Brownells 75th Anniversary - A Shooting Heritage

Brownells Honors ACGG and FEGA Members

Five craftsmen from the American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) and the Firearms Engraver’s Guild of America (FEGA) were honored during the annual Custom Gunmakers and Engravers Exhibition, held January 23-25, 2004, in Reno, Nev.

The awards were announced at the annual banquet and auction, which the two groups held jointly in conjunction with the Exhibition. In recognition of their accomplishments, each received an engraved plaque and a $500 Brownells gift certificate in recognition of having attained Regular membership status in the ACCG or Certified Professional status in the FEGA.

The three ACGG members and the categories in which they were elected to Regular membership are:

  • Jim Blair, Glenrock, Wyoming - Engraver
  • Lee Helgeland, Big Fork, Montana - Stockmaker
  • Craig Libhart, Bainbridge, Pennsylvania - Stockmaker


FEGA members who have qualified to become Certified Professional Engravers are:

  • Jason Marchiafava, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Denis Reece, Marysville, California


Commenting on the awards, Brownells President Frank Brownell said, “These men and the guilds to which they belong represent a strong and valued tradition of excellence. We are pleased to annually recognize their efforts in preserving, encouraging and elevating extraordinary skill and craftsmanship to its highest level in the firearms industry.”

For more information about the two guilds contact:

  • American Custom Gunmakers Guild, - Jan Billeb, Executive Director, 22 Vista View Ln., Cody, WY 82414-9606. Phone 307-587-4297, or e-mail
  • Firearm Engravers Guild of America - Shannon Krawczyk, Executive Director, 3011 E Pine Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86004, Phone 928-527-8427 or e-mail


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