News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

--- Next Three Meetings ---

March 11-12, 2017 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio
Annual Meeting, and Director Election Saturday Nov. 19th

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)

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.

A Message From the President

OGCA will be 80 years young this year. We have over 18,000 loyal members and a dedicated Board. I want to congratulate the officers and directors voted in at the November meeting. It is a sincere honor to have been elected president of this historic organization and I look forward to getting to know more members throughout my term.

I have been asked to introduce myself and will start at the beginning. I was born on a farm where firearms were a necessary tool, and have been interested in gun collecting since age 16. I have been a member since 1971. In all those years Iíve missed only one meeting and that was for my best friendís wedding. When I first started collecting, I started with Case knives and now I admit I collect just about everything especially Winchesters, double guns, Remington, Colt, Browning, Smith & Wesson and National Match guns.

I ran for director about 10 years ago at the urging of the late Peter Cox. He was a great mentor and I owe a great deal to him. I have met so many people through OGCA and will be a president for the members. I am a US Army Vietnam combat veteran, and can relate to our many members who now wear or have worn the uniform.

Iím a member of the South Cuyahoga Sportsmen Association and the North Olmsted Sportsmen Club, and am active in all types of shooting sports. I compete in high-power at the National Matches, earned my Distinguished Riflemans Badge, and hold a high master classification with match rifle and master classification in service rifle. Iíve coached many world-class shooters that went on to the Palma ranks, and I am currently teaching some good up-and-coming shooters that Iím particularly proud of.

I have been married 47 years to my wife, Lynn, and have two kids and six grandchildren. Lynn is also a Life member and serves at the OGCA registration area. I am retired from Ford.

One of the most important things for the club besides continuing our focus on safety, is getting young people involved. When I go to shows out west I see a lot more families and young adults at gun shows compared to our area. I would like your ideas on how to encourage more young people to come to OGCA. This is so important for our future. Also, as collectors we canít be afraid to share our interest with people that may not like what we do. Sometimes itís just a matter of politely explaining our viewpoint that can make them an ally. For example, I am sure that the museum exhibits of Gary Grose and Tracie Hill (page 5) will put firearm collecting in a positive light among people who otherwise never considered our contribution to preserving history. In addition, taking someone to the range and teaching them to shoot is another great way to reduce a fear of firearms that could be clouding someoneís view on the right to bear arms.

Our next meeting in March is the BIG one. If youíve never rented table space it is a great time to get started, but mail in your forms early as we often sell out. This newsletter covers both March and May, so be sure to read the articles below regarding the Annual Display Show and Banquet.  May is a great time to bring family and friends. Also, in April at the NRA Annual Meeting OGCA we will present a very special exhibit on a talented rifle maker from the collection of longtime life members, Ken and Diane Leonard. Stay tuned!

See you in March,
Charles D. Rush

Annual Display Show and 80th Anniversary Celebrations

Members are encouraged to bring out their curio and relics throughout 2017 to add to the fun as we celebrate our 80th Anniversary. In addition, with an exciting May 20-21 Display Show theme like "Oddballs and Oddities", interest has been high and we encourage everyone to reserve early as space is extremely limited. As always the theme is optional. Up for grabs are four numbered Minuteman Freedom Bronzes, thousands of dollars in cash prizes and other distinguished awards. Everyone who enters receives a keepsake. If you are thinking about participating do not wait. Call or email today.

The Annual Display Show is held in conjunction with the Saturday evening Member's Recognition Banquet (order form below) and makes for a most enjoyable weekend. Join fellow members for what is arguably the most interesting show of the year and take the time to vote for the prestigious Members Choice Award for best display.

We are honored to have three accomplished experts to serve as Display Show judges. We welcome back Jim Curlovic who has been on the Winchester Arms Collectors Association Board of Directors since 2011 and has been serving as First VP for the past year. Prior to that he served on two other collector organization boards. He has also been a displayer of firearms since the late 1970ís and has won numerous awards throughout the country. Jim has judged for the NRA and the Winchester Arms Collectors and is presently serving as judge organizer/advisor for the Winchester Arms Collectors Cody and Midwestern shows. Heís a 30-year OGCA member, a Patron member of the NRA, and is a member of, and supports, many other gun clubs. We are pleased to announce that Ralph Petrilli will also serve as a judge at our May 20-21, 2017 Display Show. Ralph is a full-time gun dealer and collector who travels to 30 shows per year. He has been around guns all his life including 35 years in antique guns, Civil War artifacts and Western Americana. He is a member of The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, Michigan Antique Arms Collectors Association, Forks of the Delaware and The Pennsylvania Gun Collectors Association. In addition, our very own Fred Kolb has agreed to round out our panel of judges. Fred is a 43-year member of OGCA currently serving as First VP. Fredís collecting interests include military weapons and artifacts from the Civil War through WWII, and his particular areas of interest are Winchester 9422 Lever Actions and Colt 22 Single Actions. Fred is a retired hospital CEO with a wide range of experience in the leadership of nonprofits. He is a Benefactor member of the NRA, and has taken on numerous leadership roles in coordinating our award-winning displays at the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits.

Letís celebrate rare and interesting firearms at the Display Show and all year. If you bring something special to our next meeting in March, let us know so we can put it in the newsletter!

Annual Member's Recognition Banquet

Join us for our 2017 Annual Member Recognition Banquet May 20, 2017 in the lobby of the Holiday Inn at the Roberts Centre Complex for an evening among members, friends and family. You will love the convenience of the show and banquet all in one spot, but because space is limited we will sell out quickly. Cocktail hour with cash bar will begin at 5:15 PM. A casual buffet style dinner will start at 6:00 PM. and includes salad, beef brisket, pulled pork, sides and dessert. Afterwords, enjoy the Annual Display Show Awards presentation. Like last year, this casual event will be general seating only. Take this opportunity to sit with and make new friends. Dinner tickets will be in the form of a wristband. Adult dinner, $19.00 each, Children 6-12, $10.00 each and Children age 5 and under are free. Please click for BANQUET RESERVATION FORM. Return the form with payment as soon as possible, but no later than May 1st, 2017.

"OGCA Express" Bus Charter May 20, 2017: Round trip (Saturday) charter bus service from Cleveland to Wilmington is available for the May meeting for just $20 round trip. 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!

Annual Tables: Annual tables are on sale now, but only until Feb. 28, 2017. (Annual tables purchased after the Jan. mtg are $350 and cover March thru Nov.) Please return your 2017 Annual Form asap so we may best accommodate requests.

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.)

Joe Pittenger, Eric Trump and Jim Curlovic of WACA 9.10.16
Eric Trump Visits the Sept. meeting!  One on one with Eric Trump - by Larry Moore

Thank you Winchester Arms Collectors Association

The Winchester Arms Collectors Association (WACA) held a fantastic "show within a show" in September! They had over 40 tables including one for historical firearm records searches by Jessica Bennett of the Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Center of the West.

We are pleased to announce theyíll be back next year, September 9-10, 2017!  Look for coverage and photos of displays in your Winter edition newsletter or click on the link above to read the Winter newsletter online

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)

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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