Our new and enhanced model line for 2013 debuted on December 28, 2012. In early 2012, Sporting Classics presented us with its prestigious Award Of Excellence, noting that Kilimanjaro's rifles were indeed "the pinnacle of strength, beauty and accuracy," and that Kilimanjaro "proves the old adage: there is always room at the top." We are not resting on our laurels, however. For 2013, we are raising the bar even further on quality, features and our commitment to excellence. To achieve this, and to ensure the highest quality with timely delivery, we have added a new Operations & Engineering Manager, significantly expanded our production capabilities, and recruited even more of the finest and most talented craftsmen and builders in the industry. We are excited to debut the new 2013 Kilimanjaro offerings with enhanced specifications for our Kilimanjaro, Doctari, Serengeti, Artemis and Tigercat rifles.
Kilimanjaro is proud to be the recipient of Sporting Classics magazine's prestigious Award Of Excellence for 2011. We are very pleased that our intense commitment to quality, and to making the finest custom rifles in the world, is being recognized by the leading hunting journals. In addition to this award from Sporting Classics, Kilimanjaro was also selected to grace the cover of Sports Afield's 2011 Rifles issue. As we move into 2012, we continue to grow but are maintaining the highest standards, and the most stringent quality assurance and testing program –on each and every rifle– in the industry.
The 2013 show season is almost upon us again. Because of the early scheduling and our President's holiday commitments, we will not be at the Dallas Safari Club show this year, but we have a beautiful Artemis rifle donated for its 2013 auction, and look forward to returning to Dallas in 2014. We will be at the Safari Club International show in Reno in January, and look forward to seeing you there. We have donated an exceptional Early European Rifle in 7mm-08 for SCI's 2013 auction.
With new precision equipment, Kilimanjaro Rifles now has the ability to more affordably create our unique custom rifle stock geometries in standard configurations. For those hunters that cannot yet afford to treat themselves to the very best, full custom rifle experience our flagship Kilimanjaro Rifle, the New Serengeti Rifle is our semi custom hunting rifle offering at a starting price of $7,495. Featuring our proprietary Stealth Lamination, and all of Kilimanjaro Rifle's quality and beauty, the New Serengeti Rifle is available in your choice of virtually any chambering, right or left hand, Monte Carlo or straight comb, in any of our five most popular rifle stock geometries, and in lengths of pull from 13.0 to 14.25 inches - over 6,000 different possible base configurations for your perfect custom hunting rifle.
For five weeks, and a full 27 days of hunting, including 21 days in the Selous Reserve of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro Rifles recently subjected its custom rifles to the most strenuous field testing in the harshest African conditions. Many hunters are wary of subjecting rifles as beautiful as Kilimanjaro's to the rough conditions of the field, but that is what we create and craft them to handle.From the strength and stability of our Stealth Lamination of fine Turkish Walnut for the stock, the beauty but toughness of our twenty step "Museum Grade" wood finish, to the even tougher but elegant non-glare finish of our ceramic metal coating, every aspect of a Kilimanjaro rifle is designed and crafted to handle and excel in the roughest of field conditions. As important, we design and craft them to look good (and to stay looking good) while doing so. At Kilimanjaro, we demand tight tolerances for accuracy and smooth operation without slop or play. At the same time, however, our actions must be designed and honed to handle and continue operating flawlessly in the grit, dust, dirt, ash and mud to which they will be subjected in the field. This is a delicate balance, and one we put to the test in the field.