Reaching back in the gun safe for a look at the folding M6 Scout survival rifle (VIDEO)

Top Shot Dustin Ellermann breaks out his now-classic Springfield M6 Scout over and under in .22LR/.410 and holds class on the handy survival gun.

Based on the old M6 Aircrew developed in the 1950s by the Ithaca Gun company for the military, Springfield’s NFA-compliant variant — pitched to backpackers, boaters, and campers — sprouted forward in 1995.

The folding carbine-length rifle over a smoothbore .410 shotgun barrel weighed just four-pounds flat and folds for stowage– complete with spare rounds in the stock.

Sadly, Springfield stopped making these in 2004, which has made them fairly collectible. But Ellerman seems really pumped about his.

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