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The Scout Rifle in New Zealand

By Kelvin Dixon

Jeff Cooper once wrote: “Personal weapons raised mankind out of the mud and the rifle is the queen of them. A good rifle and the skill to use it well truly makes a man the monarch of all he surveys. It realizes the ancient dream of the Jovian thunderbolt, and as such it is the embodiment of personal power. For this reason it exercises a curious influence over the minds of most men, and in its best examples it constitutes an object of affection unmatched by any other inanimate object.”


To understand the Scout Rifle in New Zealand we first have to understand what a Scout Rifle is. Col Jeff Cooper came up with the concept in the early 80s and held several conferences to discuss its development. Cooper was greatly influenced by men like Frederick Burnham, Chief of Scouts for the British during the Boer War, and the adventurer and author Stuart Edward White who Cooper considered a “certified master of the art” of rifle marksmanship.


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