Webley & Scott Rifles Back After 100 Year Hiatus

Webley & Scott, known through history for typically higher-end and some eclectic offerings, has reintroduced their first rifle after over 100 years. Manufactured by Howa, the new rifle called the Empire is released in .30-06, .308 WIN and a myriad of its sister calibers.

The new Webley and Scott Empire features a bevvy of features including a cold-hammer forged barrel for “top accuracy”, a native two-stage trigger, and a pillar-bedded Italian Walnut wood stock “with cheek weld” (I am assuming they mean a higher than normal comb).


For aesthetics (and some functionality), the stock is checkered on the grip and forearm. The bolt is jeweled and the bolt handle is knurled. Included is a rubber recoil pad and two sling adapters in the two normal places at the heel of the stock and near the tip of the forearm.

The Empire is avaialble now in multiple calibers including:

  1. .30-06 Springfield
  2. .308 Winchster
  3. .243 Winchester
  4. 7mm – 08
  5. .270 Winchester

Currently, barrels are only available in 22″ length with a #2 contour. All calibers are a 1 in 10 inch twist. Weight is pegged at 7.8 lbs without the optional optic and 9 even with it.


The rifles are imported by Legacy Sports International. Retail is set around ~$950 with pricing for all calibers being equal. For an additional $125, the rifle is also available as a scoped package with a Nikko Stirling Panamax 3-9×40 scope.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Ax

    So it’s a Howa 1500 with a detachable, top loadable steel magazine? Very interesting…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Sounds like a good deal on a scoped 7mm.
    Barrel needs to be a little longer though.

    • FrenchKiss


      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Shouldnt it be more like 24″ for 7mm to maximize velocity?

        • FrenchKiss

          Never heard such a fact.

        • Goody

          No you need at least 33 inches for a 7-08 to peak. Everything else is varying degrees of compromise.

          24 to 22 is something like a 40 fps loss. A sub moa load may have as much variance as 40 fps, so it’s pretty much negligible!

  • Comrade Misfit

    Maybe Webley can take a moment and make replacement cylinders for all of those shaved Mk.VIs that were imported after the war.

    • Anonymoose

      Unfortunately it’s not the same Webley. Might as well ask them to make replacement parts for your AR-180.

  • Paul White

    seems like a nice gun, why pair it with a bleh scope?

    • Anonymoose

      Since it has no irons, you’d have to buy another scope (which you probably would, later, anyway).

  • Mutenri

    >Empire Rifle
    > not in .303

    My dear chap, this one is not amused.

    • Anonymoose

      Should be in .30-06 or 8mm Mauser. The Brits always wanted to switch to one of those two.

    • borekfk

      They need to make one in .275 Rigby,

  • Wetcoaster

    The contour on the buttstock greatly reminds me of the Savage rifle models marketed as being a better fit for female anatomy, though the LOP looks longer in that picture.

  • Jusuchin

    So it’s a rebranded HOWA hunting rifle.