Disparaging the Guru

Bashing Jeff Cooper on social media or blogs seems to be the in thing to do now days. Mostly perpetuated by millennial shooters, Granny Hawkins would file these vain attempts to get attention under www.doodlysquat.com  (If you don’t know who Granny Hawkins is, you’re a millennial for
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Introducing: The Scout Rifle Study – A Web Book

The Scout Rifle Study is a project that began so long ago I’ve forgotten when. It started as research for an article and morphed into an obsession that has consumed much of my time. When it was announced that the findings of the study would be published in book format I received
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The Internet, Fools, and the Shadowy Scout Rifle Elite

About four years ago I undertook the task of writing a book about Scout Rifles. (I hope to releases it in early 2017.) The research has been exhaustive and during the process I stumbled on The Scout Rifle Forum. Now, I learned long ago that forums are a lot like houses of ill-repute;
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This Thing Called a Scout Rifle

The conventional definition of the term “scout rifle” is any rifle with a forward mounted optical sight. Gunsite Academy founder Jeff Cooper coined the term and on multiple occasions defined it. However, his efforts to perpetuate a certain type of firearm are largely lost on the moder
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The Gunsite Story – 40 Years of Firearms Freedom

Offered in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Gunsite Academy and the life’s work of Jeff Cooper. From 1958 until 2003 the pages of Guns & Ammo magazine were graced with the words and wisdom of COL Jeff Cooper. Readers worldwide subscribed to read his thoughts; primarily
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The Ultimate Scout Rifle

  It could be argued there is, only has been, and ever will be, one true Scout Rifle. Cooper referred to all of the Scout Rifles he created as prototypes and proclaimed the Steyr Scout Rifle the best personal rifle in the world. You see, Cooper did not own the term “scout rifle”
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The 2016 Scout Rifle Conference – After Action Report

  The 2016 Scout Rifle Conference has ended. Because of the hard work of the elite staff at Gunsite Academy and the professionalism and focus of all those in attendance, it was a success. It is also important to note that in defiance of a covert effort to sabotage the event by a
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The Lion Scout’s Half Brother

While researching Cooper’s various scout rifles it come to my attention that Super Scout IV was assembled by Melvin Forbes of New Ultra Light Arms. This rifle would come to be known as “Lion Scout” and was – as best as can be determined – a combination of work by Forbes, Fred We
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12 Years with XS Sights

Long about 2004, my old buddy Charlie Sisk of Sisk Rifles put a .358 Winchester rifle together for me. I specified back-up open sights on the rifle and Charlie suggested a set from XS Sights. However, he cautioned me to not expect  great precision with them. “They are a little coarse.
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Scout Rifle Shangri-La – Happy Birthday Jeff Cooper

It is only fitting this post happen today. You see, today is Jeff Cooper’s birthday. In the late 60s Cooper began experimenting with lightweight bolt-action carbines. Greatly influenced by the life and writings of Frederick Russell Burnham, Cooper envisioned this general-purpose rifle
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