Jim Kibler has been creating flintlock longrifles since 1990. He combined the precision that comes from his background in metallurgical engineering with a refined sense of design and style to create highly collectible flintlock firearms.
His rifles are not only visually appealing, but also fully functional and highly accurate firearms. Jim’s focus has been 18th century American longrifles as well as more elaborate English and Continental pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries.
His rifles and pistols are stocked from a blank and oftentimes many of the components are custom made for a specific project.
A collection of photos of Kibler rifles can be found in his online portfolio: jimkibler.net.
In addition to creating his own work, Jim is keenly interested in helping other rifle makers learn this art as he continues to learn as well. For the last 5 years, he has been teaching various subjects at the NMLRA Gunsmithing Seminar held at Western Kentucky University. Some of the classes taught have been engraving, drawing and design, and stock carving. In June of 2016 a course will be offered on making Jim's Southern Mountain Rifle Kit. More information can be found at the NMLRA site.
Feel free to contact us for more information on where you can find Jim and see his rifles in person. Jim is a member of the Kentucky Rifle Association and Contemporary Longrifle Association and can be found at these shows annually.
Kibler’s Longrifles has recently been expanding the products offered for sale. Jim will still be making rifles done in the traditional style by hand, but he also is adding more items to his lineup, such as rifle kits, carving kits, stock blanks, locks, as well as some other projects that are in the works.
Jim is taking commissions on a case by case basis. If you are interested in adding a rifle to your collection, or if you have any other questions, feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us link.