Ruger has announced that its popular Gunsite Scout Rifle will now be available in a .223 Rem./5.56 NATO version. The new addition to the Gunsite Scout Rifle line, which was originally available only in .308 Win., will feature a hybrid chamber that's capable of handling both 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem. accurately and safely.
The rifles are available for immediate delivery. Four configurations are available.
Weighing in at just over 7 lbs., the 16.1" rifle features a 1/2-28 threaded barrel with a 1:8 twist rate. It offers a controlled round feed and comes packaged with a 10-round detachable box magazine. More accessories are due to be available.
"This is a natural extension of the Gunsite Scout Rifle line," said Gunsite Instructor Ed Head, one of the contributors to the original design. "Being chambered in a lower cost, universally available caliber, and with the Ruger reputation for reliability and accuracy, this is another serious rifle for those serious about rifles."
The cold hammer-forged, medium contour, alloy steel barrel and receiver feature a matte black oxide finish. The 1/2-28 threaded barrel comes with a Ruger flash suppressor, which can be removed in order to attach other threaded barrel accessories. The rifle's trigger guard and magazine well are formed of glass-reinforced nylon.
A Mini-14-style protected, non-glare, post front sight and receiver-mounted, adjustable, ghost ring rear sight offer out-of-the-box usability. A forward-mounted Picatinny rail offers options in mounting an assortment of optics such as scout scopes from Burris and Leupold.
The rifle features a soft rubber recoil pad with three 1/2" spacers, thus allowing the length of pull to be adjusted. "Gunsite Scout Rifle" is engraved on the grip cap of the weather resistant stock. Sling swivel studs and a checkered grip and forearm are also featured.