Everyone who has followed the gunny world, certainly knows about Jeff Cooper and the Scout rifle concept. Cooper worked long an hard to nail down the definitive concept, but the base is simply a rifle with a long-eye--relief scope mounted forward of the receiver. Cooper's rifle was a Steyr, but Ruger makes one, as does Savage.
Many people consider the Scout to be a niche rifle. The first time you see it, it looks odd. But, when people shoot it, they start to realize the practical aspect of a rifle that is fast to get into action. My personal Scout is a Savage, not that the brand matters. And, I have to admit that I bought it to see what all the hoopla was about. After a couple of years, and several trips to the range, I'm beginning to understand the concept.
Yet, I'm not as dogmatic as the much esteemed Col Cooper was, and I see the benefit of stretching the concept a bit. Firehand, for example, has mounted a long-eye-relief scope on an AR upper and wants to play with it. I think that's a great idea, and I hope that he takes time to give himself a chance to get over the "oddness" and explore the practicality of the concept.
Many of us are enamored with precision rifles. Those rifles that have the ability to put steel on meat at extreme distances. That's fine in itself, and I get it. Really, I do. Long range work is a joy to behold, and a science in itself.
A Scout rifle ain't like that. It gives us the ability to hit a man-sized target out to 300 yards very quickly. It's not fiddly, and there is no "doping". Simply put the crosshair on the target and squeeze the trigger. It's really simple, amazingly fast, and doesn't matter one whit if it's a modern AR or an old Spanish Mauser. The concept is the same.
If you're looking for a fast, handy rifle, give the Scout concept a try. An honest try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.