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K.L. Shelton Frontier Kentucky Rifle

K.L. Shelton Frontier Kentucky Rifle

Ken Shelton builds his custom rifles one at a time, using 18th century skills passed down to him from past masters. One of the Shelton specialties is the Kentucky Rifle, considered by some to be the first American art form. Incised and relief carving, wire inlay and hand engraving combine to produce a rifle that is period perfect for the 1750s through the 1850s.

A typical rifle comes in a presentation grade maple stock with an overall length of 52 to 57 inches. Barrels are octagon and can be specified in calibers between .32 and .58. Shelton employs Siler locks in flint or percussion. Rifles come with a brass patch box and double set triggers. Left-hand models are available. Allow 12 to 24 months between order and delivery.

Suggested Retail: $5,000. Call 520-818-1756, or e-mail

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