I just came across this on another "firearms news Blog site"http://www.ammoland.com/2010/12/29/ruger-gunsite-scout-rifle/
At first glance you can see a Little Jungle Carbine and possibly a little Mini 14.
As someone who has looked at both those firearms for practical / short distance fun guns, I wonder if this will deliver where the other two failed. That being the jungle carbine was a bit of a kicker and the Mini 14 was simply inaccurate.
Sad to see the cost is so high, I guess that we can convert the $800 to £800 and add a few more. It would be interesting to see a side by side comparison with a Remington 700 Short barrel "Tactical"
Must admit I like carbines and that one looks very desirable. For a practical/short distance fun gun though I can highly recommend the CZ 527 Carbine. I bought one in 223 about three year ago for £400 new, although they seem to have got a bit more expensive recently.
It is very well made and comes with a set trigger, also available in 7.62/39.
This one looks just like my .223 minus the foresight,and magazine,mine has an internal 6 rnd mag,,add a moderator and a scope,,,,,mines a Zavastar