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|Welcome to our family owned company.
Under our brand you'll find an original and unique mix of products
and information, but you
should also notice a central theme. Unlike any company in
the world, we have addressed the need for efficiency and mobility for
those who hit the trail, or the fire escape, or the rappel line, while
carrying weapons. The basis of our ability to do this comes from
our founder's experience in the Olympic sport of biathlon, in hardcore
solo wilderness hunting, in applying our essential understanding of the
military, and above all in listening to our customers. We jump in and get dirty with them.
We're not afraid to throw a little weight onto our backs and see what
happens, both metaphorically and physically. And we always look for a better way to get the job done.
We'll do our best to give you perfection. And we think
that you'll find our products at a level that's on par with the very best brands in the
outdoor gear and shooting sports
industries. We stand behind everything that we make, and we're certain that here, you will find original
To get a full
understanding of Eberlestock we invite you to meet its founder, Glen Eberle.
While working his way through college, competing in biathlon at the
Olympic level, and going fly fishing once in a
while, he founded the original Eberle Stock Company back in 1985.
Never satisfied with mediocrity, Glen invented a rifle system that set the standard for
modern biathlon competitions by removing four pounds from the rifle
weight. To top it off, he and the rest of the U.S. team then demonstrated to the world that you could
shoot a properly constructed lightweight rifle
better than the heavy and fragile rifles that were in prior use.
|A message from Glen Eberle:
"Hello, and welcome. I want to start by getting
one thing straight: in the course of building our company, I
have no desire to become a 'famous personality.' I'd rather just
work anonymously, and let the company's products speak for themselves.
But as we've gone along, I've come to realize that my story is part of what
makes this company make sense, so I have to tell
at least part of it. To begin with, I'll help you with the
name. You say it "eh-brr-lee-stock."
I've come to a place in life where I've come to
realize that 'I've seen a thing or two.' I've
successfully lived a life with few boundaries, and I still enjoy poking
holes in new directions.
A lot of what
I've done has had to do with machinery. Starting with my
dad's electric drill, and graduating to table saws and
milling machines, along the way I picked up proficiency operating school busses, drill rigs, semi
trucks, airplanes of all shapes and sizes, an occasional farm tractor, and now
the humble sewing machine.
I'm a builder, and a person who always has more projects in the wings
than he has time for.
Anyway, in the middle of all of this, I've always been driven by an impulse
to stand things up, make 'em right, make 'em better. I guess it
can be said that I've left an impact wherever I've been, and I've come to
see that although it's not all been
perfect, it certainly has been unique, and the new dimension as
expressed by our company is the best endeavor of all.
Eberlestock is a natural evolution of an effort that I started a long time ago,
back in 1985, when I first posted a note on my
hotel room door in West Yellowstone, Montana, announcing that
I'd be happy to supply one of my lightweight rifle stocks to any and all
comers who could cobble together two-hundred-and-sixty-five bucks.
One of these days I'm going to dig out one of those old mimeographed,
hand drawn fliers and frame it in my office, because I think that it's
a great testimonial to humble beginnings, and to a company that's been
built the hard way, one nail at a time.
Over the years, my closets and notebooks had become cluttered with idea fodder,
a result of experiments that I
thought I'd like to try, or gear that I felt I needed but couldn't find
anywhere. Then later, when the twists of fate made me realize that all of this
needed to exist, I didn't have a question of what to do, but simply
where to begin.
There's quite a lot more to this story, of course, but the point is
that I have a deep motive to create exceptional gear. I get a hoot
out of knowing that something that our team has worked on, or some old
concept that I had, has been met with rave reviews from our customers.
I love to hear from hunters and backcountry explorers who write to us
about their adventures. I love the calls from the New York City
SWAT team telling me about
the latest experiences of their counter-snipers in the vertical
environment of Manhattan. And above all, I love the calls from
the far corners of the planet, from fellows who
tell me that we've provided something that they really needed. I'm
completely astonished that we are the first company to put weapons and
gear into one sensible package, but it is a fact, and it's something we
do better than anybody in the world. Then there are things that
you can't define, like a message from an American soldier in
Afghanistan, telling me how much it meant to him when, on top of a
windswept and forlorn mountain in the Tora Bora, he opened his pack and
spotted the "Lots O' Luck" patch that we sew into all of our gear.
For me, there is nothing more gratifying and humbling than serving
the men and women who serve the free world. We are honored. So, to all of our customers, I just want to say
a sincere thank you. Godspeed and good luck.
It is not cliché for us to tell you that the modern form
of our company exists as a direct result of the 2001 terrorist attacks
on the United States.
We put a simple tag, and our Lucky Ring Logo, inside
of each product that bears our name. The tag says Lots o' Luck,
and it brings a little bit of the heart of this company with it.
