Ayoob’s SHTF .308

I also respect Mr. Ayoob's position on the SOCOM, but also would prefer my Scout with the longer barrel & greater ballistic performance, and less muzzle blast than the SOCOM.

But, that being said, I believe the FAL in it's Congo or PARA configurations is/are superior to the M1A for a SHTF .308 based on better egonomics, an adjustable and more durable gas system, and other features.

My .02
Ditto on the FAL...
The M14/M1A is a robust & reliable rifle with a durable self adjusting gas system, the ergonomics can be changed to meet the need, there are a number of muzzle devices and sights to choose from and the rifle can be had with a choice barrel lengths and weights.