The SISK Scout Rifle
In 1983 the First Scout Rifle Conference was held at Gunsite Training Center under the direction of Jeff Cooper. The conference attendees included gunsmiths, stocksmiths, journalists, marksmanship instructors, inventors and hunters and the consensus was that a Scout Rifle should be handier, shorter, lighter and quicker to operate than standard sporting rifles. They further established a length of no more than three feet and a total weight of 6.6 pounds. The other distinguishing element was a low powered, extended eye relief telescopic sight mounted forward of the action.
Beyond these requirements everything from the cartridge to the inclusion of open sights becomes a grey area and over the years the term Scout Rifle has become a popular name used to describe any shorter than standard rifle with a forward mounted telescopic sight. Eventually, at the urging of Cooper, Steyr Mannlicher introduced the Scout Rifle and following in their footsteps Ruger brought out the Frontier and Savage began building the model 10FCM Scout.
At Sisk Rifles our definition of a Scout Rifle is similar to what the committee established: We believe that a Scout Rifle should be short enough to be carried at the grip with the arm extend without the barrel touching the ground but. This of course is dependant on your height and arm length. We also believe that the rifle weight should be determined by the person shooting the rifle, not some committee. We understand and appreciate the benefits of a forward mounted riflescope but think a Scout Rifle should be receptive to multiple sighting tools to include traditional riflescopes, red dot, prismatic and iron sights.
Like all the rifles we build we believe your Scout Rifle should be specifically designed for you and the work you have planned for it whether you’re looking for a general purpose hunting rifle, a dangerous game rifle or a Katrina Rifle; a rifle to protect you, your family and possessions during a natural disaster. We have built Scout Rifles and even supplied an additional XP 100 Pistol stock for added versatility.
In essence, the Sisk Scout Rifle is a lightweight, compact, fast handling bolt action rifle. Let us build one that fits you.