To develop the Gunsite Scout, Ruger worked closely with Gunsite Training Center in the development of the rifle, in order to meet the criteria of the modern scout rifle set forth by Jeff Cooper. The rifle features a matte black receiver, a 16.5-inch cold-hammer forged alloy steel barrel, a forward mounted picatinny rail, a 3, 5, or 10-round detachable box magazine, a flash suppressor, an adjustable ghost-ring rear iron sight, a polymer trigger guard, and a black laminate wood stock with length-of-pull spacers.
Matte Stainless: features an increased barrel length of 18 inches, weight of 7.10 pounds, and has an action and barrel made of stainless steel with a matte finish.
Left-Handed Versions: both the standard 16.5-inch barrel blued and 18-inch barrel matte stainless models are available in left-handed configurations.
"Export" Model: the Canadian and Australian version of the Ruger Gunsite Scout have a stainless steel barrel and action with an 18-inch barrel without the flash hider. It also lacks the "Gunsite Scout Rifle" name and logo found on the grip cap. As of 2013, the standard model Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle with the 16.5 inch barrel and flash hider and the Matte Stainless is now available for sale in Australia.