It all began in the winter of 1994 at an auction house in Pennsylvania, where Bill (father) and Steve (son) McNeal, both certified auctioneers, held public auction every Friday. On this particular weekend, they were approached by a gentleman with a Chipmunk .22 caliber rifle in hand. Both Bill and Steve were impressed by the look and the feel of the rifle, how compact and attractive it was, and the fact that it was made especially for youth shooters. Keystone opened its doors in January 1996, with only four employees. The business started as a family owned and operated company; and that year 4,000 Crickett rifles were produced. Since then KSA has exhibited constant annual growth.