Weatherby’s female-specific Vanguard Camilla rifle. (Photo: Bill Stewart)
New from Weatherby for 2016 is the Vanguard Camilla Rifle, the company’s first female-specific hunting rifle. The Camilla came as a surprise late announcement from Weatherby during the first day of SHOT in Las Vegas.
Brenda Weatherby provided a personal introduction to the rifle, a pet project for herself with the backing of the Women of Weatherby, all eager to debut a rifle designed specifically for women.
With a shorter 13-inch length of pull and higher Monte-Carlo style cheekpiece, the gun is built for the needs of the smaller framed shooter.
In typical Weatherby fashion, the fit and finish is exceptional and comes with the Weatherby sub-MOA guarantee. The match quality two-stage trigger is crisp and creep-free and is adjustable down to 2.5 pounds. A 20-inch cold hammer forged barrel is matte, bead blasted and wears a blued finish. The stock is satin finish, Turkish A-grade walnut with rosewood forend and grip caps and classy fleur de lis checkering.
The rifle balances well in the hand, is light enough to carry on an extended hunt, and has the typical look we’ve all come to associate with Weatherby.
More details and shipping dates will be announced by Weatherby as they near production, but we do know the Camilla will be available in .223, .243, 7mm-08, and .308 and sounds like it will be priced right around the $750 mark. Stay tuned to Guns.com for a more in-depth review as the gun nears consumer release.
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