Steyr Scout RFR

REFERENCE

1. “Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is the queen of personal weapons.”

10. “Certified Master of the Art”   “…was one of perhaps a half –dozen truly authoritative ‘gun writers’ of the 20th century.”   “White could not get into what Crossman regarded as a satisfactory shooting position, and he knew nothing about the shooting sling.”   “He could keep all of his shots in a four-inch ring at a hundred steps under all conditions of light, speed, and position. Calm or out of breath, lying down or standing up, in a slow fire or in a hurry, White’s shot always landed within two inched of his exact point of aim.”   “This sort of thing will win no medals in competition, nor will it be extolled by the advertisers, but it will do what needs doing – and it will do it every time.”

10a. “Regarding weight, there is a simple test anyone can do in the store on the range or in the field. The shooter should grasp the piece [rifle] with his right hand in the firing grip and hold it out shoulder high, at arms length, muzzle vertical for 60 seconds. If he finds this exercise painful or even difficult, his rifle is too heavy.”

26. “The general purpose rifle will do equally well for all but specialized hunting as well as for fighting; thus it must be powerful enough to kill any living target of a reasonable size. If you insist upon a definition of ‘reasonable size,’ let us introduce an arbitrary mass figure of about 1,000 pounds (approximately 400 kilograms).”

27. The classic 30-06 of the United Sates will do anything that a rifle may be called upon to do, which including the taking of all forms of live targets, from prairie dogs to Alaskan moose, and it is superbly suited to fighting.”

38. “…capable of striking a single decisive blow, on a live target up to 200 kilos [440.9 pounds] in weight, at any distance at which the operator can shoot with the precision necessary to place a shot within the vital area of the target.”

40. “Prairie dogs to Alaskan moose”

Jeff Cooper, The Art of the Rifle, Paladin Press, Boulder, Colorado, 1997

The Art of the Rifle is an iconic and still very relevant book on rifle shooting. It can be purchased direct from the Gunsite Academy ProShop.

 

2. “We are continuing our experiments with Scout rifles. Such instruments are short, handy, 308, bolt-action rifles, generally fitted with plastic stocks and featuring strong, low-power telescopes mounted well forward – total weight not to exceed seven and a half pounds… Many feel that if a job cannot be handled by the combination of a Scout rifle and a 45-auto pistol, the only thing to fall back on is a tank.”

2b. The 1989 Scout Rifle definition in Chapter 4 was condensed from this book. Volume IX Number 9, 1989 Christmas

2c: “Of course the abstract difference between 3kgs (6.71 lbs.) and seven-and-a-quarter or seven-and-a-half pounds may be unimportant, …”

19. “A Scout is a short, light, compact, general purpose rifle, which incorporates the latest technical advances for the type…It should be no more than a meter in length,…”

20. “As we continue work on the Scout Rifle project we reflect that two of the greatest sporting rifles ever designed – possibly the two greatest sporting rifles ever designed – were the 6.5 Mannlicher carbine and the Model 94 Winchester 30-30. These were pieces designed by and for men who did a lot of field shooting and, except for the sights, they feature many of the important characteristics of today’s Scout. Truly there appears to be nothing new under the sun.”

21. “It takes a short cartridge – .308, 7-08, or .243 – but .308 (7.62×51) is much the most common.”

36. “I don’t care a damn about these people who can split a pea at 300 yards. What I want to know about a man is how good is he on a charging buffalo at six feet.”

39: “The Scout Rifle, as we have developed it, is a distinctly dual purpose device, equally suitable for individual combat and for the generalized hunting of four footed game…The Scout is intrinsically and essentially a general purpose firearm.”

46. “One index of handling ease in a rifle is the vertical distance between the line of sight and the little finger of the shooting hand – the less the better. We are going to call this the “handiness factor,” and apply it to Scout designs.”

47. “The new stock on Super Scout IV – which we hope will become the “Lion Scout” – will be carefully heat-cured at Ultra Light [Ultra Light Arms – this was the company name for New Ultra Light Arms prior to its purchase by Colt and requisition.] before bedding, and also fitted with aluminum pillars to take up the strain at stress points. We hope this will work. Synthetic stocks are definitely better than wood stocks, but only ig they are properly constructed.”/”The Ultra Light stock, of boron-reinforced Kevlar, is now being constructed at the factory, and fitted with a butt magazine handmade here at Gunsite.”

50.  “…non-reflective black on all metal parts, and ‘Kalahari Thorn’ on the stock.”

