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    SCOUT: The One Rifle To Rule Them All…

    I think there is an argument to be made that no other individual had as much of an impact on the usage of small arms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries than Col. Jeff Cooper. Col. Cooper is perhaps best known for popularizing the “four rules” of gun safety and the Modern Technique of the Pistol, which he taught at the shooting school he founded, the world-famous Gunsite Academy.

    Those things alone would be a tremendous accomplishment for most people, but Cooper wasn’t content to focus his life only on handguns. Col. Cooper was also a rifleman, and there is an argument to be made that a concept he popularized, the scout rifle, is just beginning to really hit its stride a full decade, after Col. Cooper passed on.

    Col. Cooper began developing the concept of the scout rifle in the late 1980s as “the one rifle you would have if you could only have just one rifle.” It might not be as accurate at distance as a precision rifle, put as much lead downrange as fast as a pure fighting rifle, or be as light as a pack rifle, but was designed to do almost everything relatively well and be a light, and compact weapon that could go almost anywhere.
    “It’s most outstanding characteristic is handiness. It is light, compact, and user friendly… It is easy to carry, convenient to pack into a boat, car, or airplane, powerful enough for any targets shot of pachyderms, and easily provisioned throughout the world. It is ideally adapted to the snap shot, and is quite able to group well into the vital zone of a 200-pound target out to around 400 paces… under field conditions.”

    —The Scout Rifle: Some Simple Principles – Guns & Ammo – July 1988.
    Over a period of years, Cooper refined the concept down into a set of fairly rigid criteria; those rifles that fit the criteria were scout rifles, and those that were outside the parameters were dubbed “pseudo-scouts.”

    The criteria for a scout rifle includes specifications for the rifle, sights, optics, slings, an accessories The rifle

    1. 1 meter or less in length
    2. Chambered in .308 Winchester (or at least uses the .308 as a parent case)
    3. short-action
    4. 18-20 inch barrel
    5. good trigger
    6. light weight (< 7 pounds empty, without accessories or optics)
    The sights

    1. low-mounted, long eye relief optics with low magnification, mounted forward of the action
    2. ghost-ring rear sight, and a post front sight
    The sling

    1. CW or Ching sling
    2. flush-mounted sling swivel sockets (no protruding hardware)
    Accessories

    1. Butt magazine or cuff for ammo storage
    2. collapsible or vanishing bipod
    3. magazine cut-off
    4. Stripper clip compatibility

    For a long while, the only way to get a scout rifle was to send your short-action .308 rifle to a competent gunsmith to be reworked to Scout criteria, which could easily lead to a very expensive firearm.

    Fortunately for us today in the middle of the scout rifle’s resurgence, we have a number of factory-made scouts to choose from. Steyr Scout

    Introduced in 1998, the Steyr Scout is the “grandaddy” of all factory scout rifles, and the only scout personally approved of by Col. Cooper in his lifetime. Owning a Steyr Scout was originally a very expensive prospect. As time has passed, however Steyr has not only refused to raise the price of their Scout, but has recently been able to drop the price of the rifle to a MSRP of $1,499 as interest in the platform has surged.



    The Steyr Scout is popular and versatile enough that it became the basis of a precision rifle, the Steyr Elite .308. Ruger Gunsite Scout

    Perhaps nothing is more directly responsible for the recent resurgence of the scout rifle concept as the Ruger Gunsite Scout, which was developed in close partnership with Gunsite Academy. Introduced in 2012, with blued and stainless versions for both right and left handed shooters, it it a sub-$1,000 price point that is attractive to a lot of shooters. Mossberg MVP Scout

    Mossberg jumped into the expanding scout rifle market last year with the MVP Scout, a variant cleverly designed to use magazines from both the M1A and SR-25/AR-10 family of rifles. The MSRP on this newest scout is listed at a MSRP of $738, and can be found for significantly less, assuring that it will be once of the top-selling scouts for years to come.

    Honorable Mention: Savage Model 11 Scout

    The Savage 11 Scout has a MSRP of $818 and may convert lot of fans of the AccuTrigger, but its too-beefy design is both a little too long and too heavy to be a true scout.

    Honorable Mention: Springfield Armory Squad Scout

    Springfield Armory makes a trio of short-barreled M1A variants designed for forward-mounted scopes including the Squad Scout, but weighing in a hefy-8.8 pounds empty, they don’t come close to meeting the core concept of being light and easy to carry.



    * **

    I was fortunate to be one of a hand-selected group of attendees for the second-ever Scout Rifle Conference at Gunsite Academy last week, where an influential group of scout rifle experts, shooters, media, and and manufacturers got together to train on the platform, have a friend;y competition, and then hold a roundtable to help manufacturers further refine their designs.



    I’d not fired a scout rifle under field conditions prior the the Scout Rifle Conference, but by the end of the week, I’m sold on the concept of the scout rifle as one of the most mature and thoroughly refined concepts I’ve encountered.

