John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel to Host Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition Jan. 20-22

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John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Reno/Sparks, NV, will welcome members of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild ( and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America ( to the 28th annual Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition, Jan. 20-22, 2012.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel, which bills itself as “the premier resort casino in Reno/Sparks,” will host the 2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition Jan. 20-22.

The event is presented jointly by the American Custom Gunmakers Guild ( and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America ( The theme is: “Reward Yourself: Isn't It time for a Custom Gun?”

Cost for the exhibition is $20 per person per day. The admission fee is paid at the entrance. Exhibition hours are noon to 9 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. A Banquet and Auction is planned for Saturday night.

Dates for the 2012 exhibition 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” to enjoy the conservation and hunting displays.

The three-day gathering represents “the perfect opportunity to see examples of fine custom gunmaking, personally meet the makers and engravers, and discuss that special project someone has been wanting for years” According to Jan Billeb who has coordinated the exhibition since 1985. As is the tradition each year, free seminars are planned on the Monday following the exhibition.

In addition to custom gunmakers and engravers, the event will feature select exhibitors 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.”

Contemporary Longrifle Association: The association is a non-profit organization whose members “are collectors, makers and students dedicated to the art of contemporary longrifles.”

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’ website or 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,” Jan Billeb added. “Hotel shuttle transportation to and from Reno-Tahoe International Airport is complimentary.”

To reserve tickets for Saturday night’s Banquet and Auction, contact Patti Murry, Exhibition, 307 Division St, Northfield, MN 55057 or by phone (507) 645-8811. Tickets are $47 per person.

“Enjoy a fun social evening and get acquainted with Guild members,” Billeb said. “Tickets include a drink during the cocktail hour and a wonderful Nugget dinner.”

For more information about the 2012 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition, visit, 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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