Scout rifles are lightweight and short, making them easy to carry and fast to shoot in defensive scenarios. A forward-mounted scope makes them ideal for light, or big-game hunting depending on the model.
The scout rifle is a conceptual class of general-purpose rifles defined and promoted by Jeff Cooper in the early 1980’s that bears similarities in design and function to guide guns, mountain rifles, and other rifle archetypes that emphasize comfortable portability and practical accuracy over firepower.
The scout rifle is an exciting weapon that you can add to your arsenal today. For the most part, it is intended for self-defense; in fact, many tout it as a great weapon for self-defense.
Most gun enthusiasts suggest that a scout rifle has to be lightweight and short. It should also be chambered in 7.62 NATO or .308 Winchester–embodying that it is indeed ideal for defending yourself.
Jeff Cooper set the bar that the gun should be accurate at 500 yards, even using iron sights. At the same time, scout rifles should have enough power to tackle even large game animals like Elk and Moose.