The .458 SOCOM
is a relatively large round designed for a specialized upper receiver that can be mounted on any AR-15
pattern rifle. The round offers a muzzle velocity and .
Inspired by a lack of power offered by the 5.56 NATO
cartridge used in the M4 and the M16, the .458 SOCOM came about from informal discussion of members of the special operations
community, specifically Task Force Ranger
's experience that multiple shots were required to neutralize members of the opposing force in Mogadishu
during Operation Gothic Serpent
. Marty ter Weeme designed the cartridge in 2000 and Tony Rumore of Tromix, Inc was contracted to build the first .458 SOCOM rifle in February 2001.
The project sponsor set forth a number of specific requirements that led to the ultimate design as it stands right now: The cartridge had to fit in the M-4 platform and magazines, be capable of firing heavy-for-caliber projectiles at subsonic velocity using suppressors. During the developments phase, various other cartridges were considered and proposed to the project sponsor, but rejected as not meeting all the requirements. The cartridges considered were 7.62×39mm M43
, 9×39mm Grom, .45 Professional (which has since become the .450 Bushmaster
), and .50 Action Express
. At the time, the .499 LWR cartridge was still in development phase and had not been chambered commercially.
The .45 Professional was ruled out because in an interview with industry press, the... Read More