News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

--- Next Three Meetings ---

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

November 18-19, 2017 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio
Directors Election, Annual Meeting

January 6-7, 2018 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio

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

Fall 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf)

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.

A Message From the President 

A great time was had by all at the Annual Display show and Banquet this past May. We had 20 displays and a full house at the banquet. The keynote speaker was Jon Husted who is running for governor of Ohio and is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment as you will see in his article on page 6. Our special guest speaker was Kayne Robinson, former president of the NRA. Kayne is a true gun nut and enjoys shooting and collecting arms. Kayne gave a great speech about our gun rights and the purpose and benefits of being an NRA member. OGCA doesn't require our members to be NRA members, but I would implore all of our members to join. They are the best friends we have in Washington. They are constant, and always stand for our gun rights and freedom.

Just in case you did not have enough to see in May, we opened the July meeting with two full rows of excellent, educational displays courtesy of The Ruger Owners and Collectors Society and The Thompson Collectors Association. Turnout was great and the A/C kept up with the crowd. We saw everything from Bill Ruger’s .44 Magnum Flattop "Buntline" with 15" barrel to an M3 "Grease Gun" submachine gun. Plus, Jack Meador was kind enough to bring back his crowd-stopping "Baby Face Nelson" exhibit featured on the front cover of our Fall newsletter.  Distinguished member, Dave Yost could be found admiring the displays. He is Ohio’s Auditor of State running for Attorney General. Special thanks to Lee Sundermeier and Tracie Hill for all their hard work. For those who missed the July meeting, we will be sure to include highlights in upcoming newsletters.

Coming up at our September 9-10 meeting, will be friends from The Winchester Arms Collectors Association (WACA) and a new group, The American Bowie Knife Association (ABKA) that I am sure you will enjoy. The guys are serious about knife collecting, and bring a lot to the table about knives and the role they played in the making of America. This will be the first time for this group, so give all a warm OGCA welcome.

For your information, the dues statement will come in October, and I hope you don't forget to pay for your annual tables in September. By doing so you save $60 per table per year. The Cleveland bus connection will run in November. I want to thank the folks who ride, and we need your support to keep the service running.

We have an election coming up in November and we have a number of promising candidates running. The bios for director candidates are included in the Fall 2017 Newsletter.  This is a chance for our members to voice their opinion by voting for your favorite member to represent you. If you don't vote, don't bitch.

Now I will get to one of the reasons I like being a member of the OGCA. Our Annual Display Show is one of the best in the USA. All were good and all were interesting and well laid out. I have judged numerous times at various national shows, so believe me when I say they were exceptional. I want to personally thank Ralph Petrilli, Fred Kolb and Jim Curlovic for being our judges this year. This can be a thankless job. The displayers in both May and July are to be commended for their efforts and expertise in building and manning their exhibits. There is a mountain of knowledge in each display, and the OGCA wishes to thank all who participated in building a display at the last two meetings. All love to share their knowledge and go out of their way to answer questions and are always helpful to novices.

I also want to express my heartfelt thanks to the thousands of members who make safety their number one priority at each meeting. We remind our tableholders to be extra vigilant in tieing each firearm before it is placed on the table or offered for sale including during set-up. Important safety enhancements for tableholders are announced on page 4, along with reminders for all members.

Think of OGCA on August 8th, our founding day exactly 80 years ago. I hope to see all of you soon, and have a great summer.

Your friend and president,
Charles Rush

Special Guests September 9th -10th WACA and ABKA

We are excited to announce the Antique Bowie Knife Association (ABKA) has accepted our invitation to hold their show with WACA and OGCA at the September 9-10, 2017 meeting.

Several OGCA members are active in ABKA. This small, selective group consists of only a few hundred members, but is a world-wide organization dedicated to collecting and preserving antique Bowie Knives. They have shows across the United States with fine displays, beautiful antique Bowie Knives for sale and related memorabilia.

The history of the Bowie Knife all started when James Bowie killed Major Norris Wright of Alexandria, LA in the famous sandbar fight (a formal duel gone wrong) near Natchez, MS on September 19, 1827. Bowie and 13 other spectators broke out into a brawl after neither opponent was shot. Bowie was a rather strong and bold man six foot in height and weighing in at 180 lbs, armed only with a long butcher knife. In a battle that lasted less then 10 minutes, Bowie was shot, and stabbed repeatedly in the chest with Wrights’ cane sword before Bowie sank his large knife into Wrights’ heart killing him instantly. Amazingly, Bowie survived his injuries and lived to make the Bowie Knife world-famous.

ABKA will be in great company this September as we welcome back WACA (The Winchester Arms Collectors Association). Our great friends will hold their Midwestern Show along side ours with a display show competition, and Winchester firearms and memorabilia for sale and trade. From the Cody Firearms Museum, Jessica Bennett, Records Specialist and Danny Michael, Assistant Curator will be on hand to do record searches on your Winchester’s, Marlin’s, and L.C. Smith firearms. If you are a WACA member and are interested in entering a display or rent trade tables, please see your spring and summer issues of The Winchester Collector magazine for the table application.

Annual Tables On Sale in September /   Table Rent Reminders

Annual 2018 Tables will be on sale at the September and November meetings (and by contacting the Business Office at (330) 467-5733 or Annual tables run January 2018 to November 2018 for all scheduled Roberts Centre meetings.

Take advantage of the savings when you reserve annually. Cost is $420 per table for six shows in the calendar year. That breaks down to $70 per table x 6 regular Wilmington meetings and is a savings of $60 per year, per table on table rent. (Individual table rental paid per show is $80.00.) Annual tables are also a convenient way to reserve the same table for the whole year! (Table location based on availability.)

2018 Annual Table Applications are available only for a limited time. Deadline to reserve your annual table for all six shows in 2018 is December 14, 2017. Call the business office anytime with questions.

Also, as a reminder to those who rent tables per show, members may now reserve tables for up to two shows at a time ($80 per table). For example, using the form on page 13 of this newsletter, you may reserve tables for September, or November or both. Simply check the box at the top of page 13 for which show or shows for which you are reserving tables. The form may be copied but don’t forget to also copy and sign the back of the Table Application (page 14).

Pay via mail, phone, or in person during a meeting for the next 2 meetings. There will be no table application in the next mailing as it is an interim mailing containing your dues statement and the Applicant List.

If you need a Table Application form contact the business office anytime. If you would like to be added to the "Table Application email list" just shoot us an email at and we will automatically email the form to you 5-6 weeks prior to each meeting. It also serves as a convenient reminder.

Charter Bus From NE Ohio November 18, 2017

NE Ohio members, we need your show of support: Passenger count is down and we need more reservations to continue bus service! You cannot beat the price which is still just $20 round trip! Tell your local OGCA buddies, bring family and guests on the Saturday November 18, 2017 round trip charter bus from Cleveland to Wilmington To reserve your seat(s) send a check or money order along with the form, on page 4 of the Fall 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf)  to OGCA, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. Or, call (330) 467-5733 to pay via Visa, MC or Discover.  Detailed instructions will be mailed to you two weeks prior to the trip. 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.  It’s a great deal and we need your support to fill the bus to continue this service!

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.)


Automatic Penalties 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

Summer 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
Spring 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)
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)

There has never been a more important time for supporters of the Second Amendment to band together and ensure that those who share our love of collecting, shooting and hunting are registered to vote.

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voter registration program through the NRA.  Click here for more info or here to go direct to the site.  Then click on "Get Started" to register to vote in any state. (It's easy!)