News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

Spring 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)

--- Next Four Meetings ---

May 19-20, 2018 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio
Annual Display Show and Banquet

July 14-15, 2018 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio
Special Guests: ROCS (The Ruger Owners and Collectors Association)

September 8-9, 2018 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio
Special Guests: The Winchester Arms Collectors Association

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

 May 19, 2018 Banquet Tickets Now on Sale

The OGCA social event is right around the corner! If you have not reserved your tickets for the Annual Banquet, do so today! Click here to download the banquet ticket form which can also be found on page of our Spring member's newsletter.  Members and guests  may also call the business office with a credit card at 330-467-5733.

The banquet will be held in the newly renovated lobby of the Holiday Inn attached to the Roberts Centre complex on the evening of May 19. Promptly at 5:15 p.m. the cash bar will open to start things off followed by a wonderfully planned Italian buffet of Chicken Marsala, lasagna and all the trimmings. Cost is just $25, $10 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

You don't want to miss our special keynote speaker all the way from Wyoming, Ashley Hlebinsky. Ashley is Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum. She will also be serving on the panel of three judges for our Annual Display show along with Logan Metesh of the NRA Museum and our own Charles Layson of A & M Firearms of Kentucky. The evening will conclude with the announcement and presentation of the Display Show Awards.

You (Yes, You) Are Wanted for the May 2018 Display Show

Members: we are pleased to announce more prize money for the Annual Display Show totaling $6,500 plus four Minuteman Freedom bronzes valued at over $4,000 each. Additionally, the cash prize for Best First Time Displayer has increased from $100 to $500 this year. Thatís because the 2018 Display Show Committee led by director Ralf Eyster wants to give an extra incentive to those of you who have never done a display before! The 2018 theme couldnít make it any easier for members to participate, "Show & Tell Among Members." It crosses all time periods, every manufacturer and all regions of the world.

All you need to do to get started is request a Display Show Information Packet from the Business Office (330) 467-5733 or or from Ralf Eyster at M-19 at the March meeting. It includes rules, tips and a sample Judges Worksheet. By reading the Judges Worksheet you will be able to know exactly what you need to do to win. For example, did you know that simply having a clear title for your display is worth 10 points out of 200? The deadline to enter has been extended, but call the Business Office today to check space availability.

2018 Display Show Prizes

First Place Antique - $1,000 + Minuteman
First Place Military - $1,000 + Minuteman
First Place Modern - $1,000 + Minuteman
Second Overall - $500
Third Overall - $200
Robert Rubendunst Best Educational Award - $750 + Minuteman
Thomas L. Kyser Best Single Gun Award - $500
Memberís Choice Award - $750
Best 1st Time Displayer - $500
Judges Choice: $100 for each of the three categories.

Our 2018 distinguished panel of judges includes Charles B. Layson, Logan Metesh and Ashley Hlebinsky, who is also our keynote banquet speaker. Ashley Hlebinsky is the Robert W. Woodruff Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She manages over 8,000 firearms, ranging from the 1200s through modern day. Prior to this, she researched in the Smithsonian Institutionís National Firearms Collection. Hlebinsky earned her B.A. and M.A. in American History and Museum Studies, focusing her research on the perception of firearms in culture. In addition to her duties as curator, Hlebinsky is President of The Gun Code where she serves as a firearms consultant, an expert witness, a freelance firearms writer, an NRA Certified firearms instructor, an international lecturer, an on-camera firearms historian, and a television producer.

Prior OGCA Display Show Judge, Charles B. Layson is co-founder of Antique and Modern Firearms of Lexington, Kentucky since 1974. He is a director and founding member of the Colt Collectorís Association and contributing author to the Rampant Colt magazine. Charles is also a contributing author, editor and appraiser for the Blue Book of Gun Values. He is an advisor and "on call" appraiser for the Frazier Historical Arms Museum and the Kentucky firearms collection at Fort Harrod Pioneer Park. In addition, he is a volunteer docent at the Cody Firearms Museum. A life member, Charles can always be found at his tables in row "H" at our meetings.

