Billings, MT (PRWEB) January 16, 2008
Attending the annual exhibition gives gun enthusiast the experience of not only admiring world class engravers and custom gunmakers, but an opportunity to interact with these craftsmen, ask questions and plan future projects.
The Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) and the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) decided to join forces in 1985 and establish a venue to showcase the work of their memberships. "A perfect marriage between metal and wood." states 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. "We are an association dedicated to the advancement of the art of custom gunmaking. Each year the quality and artistic expression of the projects displayed have surpassed the previous." stated ACGG President Al Lind.
FEGA (Firearms Engravers Guild of America) was founded in 1981 and is now the source of information about American engravers and their engraving and the first to support the fine art of firearms engraving. "The camaraderie of its members and the resulting exchange of artistic and ethical thought have inspired unprecedented interest in engraving and engravers." commented FEGA President Rex Pedersen. "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." continued Pedersen.
Commemorating the 25Th Anniversary of the ACGG, a raffle for the "North American Classic Hunting Rifle" will be held on Sunday. "The raffle gives someone who might never be able to afford a commissioned custom firearm a chance to own one. The winner need not be present." commented 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 firearms from leading pioneers.
Both Guilds will present educational seminars on Monday, January 28th featuring 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 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.