News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


-------OGCA Meetings are strictly LIMITED to members and their guests------

--- Next Three Meetings ---

May 20-21, 2017 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio
Annual Banquet and Display Show

July 15-16, 2017 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio
Special Guests,
ROCS (The Ruger Owners & Collectors Society)

Sept. 9-10, 2017 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio
WACA (Winchester Arms Collectors Assoc.) Midwestern Show
Plus special guests, The Antique Bowie Knife Association

Visit "Shows" page for directions, hotels and a complete list of dates. 

Spring 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

OGCA Members: Click on "Dues" for more information on Membership Dues including our new Life Installment Payment Plan.  Or, to make a secure Online Dues Payment Click Here.

What A Show!

Did all 18,279 members descend upon Wilmington for the BIG March Show? Judging by the crowd no one stayed home! "It was about the busiest I have ever seen it," said several table-holding members. The March statistics: 758 tables, 264 Applicants, and almost 700 guests! Hatís off to our staff, security and volunteers for keeping the lines moving all weekend.

Director Nominations

OGCA Director Nominations opened at the March meeting and will close at the end of the May meeting. Contact Fred Kolb, First VP, at (937) 289-1333 for more information and the required paperwork.

Important May Meeting Changes as of March 11, 2017

Contrary to the last newsletter, the Main Entrance to the hall will be thru the Grand Lobby (its usual spot) for May 20-21. Also, the Annual Display Show will take place inside the main hall and will likely utilize two full rows near the main entrance. Please pay attention to the signage that will be in place in the event of any last minute changes. Read all signs as they serve as an important reminder to follow all safety rules so that everyone can have a safe, enjoyable weekend. Your OGCA Board of Directors thank you for your support of this most delightful and interesting upcoming show!

Annual Display Show May 20-21

With a display show theme like "Oddballs and Oddities" we are anticipating some unique and eccentric displays. Though the theme is always optional, we canít say enough about the fantastic firearms and educational exhibits you will see at this show. There are only a few display spaces left, so if you want to enter, return your Display Show Application today. If you donít have a form, email or call the business office for a Display Show Info Packet.

The 2017 Display Show Judges, Jim Curlovic, Ralph Petrilli and Fred Kolb are eager to see some amazing exhibits. Judging one of the best Display Shows in the country is no easy task, and we appreciate their knowledge, time and effort. All members in attendance are asked to vote for their favorite display Saturday May 20th. A voting table will be set up near the display area. Show your support to your fellow members and vote! All exhibitors are acknowledged for their hard work and dedication and we wish them luck on the numerous awards and prizes including four serial numbered Minuteman Freedom bronzes!

Last Chance for Banquet Tickets!

We are filling up fast for the Saturday evening, May 20th Annual Member Recognition Banquet, so if you have not yet ordered tickets for you and your guests, be sure to do so today!  Please click for BANQUET RESERVATION FORM. Return the form with payment as soon as possible, but no later than May 1st, 2017. The form can also be found on page 3 of your last (Spring Ď17) newsletter, or call (330) 467-5733 to reserve by credit card. Tickets must be purchased in advance and we expect to sell out. Includes salad, beef brisket, pulled pork, sides and dessert.  Like last year, this casual event will be general seating only. Tickets are $19 for adults, $10 for Children 6-12 and free for kids under age 5. The banquet will take place in the lobby of the Holiday Inn attached to The Roberts Centre, and you will appreciate the great meal after working up an appetite shopping at almost 750 trade tables, and ogling over 40+ display tables. The cash bar will open at 5:15 p.m.  The delicious casual buffet style dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Banquet Speaker Announced

We are pleased to announce that highly accomplished Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will be our guest banquet speaker. This hard-working member has a promising future, and is one of the pro-Second Amendment candidates for Governor of Ohio next year. The banquet will also include the Display Show Awards Presentation, and one of the best parts is the camaraderie among collectors.

Calling All Authors/Book-Worms

Do you love to read books relating to firearms? Stop by the "Authors Corner" during the May Display Show and meet fellow members who have authored firearms-related books. Likewise, if you are an author and have not yet signed up contact the Business Office for more details.

Charter Bus From NE Ohio

This is the last chance to reserve your seat on the Saturday, May 20th OGCA Express from Cleveland to Wilmington. Last year, we had a full bus and we hope for the same again this year. To reserve your seat(s) on the bus return the Bus Ticket Form, to OGCA, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. Or, call us at (330) 467-5733 to reserve via credit card. First come, first served as space is limited. Detailed instructions will be mailed to you. Buses board at 5:45 AM at Barons Bus Garage 12800 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, and will return you to your car at approximately 7:30 PM. Free parking at the bus garage, newer, comfortable bus with restrooms, free wi-fi, and undercarriage storage. Bring a guest and relax on The OGCA Express!  (Please donít reserve banquet tickets if you are riding the May OGCA Express due to the departure time.)

