News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

Winter 2020 Member's Newsletter

 Don't miss these upcoming meetings:
January 11-12, 2020 -
Welcome High Standard Collectors Association and S.A.S.S. Big Irons! 
Featuring "The Many Firearm Designs of Eugene Reising" presented by distinguished member David Albert,
 Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, 1:00 PM in the Hamilton Room of the Roberts Centre.  (Members and Guests only.)


March 14-15, 2020
(The BIG one!)

May 30-31, 2020
 -  Annual Display Show and Banquet


Reising Presentation by David Albert
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 1:00 PM
The Roberts Centre Hamilton Conference Room (Left off the main lobby as you enter.)

At the Saturday, January 11th meeting at 1:00 pm, OGCA member David Albert will present “The Many Firearm Designs of Eugene Reising.” Mr. Reising was a 20th century firearms designer who is certainly under appreciated for his major contributions to the genre. He worked with John Browning on the M1911 Pistol, and then developed a pistol bearing his name that competed against the Colt Woodsman. He designed various rifles and machine guns during a firearm design career that spanned over 50 years, including 5 designs while at H&R that became adopted by the USMC.

David’s presentation was first given at the May 2019 meeting of the American Society of Arms Collectors, where it was very well received. It covers Eugene Reising’s colorful personal history, which will undoubtedly surprise attendees of the talk. It also reviews his exceptional marksmanship talent, and touches on all known firearms that Eugene Reising designed, with a focus on his .22 LR firearms, as well as the Model 50 Submachine Gun.

A small display of Reising designed firearms and accessories will accompany the presentation, including his original prototype Model 65 .22 Rifle that was evaluated by the USMC, and resulted in the adoption of the rifle as the only military .22 trainer designed to simulate the M1 Garand Rifle. This rifle had over 100,000 rounds fired through it during adoption testing, and is of interest to any Garand aficionado.

David has been an OGCA member since 2006, was inducted into ASAC in 2013, and is a Past President of the American Thompson Association. He has contributed to books on the Thompson Submachine Gun, as well as other firearm books, and is associated with the popular websites and

Don't Miss This Unique Presentation and Rare Opportunity!

Guest Passes $15 Beginning in January / Table Reminders

Guest Passes will be $15 beginning in January 2020. Members may bring up to 4 guests per meeting. Guests are limited to 2 visits per life.  Guest Passes will be on page 11 of the Member's newsletter that will arrive in mid-December 2019.

The Table Application for January 11-12, 2020 and March 14-15, 2020 will be on page 13.   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.) Members may reserve tables for up to two shows at a time ($80 per table). Tables may be rented via mail, phone, or in person during a meeting.   "Annual Tables" provides a discounted rate when renting for all 6 meetings January 2020 to November 2020 and must be purchased no later than December 23, 2019. Cost is $420 per table which breaks down to $70 per table x 6 meetings and is a savings of $60 per year, per table.

Meeting Hours Now Start at 8:30 AM / Save on Lodging Cost with Increased Sat. Set up Time

Sat. and Sun. Meeting Hours now start at 8:30 AM, and tableholder set up hours Sat. and Sun. morning have been extended to better accommodate members who rent tables and potentially avoid the time and cost of a Fri. hotel stay.  Based on the recent Membership Questionnaire it is clear that these minor time changes will make a big impact. There are no changes to the Friday set up time.   Note the Holiday Inn at Roberts Centre still has a strict 2-night minimum (which is beyond OGCA's control) and a list of other hotels can be found on the Shows page.

Meeting Hours Now in Effect
Saturday 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday 8:30 am - 2 pm

Set up/Exhibitor Hours
Fri. 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm exhibitor Set-up
Sat. 7:00 am - 8:30 am exhibitor Set-up
Sun. 7:30 am - 8:30 am exhibitor Set-up

Annual Display Show May 30-31, 2020
Four 1st Place categories! Mark your Calender!

As gun collectors, what is more fun than sharing your collection or fine individual gun with like-minded people? Please consider participating in the upcoming OGCA Display Show held at our May 30-31 meeting. Displaying is fun and rewarding. And if you are new to displaying, we have lots of help available to you upon request. You have until May to be ready, but the time to get started is upon us.

Three well-known and respected members of the gun collecting community have agreed to judge this event. We are thrilled to have as this year’s judges: Ian McCollum, firearms book author and Founder and Editor of Forgotten Weapons, a web site and video channel dedicated to archiving and publicizing information about unusual and interesting firearms, and currently has 1.35 million subscribers on YouTube; Beverly Haynes, Colt Historian, and Larry Wales, author of books on Newton Rifles and frequent displayer. These judges are knowledgeable on a wide range of firearms.

Awards will be given in the following categories:
First Place Antique
First Place Pre-World War II
First Place Military
First Place Post World War II
Second Overall
Third Overall
The Robert Rubendunst Best Educational Award
Thomas L. Kyser Best Single Gun Award
Member’s Choice Award
Best 1st Time Displayer
Judges Choice: Antique,Military, Pre-World War II & Post World War II

Each First Place Winner will receive a minuteman bronze statue. All other winners will receive a cash award in addition to a plaque.

The judges will use the following criteria in judging the displays:


A. TITLE: Is the title clearly visible and does it reflect the contents of the display? 10 points

B. CONTENTS: Is the display explained with supplementary text in a well-balanced manner (i.e. is it too much to digest or just right?) 20 points

C. LABELING: Are individual items properly and adequately identified? 10 points




B. CONDITION: How does condition compare to material available?
• Have any items been restored? 20 points
• Rarity of items displayed 30 points
• Related items 30 points

Are neatness, general appearance, relative skill and creativity evidenced in the presentation of the display? 20 points

Total points available 200

The next display show will be in 2022. So, if you are considering having a display, now is the time.

