Room Reservation Deadline Looming for Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition

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The John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Reno/Sparks, NV, is gearing up to welcome gun lovers to the 2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition. The event, a joint effort of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org) and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (http://www.FEGA.com), is Jan. 20-22, but the hotel deadline for registering is much sooner.

Custom gun lovers who plan to attend the 2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition should mark their calendars: The deadline is coming up for reserving a room at the hotel where the exhibition is taking place.

The exhibition is set for Jan. 20-22 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Reno/Sparks, NV. Rooms must be booked at least 30 days in advance – and reserved with a credit card

“Reserve your room no later than Dec. 19,” organizers said. “Rooms could be sold out before then.”

The annual event, now in its 28th year, 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), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

This year’s theme is “Reward Yourself: Isn't It Time for a Custom Gun?”

Here are some comments from the 2011 get-together:

“The only place to be if you just want to see custom guns and get a chance to actually meet and talk to the makers. It’s great because it’s focused and intimate.”

“Just returned from my first show, and to say that I was impressed would be a vast understatement. Thank all of you for carrying on such superb craftsmanship.”

Dates for the 2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition 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.”

While most displays at the three-day event feature ACGG and FEGA members, a number of other select exhibitors have been invited. They include members from The American Bladesmith Society and the Knifemakers Guild.

For a comprehensive list of exhibitors, go to http://www.ACGG.org/events/2012-exhibitors.

Admission cost for the 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.

“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.”

As has been the custom in previous years, free seminars will be presented on the Monday following the exhibition (Jan. 23).

At 9 a.m. for three hours, Speedy Gonzalez, instructor at Trinidad Gunsmithing School and member of the U.S. Benchrest Hall of Fame will present a seminar titled “Accuracy Principles and Application to the Modern Sporting Rifle.”

Engraver seminar topics include Flush Gold Inlay, Movement in Design and Basic Metal Carving, plus a question and answer session.

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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