October 2011

Apostasy? Scout Rifle Pushback

Reader Root disagrees with the value of Cooper’s signature rifle concept, but Readers Smith and Ochs disagree. Reader Johnson suggests a simple 60-year-old fix for Luger malfunctions.

As a longtime subscriber, I’ve really had it with Scout-style rifles. Nothing against Ray Ordorica’s recent series of Scout reviews, but the concept has proven to be a market failure. I know Jeff Cooper sits next to Jesus in heaven. Being dead has its advantages — ask Elmer Keith or Jack O’Connor! I would note, that at age 69, I read everything these guys and their contemporaries wrote when it was 'new.' The original Cooper Scout was a concept looking for a home at a price, as I recall, of $3,500. By the time Cooper’s Scout hit the street, any competent AR builder could build an AR-10 in 308 Win. that was just as light, held more ammo, shot faster and as accurately for a lot less money.

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