In the early 1980s, legendary small arms expert Col. Jeff Cooper outlined his personal ideal for a long gun he called the Scout—a short, lightweight bolt-action rifle with a forward-mounted long-eye-relief optic and back-up iron sights. The Model ll Scout successfully blends Colonel Cooper's do-it-all Scout rifle concept with the features, reliability, and fair price customers have come to expect from a Savage. At the heart of the platform is the trusted Savage Model 11 short action, configured for the .308 Winchester cartridge. The Scout is fitted with an 18” button-rifled carbon steel barrel featuring a threaded muzzle fitted with a 4-port muzzle brake. The gun arrives with two sighting options already installed: a 6.625" picatinny scope rail attached to the barrel and factory iron sights that consist of a fully-adjustable Williams peep sight in the rear and a fixed blade sight in the front. The Scout's natural tan polymer AccuStock contains a permanently affixed rigid aluminum rail 3-D bedding system that provides added support for the action. Molded in diamond pattern checkering along the sides of the forend and grip improve purchase for cold or wet conditions. Three removable buttstock spacers allow the length-of-pull to be adjusted from 13" to 14". The simple, rugged, cheek piece can be raised and lowered as needed in relation to scope height. The Savage AccuTrigger is ultra-smooth and adjustable at home without a gunsmith. Three sling swivels provide two forward positions for attaching a two-point shoulder sling or bipod. The detachable box magazine holds 10 rounds.