Project Team Creates a Serious Safari Rifle for ACGG's Annual Raffle

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The American Custom Gunmakers Guild's annual projects are designed to showcase the art of custom gunmaking. ACGG Firearm #26, dubbed "A Hunter's .470 Double Rifle," continues that rich tradition with what one project team member describes as "a working double rifle, not a museum piece." Details about this serious safari companion can be found at http://www.ACGG.org.

Each year the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org) raffles off a firearm handcrafted by an elite team selected from among its membership to showcase the art of custom gunmaking. For the non-profit organization's 2011 project, the team chose to create a double rifle that would feel right at home on a serious safari.

"From the beginning, all team members were in agreement that this should be a working double rifle, not a museum piece," said Steve Nelson, the project's chairman. "We wanted it to be the kind of double an early ivory hunter or professional hunter would have taken into the bush for serious safari hunting."

Dubbed "A Hunter's .470 Double Rifle," ACGG Firearm #26 features metalwork by Tony Fleming, Sparks, NV, stockwork from Glenn Morovits, Newell, SD and engraving from Larry Peters, Odessa, WA.

"For the stockmaking part of this project, the wood we chose was Turkish Walnut," said Morovits, adding that "The stock was designed around the theme of a working double rifle, so it was created to be traditional, but with hard hunting use in mind."

Engraver Larry Peters spent a good deal of time studying photos of English guns and rifles in the Double Gun Journal and other publications.

"I decided to keep the engraving absolutely traditional, best English scroll, no game scenes (scenes are too delicate and don't wear as well as scroll) and no gold except at the safety," he said.

Ticket sales for the custom-built rifle are limited to 4,000 and cost $20 each. There is no limit to the number of tickets an individual may purchase. The winner does not have to be present to win. All state and federal laws apply, and federal tax will be collected before the firearm is delivered, organizers said.

ACGG #26 will be on display at the 27th annual Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition scheduled to take place Jan. 28-30, 2011, at John Ascuaga's Nugget, in Reno/Sparks, NV. The exhibition is a joint effort of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org) and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (http://www.FEGA.com).

The drawing for "A Hunter's .470 Double Rifle" will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Some lucky person will own a unique custom piece for the price of a $20 ticket.

For more information about ACGG Project #26, visit http://www.ACGG.org or call (307) 587-4297.

About ACGG: The American Custom Gunmakers Guild is a non-profit organization that advances the art of custom gunmaking by increasing public awareness and appreciation for quality custom firearms and promoting custom gunmaking as an accepted art form.

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