News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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Summer 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)

--- Next Meeting ---

September 8-9, 2018 The Roberts Centre - Wilmington, Ohio
Special Guests: The Winchester Arms Collectors Association and Cody Firearm
Museum Record's Specialist, Jessica Benett

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

A Message From Our President

Well I think spring has finally arrived. Mowed the grass, trimmed the grapes and apple and pear trees, cut back the canes on the black berries and hydrangea bushes. It has been a rough winter in Ohio and I am sure glad to see the snow go. Time to get out the target rifles to get ready for the shooting season. One of my passion in life is target shooting, and I have been active in either shooting or coaching for over 40 years. I’ve shot with some of the best shooters in the nation and have been coaching some top upcoming competitors.

Youth shooting organizations receive financial support from OGCA, other state organizations and the NRA, and this support is crucial in so many ways. With the media attention on anti-gun student protestors, remember that these young shooters are the current and future defenders of the right to keep and bear arms. In addition, we are beginning to see thousands of students across the country speak out in favor of the Second Amendment including a new group called "Stand for the Second." Our brave young friends will not be pushed into silence by those who fail to understand that no right can be infringed upon for our nation to survive.

I want to give special recognition to Chrissy Holden and the Akron Zips Rifle Club which made it to the NRA Intercollegiate Nationals. Chrissy and 2 teammates were also invited to the USAS National Jr. Olympics this past April. Although she was not happy with her J.O. performance, everyone knows that victory means putting yourself in the arena, and she has a great shooting future ahead of her. Thank you to our many members who coach, to the parents and grandparents behind the scenes, and to all the folks that make a sport like this succeed in the environment we have today. They are special kids and they work hard.

Veterans, history buffs and collectors will love our July 14-15 meeting when we host both Ruger and Thompson collector associations. ROCS (Ruger Owners & Collectors Society) with Lee Sundermeier and Bill Hamm have been a high quality addition to our summer meeting. They have outstanding displays and are a wealth of knowledge on Sturm Rugers. In addition, we have a special guest speaker from The American Thompson Association, Robert Segel of Wisconsin who will give 3 seminars on "Machine Guns of WW1," (below).

Plan a get-away weekend July 14-15 and bring friends & family. You may even be able to squeeze in some time to see the Memphis Bell on display at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. Admission is free and it is only 35 minutes from The Roberts Centre. There are plenty of hotels near the museum and veterans can stay for cheap at Wright Patterson AFB.

We were extremely well represented at The NRA convention in Dallas, TX, this May by Wayne & Darla Noble with, "P.38 Pistols and Holsters of WWII 1940-1945" (Cover, pg. 7 of our Summer 2018 newsletter - link, above.) It was one of the best displays, and took several certificates and a Silver Medallion. In fact, we earned more awards than any other organization this year. The display pulled curious visitors into the booth like a magnet, and Wayne and Darla were great with the crowd which included the CEO of Walther’s parent company, a shooting magazine editor from Japan and even Buck Taylor, who played "Newly" in Gunsmoke. Thank you to the Nobles as well as to the NRA Exhibit Committee including Tim Inwood, Terrie Hill, Chris Rohal, Tom Bowersox, Charles Benton and Robert Ray Preston, advisor.

A big "tip of the hat" goes to our sister club, The Dallas Arms Collectors Association (DACA), who took the NRA Silver Bowl with a display honoring the Texas Rangers and educating the public on the history of Texas. Many DACA members are also members of OGCA.

The 2019 NRA Annual Meeting is April 26-28 right next door in Indianapolis. Leonardo Antaris will represent OGCA with "Spanish Gold," and we hope to have the support of our many members. In fact were are thinking about chartering a day-trip bus from Wilmington to Indy on Saturday April 27th. Stay tuned.

Our next newsletter will one of the best as it will cover the Annual Display Show & Banquet. For now, we are off to press to get this edition to you in time for the busy July meeting.

See you there!
Charles Rush, President

Meet Robert Segel, Our Featured Speaker July 14-15, 2018
"Machine Guns of WWI"

Saturday, July 14 11 AM and 2 PM &  Sunday, July 15 10 AM

The Roberts Centre Hamilton Conference Room
(Left off the Main Lobby as you enter the building, or enter near row E.)


