Our Founder

Kilimanjaro Rifles was founded by its President, Erik D. Eike. As a longtime customer of Serengeti Rifles, he treasured the fine rifles that were handcrafted for him — both for their exceptional performance in the field, and the simple joy of admiring their beauty and elegance in between hunts. Over the last five years before the founding of Kilimanjaro Rifles, Serengeti had been recognized as making one of the best rifles in the industry, and unique in its ability to provide the full figure and beauty of high-grade walnut in a stronger and more stable laminated stock. Its selection of best grade Turkish Walnut, attention to detail, proprietary lamination, and exact wood to metal fit was simply unsurpassed in the industry.

Serengeti unfortunately struggled with financial constraints that prolonged the production of its customers' orders and eventually led to it halting production altogether. Recognizing the problems that Serengeti faced, Erik had earlier stepped in to begin working with Serengeti's Master Gunsmith on an extensive research and development project for a new flagship line of full custom rifles — the Kilimanjaro Rifle.

In August 2009, Erik was pleased to announce the launch of a new company, Kilimanjaro Rifles. Under his leadership, Kilimanjaro purchased the Serengeti name, model lines and patents so that Kilimanjaro could continue the fine tradition of Serengeti and Jaguar rifles in addition to the new Kilimanjaro Rifle. At significant cost, Kilimanjaro Rifles paid for and completed the production of Serengeti's outstanding customer orders while it launched the new and improved versions of the Kilimanjaro Rifle, the Serengeti Rifle, the Jaguar Rifle, the Kilimanjaro Lever-Action Rifle, and a line of new historical rifle creations.

As his gunsmiths and staff well know, Erik is a demanding perfectionist when it comes to his rifles. As President of Kilimanjaro Rifles, he serves as the final quality control to ensure each custom rifle meets his own standards for quality, excellence, beauty, reliability and accuracy.

Erik was born and raised in Kansas City, but later made his home and raised his own family in Honolulu, Hawaii. He thus established Kilimanjaro's administrative offices in Hawaii, but production continues in Kalispell, Montana, the home of the finest firearms craftsmen.

A life member of both the NRA and the Dallas Safari Club, and a member of Safari Club International, Erik is an avid big game hunter who has hunted extensively in Africa, Alaska, the western United States, Australia and New Zealand. He enjoys nothing more than constantly putting Kilimanjaro's rifles to the test on real hunts in real conditions all over the world.