Interact with World Class Engravers and Custom Gunmakers - Firearms Engravers and Custom Gunmakers Exhibition - January 25-27, 2008

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Americas' best custom gunmakers and firearm engravers gather each year at their annual exhibition in Reno, NV. Gun enthusiasts can interact with these craftsmen, ask questions and plan new projects.

The artistry of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America will be on display at their annual exhibition in Reno, NV. Those interested in engraving and custom gunmaking will gain an abundance of knowledge from these world class engravers and custom gunmakers.

In 1985 the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) and FEGA decided to join forces, and establish an annual exhibition showcasing the work of their members. Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) President Rex Pedersen commented "This is a perfect marriage between metal and wood."

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." stated ACGG President Al Lind. "Standards for workmanship and professionalism were established and benefit those who create and those who commission fine custom guns. Each year the quality and artistic expression of the projects displayed have surpassed the previous." continued Lind.

FEGA (Firearms Engravers Guild of America) was founded in 1981 and is now the source of information about American engravers and engraving, and the foremost advocate of the fine art of firearms engraving in the world. FEGA President Rex Pedsersen, said, "The camaraderie of its members and the resulting exchange of artistic and ethical thought have inspired unprecedented interest in engraving and engravers." "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 a chance to own a custom firearm that might never be able to afford having one commissioned. 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 examples 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.

For further details please visit ACGG at and FEGA at


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