Our July Featured Speaker, Robert Segel, has had an interest in machine guns ever since he was nine years old when his father gave him a dewat (deactivated war trophy) Sten Mk. II machine carbine that was bought at a local gun show for the princely sum of $25. Being a product of the "Baby Boomer" generation, many "bad guys" were dispatched in the back yard in the ensuing years as he added to his machine gun collection by buying dewats from Curtis Earl in the 1960s. As a child he was interested in history and weapons and learned as much as he could about them and collected dewats all the way through high school. His passion for history and the automatic weapons designed, manufactured and used back then has never waned.

Robert graduated from the University of Denver in 1976. Upon returning from living and working overseas in the late 1970s, he embarked on starting a collection of live classic machine guns and the accessories that went with them – some of which are among the rarest in private hands.

Robert began writing articles in his spare time in 1990 for the old "Machine Gun News" magazine. When that magazine folded he began writing for "Small Arms Review" magazine as a Contributing Editor. His articles concentrated on the early classic World War I and World War II machine guns and all the accessories and memorabilia associated with them.

After retiring from personal business interests, Robert became the Senior Editor for "Small Arms Review" magazine in 2004, and in 2009 became the Senior Editor for "Small Arms Defense Journal" magazine. He retired from those magazines in 2015 but continues to write for "Small Arms Review" and has a monthly column entitled "Machine Gun Memorabilia."

Robert has had over 400 articles published in seven countries including the United States, England, Poland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Korea and the UAE on early machine guns. He is also an acknowledged contributor in 22 highly regarded reference books and is the author of three machine gun related children’s coloring books: Machine Gun Inventors, Machine Guns of World War I and Machine Guns of World War II – all published by Chipotle Publishing LLC.

Robert is married, has two children and three grandchildren and lives in the beautiful state of Wisconsin.

You can find Robert Segel in The American Thompson Association section at the July mtg. What might this interesting author bring for Show & Tell? Set your cell phone alarm to attend his "Machine Guns of WWI" presentation offered at 11 AM and 2 PM on Saturday July 14, and 10 AM on Sunday July 15th.

 May 2018 Display Show

We hope you made it to the fantastic May 2018 Annual Display Show and Banquet.  If not, look for complete coverage in the Fall 2018 newsletter.  (Our summer edition had to be printed prior to the May meeting in order to get it to members in plenty of time for the July meeting.)  So, for now allow us to profusely thank each and every Display Show Participant, the Committee, volunteers and everyone who work so hard to have made it such a success.  This includes our  2018 distinguished panel of judges: Charles B. Layson, Logan Metesh and Ashley Hlebinsky, who was also our keynote banquet speaker.   Other special guest speakers included Kayne Robinson of the NRA and Dave Yost, Ohio's current Auditor and the 2A candidate for Attorney General.

2018 Display Show Awards


Winner         Leonardo Antaris

Salvator Dormus #23. This is the first from scratch semi-automatic pistol that was actually produced in quantity. It is patented 1891. This gun was sent to Austria for military trials in 1897. Approximately 50 produced, 30 of which were sent to Austria for testing.  


(Minuteman Freedom Bronze, SN# 35)  $750   

Winner            Ken Rohal

Title        Marlin Firearms Forgotten Perfection The Marlin MR7 Bolt Action Rifle


Winner            Randall Setty 

Title        Henry Gross Jr. Patent Revolvers 1863


Winner  David Molchen, Rick Anzellotti and Tom Downing     

Title        Old Friends Showing Off Some Shooters             


Winner    William Ridge

Title        Ruger Single Actions Introduced in the 1950’ and 50 Years Later


Winner   Josh Warner

Title        Colt Conversion Uints 22LR from Military to Modern


Winner   Stephen Griffin

Title        US Military Rifle Grenades and Launchers WWI to  Vietnam

    THIRD OVERALL   $200 Winner   Josh Warner

Title        Colt Conversion Uints 22LR from Military to Modern


Winner    Jack Meador

Title        Rediscovered History “Baby Face Nelson” Tommy Gun I

FIRST PLACE ANTIQUE (Minuteman Freedom Bronze, SN#47 )   $1,000

Winner   Leonardo M. Antaris, MD

Title        19th Century Semiautomatic Pistols

 FIRST PLACE MILITARY   (Minuteman Freedom Bronze, SN# 48)  $1,000 Winner   Stephen Griffin