There is one more bus trip this year lined up for November 18th. (More information in the next newsletter.)

OGCA Commemorative BB Guns Are Back! Limited Supply!

What better way to celebrate our 80th Anniversary than with a commemorative, limited edition 80th Anniversary Ohio Gun Collectors Red Ryder BB Gun! Each one is engraved with our logo and serial numbered. Only 160 will be made. They are available at the PAC Table starting at 8 AM, Saturday May 20th. One can be yours for a donation of $45.00. (Limit of one per member). PAC can only accept donations in the form of cash or check. Once they are gone they are gone! If you recall the The OGCA 75th Anniversary commemorative Red Ryder in 2012, they were sold out within a few hours. Sorry this PAC item can not be shipped so that means... get out to the May Show! You will be glad you came.

Welcome FEGA & GGCA!

This May we welcome The German Gun Collectors Association who will be holding their annual meeting in Wilmington. Some are coming all the way from Europe!

Plus, over a dozen talented members of FEGA (Firearms Engravers Guild of America) will be setting up shop and displaying their best custom firearms and engravings. FEGA is the worldís foremost organization of firearm engravers. If you are thinking of having a special gun customized you will be able to speak directly to the artists and see their work first hand. They will likely be located in the Roberts Centreís Hamilton Conference Room to the left (south) of the lobby with additional entrances near row E. Welcome back to Ohio, FEGA!

NRA Atlanta!

Mark your calendar to attend the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta Georgia, and be sure to visit "Collectors Row" and show your support for members Ken and Diane Leonard and their display "Family: The Search for David Leonard." If you saw their award-winning displays at the 2014 and 2016 OGCA Annual Display Show, you will know why we are so proud that they are representing us at this national event. The NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits is April 28-30 at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta. For more information visit We will cover the history behind their display in the next newsletter. In the meantime, visit

Guest Passes/Trade Tables: The Table Application and Guest Pass Forms are on pages 11-14 of member's newsletter. If you are a member and need a copy of a form do not hesitate to contact us anytime at or (330) 467-5733.  (Forms are not posted on the web for security reasons.)

July 15-16, 2017

The 3rd Annual ROCS/OGCA Show will be held July 15-16, 2017. After an excellent turn out, and incredible displays in July 2015 and 2016 we are delighted to welcome back this growing association. The Ruger Owners & Collectors Association will, again, hold a major display competition among its members this July. For more information visit

We will also host The American Thompson Association (TATA) that same weekend. Gotta love those incredible Thompson displays. Bring out your Class III weapons for show and tell but let us know in advance so our 2nd VP can pre-approve as per the By-Laws.

Sept. 9-10, 2017

The Sept. 8-9, 2017 meeting will feature The Winchester Arms Collectors Association. This will be the 6th year that we have hosted their Annual Mideastern Show.    Last year, Eric Trump could be found appreciating their handsome displays and browsing their many trade tables. A warm welcome back to The Winchester Arms Collectors Association (WACA).

Yes! The Cody Firearmís Museum Recordís Specialist, Jessica Bennett, will be on site for records searches.

Automatic Penalties Now in Effect For a Loaded Gun or Magazine: On March 11, 2016, the OGCA Board of Directors adopted automatic penalties for those in violation of bringing in a loaded gun or magazine. Members will be removed from the building and placed on an automatic one-year suspension. If a guest brings a loaded firearm/magazine, he/she will be immediately banned for life, and the sponsor of that guest will automatically be suspended for one year. If each and every member makes safety their number one focus and informs their guest of the Safety Rules, enforcement of this new automatic penalty will never be necessary...and that is our hope.        Firearms Safety REQUIRED

Blue Book Program For OGCA Members Click here to learn more or go directly to Blue Book Publications.

Member's Newsletter

Spring 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

Some Prior Newsletters

Winter 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Fall 2016 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Summer 2016 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

Spring 2016 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Winter 2016 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

Fall 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
July 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

May 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
March 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
January 2015 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
November 2014 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Sept./Oct. 2014 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
July 2014 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

May 2014 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
March 2014 M
ember's Newsletter (pdf format)
January 201
4 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Sept. 21-22 and Oct 12-13, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
July 20-21, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

May 18-19, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
March 23-24, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
January 5-6, 2013 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
November 17-18, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
September 15-16, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
July 21-22, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
May 5-6, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
March 10-11, 2012 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
January 7-8, 2012 Newsletter (pdf format)
November 19-20, 2011 Newsletter (pdf format)
September 17-18, 2011 Newsletter (pdf format)
July 16-17, 2011 Newsletter (pdf Format)
May 7-8, 2011 Newsletter (PDF Format)
March 12-13, 2011 Newsletter  (PDF Format)

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