Above all, we sincerely want to express our gratitude to the service men
and women, and to our nation's professional police officers, for placing
themselves into the breach. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Shifting gears, I'll tell you a little more about
what we're up to, and how it all began:
There's nothing quite
like being in the middle of nowhere, on the top of a mountain -- by
yourself, with an elk at your feet. You have a feeling of
accomplishment, of satisfaction in a job well done, and a keen
anticipation of a bigger job ahead. In the country where I hunt,
there's only one way that the elk is going to get into our freezer, and that's by putting it onto my
back and carrying it out.
Anybody who's ever done this knows that it's not a
task for the faint of heart. But it's also a task that's worth
doing, particularly if you understand that part of God's plan for a
healthy life is knowing that food doesn't naturally come packaged and
wrapped in cellophane.
|In my mind, this is not the time to
think about heading off of the mountain in order to get a freight pack, so
you can come back up the mountain to start carrying meat. At the
end of the day, you'll be glad to have saved those extra miles,
especially if they're vertical ones.
The desire to have my meat pack with me, combined with the experience of
carrying rifles on my back in the sport of biathlon (along with my habit
tinkering) led me to start making true hunting packs for myself many years
ago. At the time, there really weren't any good hunting packs
available, so if you wanted to make something to get the job done, and
didn't own an industrial sewing machine, you spent a little time with a Speedy Stitcher and made what you needed.
there are a lot of companies that make some pretty good products that
look like hunting packs. I'm impressed by some of what I see in
the marketplace; there certainly have been huge gains in terms of quality, and if I were looking today I might not have been driven to spend
so much time with my Speedy. But I still don't feel like there's
very much innovation; most of what's out there is a variation on the
same theme. I'm always surprised by the fact
that the company I've founded has such a distinctive position as
being one of the very few companies to make a true hunting pack. Some
say that we are the only ones who do. It's nothing cosmic; it's a
pretty simple formula, really. Make something quiet. Make it
tough. Make it versatile, so it'll work as both a pack for active
hunting and a pack that'll carry meat. Lay it out so that it's
easy to find stuff in it. Make it easy to attach things to the
outside of it. Make it carry your bow or your rifle, so that you can
use your hands for all of the things you need them for when you're out
there. As a bonus, make it so that you can get your weapons off
the pack without having to un-strap everything that you're wearing.
And above all, make it comfortable, because you're going to become
mighty intimate with it.
In my book, there are two pieces of equipment that
will make or break a wilderness hunt: your boots and your pack.
If some piece of all the rest of your gear fails you, it might change
your day but it shouldn't ruin it. But if either of these is
bad, you're not going to have any fun. When I started working
on the reincarnation of my company a few years back, I had a tongue-in-cheek
goal of breaking even, and having one great hunting pack left for myself
at the end of the day. As it's turned out, we now have
several different models of hunting packs, and we're sharing them with
friends all over the world. And, as picky as I am, I really like all
of them. I think that we've achieved great things in the quality
of our products, and in their unique ability to provide a hunter with
just the thing that he needs for his particular adventure.
Of course, once you start making a high quality
backpack that carries guns, more than just hunters are going to be
interested. We're now proud to offer a line of backpacks for
military and law enforcement customers that is simply unparalleled.
Our gear is in service all over the world with Special Forces
and regular military and police units, and we are gratified to know that we have contributed something
of value to the fight. One of the things that's fun about this is
that it validates something that I learned for myself a long time ago.
If you carry your weapon on your back, you're much more agile and
effective than if it's stuck in your hands or on a shoulder sling all of
the time. And you're still carrying a weapon; particularly if you
have it easily accessible, as our Backscabbard™
provides, there is simply no better way to move about in an organized
I offer my sincere thanks to all of the customers who
have trusted us with their business, and special thanks to those who put
their lives on the line for the rest of us. We're extremely
grateful to all of you. And to those of you who haven't
experienced our gear, I offer a simple invitation. Try it for
yourself, and I guarantee your satisfaction. I believe
in what we're doing, I believe in the quality and performance of our
equipment, and I back it personally.
Here's wishing you all "lots o' luck,"
-- Glen Eberle
More about the Eberlestock story:
Glen Eberle was a member of the US National
Biathlon Team for eight years, and a member of the 1984 US Olympic
Team. Biathlon is a grueling sport which combines the opposing
disciplines of cross country skiing and rifle marksmanship. In the
old days, traditional
biathlon rifles were heavy, weighing over 11 pounds, and they had a fatal
weakness in the pistol grip which caused them to break easily if
the athlete fell on them — a not uncommon occurrence for those rocketing
around on “skinny skis.”
