Inland Manufacturing has re-imagined the long-running Scout Rifle concept with their new .30-caliber Scout Carbine. Based on an MKS Supply M1 Carbine, the semiautomatic Scout Carbine has been updated with a polymerized stock and equipped with a rail for use with scopes. The Scout Carbine blends old and new, with classic lines and modern features in the spirit of the original Scout rifle.
The Scout Rifle was developed to meet a series of requirements set by small arms icon Jeff Cooper. These requirements include a lightweight build, a forward-set scope rail, detachable box magazine feed system, integral aperture or “peep” sights and attachment points for a sling. While the Scout Carbine deviates from some of the traditional Scout Rifle standards, its many strong attributes make it a versatile all-purpose rifle.
Chambered for .30 Carbine this light rifle is good for self-defense, hunting small and some medium game and plinking in general. At 5.5 pounds the Scout Carbine can be carried all day making it a handy woods or brush gun with or without a scope.
With an overall length of just under 36 inches, the Scout Carbine is compact enough to use indoors and be less likely to catch on brush or branches in the field. As a home defense carbine, the M1 pattern excels; more effective than the bulk of handguns without the muzzle blast of an AR or similar carbine.
To keep the weight down without sacrificing durability the stock is polymer-sealed American walnut with a muted black finish. The railed upper handguard is anodized aluminum with a matte black finish to match the barrel and action. The barrel is threaded for 1/2×28 muzzle devices like the factory old-school conical military flash hider. If you decide to swap out the included flash hider with an aftermarket muzzle device make sure it’s bored out for .30-caliber projectiles–many 1/2×28 devices are made for 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington.
The barrel-mounted rail is a natural fit for long eye relief scopes, the kind of optics Jeff Cooper had in mind developing the concept of the Scout Rifle. But unless you intend on taking the Scout Carbine out to longer ranges that rail is a great platform for a close-range red dot sight, offset light mount and other accessories that have become popular with today’s shooters, especially for protection and home defense.
The M1 pattern has proven to be effective and reliable and has a broad appeal. It’s easy to shoot, with light recoil and good capacity. These ship with standard 15-round magazines or reduced-capacity 10-round magazines for restricted states and optional 20- and 30-round magazines are widely available and inexpensive.
While it’s not a hundred percent true to Cooper’s original Scout Rifle concept, some of the changes make the Scout Carbine a little more versatile and a little more flexible, especially when it comes to self-defense–the action is undeniably faster and easier to use, the capacity is greater and the cartridge more appropriate for protection. The MSRP is up there at $1,239–which puts it between your run-of-the-mill AR or AK and the bulk of bolt-action Scout Rifles–but the appeal is there and it’s not priced any higher than Inland’s other M1-pattern guns.
Real-world prices should start around $1,000 or even a little less if you wait for the right deal to come along. Buyers who register their Scout Carbines within 60 days of purchase will receive a free M1 sling from Inland as a thank you.
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