Founder Ed Shilen passed in December 2015 at 84. A Benchrest Hall of Fame member and long time Aviator, he founded Shilen Rifles in 1967. His sons had been running the operation for some time before his passing and eventually sold to the present owners as best I understand. I knew and flew with him in the late '90s / early 2000s before life took us in different directions.Shilen has been making barrels for a long time. Fads come and go but things of legitamicy hangs around.
Ed was small physically but a Man in every sense of the word. Fair skies and big thermals, my friend.