I think you are spot on with both Jeff Cooper and Clint Smith. I can't speak from first hand experience, but your observations match nicely with the general consensus of folks I know. Clint Smith - top shelf. Jeff Cooper - royal douche
Cooper laid claim to the scout scope concept, but in reality it had been applied long before. Don't know the history beyond that.
Some people like 'em, some don't. It requires a little practice to get comfortable with but that may also be true of an aperture sight too if you've never used one. I've shot a bit of competition and used all sorts of configurations of scopes and dots and sights so I may adapt more naturally than others, who knows?
One thing I am pretty sure of is that the scout scope concept is not likely be overwhelmingly popular because it is just "different" or "foreign" to most people. However, it is quick and effective for people who like it.
While we're talking and just out of curiosity, Velo have you used or tried the CQB/Counter Sniper technique of closing the objective lens cap on a scope for close range, moving target, quick acquisition work and using the scope reticle with both eyes open and just focusing on the target? Just curious as I have met very few people familiar with the technique, but have used it in LRTR matches before when a curve ball was thrown and you had to use your sniper rifle (with high power scope ) in circumstances where you would normally use a carbine or handgun such as close in fast movers. It has proven very effective and intuitive for me, but does require a bit of practice.
All the best!
"After a bit of instruction and proper practice, I was not too bad at it"
There's certainly no substitute for trigger time, whether it be dry fire or live fire practice. As the saying goes, Perfect practice makes perfect.
I love to shoot them movers! We used to shoot IPSC targets as slow and fast movers (2 - 5 mph) from 25 to 400 yards. One of the guys figured out that putting a frisbee under the feet of his bipod made it much easier to pivot and track as opposed to having them stuck in the dirt. Damn cheater got his frisbee turned into a giant clay pigeon! It was a great idea and I shamelessly stole it for future use
good choice of scope Matt , remember you can always turn the fire dot off if you want.i went ahead an ordered a Leupold VX-6 1-6x24 with the firedot circle reticle. i found a good price for a new one on gunbroker but i still had to hit my credit card with a fire extinguisher!
now to decide on a good set of 30mm QD rings...