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.
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 a number of 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. More information can be found at the NMLRA site.
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 been expanding the products offered for sale.