Scout rifles—first made popular by Gunsite founder Jeff Cooper more than three decades ago—have experienced a revival of sorts in recent times. Scout rifles aren't a new addition to the market by any means, having been available for years now—but the introduction of Ruger's Gunsite Scout in 2011 returned the design to the forefront, driving some of the industry's foremost bolt-action rifle makers to revisit the concept. Among the latest additions to the market is the Savage Arms Model 11 Scout, having made its debut at SHOT Show 2015.
The new Model 11 Scout isn't Savage's first foray into the Scout rifle market, but it's certainly the company's latest and greatest. Designed for the kind of gun owner that prefers versatility—in this case, a rifle that can be just as effective in home defense or patrol as it is in the field—the Model 11 Scout stays true to its name. With that in mind, here are five things you need to know.
1. It Fits the Standard The new Model 11 Scout offers all the utilitarian goodness that Jeff Cooper sought after when he described a Scout rifle. It's a compact, a bolt-action, designed to host a forward-mounted scope and has the ever-reliable iron sights that anything calling itself a Scout must possess. The Model 11 features an adjustable Williams receiver sight that doubles as .09-inch peep and .20-inch ghost ring, plus a .37-inch front post flanked by protective steel wings.
2. It's suppressor ready. The 18-inch, carbon steel barrel is threaded and capped with a proprietary muzzle brake for reduced recoil. It can be easily removed and replaced with a suppressor, if the operator so chooses.
3. Personalization is easy. The rifle has a spacer in the butt pad that lets the user tweak the length of pull to accommodate different shooting styles. Further, there's an adjustable comb that makes it simple to tailor cheek height to your stature.
4. The Savage Touch Most notable among the rifle's Savage-specific components is the company's popular AccuTrigger, which makes it easy to tailor trigger pull to your own specifications. A detachable 10-round magazine ships with the rifle, and is compatible with similarly chambered Savage rifles, too—additional magazines can be purchased separately.
5. It's affordable. The Model 11 Scout ships with an MSRP of $794, and you'd be hard-pressed not to find it at an even lower mark at your local shop.