53. “…most useful in mountain hunting, whereas the butt magazine is most useful in Africa – where things can get ragged suddenly.”

54. “A butt magazine, Gunsite style, is a great help in some circumstances, but adds a half a pound to total weight.” and, “The Clifton disappearing bipod has many advantages. It also adds a little weight.”

55. “It has a couple of bugs to be worked out, but it has more promise than anything of the kind we have yet seen.”

57. “We have several versions [detachable magazines] available, some include a detachable M-14 20-round magazine. Magazine capacity may be convenient but we feel that the magazine cutoff such as that in the old 03 Springfield is a superior device. With a magazine cutoff it is possible to use a weapon as a single-shot, with full magazine in reserve for emergencies at the flip of a switch.”

58. “You can hold the magazine in reserve while single-loading. And it is so beautifully machined as to be unsuited to The Age of the Common Man.”

59. “We may be the only outfit that has basic trouble with the telescopic sight. Apparently these devices never break down except here at Gunsite. The fact remains that one of the big problems of our rifle classes is the unreliability of the telescope, and it was most enlightening that of the four telescope sighted rifles we had on the African hunt, three failed.”

60. “Glass sights have many outstanding advantages but we must remember they also have certain disadvantages, and except for varminting, they are not absolutely necessary.”

61. “The ghost-ring is incomparably superior to the open express sight, and basically more satisfactory on dangerous game than a telescope. This is dogma—no longer subject to discussion or debate.”

66. “We have worked out a way to make the sight line the same for both the primary glass sights and the reserve iron sights.”

67. “Do not tell any of our friends in the industry this, but you can take all the variable telescopes ever made and use them for fish bait. You may not catch many fish, but you keep needless affectation off your rifle.”

68. “It is not, however, absolutely necessary to mount the glass forward. The conventionally mounted telescope is not as good but it will do. We do feel strongly that it should be of low fixed power, not to exceed 4X.”

69. “We would like to prevail upon Family Member John Milius to produce a film version of the ancient Anglo-Ssxon epic Beowulf. We have the cast already in mind. We want Bruce Jenner for Beowulf. Mike Tyson for Grendel, and Bella Abzug for Grendel’s mother.”

Jeff Cooper, The Gargantuan Gunsite Gossip, Gunsite Press, Paulden, Arizona, 1990

This is the first published collection of Cooper’s commentary and it covers the years from 1981 to 1989. It can be purchased direct from Gunsite Academy ProShop.

3. “…to the works of Sir Henry Rider Haggard – King Solomon’s Mines and Allan Quartermaine,”

4. “Jeff read Stewart Edward White, Theodore Roosevelt, and then on his 16th birthday, his father gave him Ernest Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa.”

Lindy Wisdom Cooper, Jeff Cooper, The Soul and The Spirit, My Father’s Story, Gunsite & Company Inc., Paulden, Arizona, 1996.

A biography of Jeff Cooper, writer by his daughter. It can be purchased direct from Gunsite Academy ProShop.

 

5. “…lines were cherished by Theodore Roosevelt.”   “This book, therefore, is not for the trepid, the faint of heart, the soft, nor the overcivilized. It is, on the contrary, for those who aspire to command of the unruly environment in which they now find themselves.”

5a. This weight is measured with all accessories in place but with the weapon unloaded.”

25. All scouts up to now have been in caliber .308, and the chronograph insists that the proper loading can start a 150-grain bullet from a 19 inch barrel at a couple clicks over 2700 f/s. These ballistics served Theodore Roosevelt and Steward Edward White very well in Africa, and they still can.”

29. “…it sometimes detracts from it [first round hits] by letting the shooter believe if he misses with his first shot he can always make up with the second. This is a bad attitude for a rifleman.”

Jeff Cooper, To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth, Paladin Press, Boulder, Colorado, 1998

Many consider this to be the best book written by Cooper. It can be purchased direct from Gunsite Academy ProShop

 

6. “If young Americans asked Josiah what Burnham thought about emigrating to Africa, he said to tell them, ‘That if they want to come to Africa to heap up a pile and go home again to live, that we can do our own blood sucking without help and I hope they will stay away. But any man who finds himself crowded and wants to help build up a new nation of Anglo Saxon people in this great Continent, come, he will find friends and plenty of work, rough and hard, maybe— for that is the proof of the man— if he won’t work hard at home, we don’t want his worthless carcass here. We want men not paupers— or Mamma’s darlings. We want men who can plow and live hard, shoot straight and ride well— for them there is room.”    “He wanted his son to know how to ride and shoot, swim and fish, sail and row.”

