Reserve a Room by Dec. 19 for the ’12 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition

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Time is running out to reserve a room at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Reno/Sparks, NV, location of the 2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition, an annual event co-sponsored the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org) and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (http://www.FEGA.com). The exhibition is Jan. 20-22.

The deadline is to reserve a room at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Reno/Sparks, NV, for the 2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition is Dec. 19.

The annual 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 set for Jan. 20-22.

To make reservations for a stay at the Nugget, call (800) 648-1177. The Reservation Code is GFIRE12. The room rate is $110 per night plus tax and fee. Attendees may also reserve a hotel room online by visiting the Guilds’ websites.

Exhibition 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 and is paid at the entrance. Hours are noon to 9 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibition’s theme for 2012 is “Reward Yourself: Isn't It time for a Custom Gun?”

Here are some comments about the 2011 event:

“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.”

In addition to displays by ACGG and FEGA members, the three-day event also features select exhibitors from members of The American Bladesmith Society and the Knifemakers Guild. For a comprehensive list of exhibitors, go to http://www.ACGG.org/events/2012-exhibitors.

As has been the tradition, free seminars will be presented on the Monday following the exhibition; in this case, Jan. 23.

ACGG offers a seminar from 9 a.m. to noon. It is titled “Accuracy Principles and Application to the Modern Sporting Rifle” by Speedy Gonzalez.

FEGA offers the following seminars: “Flush Gold Inlay” by Bob Evans; “Movement in Design” by Lee Griffiths; and, “Basic Metal Carving” by Andrew Biggs.

On Saturday evening, a Banquet, Awards and Auctions event is scheduled.

“Enjoy a fun social evening and get acquainted with Guild members,” said Jan Billeb, who has coordinated the exhibition since 1985. “Tickets include a drink during the cocktail hour and a wonderful Nugget dinner. Reserve your banquet ticket no later than Jan. 10.”

To reserve banquet tickets, which are $47 per person, contact Patti Murry, Exhibition, 307 Division St, Northfield, MN 55057, via phone at (507) 645-8811 or you can print out a form on the Guilds’ websites: http://www.ACGG.org and http://www.FEGA.com.

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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