when the Special Operations Special Technology (SOST) Modular Close Combat Carbine Project was founded. The Material Need Statement (MNS) was signed on May 1992, and by September 1993, the Operational Requirements Document (ORD) for the program was validated. Responsibility for the program was then assigned to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division.

The SOPMOD kit is composed mostly of non-developmental and commercial off-the-shelf (NDI/COTS) accessories packaged together to support four M4A1 carbines.

Contents

The original SOPMOD Block I kit included all of the following:

Only two of following were included per kit:

Only one of the following was included per kit:

If more of the accessories are needed, it is typical for units to "cannibalize" the kits of inactive teams. The documentation for the kit does not require a rewrite if improved replacements for any of the current items can be found. As a result, this content list has changed. For instance, on many SOPMOD M4s today, the Crane Sloping Cheekweld Stock has been added. Several potential additions include the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System and the M320 grenade launcher. Also, various EOTech holographic sights are used on many SOPMOD configured M4s. The SOPMOD kit allows for the attachment of any Picatinny compatible accessory that fits the length of the weapon.

  • Daniel Defense M4A1 RIS II and RIS II FSP, full-length handguards using a gas block without a front sight
  • Insight Technology M3X Tactical Illuminator (SU-233/PVS)
  • Insight Technology M6X Tactical Laser Illuminator (SU-238/PVS)
  • EOTech 553 HOLOgraphic Weapon Sight (SU-231/PVS)
  • Trijicon ACOG TA01 ECOS 4x Scope (SU-237/PVS)
  • AN/PVS-17 Product Improvement Kit
  • BUIS II
  • Insight Technology LA-5/PEQ
  • Insight Technology CNVD-T Thermal Sight (SU-232/PAS)
  • L3-EOTech 553 (SU-231/PEQ)
  • L3-EOTech XPS3-0 (FDE) Holographic Sight
  • L3-EOTech G33 (Tan Anodized/FDE) Magnifier
  • Raytheon Company Elcan SpecterDR 1-4x Scope (SU-230/PVS)
  • Trijicon ACOG + Docter RDS (SU-237/PVS Sight Unit)
  • AN/PVS-24 Night Vision Device
  • Daniel Defense RIS II Series (FSP/Non FSP/GL, FDE)
  • Insight M3X Light (SU-233/PVS Gun Light)
  • Insight WMX200 Gun Light
  • WSC (Weapon shot counter)
  • LMT® SOPMOD Gen 1/2 Stock (The Gen1 buttstock does not have the QD sling connector, so slings were attached through the slats in the back and tied on; Later, LMT introduced the Gen 2 stock that had the connector.)
  • KAC Front Sight
  • KAC Micro Rear BUIS
  • Tango Down VFG
  • KAC "Broomhandle" VFG

Unofficially dubbed the "Block III", the URG-I was initially fielded by the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) to replace the current Block II base upper receiver group. Available in both 14.5" and 10.3" lengths, the URG-I was designed to provide end users with a lightened upper with increased parts life, while maintaining modularity with various accessories. Though primarily issued to USASOC personnel, the URG-I upper receiver has seen usage in Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) as well as other components within SOCOM.

  • Colt M4 receiver
  • Daniel Defense 14.5" CHF barrel with mid-length gas system, also available in 10.3" with carbine length gas system
  • Daniel Defense pinned gas block
  • Geissele Mk16 Super Modular Handguard in Desert Dirt Camo
  • Geissele Airborne charging handle in Desert Dirt Camo
  • Colt M16 BCG
  • Surefire 4-prong flash hider

