In 2011 Sturm, Ruger & Co. unveiled the Ruger Gunsite Scout, a bolt action rifle chambered for the .308 Winchester cartridge. The Gunsite Scout has been developed in conjunction with the Gunsite Training Centre to fulfill the role of a scout rifle as defined by former US marine Jeff Cooper.
The Gunsite Scout is based on the Ruger M77 Hawkeye bolt action rifle, with the M77 action placed into a modified frame. Originally this action had been designed by L. James Sullivan (who had originally based his design on the older Mauser 98 action) in the 1960s and has been gradually refined by the time the Gunsite Scout entered production. Likewise the M77's modified extractor system is also used on the Gunsite Scout, advertised by Ruger as the "most positive case type extractor ever invented".
As standard the Gunsite Scout is fitted with a muzzle flash suppressor and an adjustable ghost ring iron sight system to make the Gunsite Scout a more covert tool. The addition of a recoil pad, picatinny rails and integeral scope mounts allow the user to customise the Gunsite Scout to their own requirements. The Gunsite Scout is fitted with a black laminate stock and a hammer forged steel alloy 16.5in long barrel. 18in long barrels manufactured from stainless steel can also be ordered with additional protection around the muzzle to protect the thread of the flash suppressor.
The Gunsite Scout is exclusively chambered to fire the .308 Winchester cartridge, unlike its predecessor (the M77) which could be chambered to fire a variety of rounds. The Gunsite Scout fires these rounds from box magazines with capacities of either 3, 5 or 10 rounds.
The Gunsite Scout was developed as a joint project by Ruger and the Gunsite Training Centre. It was intended to fulfill the role of a scout rifle as defined by former US marine Jeff Cooper (whom had died in 2006), and was unveiled to the world at the 2011 SHOT Show. The Gunsite Scout carries a logo engraved on the butt of the grip that recognises the Gunsite Scout as "Gunsite approved".
The Gunsite Scout borrows features from across Ruger's range of firearms. As mentioned previously the action was taken from the M77, while the sights were taken from the Mini 14. Likewise the flash suppressor can originally be found on the SR-556 assault rifle. Ruger consider the Gunsite Scout to be one of their very best firearms and is available in both a right-handed and left-handed format.