    We’ll be talking more about the Scout Rifle Conference in the days ahead.
    I think there is an argument to be made that no other individual had as much of an impact on the usage of small arms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries than Col. Jeff Cooper. Col. Cooper is perhaps best known for popularizing the “four rules” of gun safety and the Modern Technique …

    #2
    The writer left one out.... The Sako model the Canadian Rangers selected...

    http://ottawacitizen.com/news/nation...nadian-rangers




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    Last edited by HabsFan; 07-21-2016, 04:53 AM.

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      #3
      Originally posted by HabsFan View Post
      The writer left one out.... The Sako model the Canadian Rangers selected...

      http://ottawacitizen.com/news/nation...nadian-rangers




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      While I like it, the scope is not mounted forward of the action, thereby making it not a scout rifle under the original criteria
      Take a young person shooting.... Take 2 or more if you can...

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        #4
        I'd like to add a weapon that fits in this category of rifles pretty comfortably, the original CAR( Cowboy Assault Rifle).
        http://www.chuckhawks.com/win94_scout_rifle.htm
        "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction" R.R.

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          #5
          I have the Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle, it is a great shooter. very smooth action and very accurate. A very fun shooter.Next to my Garand it is the most accurate rifle I own.

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            #6
            Granted it's an aged idea, but I still like it. With today's quality low power true 1x to whatever variable scopes, much of the benefit of the forward mounted scope is lost, as is all the down sides of the forward mounted scope.

            However.... to me, the best part of the system is being able to wrap your hand around the receiver to carry it, the handiness of an iron sighted rifle , but with an optic, something you can't do with the 10 and 20 round mags. They may look cool but they ruin the rifle IMO, you might as well use a traditional scope because you've killed the handiness and handling.

            A dated idea and not without its flaws, but I like em.





            Last edited by cas; 07-21-2016, 09:21 AM.
            Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket.

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              #7
              Sending in my Garand next week for a mini g conversion

              http://shuffsparkerizing.com/services/the-mini-g/

              then run this mofo in MDTS carbine classes, like a boss.

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                #8
                Cooper had an amazing life. I miss reading his commentaries every month.

                He was a bit pedantic but maybe that comes partly from being a true intellectual. He was extremely well read (I think he had a doctorate in History) but learned more about life by living it than by reading about it from others. He was also a little idiosyncratic, I think. He seemed almost obsessed with the "Scout Rifle Concept". Like Einstein's elusive unifying theory.

                I don't think there's one rifle design that's superior to any other. They all have their strengths and purposes. But if I had to limit myself to one go-to gun, it would be a semi-auto rifle. I think Cooper always had in mind that a bolt-action is the most accurate and reliable. That's true, but modern semi-autos have become nearly as accurate and far more reliable than Cooper was used to for most of his life. The rate of fire, if and when needed, put it ahead of bolt-actions, IMO.
                Give a man fire, and he stays warm for one night. Set a man on fire, and he stays warm for the rest of his life.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by C6NY View Post
                  I'd like to add a weapon that fits in this category of rifles pretty comfortably, the original CAR( Cowboy Assault Rifle).
                  http://www.chuckhawks.com/win94_scout_rifle.htm
                  I like the idea of a Scout in 30-30 Win. One of the most underappreciated rounds, IMO.

                  Now that I think about it, my old Remington 660 almost falls into the criteria for a Scout.6 1/2 ponds, .308Win. If they make a magazine conversion I'm even closer.
                  (stock photo)
                  Last edited by joeydiver; 07-21-2016, 11:24 AM.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by HabsFan View Post
                    The writer left one out.... The Sako model the Canadian Rangers selected...

                    http://ottawacitizen.com/news/nation...nadian-rangers

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                    No Ching sling?
                    When they kick out your front door
                    How you gonna come?
                    With your hands on your head
                    Or on the trigger of your gun?

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                      #11
                      By the way - any of you motley crew happen to have a Stery Scout in your "never shoot any more" collection, tap on my shoulder.
                      I've got a hankering.
                      Besides - it will look nice next to the 2 10/22's I'm winning on the raffles.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by joeydiver View Post

                        I like the idea of a Scout in 30-30 Win. One of the most underappreciated rounds, IMO.

                        Now that I think about it, my old Remington 660 almost falls into the criteria for a Scout.6 1/2 ponds, .308Win. If they make a magazine conversion I'm even closer.
                        (stock photo)
                        That is nice!

                        I remember a family member bringing home an NYPD ESU Remington 660 in .223 to clean. He was on a "660 Team". I would like to get my hands on one of those....
                        “The Wise are silent, the Foolish speak, and children are thus led astray.”
                        Algernon Blackwood

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Dan 0351 View Post

                          That is nice!

                          I remember a family member bringing home an NYPD ESU Remington 660 in .223 to clean. He was on a "660 Team". I would like to get my hands on one of those....
                          Dan, want me to bring it tonight?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by joeydiver View Post

                            Dan, want me to bring it tonight?
                            Sure, unless your hands are too full.
                            “The Wise are silent, the Foolish speak, and children are thus led astray.”
                            Algernon Blackwood

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Dan 0351 View Post

                              Sure, unless your hands are too full.
                              Im good. The only job they gave me so far is to wipe down the counter and make sure its clear for Malakas chafing dishes of raccoon meatloaf.

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