The Greatest Custom Gunmakers and Engraver Artists Showcase Their Crafts -- Firearms Engravers and Gunmakers Exhibition -- January 25-27, 2008 Reno, NV

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Firearms Engravers Guild of America and the American Custom Gunmakers Guild will display their latest creations at the annual exhibition. Three days of custom guns will be presented for all to appreciate America's leading individual craftsmen and engravers.

The 2008 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition is where today's finest firearms engravers and custom gunmakers showcase their latest creations. Many of the firearms on display will have already been commissioned by collectors or individuals who have desired a custom made rifle or shotgun designed and engraved to their own specifications. This also gives the public the place to meet these masterful craftsmen, see examples of their work and discuss future projects.

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."

FEGA (the Firearms Engravers Guild of America) was founded in 1981 to provide opportunities for engravers to exchange ideas and knowledge, to assist in improving individual skills, to promote firearms 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 exhibition is a showcase of engraving where the world of engraving standards is judged." stated FEGA President Rex Pedersen.

The American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) 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. "Each year the quality and artistic expression of the projects displayed have surpassed the previous." stated ACGG President Al Lind.

Commemorating the 25Th Anniversary of the ACGG a raffle for "North American Classic Hunting Rifle" will be held on Sunday. "The raffle gives someone who might not be able to afford a commissioned custom firearm a chance to own one. The winner need not be present." commented current ACGG President Al Lind. A special historical display celebrating the 25Th Anniversary will include the Olympic-winning .22 from the 1908 Olympics and many other early custom gunmaking firearms from many leading pioneers.

Both Guilds will present educational 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 will be open to the general public allowing everyone to enjoy the finest example of handguns, shotguns and rifles. Exhibition 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. at the Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, NV.

For further details please visit ACGG at http://www.acgg.org and FEGA at http://www.fega.com

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