Cody Firearms Museum Hosts Drawing for American Custom Gunmakers Guild Rifle

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Each year the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org) assigns a team of craftsmen from among its membership to create a one-of-a-kind firearm to raffle off as a fund-raiser for the non-profit organization. This year the drawing for ACGG Project # 25 took place at the Cody Firearms Museum, which is part of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Wyoming.

It’s only fitting that a custom gun lovingly created by some of America’s top craftsmen should be featured at a museum named after a legendary American soldier and showman — William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.

“The Tip-Down Smallbore,” a .22 side-hammer, was commissioned by the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (http://www.ACGG.org) to be raffled off as a fund-raiser for the non-profit organization.

The rifle was brought to the Cody Firearms Museum, which houses the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world. The museum is part of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 720 Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY, 82414.

The rifle was brought to the Cody Firearms Museum, which houses the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world. The museum is part of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 720 Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY, 82414.
A total of 2,079 tickets were sold. The winning ticket, #1565, was drawn by museum curator Warren Newman, a retired Navy Captain, who called the Rook Rifle a “beautiful artistic creation.” ACGG members from around the country present for the June 26 drawing included Al Lind, Chuck Grace, John Mercer, Pete Mazur, Bruce Farman and Steve Billeb.

“It’s truly a gift that I will cherish and pass onto my children,” said the winner of the rifle, who resides in Washington State. “For some years I have been learning to build custom rifles for myself and members of the Guild have been unselfish with their time and help teaching me the art and craftsmanship of wood, metal and finishing work.”

ACGG team members on Project #25 included metalsmith Jimmy Johnson of Missouri, stockmaker Craig Libhart of Pennsylvania, engraver Tim George of Virginia and casemaker Jim Wear of Wyoming. Final bluing was done by Chuck Grace of Colorado.

The raffle rifle fit right in at the Cody Firearms Museum, one of the largest and most important collections of American and European firearms in the United States. The more than 6,000 items in the museum’s collection chronicle the technological development of firearms from the earliest incarnations to the most modern forms.

ABOUT ACGG: The American Custom Gunmakers Guild is a non-profit organization whose goal is "Promoting the artistry of fine custom firearms.” It is located at 22 Vista View Lane, Cody, WY, 82414. For more information, visit http://www.ACGG.org or call (307) 587-4297.

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