Springfield M1A Scout-Mount?
Obviously the M1A isn't a pistol but I figured this was as good a place as any to ask this question. On the Springfield SOCOM, SOCOM II, and Scout Squad versions of the M1A they have a length of rail just forward of the action for mounting of optics. They call this a "Scout Mount" and I was just curious why the mount is so far forward and what advantage this would provide as opposed to a full length rail that they also offer with the SOCOM II series. Also, if anyone knows, why do they call it a Scout Mount?