American Custom Gunmakers Guild Celebrates Gunmaking as Art Form - Jan. 22-24 in Reno - Exhibition Highlight Will be the Rifle Raffle

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A well-crafted example of the American tradition of artisans will be raffled off at the Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition at John Ascuaga's Nugget, Reno, NV on Jan. 24. ACGG Firearm #25 is homage to a turn-of-the-century British "Rook Rifles." For details, visit

You don't have to be a builder to appreciate the work of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. And you don't have to be a gun owner to value the artistry of a custom firearm.

Nowhere is that more apparent than Firearm #25, which will be raffled Jan. 24, 2010, by the American Custom Gunmakers Guild during the three-day Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition in Reno, NV. For more information about the exhibition as well as the raffle, go to

Each year a team of ACGG members creates a firearm project to showcase the art of custom gunmaking.

Co-founder Steve Billeb explains the Guild's work as a way to "increase public awareness and appreciation for fine quality custom firearms and to generally advance custom gunmaking as an accepted art form."

"These projects are inspired by historically famous firearm components, a specific theme or gun, or the specialties of team members," organizers said.

This year's project is "The Tip-Down Smallbore," a .22 side-hammer created entirely from bar stock. Raffle tickets are $20 each.

"Tickets are limited to 4,000 and you don't have to be present to win," organizers said.

Metalwork on ACGG Firearm #25 was completed by Jimmy S. Johnson of Missouri. Stockmaker Craig Libhart of Pennsylvania shaped and finished the rifle stock. Tim George of Virginia did the intricate engraving. Jim Wear of Wyoming cased the gun in quarter-sawn oak and covered it with bark-tanned pigskin.

According to organizers, the project's theme is reminiscent of turn-of-the-century British "Rook Rifles" built mainly between 1870 and 1930. Rook Rifles were the English gentleman's choice for small game such as rabbits, hares, foxes, crows and rooks, a common bird in the English countryside.

The result is a gun that represents the rich American tradition of generations past when artisans used their well-honed skills to handcraft objects that were both beautiful and functional.

For a chance to own ACGG Firearm #25, send $20 per ticket to American Custom Gunmakers Guild, 22 Vista View Lane, Cody, WY, 82414 or visit the Guild's Web site at All state and federal laws apply.

ABOUT ACGG: The American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) is an incorporated nonprofit organization that came into existence in 1983 at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Phoenix. In 2008 the ACGG celebrated its 25th anniversary year.

Additional information maybe obtained at or calling 1-307-587-4297


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