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One gun has intrigued me for about as long as I knew of its existence: the Springfield M6 Scout.
But as nice as the M6 is, and despite the fact that it was designed from the ground up as a survival arm for U.S. The first thing that caught my eye, so to speak, was the peep sight that comes standard on the M6. All of the above presupposes that the rear peep is large enough to allow plenty of light through, and make it easy to pick up the front sight and the target. The only other modification I made to the rifle’s issued sights was to paint the front sight post at the very tip with red nail polish.
Now that the gun was easier to shoot, I wished to make it easier to handle as well, especially in the woods and away from the range. As any rifle is often carried more that it is shot, I wished to install a sling on my new rifle. The only problem with the takedown pin is that it isn’t secured all that well, since it just uses a ball detent to hold the pin in place. Instead of a full-on shell caddy with straps, I simply took a set of webbing loops originally designed to hold 6 rounds of .357 ammo and epoxied it onto the buttstock of my rifle. The rifle was now set up well for it’s intended purpose of foraging small game and general plinking, but it did need a little something extra to add to its overall utility as a “survival” arm.
If I needed to use this kit I could unwind the paracord wrap from the forearm of the gun and use the inner strands for fishing line, sewing thread or even a makeshift snare line by braiding three pieces of it together for strength; by using the paracord in this fashion I can make the small length of snare wire (actually USGI tripwire) go further.
Obviously this is a very small, crude kit, but it would allow a much better chance of survival if it were all one had in addition to the M6 itself. So whether you’re wanting a nice little plinker for your woodswalking trips, or a dedicated foraging piece that would keep you fed and alive for a long time, the M6 is an excellent choice.
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You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Peep sights have long been recognized as allowing a superior level of effectiveness on longarms due to fact that they are much faster to acquire a sight picture with. Here the original peep was a little disappointing, as it was slightly too small for optimum accuracy and speed.
With a stainless sight post, it’s sometimes hard to get a good sight picture due to glare, and the red nail polish removes that possibility. I had a hard time finding the proper accessories for my M6, so I made my sling and swivels myself. This works well enough when the rifle is together, so long as one remembers to check it for looseness every once in a while. Since this was originally designed as a military survival weapon, it was deemed necessary to keep a small amount of ammo on the weapon at all times. This shell holder had been made for belt carry, but I simply removed the belt loops that would hold it in place, leaving a flat surface for gluing.
This little something extra was an onboard survival kit, just as the gun was set up from the factory to carry spare ammo. After all, a knife is even more imperative to have on hand when things turn ugly than even a rifle.


When you have a limited amount of space to work with it’s imperative that all your gear be well thought out and have as many alternative uses as possible. Fire is what allowed our caveman ancestors to digest their food more effectively, heat their crude cave shelters and improve their simple wooden spears. And since most of us always carry a well-stocked kit at all times when in the woods, this could be seen as an addition to our larger kits. And while the onboard ammo storage is quite handy, it doesn’t change the fact that one needs a way to carry enough rounds for hunting or a possible protracted stay in the bush. Toss one, a few spare parts and a cleaning kit in your ruck, car, plane or boat and you’ve just increased your odds of getting out of the woods healthy and well-fed. They also naturally align the eye, putting the front post in the center of the ring and making it that much easier for the shooter to get off a faster, more accurate shot. It also acts as an easy to see “bead” that shows up nicely against dark backgrounds in low light shooting situations.
Actually, I did a double wrap so that there are two layers of paracord forming the rifle’s forearm. The sling I made from a long piece of one inch tubular nylon; I sewed a snap hook on either end of the webbing, and put a plastic slide on it to allow length adjustments.
This makes it much easier to stow the rifle in either a backpack or any small cubbyhole aboard a plane, boat or car. But when the rifle is apart the pin can be easily lost, as the ball detent no longer has a strong grip on it. This way if the downed flier was only able to grab his weapon in a dire circumstance, he would have at least a few rounds with it.
Of course, were I to use something along those lines it would be much harder to get into the ammo compartment, as the straps holding the buttstock ammo carrier in place would go over the rifle’s comb. I made sure that this was a good, quality piece of gear, as it would be very hard to remove it should it not last. After all, if it’s a good idea to have ammo handy for a “grab it and go” situation, how much more convenient would it be to have some survival goodies also along for the ride?
I used the factory Kydex sheath, but instead of the “J” clip the sheath had originally came with I used a small Tec-Loc which allowed me to attach the knife in a most handy fashion.
Fire can keep one alive and even be a companion of sorts to a lonely survivor lost in the wilds.
I prefer the .22lr chambering for the simple fact that it’s a very efficient, inexpensive caliber that will more than suffice for small game hunting and foraging duties. All one has to do in order to use a peep sight is look through it, align the front post on the target, and pull the trigger. By aligning the bit in the peep’s hole, I just drilled it out slightly larger and solved the problem. I always have a bottle of the brightest, reddest, nail polish I can find on hand for projects like this.
This protects the shooter’s hand from the heat of the barrels, and also provides a source of cordage in the field. The hard part was finding a way to affix the sling to the rifle, as there was no way to use standard sling swivels. Springfield sells a couple of nice little cases that hold the taken down rifle; I plan to buy one soon. Now I have an additional six rounds of .410 carried on the rifle at all times, and they’re even easier to access than the onboard ammo carrier.


I mounted the knife so that it was in line with the sling, and wouldn’t move and slide all over the place while carrying the gun. It consists of two pouches hanging from a shoulder strap; on the shoulder strap are a small pouch and a six-loop shell carrier. Also, it’s a cheap enough and versatile enough caliber that one can plink as well as hunt with the same rifle; all you have to do is choose the appropriate ammunition and away you go. Some people may find the original peep more than adequate, so it’s best to take your M6 to the range and fire it before doing anything so drastic as drilling out the sight. To insure that I could take the rifle down in the field, without tools, I used a wing nut in lieu of a standard nut.
This is accessed by lifting the rubber-covered comb after pressing the button on the side that holds it closed, thereby preventing loss of the ammo. I keep 1 round of buckshot, 1 of slug and 2 each of #4 and #6 3 inch shells in this shell holder.
But given the limited space of an onboard kit, I limited my firemaking tools to 10 Coghlans “greenhead” water- and windproof matches. The larger, bottom pouch is a 12 gauge ammo pouch for ALICE gear and is designed to hold twelve rounds of 12 gauge ammo; with a little finagling, one can get fifteen rounds in it. I keep 3 rounds of CCI Velocitor, 4 rounds of Federal’s bulk pack HP’s, 3 Remington subsonic HP’s, and 5 rounds of S&B high velocity Shorts in the ammo compartment. Tec-Locs are a great invention and make thermoplastic sheaths that much more indispensable, and it was especially handy in this instance. As these matches are of the “safety” variety that requires a separate striker panel in order to light, I glued the striker onto the inside of the rifle’s comb, where it’s accessible yet still protected from the elements.
Stuffed to the gills with .410 it carries fifty mixed rounds, most of which are 3 inch field loads but there is also an assortment of slug and buckshot.
After making this modification I found that not only was it easier to acquire targets, my groups tightened up by a good margin. The RUK is a great knife for this application, as it’s small enough to not be noticed until its drop pointed blade is needed to clean dinner downed with the M6. The smaller pouch above the shotgun pouch used to be for carrying small parts for the 1911 in the field; they have also been used to hold battle dressings and it dates from WW I. Also, by being very careful to use the original peep’s hole as the center of the new, larger, hole the rifle will still shot to the same POA.
It’s still quick and easy to take the rifle down, and I don’t need to worry about losing the pin. To keep my survival gear from falling out, and to provide a bit of waterproofing, I carved a pair of small corks to fit snugly in the .410 cases mouth. As a precaution I placed the original takedown pin in the forearm wrap so that if I do somehow lose the bolt, I can still assemble and fire the rifle.
These two pouches are for storage, and the easy to access rounds are kept on the shoulder strap.



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