Title        US Military Rifle Grenades and Launchers WWI to Vietnam

     FIRST PLACE MODERN   (Minuteman Freedom Bronze)     $1,000

Winner            John Eckert

Title        The Luger Carbine

NRA Gun Collectors Affiliate Silver Medallion 

Firearm: Luger prototype carbine serial number 10110C old/new model transitional carbine. This carbine was displayed by John Eckert. The pistol was one the developmental prototypes which developed the Luger pistol and the 9mm parabellum cartridge. This gun was the only prototype in carbine configuration. The gun bears George Lugers personal work stamp,  denoting his personal involvement and potentially that it was a presentation gun. In addition the pistol has its WWI bring back documentation. 

SN# 472

Winner            John Eckert

Title        The Luger Carbine


Firearm:  Mannlicher 1899 Serial number 231 with presentation case. This extremely embellished pistol was one of 3 made and this one was presented to Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. 1 of 350 of this model made. This gun is displayed by Dr. Leonardo Antaris

SN# 473

Winner   Leonardo M. Antaris, MD

Title        19th Century Semiautomatic Pistols



YES, you read that correct! PAC Raffle tickets went on sale at the May 19 & 20 meeting.  Your raffle tickets will also be enclosed with the Summer newsletter that members will receive in June.  Don’t throw out your envelope until you have checked for your 2018 OGCA PAC Raffle tickets because PAC has more prizes than ever, 7 total, giving you more chances to win!. Visit PAC Chairman Tony Zinsmayer’s tables, M 10-11, during the July and Sept. meetings to see the quality of the custom knife and 5 beautiful, collectible firearms. Look for the orange flag.

With rising anti-2A sentiment and calls for outright bans, we need your support more than ever! All proceeds go to pro-gun candidates and organizations that support and fight for our firearm freedoms, and related charitable organizations.

Donation of just $20.00 for 5 raffle tickets or $5 for one chance. Do your part to support your Second Amendment Rights. Mail tickets with personal check or money order to OGCA PAC, P.O. Box 6704406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. (PAC cannot accept business or corporate checks.)  Need more tickets? No problem! Contact us at 330-467-5733 or Tickets will also be available at the July and Sept. meetings. The drawing is September 9th at noon. Winners need not be present.

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

Second - Remington 03-A3 WWII rifle, made in February of 1943. All correct with sling. Very nice condition.

Third - Colt 1903 pistol, made in 1920. Very nice condition.

Fourth - Sig P320 9mm pistol. Army replacement for the Berretta. Like new in the box.

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

Sixth - Grey Wolf custom hand-made knife, like new, with leather sheath and paperwork.

Seventh - OGCA hat and jacket.

There is strength in our 18,000 members! Thank you for your loyal support, and good luck!

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 Sheriffs’ 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 Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Chicago’s 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 don’t 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 FirearmsAssociation’s armed teacher program, "FASTER" (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response) which is now in 76 of Ohio’s 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 FASTER’s 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

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. 


 Nov. 17th Charter Bus to Pick up in both Cleveland and Lodi, Ohio (Note deadlines)

The most recent Charter Bus from Cleveland to Wilmington carried only 28 members (just half full), making the cost of the bus hard to justify. Therefore, we have added a second stop for Saturday November 17 in the hopes that more members will take advantage of this service. Besides the usual pick up at Baron’s Bus Garage on Brookpark Road in Cleveland, it will also stop at Ohio Stations Outlet Mall located just off I-71 in Burbank/Lodi. This is great news for members in Norwalk, Wellington, Medina, Akron, Massillon, Canton, Wooster, Ashland and Mansfield.

We are getting this information out early since we will have to cancel the bus on October 10th if less than half of the seats are filled. If we must cancel the bus, you will be notified immediately.

As an added incentive, we will continue the promotion we held in May - with paid bus seats ($25.00 each) for you and your sponsored guest(s), their Guest Pass fee ($10) will be waived for entry into the show.

Fill out the form in your Summer newsletter (will arrive in mid-June) and mail to arrive at the Business Office by October 10th, 2018: OGCA, P.O. Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067. Or, call us at (330) 467-5733 to reserve via credit card. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations on or after November 2nd, 2018. Detailed instructions will be mailed to you two weeks prior.

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: Summer 2018 Member's Newsletter (pdf)

Some Prior Newsletters

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)

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!)