Kemper, Steve, A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham, W. W. Norton & Company, 2016

This is the best resource for information on Burnham. The book is available in print and on Kindle.

7. “Probably the first scout one is likely to think of today is Major Frederick Russell Burnham, the American who distinguished himself in both Arizona fighting the Apaches and later in Rhodesian and South Africa. His definitive work, “Scouting on Two Continents,” gives us a dramatic and enlightening picture of what a scout was and how he operated.”

7a. We held a couple conferences among the enlightened, and derived certain basic characteristics which seemed essential to a pure scout. These included weight and length restriction, with 3.5 kgs [7.71 pounds] and 1 meter maximum.”

7b. “Scout Update” paper from 1994, “This piece, [Remington 600] when finely tuned, became the prototype – ‘Scout One.’” It weighed 6.7 pounds (3kg) with telescope in place.”

37: “…able to group well into the vital zone of a 200 pound target out to around 400 paces – under field conditions.”

41. “…able to group well into the vital zone of a 200 pound target out to around 400 paces – under field conditions.”

63. “The scout rifle however, is always equipped with reliable ghost-ring metallic sights for either primary [emphasis mine] or backup employment.”

81. “The Steyr Scout is clearly the best personal rifle in the world.”

Jeff Cooper, Personal Papers, Gunsite Ranch, circa: 1983 – 2006

These quotes were taken from Cooper’s personal papers. Some were article drafts, notes, and correspondence.

8. “The term ‘hero’ is far too loosely applied today, and is casually used to denote almost anyone who encounters any sort of danger, or even discomfort, for a good cause. So we should come up with a better term for Frederick Russell Burnham. He was a true, classical hero and should serve as an inspiration in an age when the common man is extolled above his merits.”

Jeff Cooper, C-Stories, Wisdom Publishing, Tempe, Arizona, 2004

Though not as well known or widely distributed as most of Cooper’s books, C-Stories is a very good read. It can be purchased direct from Gunsite Academy ProShop

9. “Frederick Russell Burnham was particularly proud of his title of “Chief of Scouts” under Lord Roberts in the Boer War. The scouts, of whom Burnham was chief, were frontiersmen only coincidently…“A ‘scout rifle’ should be a rifle for such a man.”

22. “I do not own any of these terms that I have injected into shooting jargon, but sometimes I wish that I did. Take this matter of “Scout.” The term is meaningful to me, but not to enough people. Marketers tend to slap terms on to things, for obvious reasons, but there is nobody in authority to assure that they will use terms as originally [Cooper] intended. Today the only true Scout rifles are customized instruments built up here at Gunsite or the Steyr Scouts made at the factory in Austria. [emphasis mine – was Cooper insinuating that only he could use the term Scout Rifle to describe a rifle?] I have various times defined the Scout, including all of its necessary attributes, but nobody is legally bound to take my word for this. So I see a good deal of junk floating around under false pretenses. I suppose there is no harm in that, but in truth I wish it would go away.”

23. “A scout for example is a general purpose rifle and thus it must take a general purpose cartridge, most particularly not a .223.”

24. “poodle shooter.”

28. “…it must use a general-purpose cartridge readily available worldwide and suitable for any target up to buffalo. This points to the 308 Winchester but options include 30-06, 303 British, and the 7mm-08 for jurisdictions where .30 calibers are prohibited. It does not include the 223.”

30. “Loaded with the Randy Garrett [Garrett Cartridges] ‘Plus P’ ammunition, the Co-Pilot should probably be called ‘Little David’ – an extremely effective and marvelously handy weapon for use against bears, dangerous game at moderate ranges.”

31. “I am much taken with this ingenious piece, and I have promoted its use in Africa to the evident delight of all concerned…It is one really good offering on the modern list.”

43. “Those of us who shoot a good deal are well aware that the most important attribute of either rifle or pistol is trigger-action. A good trigger release is what makes either rifle or pistol easy to hit with, and hitting is the purpose of the exercise.”

48. “perfectly satisfied”

49. “The stock should be of a high quality, synthetic material affording greater strength per unit of weight, and of uniform non-skid finish. (The exact configuration and specifications of the stock are matters for further conference, but length of pull is not to exceed twelve-and-one-half inches.)”

