I have just discovered this new rifle from Ruger and have been pondering its design. The scout rifle concept appeals to me and even is more attractive that the MBR concept. I have a couple of rifles that I hunt with that a psuedo scout rifles. One of these is an old JC Higgins .308. It was built on a Husqvarna Mauser action with a high standard chrome line barrel of 22 inches. I cut the barrell down to 19.5 inches and recess crowned it, mouted a Trijicon scope and now have a nearlly perfect deer rifle and a psuedo scout rifle. The other is really a rare bird, it is a Remington 7600 police patrol carbine. This rifle has a 16.5 inch barrel and is also in .308 caliber. Both of these rifles are carried and used often during deer season and the both are capable and accurate rifles. I think that if ruger had left the barrell at 20 inches, built it for fal mags and cut bach on the polymer, I would have to have one. It would be in the truck from daylight to dark everyday of the year. It would be used on game, predators and pest and woul be good in a fight as well. They call it a scout, I would call it a multi use rifle, like two I already have. Still a cool rifle that would work well as the ONE rifle.