SOPMOD
SOPMOD Language Watch Edit The Special Operations Peculiar MODification SOPMOD kit is an accessory system for the M4A1 carbine CQBR FN SCAR Mk 16 17 HK416 and other weapons used by United States Special Operations Command USSOCOM The kit is not specific to USSOCOM however The kit allows American Special Operations personnel to configure their weapons to individual preferences and mission requirements SOPMOD Block I The program dates back to September 1989 when the Special Operations Special Technology SOST Modular Close Combat Carbine Project was founded The Material Need Statement MNS was signed on May 1992 and by September 1993 the Operational Requirements Document ORD for the program was validated Responsibility for the program was then assigned to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division The SOPMOD kit is composed mostly of non developmental and commercial off the shelf NDI COTS accessories packaged together to support four M4A1 carbines Contents 1 Accessories 2 Block I phased replacements 3 Block II 4 Upper Receiver Group Improved URG I or Block III 5 References 6 External linksAccessories EditThe original SOPMOD Block I kit included all of the following Knight s Armament Company KAC Rail Interface System RIS forearm KAC s vertical foregrip KAC s backup iron sight BUIS Trijicon s Model TA01NSN 4x32mm Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight ACOG ECOS N optical sight a variant of the Aimpoint CompM2 Tactical Ordnance and Equipment Improved combat sling which allows for secure cross body patrol carry PRI Bracket mount for AN PVS 14 night vision Only two of following were included per kit Insight Technology s AN PEQ 2 Infrared Target Pointer Illuminator Aiming Laser ITPIAL Insight Technology s Visible Light Illuminator VLI Trijicon s Model RX01M4A1 reflex sight KAC s quick detach sound suppressor QDSS Only one of the following was included per kit KAC s quick attach M203 grenade launcher mount Quick attach sight for use with the M203 M203 with a 9 inch barrel Insight Technology s AN PEQ 5 visible laser sight AN PVS 17A mini night vision sight AN PSQ 18A M203 night sight Carrying storage case for kit accessories If more of the accessories are needed it is typical for units to cannibalize the kits of inactive teams The documentation for the kit does not require a rewrite if improved replacements for any of the current items can be found As a result this content list has changed For instance on many SOPMOD M4s today the Crane Sloping Cheekweld Stock has been added Several potential additions include the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System and the M320 grenade launcher Also various EOTech holographic sights are used on many SOPMOD configured M4s The SOPMOD kit allows for the attachment of any Picatinny compatible accessory that fits the length of the weapon Block I phased replacements EditDaniel Defense M4A1 RIS II and RIS II FSP full length handguards using a gas block without a front sight Insight Technology M3X Tactical Illuminator SU 233 PVS Insight Technology M6X Tactical Laser Illuminator SU 238 PVS EOTech 553 HOLOgraphic Weapon Sight SU 231 PVS Trijicon ACOG TA01 ECOS 4x Scope SU 237 PVS AN PVS 17 Product Improvement Kit BUIS IIBlock II EditInsight Technology LA 5 PEQ Insight Technology CNVD T Thermal Sight SU 232 PAS L3 EOTech 553 SU 231 PEQ L3 EOTech XPS3 0 FDE Holographic Sight L3 EOTech G33 Tan Anodized FDE Magnifier Raytheon Company Elcan SpecterDR 1 4x Scope SU 230 PVS Trijicon ACOG Docter RDS SU 237 PVS Sight Unit AN PVS 24 Night Vision Device Daniel Defense RIS II Series FSP Non FSP GL FDE Insight M3X Light SU 233 PVS Gun Light Insight WMX200 Gun Light WSC Weapon shot counter LMT SOPMOD Gen 1 2 Stock The Gen1 buttstock does not have the QD sling connector so slings were attached through the slats in the back and tied on Later LMT introduced the Gen 2 stock that had the connector KAC Front Sight KAC Micro Rear BUIS Tango Down VFG KAC Broomhandle VFGUpper Receiver Group Improved URG I or Block III EditUnofficially dubbed the Block III the URG I was initially fielded by the United States Army Special Operations Command USASOC to replace the current Block II base upper receiver group Available in both 14 5 and 10 3 lengths the URG I was designed to provide end users with a lightened upper with increased parts life 1 while maintaining modularity with various accessories Though primarily issued to USASOC personnel the URG I upper receiver has seen usage in Air Force Special Operations Command AFSOC as well as other components within SOCOM Colt M4 receiver Daniel Defense 14 5 CHF barrel with mid length gas system also available in 10 3 with carbine length gas system Daniel Defense pinned gas block Geissele Mk16 Super Modular Handguard in Desert Dirt Camo Geissele Airborne charging handle in Desert Dirt Camo Colt M16 BCG Surefire 4 prong flash hiderReferences Edit NSWC Crane Mid Length Gas System Testing Shows Increased Performance amp Service Life for M4 Carbines Soldier Systems Daily External links EditSOPMOD page on GlobalSecurity org SOPMOD program presentation Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title SOPMOD amp oldid 1045139708, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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