News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

Spring 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)

--- Next 3 Meetings ---
May 11-12, 2019 (Display Show & Banquet)
July 13-14, 2019
September 14-15, 2019

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

Membership Dues

Members:  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 mailed in October.  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 "Dues".

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.+):
$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, or call the Business Office at (330) 467-5733.  Thank you!

2019 Display Show & Banquet MAY 11 & 12, 2019

The Annual Members Recognition Banquet is around the corner! Family and friends are most welcome. If you have not reserved your ticket, do so today by calling the business office with a credit card at (330) 467-5733 or return the banquet form (click here).  It can also be found on page 4 of your last (Spring) newsletter. Please purchase your tickets by April 22nd.

The banquet will be held in the newly renovated lobby of the Holiday Inn attached to the Roberts Centre complex on the evening of Saturday May 11. The event will begin at 5:15 p.m. with a cash bar followed by a fantastic Italian buffet with chicken marsala, lasagna and all the trimmings. Cost is just $25, ($10 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under).

We are pleased to have our dear friend Phil Schreier as Keynote Speaker. Phil is the Senior Curator of the NRA’s National Firearms Museums. He is a historian and author whose articles have appeared in numerous magazines. Phil has also appeared in dozens of episodes of firearms related television programs, and was keynote speaker at four of our Annual Banquets. A life Member, Phil will also serve as a Display Show Judge. How did Phil find himself working at NRA HQ? Find out on the below (great story).

The banquet will conclude with the Annual Display Show Awards Presentation. All members are encouraged to vote for the Member’s Choice Award during the day on Saturday. Look for the voting booth in or near the Display Show section in the center of the hall.

As of this writing, both trade and display tables are still available to members. If you need a May Trade Table Application (page 13 of your last newsletter) just let us know and it will be mailed or emailed to you.

We welcome Annual Display Show Applications, but the April 19th deadline is nearing. Are you interested in displaying and competing for a Minuteman Freedom Bronze (valued at over $4,000) and/or prize money totaling $6,500? Everyone receives a participation award, and this year they will be handcrafted by talented committee members. Please Call the Business Office today if you will be submitting an entry or need more information.

This year’s optional theme is “Competition Guns.” We will have four top award categories instead of three: Antique, Pre-World War II, Post-World War II and Military. This reflects collectors’ recognition in the differences in firearms pre and post-war

We have spots left in the Authors Corner which is limited to members who have written firearms-related books. Contact the Business Office if you are interested in participating in the May 11-12 book signing.

Introducing Our Annual Display Show Judges

The 2019 Display Show would be impossible without the hard work and expertise of our judges. Thank you in advance to Lee Sundermeier, David Rachwal and Phil Schreier.

Let me begin by stating that I accept the invitation to judge the 2019 OGCA displays with honor and respect for the displayers. Each display contains a personal story about the guns, how they were located and why the displayers chose to exhibit them to our membership.

Our fourth-generation family farm consists of land that was drained and cultivated, from the Great Black Swamp of Northwest Ohio. During my high school years, I was active in both 4-H and FFA, showing cattle at our local county fair. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University in Agricultural Science, with a major in Agronomy. I spent 45 years in my career, providing crop inputs to match the needs of farmers in Ohio. My wife, Diana, and I have been married 50 years in 2019. We have two married daughters and we are blessed with four active grandchildren.

After accumulating several “working guns” during college and early married life, I began to gather the “Old Model” Rugers. I now have five groups of Rugers that I often display at OGCA in July, Tulsa in November and other scattered shows that offer a Ruger theme show. I am a Life member of RCA, OGCA and a Founding Member of ROCS (Ruger Owners & Collectors Society). My displays contain Ruger Factory Engraved Single Sixes, factory Brass Frame Single Actions, Serial Number 40 Rugers, 10” barrel Flat Top Rugers and early Ruger No.1 rifles.

I served as the Editor of the ROCS Digest for the first 9 issues and as Coordinator of the ROCS display show at the July meeting for the last five years. I also enjoy shooting my collection of Winchester Model 21 shotguns behind my German Shorthair Pointer. A favorite shooting sport is Sporting Clays where I chose between my Perazzi or Caesar Guerini shotguns.

Hand loading ammo is another of my hobbies. I load for most of my handguns and enjoy working up new loads for my varmint rifles. I grew up hunting pheasants around our family farm in Wood County, now requiring annual trips to South Dakota, to hunt those “wild birds.” I have hunted Mule Deer in Wyoming, Caribou in Quebec and several Bull Elk in New Mexico. Ohio Whitetail Deer are my current choice for big game animals, along with duck hunting from the Canadian shore of Lake Erie.

