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SHOT Show 2011: Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle

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Scenario one: The balloon goes up. Society crumbles. Chaos ensues. Zombies everywhere.


Scenario two: You're a scout in a sniper team and need a medium-range weapon that won't fail.


Scenario three. You need a gun that will do everything else not mentioned in scenarios one and two.


That's the thinking behind the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle, a new offering by Ruger featured at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada this week.


The bolt-action rifle is a collaboration between Sturm Ruger and Gunsite. Chambered in .308, the rifle sports a 16.50″ barrel, has an overall length of 38.00-39.50 inches and comes with a 10-round magazine. The stock is black laminate and the overall weight without mag is about 7.00 pounds. 


And it's a Sherman tank. The rifle is designed for a high eye-relief forward mounted optic, and utilizes a forward-mounted picatinny rail. There is a flash suppressor and blade protected front sight – and a nifty Gunsite logo engraved grip cap.


I spoke with Mark Gurney, Ruger's Product Manager, who told me the rifle is designed with simplicity and affordability in mind. The bolt action design provides both, and while the gun is designed as a medium range scout-sniper weapon, it's accurate enough to keep bullets on steel at 1000 yards if the need should arise. 


Here are a few more bullet points about this rifle:

For more information on the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle, click here.

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