51. “Three flush sling-sockets should be included, to accommodate either the C.W. or the Ching Sling.”

65. “It is sighted with a “Scoutscope, mounted forward of the magazine and right down on the barrel, and also with reserve aperture sights, preferably retractable.”

Jeff Cooper, Gargantuan Gunsite Gossip 3, Wisdom Publishing, Tempe, Arizona, 2010

This is the third published collection of Cooper’s commentary and it covers the years from 1981 to 1989. It can be purchased direct from Gunsite Academy ProShop.

 

11. “This is, in my opinion, the supreme moment in a hunter’s life, the moment when, all preliminaries at an end, the lion makes his direct and deadly attack. The little unessentials are brushed aside. Only remains the big primitive idea to fill all a man’s mind—kill or be killed. The preliminary maneuverings have made him nervous and jumpy enough to scream aloud; but now all his faculties fall into battle array. He becomes deadly cool. Each of the few movements necessary to bring his weapon into play he executes with what seems to him an almost deliberate precision. A smoldering, repressed emotion fills all his being; it is not exactly anger, but something like it, rather a feeling of antagonism, a pitting of forces and skills. He delivers each shot with an impact of nervous force behind it, as though he were to strike with his own hands. “Take that!” his mind seems to itself to mutter; though of course he has really no time nor attention to waste on articulation. And beneath all this is a great wary alertness that sits like a captain in a conning tower, spying cannily over all the situation as it develops, poised ready to plan competently for the unexpected.” Excited in the usual sense of the word? No. But alive to the uttermost of all his faculties at once? Yes. That is why the moment is supreme.”

Stewart Edward White, The Rediscovered Country, Originally published by Doubleday, Page, 1915

Available on Kindle this is an excellent read for anyone who is enamored with Africa and African hunting lore.

12. “Fear that nullifies a man’s ability to cope with the danger which gives rise to the fear is an unacceptable emotion. The awareness of peril, however, is not the same thing at all, because in properly organized personalities it heightens perceptivity, sets the heart and mind to greater activity, and stimulates the entire consciousness in a way not otherwise realized.

Jeff Cooper, Another Country, Gunsite Press, Paulden, Arizona, 1992

Another County is a series of essays highlighting many of Cooper’s adventures. It can be purchased direct from the Gunsite Academy ProShop.

13. “…the old-time scout would be much better provided with what we have come to call a “Scout Rifle” today than that which he was given at the time.”

13a. The 1990 Scout Rifle definition in Chapter 4 was condensed from these papers.

13b. 5 & 6 Oct. 1984: Joel W. Campbell, Chris Fong? Dan Dennehy  (Custom Knife Maker – Gunsite Graduate), James White, Ray Rose, Barrett Tillman, Royce Mullens (Early Gunsite Graduate), Jeff [Cooper], Mike Kiester, Russ [Showers] (Operations Manager), Louis [Awerbuck] (Gunsite Instructor), Fritz [Huls] (Student Coordinator), John Gannaway (1 day)

Jeff Cooper, Scout Update – Personal Papers, Gunsite Ranch, January 1994

This quote was taken from Cooper’s personal papers; a document that was used as a draft for an article on Scout Rifles.

14. “In 1983 a conference was convened at the Gunsite Training Center in Arizona to examine the subject of the modernization of rifle design. The members of the conference included gunsmiths, stocksmiths, journalists, marksmanship instructors, inventors, and hunters. It was called the First Scout Rifle Conference (‘scout’ being the term settled upon for the definition of the new concept,) and it adjourned with the objective of exploring all elements of design during 1984 and meeting again in October. When the second meeting was held much progress had been made. The project is not complete and at this point certain technical innovations remain to be perfected.”

14a. “rifle of the future,”  

14b. “Riflemen tend to be a conservative lot, and anything which departs from past procedures is usually viewed with skepticism.”

14c. “The consensus of the conference was that modern technology enables us to produce a rifle which need not sacrifice either power or accuracy to convenience. The new-wave rifle is neither more powerful nor intrinsically more accurate than the rifles of the past, but it is much, much handier – shorter, lighter, and quicker to operate.”14 

14d. “The current guideline is a length limit of one meter and a weight limit of three kilos. (This weight is measured with all accessories in place but with the rifle unloaded.)

14e. “modern scout rifle”

14f. “…feature which distinguishes [it] from its predecessors.  

14g. “The modern scout uses a low-power telescope mounted just forward of the magazine well.”

