If you could only pick one gun to use for all of your defense and hunting needs, what would that one gun be? For Jeff Cooper, one of the 20th centuries foremost experts on small arms, that answer would be what he called a ‘scout rifle’. The scout rifle was a concept he created back in the early 80s around a particular rifle design and caliber “that will do a great many things equally well.”
Jeff Cooper went on to characterize his scout rifle concept as a bolt action rifle, chambered in .30 caliber (7.62mm), that was less than 39.4 inches in length, weighing less than 6.6 pounds empty, fitted with ghost ring axillary iron sights, a forward mounted long eye-relief scope, a ‘ching sling’ shooting aid, and accuracy out to 200 yards of 4 inches or less with 3 shot groups. Cooper went on to define his goal of a scout rifle as being: “…general-purpose rifle is a conveniently portable, individually operated firearm, capable of striking a single decisive blow, on a live target of up to 200 kilos in weight, at any distance at which the operator can shoot with the precision necessary to place a shot in a vital area of the target.”
Cooper believed in being prepared. His scout rifle concept is a valid one for preppers everywhere. If you needed to have one gun that could put food on the table and be used defensively or offensively, then you should take a closer look at Jeff Coopers scout rifle concept.
I recently added a Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle to my collection. While the AR platform seems to be the one that preppers reach for first, I can’t help but question that logic. When I stop and ask myself if I could only pick one gun, and only one gun that I would have to use for the rest of my life to hunt with, defend with, that was light enough to tote around from point “A” to point “B” in a bug out situation, and of a caliber that could take care of most anything in North America. . . I am pretty sure I would reach for my Scout Rifle.