OGCA member Logan Metesh rounds out our panel of judges. He is the Firearms Specialist for the NRA Museums, where he helps with the needs of their 3 facilities and interacts with almost 100 NRA-affiliated gun collector clubs. Before coming to the NRA, Logan worked for the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution. He has a B.A. in Historic Preservation with a concentration in Museum Studies and resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Letís put these accomplished judges to work! Exhibiting has many fringe benefits including meeting other interesting members and learning new information in a way that you would otherwise rarely encounter. Watching your wallet? That is no excuse - the first display table is free, additional tables are at a reduced price and it includes a ticket to the Saturday night banquet.

The May meeting fills up fast for both trade and display tables. Please get your Info Packet and reserve your exhibit tables ASAP.

For a Display Show Info Packet call or email the Business Office TODAY: (330) 467-5733
To rent trade tables for March or May, see related article below.  Your Spring Newsletter will arrive in early February and has a trade table application for March and/or May 2018.


Membership Dues

Your annual dues statement was enclosed in the mailing that reached members in October. Current members may pay directly to our secure Online Dues Payment Program by Clicking Here; pay via credit card over the phone at (330) 467-5733 or mail your check or money order to the business office. You do not need your dues statement in order to mail your dues, but please include your member number on the memo of your check. You will receive a "Proud Member" decal (while quantities last).  Current OGCA Members may click on "Dues" for more information on Membership Dues including our Life and Senior Life Membership Installment Payment Plan. 

1-year dues: $40
1-year Active Duty Military: Free
(Enclose rank, branch, duty station)
3-year dues:
5-year dues:
Life Membership:
Sr. Life (65 yrs.+):
(Enclose proof of age)

Mail to: OGCA, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067.

Anticipate 4-6 weeks for processing.  After January 15th, newsletters and other mailings will not be mailed until dues are current. If payment is not received by March 31, 2018, 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, 2018. We need and appreciate your support. Thank you!

What They Don't Want You to Know About Our Schools

Many of you know of the failure on the part of the FBI to follow up on credible tips regarding confessed murderer Nikolas Cruz, but did you know that Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) was the poster child for reducing school-based arrests so that troubled students could avoid blots on their record? This Obama era lax school discipline policy known as PROMISE (google it) appears to have allowed Cruz to buy a gun since his school offenses were among those that could no longer be reported to police.

Nikolas Cruz was known to be a disciplinary nightmare. Between him and his brother they had 45 run-ins with the law. He was transferred 6 times in 3 years according to the Miami Herald but never expelled, taken into custody or arrested. Although his in-school problems have been kept very quiet, it has been reported to have included assault, threats and bringing bullets to school on one occasion. He was not supposed to be allowed on campus with a backpack and yet he had a clean record?

Deputy Sheriff Jeff Bell, president of the Broward County Sheriffsí Association told the Washington Times that deputies working as school resource officers have had their hands tied after the school district overhauled its student conduct code in 2013. "If he had gotten arrested just once for disorderly conduct or trespassing or something like that, that would have shown up on his criminal record, and could have sent up some red flags before he was ever allowed to buy a firearm." Said Officer Bell. "They were basically paying us not to make arrests," he said.

The PROMISE program is in 53 major school districts. Failure to go with the program means the district loses millions in funding and is subject to scrutiny. Obama and the BCPS failed progressive idea was that if a kid makes threats or gets into fights we should keep it out of the system because it might come as a cost if they cannot get a job, get into college or into the military. Under PROMISE students charged with misdemeanors, including assault, are "disciplined" through "healing circles," obstacle courses and other "self-esteem building" exercises.

In Broward County, school-based arrests dropped by 63% from 2012 to 2016 and the district received $54 million dollars in federal grants based in part for keeping high risk students in school. The Superintendent, (who had previously worked for Obamaís Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Chicagoís Public Schools) was hailed as a hero and invited to Washington in 2015. PROMISE was designed to stop the "school-house to jail-house pipeline" but most people I know would say that if the situation warrants it, the "pipeline from school-house to jail-house" should be a 3" pipe with a one-way valve. Schools in these big cities have become more violent and there may be a few young adults who should be getting flushed down that pipe instead of sitting in healing circles. Other violent adult offenders belong in a mental institution but they really donít exist anymore and that is a whole other topic.

In the meantime, instead of putting the blame on failed progressive ideas and lenient discipline they blame guns.

