Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition Features Nearly 100 Artisans -- Custom Gun Event Takes Place Jan. 22-24 in Reno

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Custom gun aficionados from across the United States will gather at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Reno, NV, Jan. 22-24, to meet some of America's top engravers and gunmakers and view the results of their handiwork. Among the goals of the event is to help advance custom gunmaking as an accepted art form.

Nearly 100 of America's most-respected and sought-after artisans will display their wares Jan. 22-24 at the 26th annual Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition in Reno, NV.

The event, known as "The Greatest 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).

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

"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 the annual gathering helps increase public awareness of fine quality custom firearms as well as advance custom gunmaking as an accepted art form.

Entry price for the public is $20 per person per day. For more information, call (307) 587-4297.

John Ascuaga's Nugget hosts the exhibition, which draws custom gun aficionados from across the United States. Reservations at the casino resort can be made by calling (800) 648-1177 and using reservation code GFIRE10. The deadline to make reservations is Dec. 19. Room rate is $104 per night, plus tax and fees.

Days and times for the exhibition are Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As in past years, seminars will be held the day after the exhibition, on Monday, Jan. 25. For updates, visit http://twitter.com/customguns.

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. Ticket reservations, at $45 per person, must be made in advance and are not refundable.

Conveniently for exhibition-goers, the Safari Club International annual Hunters' Convention -- which features former President George W. Bush as banquet keynote speaker -- takes place Jan. 20-23 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

About ACGG and FEGA: The American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) is dedicated to the advancement of the art of custom gunmaking. Among its goals is to increase public awareness and appreciation for fine quality custom firearms and to promote custom gunmaking as an accepted art form. The Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) was founded in 1981. Among FEGA's goals is to provide opportunities for engravers to exchange ideas and knowledge, to assist in improving individual skills and to raise public interest and appreciation in quality firearms engraving.

For more information, visit http://www.FEGA.com, http://www.ACGG.org or call (307) 587-4297.

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