I look forward to meeting the OGCA displayers in May!

David is the owner and operator of Handguns of the World. His interest in collectible firearms began as a child and he shared this interest, like so many, with his father. Beginning at age 10, David and his father traveled to gun shows in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Nevada, California, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, Florida, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. In 1976 he began on a part time basis being a collectible firearms dealer. Over the years he was able to evolve this business into a full-time enterprise beginning in 2005.

David’s interest have been mainly of collectible handguns and military weapons and accessories. He personally collects the Gyro-jet Rocket guns (an interesting solid fuel firearm), Colt model 1903 and 1908 pistols in 25, 32, and 380 calibers, factory engraved gold-plated pistols, and factory cased pistols.

David has been a member of OGCA since 1976 and life member since 1979. He is also a: life member NRA, life member Ohio Valley Military Society, life member Colt Collectors Association, member National Automatic Pistol Collectors Association, and member American Society of Arms Collectors. David has over 50 years of collecting experience.

I recently received an email from Laura Knotts asking me to switch up the standard biography that the OGCA includes on each of the three display judges invited to attend their May Meeting, and make it more of a personal story rather than the traditional “jacket-flap” bio found on most authors’ pages. I am happy to comply with anything the OGCA asks of me, so here it is, hopefully it doesn’t come off as too self-aggrandizing.

I consider myself blessed to have worked for the Museums of the National Rifle Association of America for the past 30 years. I sure did get lucky in finding this career and I thought it might be meaningful to share how I came to work at the NRA HQ.

Well, it all started when I was about 10 years old and very much a forgetful idiot. I was a first year camper at Boy Scout camp, and I went and left my swimmer’s tag on the buddy board after I had finished at the waterfront. The camp was thrown into a lockdown and they started dredging the lake looking for me. Eventually I connected the staff’s panic with my missing buddy tag and confessed to being still very much alive. I found myself banned from the waterfront for the rest of the week which only solidified my desire to hang out at the rifle range anyway.

The Field Sports Director taught me how to shoot a .22 for the first time in my life. I was smitten. I spent every waking moment on the range, spending every cent of my allowance on ammo. Eventually after repeated years of returning as a camper and working my way up the advancement ladder, I became an Eagle Scout and Field Sports Director of one of the camps. Asked to drive one of the Camp Inspectors on a tour of the ranges, I made the acquaintance of a Division Director at NRA HQ. A call from him in 1989 offering me a job at the museum was a start to a wonderful career that has seen me visit all 50 states, 14 Countries, two active war zones and the privilege of meeting the thousands of members of NRA’s 100 Affiliated Gun Collector Associations.

My personal collecting interests are somewhat schizophrenic as I like most everything from English Carbines from the Crimean War era to Winchester 1895’s and most any 20th Century military firearm. I’m a proud Life Member of the OGCA and sincerely appreciate the honor of serving as a display judge.

Ohio Hunter Education Course Announced for
Saturday of the July Meeting

Just announced, We will hold an Ohio Hunter Education Course on site during the July meeting on Saturday July 13, 2019.

The cost is free and the course will run from 8 am – 5 pm (1 hour lunch break) in the Hamilton Conference room of The Roberts Centre. New member, Al Overholser will be the lead instructor and is a certified volunteer of the Division of Wildlife and a member of the Ohio Hunter & Trapper Education Instructors Association (OHTEIA). Study materials and all necessary equipment will be provided. Once you’ve completed the course work, you will be given a test to obtain certification.

When we get closer you may sign up at under “Education and Outdoor Discovery” and then “Hunters Education Classes.” You may also sign up at the door with Al, but in that case kindly let the OGCA business office know you plan on participating so we can have the room properly set up. Great time to bring the kids and grandkids for their hunter certification!

Director Nominations

Members: OGCA Director nominations opened at the March meeting and will close at the end of the May meeting. Contact Sherman Kirkland, III, First VP, at (440) 479-7839 or email: for more information and required paperwork.


The charter bus reserved for Saturday April 27, 2019 for the day trip to the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana is “a go!” We still have a few more seats to fill so call the business office to reserve with a credit card, (330) 467-5733. The bus will leave from the Roberts Convention Centre at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Parking is free but please park in the designated area. The bus will arrive at the Indiana Convention Center approximately 10:45 am. Board back on the bus at 5:30 pm to head to the RCC, arriving approximately 8:15 p.m. Saturday evening.

Best of luck to Leonardo M. Antaris, M.D. who will represent OGCA with Spanish Gold - The Art of Gold Damascening.

