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S
erious rifle competitors have passed
along the Kelbly name for decades,
and they will for decades to come.
Three generations of the family currently
work at the machine shop in North
Lawrence, Ohio. Located in rural Wayne
County, Ohio, visitors pass a pen of chickens
and a Kelbly residence to reach the parking
lot. A covered 200-yard range is opposite the
machine shop, with pistol, rifle and shotgun
ranges further down.
Kelbly's range actually came first. George
Kelbly, Sr., started digging the range in 1969
and began accepting members and hosting
competitions the next year. The Super Shoot,
a prominent benchrest competition attended
by shooters from around the world, was first
hosted in 1973 but became synonymous with
Kelbly's after it moved to the range in 1976.
The business actually began as a
partnership between George Kelbly, Sr.,
and Ralph Stolle. Stolle began building rifle
actions in the 1960s, averaging a dozen
a year. Though he lived in West Virginia,
Stolle and George Kelbly were close friends
and benchrest competitors. In 1979, a heart
attack kept Stolle in Northeast Ohio for a
month. During that period, the two decided
to go into business together. Stolle relocated
in late 1980, and 1981 saw the partnership's
first year of production. According to
George's son, Jim Kelbly, " Ralph did not like
to do production work. He liked to just tinker
and build and design and that sort of thing.
So, the intent was he was going to work a
few years and hand the business over to dad
and just play around. "
Sadly, Stolle never had the opportunity
to see the business take off or his designs
flourish. He passed away in September 1982
Three generations of Kelblys include (back l. to r.)
Jim Kelbly, George Kelbly, Sr., George Kelbly, Jr., and
Mike Kelbly. Front (l. to r.) are Ryan Kelbly and Ian Kelbly.
from another heart attack, leaving his plans
for scope rings on the drawing board. George
Kelbly continued with the business, intending
to preserve his friend's legacy. Stolle would
have been proud-his scope rings sold well,
registering 2,000 pairs in some years.
Unable to perform all of the work himself,
George Kelbly, Sr., began recruiting his sons.
Jim Kelbly began working for his father in
November 1982. " We were just building
rifle actions at the time and just aluminum
actions, " Jim said. " At that time, we were
the only producer of aluminum actions in
the world. " His brother, George Kelbly, Jr.,
joined the business in 1986 after graduating
from Case Western Reserve University with
a degree in computer hardware. After a
year of manual labor, George, Jr., took over
programming and running Kelbly's first CNC
machine, purchased in 1987. By 1991, George
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