Museum Quality Fine American Custom Guns on Display during the Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers 25th Exhibition January 23-25 Reno, NV

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Silver Legacy Resort Exposition Hall in Reno, NV is where one has the rare opportunity to see the magnificent craftsmanship of America's finest modern guns.

The Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition ( is the place where one has the opportunity to see museum quality American custom pieces valued at $5,000 to $500,000 or more. This will be the only time in 2009 where the artistic abilities of the members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America will be displayed under one roof. The special historical display of post World War II custom guns will provide a not-to-miss opportunity for anyone who appreciates fine guns.

One of the distinctive highlights of this year's exhibition is 'The Special Hornet' ACGG #24. This perfect small game and fun recreational shooting gun is the latest creation by a team of members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG). A special Winchester 1885.22 Hornet was created based on this traditional American action and cartridge. Roger Ferrell did extensive metalwork on the original 1913 frame and barrel. Stockwork by Al Lind on an outstanding piece of American Black Walnut is checkered in 24 lpi in a modified point pattern. Engraver Jerome Glimm complemented the project with tasteful German-style engraving.

Each year a lucky $20 ticket holder wins a special project created to show the public the artistry of custom guns. Perhaps someone who might not be able to commission a custom firearm will be the proud owner of 'The Special Hornet'. The winner (who does not have to be present) will own 'The Special Hornet,' including the unique Damascus knife and the leather case. Anyone interested in the raffle go to or send $20 per ticket to ACGG 22 Vista Ln. Cody,WY. Ticket purchasers are mailed a numbered receipt and a color brochure. There is no limit of number of tickets each person can purchase. All federal and state laws apply.

Special features for this special anniversary year exhibition will include displays by members of the American Bladesmith Society including well-known knifemakers Al Pendray, Red St. Cyr, Jay Hendrickson, Charlie Ochs and others. These craftsmen of the forged blade will showcase their unique one-of-a-kind hand-forged knives. Back again will be members of the Contemporary Longrifle Association including Ron Scott and Jim Chambers. Contemporary muzzleloading and shooting accoutrements fascinate every history and shooting fan.

The special historical display of custom guns rarely seen will provide a not-to-miss opportunity for all who appreciate fine guns. The focus for this display will be post WWII custom makers who shaped the trends of modern gunmaking. One of Jack O'Connor's personal .270s will be available to examine.

The Firearms Engravers Guild of America will present seminars with the presenters and FEGA members generously sharing information acquired from decades of hands on experience. FEGA distributes many books about engraving and engravers. Castings of beautiful engraving examples can be purchased for study and decoration at The following topics will be presented on Monday January 26th. Lee Griffiths -Tools and Techniques of Sculpting, Mike Dubber - Lettering and Borders and Bob Strosin - Preparing and Finishing Firearms. Seminars are free and open to the public.

Enjoy a fun social evening and get acquainted with the FEGA and ACGG members. Tickets include a drink during the cocktail hour, a buffet dinner and then followed by an auction. Reserve a banquet ticket no later than January10, 2009.

Reno hosts three days of outstanding, beautiful contemporary American custom firearms. Exhibition hours are Friday 12:00 pm to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20/day per person.


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