Following the 1985 World
Championships, Glen decided that it was time to make some changes to the
slab of a rifle he’d been packing around. He embarked on a project to build a better
gunstock. The initial idea was to simply make it stronger, but as
he began studying the concept, he realized that there were opportunities
for weight savings as well. Contrary to the rest of the shooting
world, Glen believed that if you built the rifle
right, you could still shoot a lighter gun as accurately as a heavy one. His work led him to win a research grant from
the United States Olympic Committee. With this in hand, he began a
consultation with engineers, biomechanical experts, and NASA scientists.
He developed a design which combined the best qualities of wood with the
outstanding qualities of modern composite materials. It was
considerably lighter than a standard wood stock, and virtually
Click here to see pictures of the evolution of the
Buster. The new stock looked different from
anything that had come before. In place of the heavy single chunk of
wood in prior use, the Eberle stock was made of laminates of Sitka
spruce and carbon fiber. And everywhere that wood didn’t need to be, it
wasn’t. The result was a stock that was over three and a half pounds
lighter than its predecessor, and a great deal stronger. Not only were
athletes using the Eberle stock going to be able to ski considerably
faster, they also lost their old fears of falling and breaking their
One of the important reasons why biathletes had
previously packed around heavy rifles was the universally held belief
that you needed the weight in order to shoot accurately,
particularly after the kind of exertion you're doing in a biathlon race.
rifles demonstrated that an athlete with an ergonomically correct
lightweight rifle would actually shoot better than with the conventional
heavy guns that were in use at the time.
The US Team’s new rifles were initially
challenged by the European-dominated biathlon governing body, but were
eventually accepted. They became the standard for
Olympic-class biathlon rifles, and the Eberle rifle established the floor weight of 7.5 lbs
that is currently mandated by the International Biathlon Union.
Soon, Glen was making dozens of his
new stocks, the Eberle Stock Company was born. And everyone in the
biathlon world was either using an Eberle, or using something that was
made to look like one.
Many years later,
we have come to realize that there’s
more to be made than just gunstocks. But our identity will always be
derived from our roots. So, in homage to the original Eberle Stock,
we’ve re-named our company Eberlestock. We hope that you’ll enjoy the
quality, the versatility, and the variety of the products that we bring
to the shooting sports and the outdoor industry. We will always strive to make things better
than they’ve been made by anyone else before.
now proud to be introducing new products that are designed to be every
bit as revolutionary as our first biathlon stocks were. Our backpacks are sure to make a lot of hunting outings more enjoyable, and we
have versions available in other places where they're really needed,
particularly for the military and police communities.
and to demonstrate the fact that we are continuously a source of
original thought, we've re-engineered new biathlon gunstocks, and are shaking up the biathlon world all over again.
For the first time in Olympic history, in the 2006 Games the athletes
had rifles that looked their part in the same way that Formula One
race cars look their part. A glance at their lines says these are
for racing, and we're doing all that we can to help our U.S. Olympic Team to
be winners. But the story gets better. These new modular stocks are something
special. They are the first gunstocks that allow you to bolt
virtually any kind of rifle into the same stock, and still have an
accurate and customizable shooting platform. What this means is
that our stocks have unprecedented versatility, and are destined to
bring the concept of High Performance Gear to an entirely new
group of users.
More Good Things.
Along the way, people started asking
if Glen could put one of his biathlon stocks on their favorite hunting
guns. The design of a target rifle’s stock is unique enough that you
can’t just make a direct transfer, but Glen started to think that
perhaps these folks had a good idea. He began a new project aimed at
building a better hunting rifle. The result is a hunting stock that is
unlike any that came before it. As light as a composite stock, but with
the added three-dimensional strength benefits of wood laminate. And
with a new fit and feel that make shooting a large caliber Eberle rifle
a whole new and exciting experience. Accurate. Comfortable to shoot.
Eberle stocks combine the natural beauty of fine woods with the
stability and strength of carbon fiber.
Over the years, Eberle stocks have
had many opportunities to prove their exceptional qualities.
Outstanding results on biathlon ranges throughout the world have
challenged the old beliefs that you need a heavier gun to shoot
accurately. Eberle hunting rifles have shown that a lightweight
high-caliber rifle doesn’t have to hurt you when you pull the trigger.
A philosophy of excellence in design has evolved at our company. We
have come to realize how many things there are that, frankly, could be
made better. We’re developing an entire line of High
Performance Gear that will continue to bring products that make
sense to the shooting sports.
Curious about our
3-ring logo? Look closely at the biathlon rifle in the picture
at the top of the page. From Eberle's earliest rifles onward, we've used the three
ring truss. When we started looking around for a
logo, that one just seemed to fit. We hope you
appreciate seeing it on all sorts of fine products.
Thanks for your support. We looking forward to meeting you along the way.
Want to learn more from someone else's
perspective? We were selected as the subject of
one of the lead stories in the launch of the U.S. Biathlon Association's
new website. See their perspective on how our work is
helping the U.S. National Team in their drive to win the first-ever U.S.
Olympic Biathlon Medal: