Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition Set for Jan. 22-24 -- Gathering in Reno Showcases America's Top Artisans

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Nearly 100 artisans from across America will come together Jan. 22-24 at John Ascuaga's Nugget for an event that has come to be known as "The Greatest Assembly of Custom Guns and Engraving in America." The exhibition is an opportunity "to see truly fine quality firearms and meet America's best custom gunmakers and firearm engravers," organizers said.

The Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition, which takes place Jan. 22-24 at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Reno, NV, will showcase the talents of America's top custom stockmakers, metalsmiths, engravers and other specialists.

The annual event is a joint effort of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild ( and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America ( . Select members of American Bladesmith Society, the Contemporary Longrifle Association and the Knifemakers Guild will also be featured.

"Each year the quality and artistic expression of projects displayed have surpassed the previous and astounded the makers," organizers said.

The exhibition opens Friday, Jan. 22, at noon. The opening day session closes at 9 p.m. Hours for Saturday, Jan. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 24, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Entry price for the public is $20 per person per day. Visit for updates.

In addition to showcasing the handiwork of nearly 100 artisans from across the United States, the exhibition will feature items and services donated for the annual FEGA/ACGG auction that takes place Saturday, Jan. 23. A complete list of donated items and services can be found at

A series of seminars are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 25, the day after the exhibition.

ACGG Seminars:
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. -- Welding for Gunsmiths by Reto Buehler.
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. -- Checkering: Borders and Ribbons Layout Design by Paul Lindke.
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. -- DVD James Dubell's Reboring & Rifling.

FEGA Seminars:
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. -- Flair Scroll: A Transition Between Western and American Scroll by Diane Scalese.
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- The Three Segment Leaf: The Arabesque Through Four Thousand Years of Ornament by Barry Lee Hands.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Sculpting American Style: Bringing Classic American Scroll Into the Modern Era by Weldon Lister.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. -- Break for lunch.
1:30 p.m. -- Open sessions. An opportunity to have work critiqued, discuss engraving issues or just "listen in" to the experts.

The Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition has been an ongoing annual event since 1985 as a venue to showcase the work of members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America.

Among ACGG's goals is "Promoting the artistry of fine custom firearms." FEGA's objectives include promoting firearm engraving as an art form and raising public interest and appreciation in quality firearms engraving.

For more information about the exhibition, call (307) 587-4297 or visit -

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