2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition Is Jan. 20-22 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget

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Engravers and custom gunmakers from across America will make their way to John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Reno/Sparks, NV, Jan. 20-22, to display examples of their intricate handiwork during the 28th annual Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition. The theme for the exhibition is “Reward Yourself: Isn't It time for a Custom Gun?”

The ideal event to meet face-to-face with some of America’s top engravers and custom gunmakers is coming up fast.

The 2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition, a joint effort by the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org) and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (http://www.FEGA.com), is scheduled at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Reno/Sparks, NV, on Jan. 20-22.

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

In addition to displays by ACGG and FEGA members, the three-day event also features select exhibitors from members of The American Bladesmith Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to education and the revival of the art and craft of the forged blade, and the Knifemakers Guild, a non-profit organization that promotes custom knives and knifemakers.

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

Exhibition dates are concurrent with the Wild Sheep Foundation’s “Sheep Show,” the largest mountain hunting convention under one roof. Attendees to the Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition will receive discounted admission to the “Sheep Show.”

Admission cost for the 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. Free seminars will be offered on Monday, Jan. 23, the day following the exhibition.

The free Monday seminar offered by ACGG takes place 9 a.m. to noon. It is titled “Accuracy Principles and Application to the Modern Sporting Rifle” by Speedy Gonzalez.

FEGA offers the following free seminars on Monday, Jan. 23: “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. The deadline to reserve banquet tickets is Jan. 10. Tickets are $47 per person.

“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.”

To reserve banquet tickets, 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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