I know who Jeff Cooper was, I know what Gunsite is and I
know the intent of a scout rifle. While I may not
have an immediate need for a "fighting carbine",
I always have a need for a good hunting rifle and I've been around
long enough to
know that these two type of guns can often be one in the same. In
fact, when I was very young and just developing an interest in
firearms, many of the older kids hunted with "sporters" made from
cut down and slicked up 1903 Springfield, 1917 Enfield and British
Enfield military issue firearms. Proven in times of war, these guns
were of course trusted for hunting use, with a few modifications to
make them lighter and faster handling. Subsequently, the metallic
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle is a familiar concept; a fast
handling, solid bolt action rifle that can withstand a lot of use
and abuse and still perform its mission.
Black Alloy Steel
Ring - Adjustable
Integral Ruger Mount System
12.75" - 14.25"*
recoil pad spacers
Left hand model also available
An adaptive firearm
Ruger scout rifle can be
configured to suit different shooters and different situations. Spacers provides an inch and one half of
pull length adjustment. Integral scope mounts provide a place to locate
a ghost sight, included with the Scout Rifle, or a traditional scope. A
Picatinny rail permits mounting a scout scope or any number of
optical-electronic sighting systems.
The gun's steel detachable magazine holds ten
as shipped from Ruger. However, light weight polymer ten, five and
three shot magazines are also available as an accessory from the
Ruger Store and other outlets. The latter two are good options for
anyone who is a passable shot and doesn't need ten shots to drop a deer,
hog or black bear or wants a magazine that fits closer in to the
The Scout Rifle is approximately
3" longer than the Hawkeye Compact, which also has a 16.5" barrel.
difference can be found in the scout's thicker recoil pad and flash
suppressor. The 1.25 lbs increase in total weight over the Compact model can be found in the same
physical differences and in the
addition of a heavier and more rigid barrel, the extended magazine and
the rear ghost sight.
Keep it simple...
A little detail on the brush guarded front post
sight and flash suppressor and the ghost type rear sight that is
mounted in the aft Ruger integral scope mount. The front post sight
is pinned in place on the barrel, the rear sight is adjustable for
windage and elevation. The suppressor is removable.
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle ships with three
interlocking butt pad spacers and removal of all, or any number added in
combination, can be used to adjust pull length from 12.75" to 14.25". In
this case, because I was planning on reenacting Audie Murphy's
role in "To Hell and Back" while conducting the live fire portion of the
Scout Rifle's evaluation, I removed all of the spacers for a short pull
length and greatest shooting flexibility.