POOR MAN'S SCOUT RIFLE: REVISED AND UPDATED
Author: Bob Cashner
Publisher: PALADIN PRESS, Jul 2010
Revised how-to guide contains a variety of long-eye-relief scope-mounting hardware that wasn't even on the market when Cashner completed the first book, as well as info on the newest scout rifle scopes; revised prices for rifles, parts, ammo & more. Photos, illus; 8.5x11 inches, 178 pgs.
Until Bob Cashner published the first edition of Poor Man's Scout Rifle in 2003, owning a scout/utility rifle was impractical for most people. Commercial versions were rare and very expensive. Using common tools and easy-to-come-by parts, Cashner showed the average shooter how to fashion his own home-built scouts from a variety of tried-and-true, battle-tested military actions. His versions stayed true to Col. Jeff Cooper's original concept of accuracy and durability as the overriding criteria for such weapons, and to qualify as a poor man's rifle, he made sure his scout rifles were affordable to those on a limited budget. Many things have changed in the firearms world since 2003. The increased popularity of scout rifles ? along with the skyrocketing prices for what were once cheap surplus rifles ? convinced Cashner to update the original book to meet the needs of today's shooters.
This revised how-to guide contains a variety of long-eye-relief scope-mounting hardware that wasn't even on the market when Cashner completed the first book, as well as information on the newest scout rifle scopes; revised prices for rifles, parts and ammo; and some additions and modifications requested by readers. Each of his creations meets the basic specifications of a scout/utility rifle yet costs less than a quarter of what the commercial models would have.
Until recently, owning a scout/utility rifle was basically a high-cost proposition. Even when commercial versions surfaced, they carried a hefty price tag. Now, hobbyist and scout enthusiast Bob Cashner offers viable options for the do-it-yourselfer.
Using common tools and easy-to-come-by parts, Cashner has fashioned his own home-built scouts from a variety of tried-and-true, battle-tested military actions, from the 98 Mauser and Mosin-Nagant to semiauto versions based on the M1 Garand, M1 carbine, Ruger Mini-14 and SKS. Each of his creations cost him less than a quarter of what the commercial models would have.
Here he provides step-by-step directions for building his favorite scouts, including guidelines for key modifications such as a forward-mounted intermediate-eye-relief scope, backup iron sights, a synthetic stock (if the budget allows) and more, followed by instructions for disassembly and a breakdown of costs. He also includes instruction for building a .22 LR practice scout, discussions about the various loads suited to the scout rifle and an overview of that all-important accessory, the shooting sling.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bob Cashner, a former U.S. Army cavalry scout, resides with his family in Montana, where he enjoys the great outdoors whenever possible. He is an avid hunter and shooter, and enjoys writing articles for outdoor and history magazines when the weather keeps him inside.