Steyr “Scout RFR” Rimfire Rifle

Steyr-Mannlicher has announced on their website about the release of a new rimfire rifle called Scout RFR. It was initially introduced in IWA 2016 fair.

Steyr Scout RFR-1


The rifle has a straight pull toggle-lock action, which is a bit uncommon one. This type of locking mechanism is rather frequently seen in biathlon rifles. Coupled with short rimfire cartridges it makes an extremely fast manual action. Another advantage of such action is that the bolt does not protrude back of the receiver during cycling the action.



The rifle has a polymer stock and a long Picatinny rail section above the barrel.  It is fed from a ten round detachable box magazines and it’s chambered in one of the following calibers: .22LR, .17HMR or .22 WMR.

Steyr will sell this gun with a knife, sheath and mounting bracket. Reportedly, it will be possible to store the knife inside the stock. I think the idea behind selling a rifle/knife combo is to make it attractive for the survival market.

Steyr ScoutRFR-Knife

The gun has an overall length of 35.6″ (980mm) with 20.1″ (500mm) barrel length and weighing 7.3 lbs (3.14 kg).

Here is a video demonstrating how the action of Steyr Scout RFR works:

Interestingly, the action and rifle itself are very reminiscent of ISSC SPA rifle, which is also an Austrian one.


ISSC SPA rifle

There is no information available yet concerning the final price. Earlier prices of €480 and €576 appeared in various sources. It is also not clear if Steyr will sell the gun in the US market, but I think it would be wise to at least show the gun in SHOT Show 2017.

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  • thedonn007

    I need one, with a threaded barrel of course.

    • Drew Coleman

      You could always get the Primary Weapon Systems Summit rifle – it’s a toggle lock built on a 10/22 receiver. Uses 10/22 mags, triggers, barrels, and stocks.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        This. I can see zero reason I would buy this over the vastly more compatible PWS T3. I really doubt the Euro MSRP is going to be the same as the US price.

        • raz-0

          Well trying to find the PWS T3 as a product, I would suggest that buying this might win as it may actually be a thing someone is willing to admit they make and sell.

          The T3 appers to be part of their summit line of guns, and those are all 404 not found unless you access them from old google hits.

      • thedonn007

        Pete from TFB had stated previously that PWS has ceased production on the Summit. I have not checked into it in a few months.

        • Drew Coleman

          I had not heard that. Interesting.

    • Anonymoose

      16″ threaded barrel, or better yet an integrally-suppressed barrel that works out to exactly 16.1″, and isn’t overly heavy or bulky.

      • ??

        That would be all the fun!

  • Thomas Royan

    100% YES, but seriously it looks hugging great, plus it’s gonna be a C category weapon in France wich is great for me.

  • Jeff Smith

    Oh, man, I love that. If the lowest MSRP is right ($480 Euros = $533 US Dollars), I would be interested. If street price is +/- $400 USD, I would be EXTREMELY interested.

    • PersonCommenting

      If other guns introduced to the european market then get brought over here are any indication, then this gun will likely be in the upper 400s.

      • PersonCommenting

        We have a bigger market in the US and Canada and we have less regulation. So low regs and larger volume we should see it at a reasonable US price for a fancier rimfire.

      • Jeff Smith

        Yea, after posting, I considered that street price may not be as low due to importation costs, etc.

        Even then, I’d still be interested.

        • PersonCommenting

          Yeah, maybe if they were a new company but Steyr is pretty well established.

  • Roy G Bunting

    Want this in 22WMR so badly.

  • Marc

    The action is most likely made by Baikal.

  • Stephan Koopmans

    If anyone wants to check out the utility of the Scout Rifle concept, here you go. I’m sure Jeff Cooper would have wished this more akin to the Steyr Scout, (and those are still for sale at this time) but these look pretty sweet nonetheless.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Right here at TFB, mediums and Jeff coppers best friends.

  • George Jetson

    If it comes to the US market I will buy this. It can take its place in my collection mext to my Anschutz 1727 Fortner action .17HMR and my PWS T3 Summit .22LR . This totally pumps my nads.


    I do love me some straight pull bolts

  • HenryV

    I liked these when they were being sold by ISSC. They used to make a synthetic tacticool folding stock variant. If this is fatter in the fore end than the current one I may get one.

    But it needs a threaded end………..

  • Arie Heath

    It would be an interesting little varmint rifle in .22 WMR. If they thread the barrel, I might have to pick one up.

  • Joseph Goins

    I don’t see the appeal behind the scout rifle concept.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It KINDA made sense in a time of stripper clips guns being more reliable than box mags. Now…. no, it makes no sense now.

