Prototype Steyr Scout from the Canadian Ranger Competition

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You may have read about the Canadian Ranger’s selection of the Tikka CTR to replace the Lee Enfield for arctic operations. But there were other rifles in the competition too! One of those came from Steyr, who adapted their classic scout rifle to fit the Ranger’s requests.

This unit features the extended magazine adapter for 10 round mags, a monolithic top rail, and HK style diopter sights. Add in the orange panels for the “hi viz” requirement, a stainless threaded barrel, and you’ve got a pretty unusual rifle!

Only 15 of these Steyr Scout’s were produced and 12 are being sold to the Canadian public. $2250 got you the rifle and 2 magazines. From what I understand, they were all bought up in the course of a few days!

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Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • Esh325

    Pwned so many noobs with that gun back in the day

    • You didn’t need an AWP if you took the Scout and knew how to aim for the head! Then you could move faster, too!

      Haha, cheers.

  • John

    Definitely a collector’s item…at a collector’s item price.

    • wetcorps

      Imagine how much hey will be in a few years. The price now isn’t even that ridiculous compared to the number of rifles.

      • Bill

        they aren’t cheap to begin with.

        • Michel_T

          Aren’t the standard Scout priced around $1600 ?

          And if that price was in Canadian loonies… it’s not bad at all

  • Renegade

    Never would have happened in the states.

    Sigh.

    I would have picked one up.

  • woll3

    Can somebody explain to me why the Canadian Rangers are using that “Christmas Tree” Look?

    • wetcorps

      It matches their uniform 🙂

    • John

      They are preparing to fight charging moose and blizzards, not the Islamic State. Rifle is fine.

    • There are lots of guys out in the north walking around with rifles. If its a ranger, they’re in ranger uniform, carrying a clearly identifiable ranger rifle. Possibly they’ve also lost a few lee enfields taking quads over melting roads?

    • Wetcoaster

      For the same reason Coast Guard SAR aircraft are painted bright colours.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    They made the right choice with the CTR. I love that gun.

    • iksnilol

      Do you possibly know how long the stock is on the CTR?

      • Goody

        Adjustable with spacers. I’m 6’4″ shooting a T3 Varmint, which just now measures 14″. They are all the same stock, more or less, mine at 14″ was a little short for me so I went down to the hardware store and got the same butt-pad screws but longer, then traced out the shape on a bit of hardwood and ran a jigsaw around it. There’s the extra .75″ I needed.

        It’s amazing how the right LOP helps with trigger form, and recoil management. Went from getting beat up in 15 rounds, to not even feeling it over 60+.

  • Patrick M.

    I would very much like one of these

  • UCSPanther

    The drum sights are a nice touch.

    • I am unsure if the rangers will be allowed to put optics on theirs (my assumption is ‘I don’t see why not’) but they are all iron-sight shooters. I imagine those diopeters are going to be a huge step up from Lee-Enfield peeps.

  • Cool. Make a few more and sell them in the US

  • Southpaw89

    I like it.

  • HM

    I like it! I wonder how well the synthetic stock will hold up exposed to sub-zero temps for long durations?

    • Roddy

      Probably pretty well. The rifles were designed to meet very stringent cold weather specifications. As a Canadian I think it’s cool so many Americans took an interest in the Ranger’s new rifle.

    • Giolli Joker

      Tikka is a Finnish company, winters in Finland aren’t particularly warm…

  • Goody

    All I want for Christmas is a front sight block like that, that can go on my bolt guns…

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    Hmm….I ain’t see any Hi-Vis panel on Tikka CTR.. What happened? Does a standard Tikka CTR wood furniture is considered as Hi-vis?

    • Well their not using a factory Tikka either…

    • Well their not using a factory Tikka either…

  • gunsandrockets

    Fugly but practical. Though that price… yowch!

  • Bubba Rick

    Not bad… at bad at all….. Fed board – special ops wasn’t a april fools joke