FEGA & ACGG’s Theme for the 2012 Exhibition Is ‘Isn't It Time for a Custom Gun?’

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The 28th annual Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition is set for Jan. 20-22, 2012, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Reno/Sparks, NV. The event 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 typical gun lover’s bucket list no doubt contains a number of thoughtful gems, but the theme for next year’s Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition might nudge more than just a few to add this one: “Reward Yourself: Isn't It time for a Custom Gun?”

What better inspiration to help make that dream a reality than to visit what many have described as “The Greatest Assembly of Custom Guns and Engraving in America.”

The three-day gathering, the 28th such get-together since the exhibition began, is the result of a combined effort by the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org) and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (http://www.FEGA.com). It takes place Jan. 20-22, 2012, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Reno/Sparks, NV.

Dates are concurrent with the Wild Sheep Foundation’s “Sheep Show,” the largest mountain hunting convention under one roof. Exhibition attendees will receive discounted admission to the “Sheep Show.”

Admission cost for the Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition is $20 per person per day. Hours are Noon to 9 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The admission fee is paid at the entrance.

A Banquet and Auction is planned for Saturday night. To reserve tickets, which cost $47 per person, contact Patti Murry, Exhibition, 307 Division St, Northfield, MN 55057, by phone at (507) 645-8811 or you can print out a form on the Guilds’ websites.

To make reservations for a stay at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, call (800) 648-1177. The Reservation Code is GFIRE12. Attendees may also reserve a hotel room online by visiting the Guilds’ websites at http://www.FEGA.com or http://www.ACGG.org. The room rate is $110 per night, plus tax and fees. Rooms must be booked at least 30 days in advance – and reserved with a credit card.

“Book your room with our group and receive $6 per night food credit in any of the fine Nugget restaurants,” said Jan Billeb, who has coordinated the exhibition since 1985.

“Hotel shuttle transportation to and from Reno-Tahoe International Airport is complimentary.”

While most displays at next year’s exhibition are by members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America, a number of other select exhibitors have been invited from the following organizations:

American Bladesmith Society: The Society preserves and promotes “the ancient craft of forged knives through education, testing and certification.”

Knifemakers Guild: The Guild, which promotes custom knives and knifemakers, also assists “the knifemaker technically, to encourage ethical and professional business conduct.”

For more information about the 2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition, visit http://www.ACGG.org, http://www.FEGA.com or call (507) 645-8811.

About ACGG and FEGA: The American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) 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. The goals of the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) are to provide opportunities for engravers to exchange ideas and knowledge, assist in improving individual skills and raise public interest and appreciation in quality firearms engraving.

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