Members of American Custom Gunmakers and Firearms Engravers Guild of America Display Artistry of Their Craft in Reno, NV - January 25-27, 2008

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The Firearms Engravers & American Gunmakers Exhibition features the finest contemporary gun engraving and custom made guns in America. Each year the quality and artistic expression of these projects displayed have surpassed all previous years.

The masterful handiwork of today's greatest firearms artists and custom craftsmen will be displaying their latest creations for three days at Silver Legacy Resort Casino. This is an opportunity to not only see the best work on rifles and shotguns in America, but to spend time getting to know the makers and engravers.

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the ACGG there will be the raffle Sunday of the "North American Classic Hunting Rifle". Also there will be a special display including the Olympic-winning .22 from the 1908 Olympics and the historical custom gunmaking of many leading pioneers.

The American Custom Gunmakers Guild was formed in 1983 with the purpose of creating a viable association of craftspeople actively engaged in custom gunmaking (stockmaking, metalsmithing and related areas) for the exchange of ideas, views, techniques, to increase public awareness and appreciation for fine quality custom firearms and to generally advance custom gunmaking as an accepted art form. ACGG President Al Linden stated "Each year the quality and artistic expression of the projects displayed have surpassed the previous."

FEGA was founded in 1981 to serve many purposes. The established objectives are to provide opportunities for engravers to exchange ideas and knowledge, to assist in improving individual skills, to promote firearm engraving as an art form, and to raise public interest and appreciation in quality firearms engraving. "The strength of FEGA is its members. The willingness to share information and techniques made the Guild grow from about 35 members in 1981 to more than 425. The annual exhibition is now a showcase of engraving in which the standards of engraving of the world are judged." commented FEGA President Rex Pedersen.

In 1985 the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) decided to join efforts and establish a venue to showcase the work of their memberships. FEGA President Rex Pedersen eloquently states, "A perfect marriage between metal and wood."

Both Guilds will present seminars on Monday, January 28th featuring various technical topics such as ribbon checkering, stock thru-bolt demonstration, Bulino engraving, metal raised inlaying and acid etching

The exhibition is open to the general public allowing everyone to enjoy the finest example of handguns, shotguns and rifles. Hours for the exhibition are Friday, January 25 -12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday -January 26 and Sunday -January 27 -10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, NV.

For further details please visit ACGG at and FEGA at

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