Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
Yeah, but his "Scout Rifle", at least as I recall it, was in opposition to the rush to AR's and other semi's. The only real modification was the detachable mag. You also had an EER scope mounted forward, back up irons, and a sling. The mag was the big difference, otherwise it was a 03-A3 or better, a SMLE Jungle Carbine with the scope. That's not really "tacti-cool" is it? To me the term means rail mounted everything, with all sorts of useless but exotic add on's on an AR/AK/HK used by people who go to the range and wander around in "Condition 2" at all waking moments, and try to train themselves to sleep with their eyes open! IMO the Scout Rifle is just a common sense truck/tractor/farm/hunting rifle that happens to work very well as an ad hoc SD rifle. Yeah, you can glitz it up with camo paint and lights and flame throwers, but the basic original idea probably appealed more to older, more conservative minded guys that didn't spend a lot of time selecting their wardrobe out a Galls catalog, wearing black masks and knee/elbow pads 24/7 or dreaming about zip lining out of black helicopters to rescue a fair maiden.Cooper may have been a great guy but I still think the scout rifle is tacticool. Had it been proposed for a black rifle would people feel different?
I dunno, maybe anything with a semi military flavor has a certain amount of "tactical coolness" to it. Where you draw the line is a personal thing.