14h. “…but there is little doubt in the minds of those who have used the scout telescope concept on snap shots that it is the only proper general-purpose sighting system for a rifle.”  

14i. “Reserve iron sights were held to be desirable for a proper scout rifle, but a proper set has not yet been devised. The forward-mounted telescope allows the positioning of an aperture sight on the receiver bridge, and the barrel extrusion which constitutes the forward telescope mount offers a proper base for a front sight.”

14j. “A short barrel does sacrifice something in velocity but not enough to balance considerations of handiness.”  

14k. “All scouts up to now have been in .308 cat., and the chronograph insists that proper loading can start the 150-gr. bullet from a 19″ barrel at a couple of clicks over 2700 f.p.s. These ballistics served Theodore Roosevelt and Stuart White very well in Africa, and they still can.”

14l. “The heavy barrels so popular on target guns have no place on the general-purpose rifle. Barrel diameter, adds weight without any appreciable increase in accuracy, and serves mainly to delay heating.”

14m. “Much thought has been given by the conference to the subject of semi-automatic actions for scout rifles. If a semiautomatic action were made which was sufficiently compact and otherwise acceptable, it should certainly be considered, but at this time there is no such action available.”

14n. “The whole concept of great rapidity of fire in a rifle has been weighed and found, not exactly wanting, but somewhat inconsequential…The primary purpose of a rifle is a first-shot hit, whether the target is game or a human antagonist. Semi-automatic fire does not assure this.”

14o. “The conference was unable to reach a consensus as to action desirability.”

14p. “…be so constructed as to protect the points of soft-point spitzer bullets as they ride in the magazine.”

14q. “The action should offer…some sort of magazine cutoff permitting the rifle to be used in the single-shot mode with the magazine in reserve.”

14r. “The trigger system should be smooth and clean, and provide a crisp 3-lb. release.”

14s. “Such a magazine could be inserted to its first stop, which would not allow the bolt to feed it. When desired, the magazine could be pressed into its second stop, permitting the bolt to pick up the top cartridge.”

Jeff Cooper, The Scout Rifle, NRA’s American Rifleman Magazine, September, 1985

https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2014/10/2/throwback-thursday-the-scout-rifle/

15. The Scout Rifle definition from the First Conference in Chapter 4 was condensed from this website. 

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16. The 1990 Scout Rifle definition in Chapter 4 was condensed from this book. Volume X Number 10, 1990 High Summer

16a. “Most people do not realize that a Scout must make weight, …”

32: “I would never be opposed to the concept of a self-loading Scout, however, if I thought I could get it without the drawbacks.”

33. “It seems to us the long ago we pointed out the desirability of this development, and now the Defense Department hit got the word…With that sort of trigger installed, the SR25 might be the ‘rifleman’s rifle’ of the future.”

34. “How many rounds should ride in a magazine of a hunting rifle?  Since most military style bolt-action rifles which have been converted into sporting rifles are equipped with five-round magazines, I have always thought that five was the normal count, even though in most of my hunting experience smaller capacity would have been no handicap. Now we see that the majority of new sporting actions coming from Europe carry only three rounds, and that many domestic models are limited to four. A reduced magazine can make for a slimmer, trimmer weapon, and a single-column fed system may be made somewhat more satisfactory than the traditional Mauser double-column.  As to the first considerations, I personally find the extension magazine on some of my weapons to be attractive to the eye, besides offering me a handy fingerhold when I am carrying the piece at the balance in one hand.  Both Baby and the Lion Scout feature extensions magazines, and I like their looks, but after all, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.  The production scout offers either option to the shooter, and I think that the magazine housing for the ten-round detachable box gives the finished piece a very purposeful air.  It comes off with a screw driver for those who wish a flush magazine.”

35. “The Scout Rifle is an instrument for a man operating alone, and this does not involve volume of fire. The bolt-action, in various guises, is probably the most suitable, though there is much to be said for a single-shot action which permits shorter overall length of the assembled weapon. The self-loaders, in general, are too bulky and too complex for maximum friendliness.”

42. “A couple of people in reviewing my works in the past have come up with a contradiction which I should correct. In one article I stated that the 308 cartridge was quite adequate for targets of up to 200 kilograms in weight. I meant that to read 400 kilograms, and I so stated in subsequent publications.”