      • AMX

        I thought the idea was to maintain situational awareness by limiting how much of your normal FOV is obstructed by the sight…

      • Porty1119

        Box magazines on bolt-action hunting rifles are generally their biggest flaw and reliability sticking point. I can see the appeal of scout-scoping a Yugo Mauser or similar.

      • Joseph Goins

        That — useful with older stripper clips — I can see. With today’s equipment, it isn’t practical. (I’m sure, though, it still “works.”)

    • Duray

      When most people say “scout rifle” they simply mean a forward-mounted, intermediate eye relief scope. In reality, the true scout rifle concept developed by Jeff Cooper was much more fleshed out, with the scope style just being one piece of the puzzle.

      • Joseph Goins

        The whole doctrine that Cooper created is completely foreign to my way of thinking. The idea is a product of a by-gone era that needs to be left alone.

        • Raginzerker

          I can see the use for hunting to an extent, I’d like to make a scout rifle outta my 30-30 marlin, I live in pa we’re you won’t see past 60 yards so a fast handing carbine is ideal

        • iksnilol

          I can understand it sorta, if you need magnification and to use stripper clips. But even then, for a hunting carbine you can just use a red dot. I wonder if angled stripper clips are a thing.

          • Phil

            Check out a M1941 Johnson rifle for that idea…

          • iksnilol

            Yup, but I am tihnking of already existing milsurps. How to get those to work with stripper clips and normal scopes.

        • billyoblivion

          > The idea is a product of a by-gone era that needs to be left alone.

          One could say that of revolvers, archery, diesel engines and manual transmissions.

          Still, those things are functional and fill a need in the soul if not in practicality.

    • Fred Johnson

      Don’t worry. This rifle isn’t a Scout. If it makes it to the US market it will be renamed as a Tactical Rimfire Sniper.

  • AMX

    Word on German-speaking boards is that the rifle is actually based on the ISSC SPA.
    Quality is also supposed to be more ISSC than Steyr, to put that tactfully.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      With the Euro MSRP, makes sense.

  • Mitch

    Where’s the bipod build into the stock? That would seem pretty cool- silly on a .22? I think I’d use it at least a bit… Just really love a lot of Steyr’s designs.

  • Fred Johnson

    Another Scout in Name Only. No matter, it looks like all kinds of rimfire fun. 😀

  • Fred Johnson

    Yep. That’s a beastly weight for a carry around rimfire.

  • iksnilol

    If it is only 500 euros I’mma get one.

  • gunsandrockets

    When I saw the headline I had such an overwhelming feeling of ‘meh’; that is until I saw it was a straight pull toggle lock!

  • tiger

    Wish more firms offered the straight pull action.

  • This is a rebadged ISSC SPA.

    • Christopher Ati-importmanager

      American Tactical is closing out the rest of our SPA inventory on our website, while supplies last. They’re neat guns and work well, just couldn’t compete with Savage bolt action price point guns.

  • Dermott Smyth

    The EU bureaucrats have proposed eliminating ALL semi autos. I think this may be in answer to that.

    Looks easier and quicker to use that a standard bolt firearm.

    • iksnilol

      Umm, these rifles were in use waaaaaaaaaaay before any EU laws on semi-autos.

      Straight pull rimfires are amazing, You can cycle the action with your index while shooting with your middle finger.

  • Zapp Brannigan

    It looks like a copy of Izhmash’s biathlon rifle.

  • Hsein Chen

    7 pounds! LOL

  • Kyle

    I need this! Please let it be marketed at a reasonable price for a rimfire rifle.

  • The scout rifle was designed to be the one firearm you needed to make it across North America – after it was already tamed.

    • iksnilol

      I’d respect the sense of Americana and go for a lever action 45/70.

  • GVD

    It’s just a cheapass ISSC SPA in a fancier stock.
    ISSC doesn’t exactly have a good reputation.

  • Phil

    That is actually designed directly off of a biathlon rifle that they had in about 2000. I was at the factory and was fortunate they let us shoot it plus their “biathlon repeater air rifle”. At that time Steyr-Mannlicher and Steyr Air guns were split and the design went into hibernation with the two “new” companies focussing in their respective areas. I’m not sure whether it was a case that the rimfire cartridge rifle was S-M technology and there was an agreement not to step in each other’s ponds but none the less it went into the closet. It is cool to see it out. They did a true left hand version back then, so we’ll see if THAT comes out as well!

  • Sid

    How much for a model with a front sight?

  • clampdown

    Russia uses a .22LR “Sniper” rifle with toggle-lock. Same intended use as the Israeli 10/22, I would imagine.

  • The rifle is nice, but I’d like that knife on its own.