K. L. Shelton was taught to build Kentucky rifles in early 1970 by Taylor Ellington a noted gun smith in Eastern Kentucky. Taylor was in his late seventies and wished to pass his knowledge to a new generation. K. L. may spend 200 hours or more in the construction of a rifle. He specializes in the "Lancaster School" recognized by historians as the birth place of the American rifle.
These rifles were built in Lancaster County Pennsylvania gaining fame on the frontier in the hands of frontiersmen like Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton who explored the vast American wilderness the Indians called "Kantak-e".