Originally Posted by JonM
scout implies sending one or two guys out to scout ahead looking for enemy or recon a route of advance. they shouldnt be engaging the enemy and if cornered rapid sustained fire would be more advantage than a bolt gun with limited ammo capacity and fire rate can provide.
I'm thinking he meant "scout" more from a hunting perspective. His concept was a rifle that would be a true multi-purpose rifle, f "that will do a great many things equally well..." "The general-purpose rifle will do equally well for all but specialized hunting, as well as for fighting..." I don't think he was contemplating its use in the sense you are referring to.
And yes, the muzzle blast and recoil from a .308 through a barrel that length and a rifle that light has been mentioned in tests of the concept.
Like I said, I would consider one, but there are plenty of guns that are in line ahead of it.