One of the best explanations of Cooper’s Scout Rifle concept might be one of the first articles he penned about it. It is my opinion this article was the outline for what would become the true formal beginning of the enigma we know as the Scout Rifle today. In December of 1983 Cooper held a conference of the enlightened to discuss the Scout Rifle. However, it would appear that just prior to that he wrote an article describing his idea.

You see, the gun publishing business is a slow one, slower in 1984 than now. Today a feature article may take as long as six months from assignment to print – three months from submission to print. For the article you are about to read to have been printed in 1984, it is almost a certainty it was written and submitted prior to December 1983. That, and the fact that the article has no mention of the first Scout Rifle conference, pretty much guarantees it was penned prior to. This is critically important because it could be assumed this article represents Cooper’s primary, personal, and original view of the Scout Rifle.

More importantly, this article might be the best explanation of why anyone would want a Scout Rifle. Future published works by Cooper address this issue but like with most writers who have written a profound thesis, references to that same topic later on are not as comprehensive and mostly enhance the original. As you will see as you progress through this book, Cooper’s elemental description of the Scout Rifle matures and evolves. These variances have became points of contention that prompt endless arguments, flair tempers, and even lead to the most heinous of social injustices – the un-friending of someone on Facebook.

I would encourage you as you read through future chapters of the Scout Rifle Study, and as you discuss the Scout Rifle concept with friends and other shooters, when a point of contention arrises about what is and what is not a Scout Rifle, refer to this article. While there’s no question Cooper’s thoughts on the Scout Rifle matured with his experience and time in the field, this article represents the idea that led to every rifle that has been called or considered a Scout Rifle for the past 33 years.

“The Scout Rifle Idea, You may need single hits not volume fire.” is reprinted here with the permission of Gun Digest. It was originally published in the 38th Anniversary 1984 Deluxe Edition by DBI Books Inc., Northfield IL, ISBN: 0-910676-57-7, Library of Congress Catalog #: 44-3588.