Another thing that the anti-gunners and liberal media do not want you to know is that Ohio teachers have been quietly and safely arming and training themselves since 2013 due to the hard work and success of Buckeye FirearmsAssociationís armed teacher program, "FASTER" (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response) which is now in 76 of Ohioís 88 counties. OGCA (you) donated $15,000 to help get it off the ground, and as of today the organization has trained 1,100 teachers in 225 districts across 12 states. Find out more about FASTERís high standards of training at and

OGCA maintains its belief in the Second Amendment and will continue its constant emphasis on safety. Security will continue to be tight, and as previously announced and stated in our current Rule Book any device that simulates full automatic fire is prohibited. Period.

On a final note please accept my heartfelt gratitude for continuing to stand for and defend the Second Amendment.

Pro-Second Amendment politicians and candidates are taking a beating in the media. They need your vote and financial support. Contribute to their campaign and/or send them a letter and voice your support. Likewise write to the anti-gun politicians and patiently educate them. These are tough times, and we must continue to stand tall.

Your Friend and President,
Charles Rush

Buckeye Firearms Association is hosting a Town Hall on Effective Response to Active Killer Events 4/24/18

Buckeye Firearms Association is hosting a panel of experts on mass public killing, active killer response, and trauma medical care.  The panel will discuss what schools, churches, and businesses can do to save lives. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Where: Makoy Center 5462 Center Street Hilliard, OH 43026 Cost: This is a free event open to the public.  The panel includes professionals from the fields of law enforcement, defensive training, trauma medicine, academia, insurance and school administration.


Wayne and Darla Noble will soon be traveling to Dallas, Texas with their OGCA Award winning display "Pistols and Holsters of WWII, 1940-1945." They are representing OGCA on "Collectors Row" at the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits, May 3-6.

The event is being held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, in Dallas, Texas. We hope that those members that are planning to attend will stop by to see their exhibit and say hello. Look for highlights of their display in Dallas in the upcoming summer newsletter. We wish them all the best and safe travels!

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.) Members may now reserve tables for up to two shows at a time ($80 per table). Likewise, if you are a member and 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.   Tables may be rented via mail, phone, or in person during a meeting. 


SAVE THE DATE! July 14-15, 2018 Special Guest Speaker Robert Segel will give a presentation on
"Machine Guns of WWI."
  More info in the Summer newsletter!


Northern members...What a great way to come to the Annual Display show May 19th! Take the charter bus for only $25 bucks round trip! Bring a non-member guest, pay for their bus seat and they will get their guest pass fee ($10) waived for entry in the hall. Click Here for a Bus ticket order form.

Board the bus at 5:45 am at the Barons Bus garage on Brookpark Rd in Cleveland and return back to your car approximately 7:30 pm. (The bus leaves prior to the banquet so please do not reserve tickets for the banquet if your taking the bus.)

Call the Business Office to reserve with credit card or mail the form no later than May 15th to: OGCA, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations on or after May 11th, 2018.


YES, you read that correct! PAC Raffle tickets will go on sale beginning at the May 19 & 20 meeting. More Prizes this year so buy more tickets! $5.00 donation for 1 ticket or $20 donation for 5 chances!  Raffle tickets can be found at the PAC Table located in the hall foyer or through Tony Zinsmayer, PAC Chairman, tables M, 10 &11.

PAC Raffle tickets will be enclosed in the envelope of your next (Summer) newsletter issue in June. Tickets will also be sold at the July and September meetings. Drawing will be held September 9, 2018 at noon. Here is a list of the prizes that can also be seen in person at the PAC chairmanís table.

1st Prize: Inland WWII, M-1 Carbine, made in January of 1944. All correct with sling and oiler. Very nice condition.

2nd Prize: Remington, 03-A3 WWII rifle, made in February of 1943, with sling. Very nice condition.

3rd Prize: Colt 1903 pistol, made in 1920. Very nice condition.

4th Prize: Sig P320 9mm pistol. Army replacement for the Berretta. Like new in the box.

5th Prize: S&W Model 22 A-1 Talon target pistol. Made one year only, in 2012. Like new in the box.

6th Prize: Grey Wolf custom hand-made knife, like new, with leather sheath and paperwork.

7th Prize: OGCA Hat & OGCA Jacket.

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

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

Current Member's Newsletter:  Spring 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)

Some Prior Newsletters

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)

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.

Trigger the Vote is a nonpartisan
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!)