Become the Owner of a Custom Gun Created by an Elite Team of America's Foremost Craftsmen

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The winner of a one-of-a-kind rifle crafted by a hand-picked team of America's foremost artisans will be drawn at the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Known as ACGG Firearm Project #25, the gun is patterned after a turn-of-the-century British Rook Rifle. Tickets are $20 each. For details, visit

The Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, is graciously hosting the drawing of the winning ticket for ACGG #25, to be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. The American Custom Gunmakers Guild plans to post a video of the event. Tickets must be purchased by June 15.

"The Tip-Down Smallbore," a .22 side-hammer created entirely from bar stock, is known as ACGG Firearm Project #25 and is patterned after turn-of-the-century British Rook Rifles.

Rook Rifles were built primarily between 1870 and 1930 and were the gentleman's choice for small game such as rabbits, foxes, crows and rooks, a bird common in the English countryside.

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

Initial discussion for the project began in 2006; subsequently, a team of experienced craftsmen was formed to create the one-of-a-kind firearm.

Team members included metalsmith Jimmy Johnson of Missouri, stockmaker Craig Libhart of Pennsylvania, engraver Tim George of Virginia and casemaker Jim Wear of Wyoming. Final bluing was done by Chuck Grace of Colorado.

Johnson manufactured the American-styled petite "tip-down" from bar stock. The receiver and components were inspired by 19th-century masters Frank Wesson and Alexander Henry while the lock plate, hammer and components were based on the work of lockmaker Joseph Brazier.

Libhart, of Susquehanna Stockworks in Bainbridge, PA, who spent more than 200 hours on the rifle, worked a piece of Turkish Walnut into a lightweight turn-of-the-century rifle.

Engraver Tim George of Lynchburg, VA, used the "hammer and chisel" technique to create what he deemed a hybrid scroll that combined his style with that of Louis Daniel Nimschke, generally regarded as America's first world-class engraver. George then embellished the custom rifle's engraving with 24k gold borders.

With Johnson, Libhart, and George focusing on the rifle, Jim Wear did research to come up with a case appropriate for the project's 19th-century theme.

Wear, whose leatherworking experience includes hand-crafting Harley-Davidson saddlebags, cased the gun in oak and covered it with bark-tanned, checkered pigskin. The Wear's Harness Shop owner also made the ebony beehive-handled turn-screws, cleaning rod, brush and Damascus Bowie knife and sheath.

For a chance to own ACGG Firearm Project #25, send $20 per ticket to American Custom Gunmakers Guild, 22 Vista View Lane, Cody, WY, 82414

There is no limit to the number of tickets each person can purchase, though all state and federal laws apply. For more information about the raffle please visit or call (307) 587-4297.


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