Whether it’s a matter of looking for inspiration or making arrangements for a project that’s ready-to-roll, the 27th annual Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition is the perfect place to transform a gun lover’s vision of a custom project into a reality.

The exhibition, which takes place at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, in Reno/Sparks, NV, Jan. 28-30, 2011, is a joint effort of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild and the Firearms Engravers Guild of America.

Also participating are select members of the American Bladesmith Society, the Contemporary Longrifle Association and the Knifemakers Guild, who will have examples of their handiwork on display.

For anyone considering having a custom gun built, the annual Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition offers an exceptional opportunity to meet established makers and engravers, ask them questions as well as see firsthand different styles of work and types of guns.

Also on display will be a variety of components, including grip caps, bolt handles, wood blanks and more.

An excellent way to “Plan Your Perfect Custom Gun” is to order “Realizing Your Dream: A Client’s Guild to Building a Custom Gun,” a comprehensive, 60-page workbook that details the process of commissioning a custom firearm. The price is $24.95, including postage.

“There are many phases to having a custom gun built,” writes gunmaker Stephen Heilmann in the booklet’s introduction. “There are a variety of rifle actions available, many fine old shotguns just waiting to be made over. There is also a wide selection of very high quality barrels, triggers, etc.”

To reserve a hotel room at John Ascuaga’s Nugget during the exhibition, call (800) 648-1177 and use Reservation Code GFIRE11. Dec. 20 is the deadline for reservations. The room rate is $107 per night, plus tax and fees.

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.

For more information about the 2011 Firearms Engravers & Gunmakers Exhibition, visit or or call 307-587-4297. Public hours are Noon to 9 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $20 per person per day.

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