Christensen Arms of Gunnison, Utah, released its own interpretation of the scout rifle platform, known as the Ridgeline Scout, with a few noteworthy variations on the scout theme. Thanks to the abundant use of carbon fiber, it is among the lighter models in this category, with listed unloaded weights starting at 5 lbs., 14 ozs.
Springfield Armory’s SOCOM 16—a radically cut-down version of its flagship M1A—breathed new life into the best civilian M14-type rifle and advanced the scout rifle concept to its most potent level. The SOCOM II elevates that successful blend of battle-tested, practical engineering even higher, making it a modern, modular, close-quarters combat arm that is powerful and easy to shoot.
On this "Gun of the Week" video preview, American Rifleman has a compact and lightweight bolt-action rifle from Christensen Arms on the range with carbon-fiber components, detachable box magazine and more.
On March 17, the USMC Scout Sniper Association will hold its 13th annual raffle, with the prize being a clone of the Vietnam-era Winchester Model 70 sniper rifle.