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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Asking for Research Assistance

I’m conducting some research with regard to shooters who own Scout Rifles or who are interested in Scout Rifles. I’m of the opinion that even though the Scout Rifle is considered a one-rifle answer or the only rifle you need, most who own or want one have a lot of other gu
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Pseudo Scout, Kinda Scout, or Just Scout Rifle…Does it really matter?

When it comes to Scout Rifles there is a constant argument of what does and does not qualify. Jeff Cooper conceptualized the Scout Rifle so his definition should be the deciding factor. Right? Sure. Problem is, Cooper’s definition varied over time. And, while there are some aspects of
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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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The AR versus the Scout Rifle

I like ARs, I own ARs, and I hunt with ARs; hell, I even wrote a book about ARs. Some folks like to use the term “Modern Sporting Rifle – MSR to describe the AR but I think this is nothing more than an extension of political correctness. It’s an AR and if you see where I have us
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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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We Don’t Need No Stinking Scopes

  I’ve been singing the praises of XS rifle sights for a long time. Of course in this day an age if your rifle does not wear an optical sight – in most cases a very large optical sight – you’re looked upon as either an old fart or a neophyte. Well, my buddy Monte Long from XS Sig
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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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Dove Custom’s Mossberg Patriot Scout – First Shots

Scout Rifles can become obsessive, especially if you worship at the altar of lightweight. Prior to the 2016 Scout Rifle Conference at Gunsite Academy I asked my local master gunsmith Jerry Dove of Dove Custom Guns if he would like to work with me on a Scout Rifle project. He agreed an
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The Amazing Utility of Amega Mounts

One of the biggest surprises of the 2016 Scout Rifle Conference at Gunsite Academy was Amega Mounts. I had no idea Amega Mounts existed and I was shocked to discover the number of rifles they offer scout mounts for. Now let’s be clear, members of the Shadowy Scout Rifle Elite wi
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