Quote of the “Scout Rifle”

“[…]I had a conversation in which I joked that the ideal real-world general purpose rifle was a Glock 19 – that is, after all, all the modern man is ever likely to need to survive in the concrete jungles of the American coastal megalopoleis, and heartland waystation-towns alike. The irony of the Scout Rifle is that it’s a late 20th century weapon designed for the 19th; a sort of modernist homage to the romance the post-war generations have had with Brand’s Old West, Kipling’s India, and Conrad’s Africa.”

–Nathaniel F, from The Firearm Blog

I can’t find any fault in that line of explanation, but that doesn’t stop me from being a romantic about the desire for a scout rifle anyway!

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9 responses to “Quote of the “Scout Rifle”

  1. JPD

    I love mine. It is now my “go to” rifle. Deer, hog, zombies (here in Texas, we call them liberals).

  2. Butch Cassidy

    My friend’s Ruger scout is a bitchin’ good time. Get thee one. And then one for me so I can mount an Aimpoint micro because reasons.

  3. Butch Cassidy

    Also worth noting that the scout rifle concept was dreamed up as an explicit survive-in-the-woods-killing-medium-game-and-not-be-totally-boned-should-you-have-to-smoke-a-dude gun. As the ’80s survivalist wave started to clash with the fudd gun crowd in the buildup to the AWB. The Gun Digest in which it was first published prominently featured an assault weapon debate.

    While the general concept and realism of the wilderness SHTF long gun can be questioned, I think a lot of people forget to keep it in context when they talk handguns. Another article in the same digest proposed pairing a double-stack 9x19mm (S&W, most specifically by author’s preference) with a lightweight 270 and preferably a friend with same handgun and a 12 gauge.

    And a Glock 19 would suck in the role of drop-deer-for-food-and-leather-whilst-WOLVERIIIIIIIIIIIIIINES!!! that the scout concept was brainstormed for.

    This tempts me to draft an effortpost about modern thoughts willfully – but honestly, most often, ignorantly – ignoring the realities and specifics of firearm history.