News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

--- Next Three Meetings ---

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

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

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

Summer 2017 Member's Newsletter (pdf format)

Due to publication deadlines the Summer 2017 Newsletter went to press prior to the May meeting.
Look for full coverage of the Annual Display Show and Member’s Recognition Banquet in the next edition

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Beat the Heat July 15-16, 2017

There is no such thing as a slow summer show at OGCA! In fact, this is when many members report scoring a great find for their collection! We are excited that our friends at the Ruger Owners & Collectors Society (ROCS) and The American Thompson Association are joining us July 15-16. Plus, respected Ohio Auditor Dave Yost will be in attendance, so be sure to meet this fellow member and find out why he is running for attorney general.

Ruger and Thompson collectors tend to be particularly serious about preserving the history of these firearms, and are happy to share their knowledge. Last year each club had over 20 eye-catching display tables. We appreciate that our regular and annual tableholders have been accommodating with the necessary hall changes. If you are a Ruger or Thompson collector or just want to know more about them, this is the perfect meeting to attend. If you have a Class III item you would like to display let us know if advance.

A Message From the President

[May 10, 2017] It’s sure good to be home again after traveling to my second home in Texas and then to the NRA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  The OGCA sponsored a display presented by Ken and Diane Leonard entitled David Leonard, Ohio Gunsmith 1825-1908, "Family". This was one of the best displays that the OGCA has presented in the last ten years. The display won the best educational award in the antique category, and also earned a certificate of recognition for the unique stanchion designed to look like an octagon barrel from a muzzleloader. The OGCA wishes to thank Ken and Diane for all their hard work and enthusiasm while showing their display. They were a joy to work with. I want to also thank the display committee chairmen, Terrie Hill and Tom Bowersox along with Larry "Sparky" Clark, Chris Rohal and advisor, Sherman Kirkland, II, for all their support to the Leonards.

There were about 13 acres of displays from the firearms industry. It was hard to see them all without getting tired feet. If you haven’t experienced an NRA Convention, you might think about attending one in Dallas in 2018 or Indianapolis in 2019.

The NRA-ILA Forum hosted a group of highly distinguished speakers at this year’s event, including our new pro-Second Amendment President, Donald J. Trump. He spoke of his commitment to the gun owners of America. President Trump is the first President to address the NRA since Ronald Reagan back in 1983. He vowed to "never, ever infringe" on our Second Amendment rights and gave credit to the NRA for helping him win the election.

In case you didn’t know, the OGCA is one of the most respected collectors’ organizations on planet Earth. I am proud of our members, and I am proud to be your president, representing the organization at places like the NRA Convention. It’s not a bad thing to be a part of a group of folks like you—18,000 strong. We make a positive impact on anything or anyone we touch. I expect our members to promote the collecting aspect of our club. What we say and do can and will influence young people to join the OGCA. We are a force that can do a lot of good in our world.

If any of our members need anything, please do not let it go unresolved. See me or call me and I will do whatever is possible to make it right.

See you in July,
Charles D. Rush, President

What a Great Annual Display Show!

Did you see the fantastic educational exhibits at the May Show?  Wow!  A sincere thank you to our talented participants, hardworking judges and all the thousands of members who came from all over the country to this incredible annual event.  Member, Tom Patrick, did an excellent job of capturing the event for all who could not make it, and Sandra Schwab, Member Services Coordinator, will bring it all to life in the Fall 2017 newsletter that members will receive in August.  Our Spring newsletter was printed prior to the May Show to keep on schedule.  Stop by the Information table at the July 15-16, 2017 meeting to see the list of Award winners.

Annual Banquet Delivered as Promised

Thank you to all the members who supported our annual banquet.  Our compliments to the chef at The Roberts Centre/Holiday Inn! Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted was 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. We also had a welcome surprise from the NRA’s Kayne Robinson who delighted members with some great stories and updates on what is happening at our nation’s top Second Amendment Civil Rights defender.  The banquet also included the Display Show Awards Presentation.  Members who missed it do not have to wait till the Fall newsletter to see who one.  Simply stop by the Information Desk at the July 15-16, 2017 meeting – see you there!

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.

Charter Bus From NE Ohio November 18, 2017

Tickets are on sale now for the bus to the November 18, 2017 Show. Round trip (Saturday) charter bus service from Cleveland to Wilmington is just $20 round trip. An order form will be in the Fall newsletter but you need not wait. Seats are limited! To reserve your seat(s) now, call us at (330) 467-5733  to pay by Visa, MC or Discover. Or, send a check or money order along with your name, member number and phone number to OGCA, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. 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. NE Ohio members: 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.)

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 Firearm’s Museum Record’s Specialist, Jessica Bennett, will be on site for records searches.

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

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
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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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