44. “Bring the rifle that has the best trigger. A good trigger release, single or double, is the most important aid to ‘shootability’ in a rifle. The continued and startling superiority of Scout II is apparently not mainly due to its accuracy (which is superb), but due to its marvelous trigger.”

45. “an invitation to mishaps in the hands of the unenlightened.”

56. “For normal work, a rifle does not need a lot of ammunition on board.”

64. “A long eye relief telescope doth not a scout make.”

71, “Herr Ulrich Zedrosser spent a full week here in December [1990] observing our last rifle class. He is Chief of Design for Steyr-Mannlicher and, within reason, what he says pretty much goes. He mentioned d the creation of a prototype as if it were a foregone conclusion, and Herr Murg from Swarovski seemed quite ready to proceed on an integrated, long-eye relief, low-mounted telescope.”

72, “We certainty do not know that will come of this, but if we were to guess we would suggest that the finished product will have the following characteristics; A: It will make weight (6.7 pounds, including the sight). B: It will be superbly accurate. C: It will be fitted with a very high quality Scout-scope. D: It will have a marvelous trigger. E: It will be less than one meter long. F: It will be expensive. We hope furiously for the best.”

73. “We are somewhat bothered by the tendency of many of our correspondents to attempt to build half-baked Scout Rifles in their home shop…A half-baked Scout is unlikely to be even a little better than a hardware-store rifle with a conventional fixed–four glass bolted on, yet it will cost a good deal more. It may sound unfeeling to say so, but if you can’t do it right, ‘tis better if you don’t do it al all.”

74. “On the matter of Scouts, we are mildly annoyed to discover that the term has been picked up and run off with by all sorts of people who have never seen a true Scout and do not know what it is. Most of these people do not realize that a Scout must make weight…”

75. “The new gun will make weight. It will feature the double-detent, and it will take a detachable box magazine of either 5 or 10 round capacity with a spare 5 in the butt. As of now it will probably feature the new Leupold Scoutscope. It will feature the Ching Sling in combination with an integral bipod. God speed the day!”

76. “…swore to it on the bones of St. Hubert.”

77. “The scout, above all, is a general purpose rifle…I like to think of it as my legacy to the 21st century.

78. “It has been about seven years that I have waited for the production of a true scout rifle, and in that time all sorts of glassy-eyed approximations have taken off in all directions. Nonetheless, I think this one is going to go. I just hope I live long enough to see it.”

79. “Just what is wrong with the SS [Steyr Scout]? Aside from its rather curious appearance, its conspicuous drawback is that it accomplishes what it set out to do – everything.”…“…vast satisfaction with the entire enterprise as it has turned out.”“…the Steyr Scout is not more useful from off the bench than a conventional weapon, but it is far superior on the snapshot…”

80. “My most serious objection to the piece as it now stands is that is it’s not available in left-hand version.”

Jeff Cooper, The Gargantuan Gunsite Gossip 2, Gunsite Press, Paulden, Arizona, 2001

This is the first published collection of Cooper’s commentary and it covers the years from 1990 to 2000. It can be purchased direct from Gunsite Academy ProShop.

17: “The Scout Rifle, Some Simple Principles,” Cooper wrote, “Its most outstanding characteristic is handiness. It is light, compact, and friendly.”

Jeff Cooper, The Scout Rifle: Some Simple Principles, Guns & Ammo magazine, July 1998

This post Steyr Scout Rifle article was an overview of the Scout Rifle concept and how the Steyr Scout Rifle fit into the defintion.

18. “A man will travel farther, hunt over more country, have a better chance of coming on game, and be in better condition when he does if his weapon is light.”

Townsend Whelen, Wilderness Hunting and Wildcraft, Current publisher: Echo Point Books and Media, 2015. (Originally published 1927)

Many consider this the first and best definitive book on wilderness hunting and the rifles associated with the craft.

52. “Immediately some thoughts occurred. The system does not need loops and keepers. A single strap will do. A cobra strap, reversed, is ideal, if given a half-twist forward to keep the leather smooth against wrist and forearm.” Continuing, Cooper raved, “This system is truly a “great leap forward.” I have been in need of it for a lifetime.” 

Jeff Cooper, The Only Way to Sling, American Rifleman

62. “I wanted my hunters to have scopes on all their rifles, including (or perhaps especially) those they were going to use for dangerous game…What’s wrong with irons? Only this: for almost every practical shooting application they are the second best choice.”

Finn Aagaard, Iron Sights are the Second-Best Choice, American Rifleman, 1987