If you're not familiar with Col. Jeff Cooper and you're interested in shooting and the outdoors, or just good writing in general, you should take the time to do a study on the man and some of his writings. Well worth the time. All of the high-speed firearms instructors out there these days: Proctor, Hailey, Yeager, Costa, [Insert your favorite] are all standing on his shoulders. Ever hear someone say, "I messed up. I was walking around in Condition White"? Do you understand what someone means when they speak of the 4 Firearm Safety Rules? You can thank Cooper for both of those concepts, as he solidified them and then preached them to the masses. Take some time to review them, it's a good practice to check yourself from time to time: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Cooper In fact, his Principles for Personal Defense should be required reading for all Americans. Here's a free .pdf copy for you to read: http://www.twistedwiretactical.com/Twistedwire/Book_Club_files/Principles_of_Self_Defense.pdf One of Cooper's pet projects was coming up with the "One Rifle". We've all been there, right? At one point or another, we've all asked the question, what if I HAD to only have one knife/gun/woman/whatever? And then start trying to whittle down to something that can do it all. There seems to be something inherent in us to try to be as reliant as possible as simple as possible. Regardless, Cooper decided on what he termed the Scout rifle and set about to design the best one that met his (self-imposed, arbitrary) criteria. I won't try to re-preach his message. After all, I've attached it below in his own words.