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The New Steyr Elite

Monday, October 16, 2006 - Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement

The Austrian firm of Steyr Mannlicher is one of the world's oldest, most prestigious firearms manufacturers that has earned a reputation for quality, accurate firearms. However, the company has never established a broad presence in the United States, despite having some of the best and most technically advanced firearms available. The company partnered with Jeff Cooper in the mid-1990s to produce the Scout Rifle based on Cooper's concept of an all-around rifle that could be used for just about any purpose, from hunting to security. Steyr's Scout Rifle made use of advanced materials and technology that is still modern 10 years after it was originally designed. While the original Scout Rifle wasn't intended to be a precision tactical rifle, the potential was there and a few years after the successful Scout, Steyr undertook designing a true tactical based on the Scout action. The result is the subject of this evaluation, Steyr's Elite or simple "Elite," depending on which Steyr web page or advertisement one looks at. In fact, the Elite and Scout are simply two versions of the same basic rifle.

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