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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - David Bahde

The Jeff Cooper commemorative that redefines lightweight and reliable!

With input from Col. Jeff Cooper, Steyr’s Scout rifle is ready for any task. Light and reliable, it includes several key components. The Integral bipod made for excellent prone shooting, and its light weight and comfortable stock were perfect for shooting off-hand style.

Although never afforded the honor of meeting Colonel Jeff Cooper, I know his philosophy well. My early career was comprised of training with Clint Smith and Bob Schneider, both longtime associates of Col. Cooper. My current profession has allowed me the opportunity of training several times in the last couple of years at Gunsite, rounding out my familiarity with his doctrine and teaching.

Thanks to spending a lot of time with Ed Stock, Mike Hughes and a number of other Gunsite instructors, it is clear that our philosophies are similar in many ways. As a retired lieutenant with many years on a SWAT team, practicality in the field has always been my primary goal. That was true as it pertained to tactics, training, and most importantly, weapons. Techniques and the manner of application can change and should, but the philosophy remains the same. What you use, how you use it, and how it is applied in the field should be practical. What changes you make through practice and application should always be measured against how they work in real life. This was at the heart of Colonel Cooper’s philosophy, and remains so to this day at the Gunsite Academy.

The commemorative package includes a hard case, a soft case, Leupold 2.5X long eye-relief optic, Ching Sling, a copy of The Art of the Rifle, and two magazines

Scout Defined

Colonel Cooper was not only a seasoned combat veteran but an avid hunter. Over the years, he developed training and tools that best suited hunting in general and large game in particular. One of the more popular and certainly practical is his idea of a “scout rifle.” The concept was refined and promoted in earnest by Cooper in the 1980s and remains popular among big game hunters to this day. Although perfectly suited to hunting, the real goal was an all-purpose rifle—one rifle that will work for fighting, hunting, and anything else in between. Given that it will be used against several different threats and targets, there were a few requirements.


For more information please pickup the Sept 2012 issue of Rifle Firepower or go to