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Scout Rifle – What is it?

The idea of a Scout Rifle is something I’ve been facinated with for awhile now. Its a particular type of firearm that I’ve noticed has gained alot of popularity and is being talked about quite alot lately.

But just what is a Scout Rifle?

The term Scout Rifle was coined by Jeff Cooper in the early 1980’s (if you don’t know who Jeff Cooper is I highly recommend doing a little research since he was one of the most influential and knowlagable firearm and training experts to ever live). The term was used by Mr. Cooper to describe a certain type of rifle that he envisioned would be just about the perfect all around rifle for almost any situation. So lets take a look at the characteristics, as set forth by Mr. Cooper, that a proper Scout Rifle should have.

First he described the Scout Rifle as being a bolt action rifle which allows for maximum reliability and durability.

Next a proper Scout Rifle should be in a caliber like .308, 7mm-08 or something similar, but should preferably be a .30 caliber round.

It should weigh less than 6.6 lbs (3 kilograms).

It should have dependable iron sights and an optic of some sort.

It should use a practical sling.

It should be capable of hitting a man sized target out to 450 meters without a scope.

An overall length of 1 meter or less (a hair over 39 inches)

And last but certainly not least, there should be easy access to the top of the action to allow for easy and rapid reloading (this last characteristic usually means that a forward mounted “scout” style scope is required).

So judging by these guidelines there aren’t alot of true Scout Rifles on the market. Sure there are a few companies that make a model of Scout Rifle like Ruger, Springfield and Savage, but these tend to be a little pricey and hard to find. For my money I perfer to build a rifle of my own but thats a whole other article.

So there you have it, those are the basics of what a true Scout Rifle is. Now go get yourself one and enjoy!

Mosin Nagant – To Sporterize or not?

The Mosin Nagant has gained quite a bit of a faithful following over the years. Many a gun owner has observed the simplistic beauty of this well made and abundant rifle. Many of these Mosin lovers are what you would call purists, they love the rifle to be kept in its original condition and configuration even when that condition may not be the best. Many of these purists despise the process of what has been called “sporterizing” mosin rifles. They’d rather see a Mosin restored to its original beauty than bastardized into something completely unrecognizable.

But just what is wrong with sporterizing a Mosin Nagant rifle to make fit in with more modern rifles, or even just to have a fun project to work on?

I’ve always looked at it this way ……. A Mosin is about a $100 dollar rifle that can be picked up just about everywhere from sporting goods stores to gunshops and gunshows to online retailers. SO why not go ahead an have a little fun with one? They’re easily replaced and make a great platform for a variety of projects from hunting rifle to target gun and from scout rifle to a tactical bolt action.

Now having said all that I have to admit I do understand where the purists are coming from and I have to admit to being a bit of a closet purist myself due to spending entirely too much time restoring and old 1940 Tula last year and spending most of my time with it simply oiling and staring at it’s current beauty.

So who has it right? The purists or the sporterizers? Well honestly I think there is more than enough room for both and my recommendation is to buy two Mosin Nagants and have one of each!