To obtain a display show packet, including the rules, please contact Member Services Coordinator Sandra Schwab at the Business Office (330) 467-5733 or at If you have questions regarding displaying you can also contact Display Show Chairman Sean McCarter via phone (614) 395-2919 and in person at the meeting hall, table P-21; committee member Chris Rohal via phone (440) 223-2725 and in person in the OGCA Registration Room at the hall, as well as any other member of the Display Show Committee including Rod Kirian I-1, Marty Capito W-14, and Chuck Benton G 3-4.

Members Recognition Banquet Sat. May 30th, 2020

Just Announced: Guest Speaker Ian McCollum of “Forgotten Weapons.” Ticket Order forms will
be in your Spring newsletter (arrives in February 2020).  First come, first served.  Tickets are limited. 

November 23-24, 2019 Feature Display Pre-64 Model 70s

Thank you to longtime member Wayne R. Miller who displayed his educational 12 gun display “Variations of the Pre-64 Model 70 Winchester Rifle” at the November 2019 meeting.  Look for coverage in the Spring newsletter.

Membership Dues

Members:  Your Dues Statement will be in the Interim mailing arriving in mid-October 2019.

The year through which your dues are paid can be found on your current membership badge and wallet card, as well as on your dues statement mailing in October.  P
lease read it carefully to see if your membership expires December 31, 2019. If your Statement indicates that your dues are paid through 2020 or beyond, you need not take any action at this time.  If you have any questions, call anytime at (330) 467-5733. 
 Members may pay directly on our secure Online Dues Payment Program by Clicking Here; via credit card over the phone at (330) 467-5733 or mail  check or money order to the business office. You do not need your dues statement in order to mail your dues, but whenever possible include your member number on the memo of your check.  for more information click on

Effective October 1, 2019 there is a modest increase to offset rising costs including insurance and hall rental.

1-year dues: $45
1-year Active Duty Military: Free
(Enclose rank, branch, duty station)
3-year dues:
 $110 (saves $25)
5-year dues:
 $165 (saves $60)
Life Membership:
Sr. Life (65 yrs.+):
$400 (Enclose proof of age)

Mail check or money order to: OGCA, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067.

Please anticipate 3-6 weeks for processing. If payment is not received by March 31, 2019, the name of the non-paying member will be removed from our files and can be reinstated only by paying a minimum of 3 years dues by December 31, 2019. We need and appreciate your support. Thank you! Also, all members are encouraged to update their confidential phone and email address. Simply email us at, write it on your dues statement when mailing it in, or call the Business Office at (330) 467-5733.  Thank you! 

 Support Youth Shooting

The Dues statement to Life members included a request for donations for youth firearms safety training and target shooting. So far we’ve collected $2,680 from 54 generous members. Thank you! You do not have to be a Life member to participate in our youth shooting initiative. Mark the memo of your check or call with a credit card. Although your donation is not tax deductible this is a vitally important cause for the long-term. Any amount is appreciated and 100% will go to grants in support of youth shooting.

Join Brochure

We have a brand new brochure on joining OGCA. Click here (pdf)  Members: Do you know someone who would be interested in becoming a member of OGCA? A brother, sister, uncle, or cousin? How about a friend or neighbor? Enclosed with your Fall Interim 2019 mailing will be a Join Brochure you can give them for more information on who we are and how to join. Need a few more brochures? No problem! Send a request to the business office and we will be happy to mail them to you, or pick up copies at the  meeting. 

Gun Collector Etiquette - A Partial List

  1. Every firearm should be treated as if it were loaded. Keep all firearms pointed in a safe direction. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard.

  2. Never touch a firearm or remove the safety tie without permission from the owner.

  3. Don’t ask to handle a firearm unless you have serious intent to buy.

  4. Look for signs that indicate what is appropriate. Collections marked “Display Only” are never to be touched.

  5. Do not dry fire, work bolts or cycle actions without permission. If you want to manipulate anything, get permission. Make sure whatever you’re manipulating is not a safety issue.

  6. Avoid unnecessary wear. Never spin the cylinder of a revolver like you are playing Russian roulette or slam it closed by “flipping” it sideways.

  7. When necessary to inspect a gun you have intent to buy, the tableholder should be the one that cuts the safety tie. The tableholder should also be the one that opens the bolt and clears a weapon in a safe manner before he hands it over and re-ties the weapon regardless of whether it will be sold or not.

  8. Remember how a gun was laying and put it back down the way you found it. Never hit the gun against another gun or lay it down on top of another gun.

  9. Hold a gun by the wood and not the metal if possible. If you get fingerprints on the metal, alert the tableholder so he/she can clean it.

  10. Don’t allow children to run amuck. Keep your kids with you and instruct them on all safety rules and general etiquette.

  11. Never set food or drink on someone’s table.

  12. Never interrupt a “sale in progress” or try to purchase an item someone else is holding or negotiating a price on.

  13. Do not block a table or aisle chatting with your buddy. Keep traffic moving past the table so people can see his/her display.

  14. “May I...” and “Thank You” go a long way and are just plain common courtesy.

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.    

Important:  Bump Fire Stocks or any devices that simulates full automatic fire are NOT  Permitted.

 Firearms Safety REQUIRED

Current Member's Newsletter: Winter 2020 Newsletter

Some Prior Newsletters

Fall 2019 Newsletter
Spring 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Summer 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Spring 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Winter 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Fall 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Summer 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)

Spring 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Winter 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Fall 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
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)

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