John Ascuaga's Nugget Welcomes Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition Jan. 22-24 -- Event Features "America's best custom gunmakers and firearm engravers"

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The American Custom Gunmakers Guild and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America will showcase the work of their membership Jan. 22-24 at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Reno, Nevada. Also on display will be handiwork from the American Bladesmith Society, the Contemporary Longrifle Association and the Knifemakers Guild.

The center of the custom gunmaking universe shifts to Nevada Jan. 22-24 as John Ascuaga's Nugget welcomes an elite gathering of America's top craftsmen and their devoted fans to the 26th annual Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition.

The event, which has become known as "The Finest Assembly of Custom Guns and Engraving in America," is a joint effort by the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org ) and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (http://www.FEGA.com). It is open to the public; the entry is $20 per person per day.

In addition to being a nexus for talented craftspeople who exchange ideas, views and techniques, the exhibition is also designed to help increase public awareness of fine quality custom firearms as well as advance custom gunmaking as an accepted art form.

Rex C. Pedersen, President of FEGA, called it "a showcase of engraving in which the standards of engraving of the world are judged."

Also on display at the exhibition will be creations by invited members of the American Bladesmith Society, the Contemporary Longrifle Association and the Knifemakers Guild.

The event takes place at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Reno (http://www.janugget.com ). According to organizers, reservations can be made by calling the casino resort at (800) 648-1177 and using reservation code GFIRE10. Deadline is Dec. 19. Room rate is $104 per night, plus tax and fees.

"This is the only event in 2010 to see truly fine quality firearms and meet America's best custom gunmakers and firearm engravers," organizers said, adding that, "All functions will be in the premier convention area on the second floor of the Nugget."

The exhibition is open to the public on Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As in past years, seminars will take place the day after exhibition, on Monday Jan. 25, organizers said, and continue to be open free to anyone interested.

The Saturday night schedule includes a banquet, an awards presentation and the joint FEGA/ACGG auction. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner. Cost is $45 per person

The Sunday schedule includes the raffling of ACGG Firearm #25. Known as "The Tip-Down Smallbore," the rifle is a .22 side-hammer created entirely from bar stock. Tickets are $20 each.

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

For more information about the exhibition as well as the raffle, call (307) 587-4297 or go to http://www.ACGG.org or http://www.fega.com .

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