Fill the May 11 Bus!!!!

Northern members: come to the Annual Display show Saturday May 11th via 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. We must have 60% of the seats filled to move forward with this charter. Call the Business Office asap to reserve with credit card or mail the form found in your Spring Newsletter no later than April 5th.

Security Reminder

Putting a gun tie through the trigger guard is not an acceptable way of tying a gun. We have posters and fliers available that illustrates the proper way to tie firearms, and we will gladly provide assistance. For tableholders during set up, ask any officer, director or past president (orange flag) and our Head of Security. Directors can also be found before/during show hours at the Gun Tie desk. All firearms must be tied so they are inoperable and incapable of being discharged.

Annual PAC Raffle Promises to be One of the Best!

We really went all out this year acquiring great raffle items, thanks to fantastic participation from our members. The next couple of years are going to be very critical for protecting the U.S. Constitution and we need to help the political candidates who support us in this battle.

Many thanks to Dr. David Winston, Ron Norton from Inland Manufacturing, and John and Matt Fugate from Fugate Firearms for their generous donations of items to our raffle. Kudos, also, to Glen Arrowood, Charles Rush and Tony Zinsmayer for giving us super deals on items for the raffle.

First prize will be a very fine Colt 1908 .380 cal. pistol made in 1922. Second prize will be a M-1 Inland Paratrooper carbine; third prize will be a mint Kimber Pro Tactical II .45 acp pistol; fourth prize will be a 2nd Generation 1862 Colt Pocket Navy revolver new-in-the-box; fifth prize will be a like-new-in-the-box, Ruger .22 cal. Mark III Stainless Steel Talon Edition Target Pistol with 5 ½” bull bbl., and wood target grips with thumb rest, and 6th prize will be a hand-made Damascus knife and sheath by Jim Parker with a stag eagle head handle by Dave Marlatt.

Raffle tickets will be available at the May meeting and will be enclosed with your next newsletter– so support your Second Amendment rights by donating what you can to the raffle by getting as many tickets as you feel your rights are worth!

P.S. At the March meeting we received a MAGA hat signed by The President of the USA. It will certainly be a prized piece of history and will be auctioned at the banquet on May 11th.

A Message From Our President

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays, and that you have a prosperous and healthy new year. As you look forward to the new year please check out what is happening in 2019 on the page 3 of our Spring 2019 Member's newsletter.

One thing in particular I want to draw your attention to is the opportunity to attend the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Indianapolis. For many members, it will never be closer or easier to attend this amazing event. In fact, information can be found on page 6 of the Spring newsletter on how to take advantage of an offer from the club to “take the bus and leave the driving to us.” You will have the ability to see and evaluate virtually every product associated with the shooting and hunting sports, from firearms and ammunition to holsters, scopes, and knives.

The best part though, is “Collector’s Row” where NRA-affiliated collector’s associations feature an exhibit. OGCA’s “Spanish Gold” display by Len Antaris is unlike anything presented at an NRA event. How many people have even heard of gold damascening? I have seen unique presentation guns, but not quite like those on the cover of  Spring newsletter, and I certainly did not know the painstaking process of creating this artistry.

Speaking of artistry, May is right around the corner, and my wife, Flo, and I always enjoy the Annual Banquet and being present when the Display Show awards are given out. Phil Schreier of the NRA’s National Firearms Museums takes this special occasion to another level as our Keynote Speaker. We expect to fill up fast so order your tickets today. The banquet is when we recognize the hard work and dedication that goes into the collections that are displayed. If it has ever crossed your mind to participate in the Annual Display Show, click here for more information. The Display Show is in addition to our regular show, and trade tables for both March and May are available on page 13 of the OGCA members' newsletter (not available online but OGCA member's may contact the business office for assistance at

If you haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on at the Ohio Statehouse, Governor Kasich vetoed the legislation passed by the House and Senate designed to protect gun owners, but fortunately the house and senate over-road his veto in the 11th hour of the ‘18 legislative calendar. For more information visit the website of our friends at Likewise, keep in mind that the purpose of OGCA PAC is to support candidates who protect the Second Amendment and it is gearing up for the next fight. PAC has a booth every meeting offering OGCA logo merchandise at various donation levels.

Our next meeting, March 9 & 10, is always our busiest. Reserve your tables now (if you haven’t done so already), and/or plan on attending to look for that special addition to your collection that you have been searching for.

Finally please give serious thought to running for director in 2019. There will be three openings to be filled in November. See the article on page 4 of the Spring newsletter describing the election process and rules.

See you in March,
Fred Kolb, President

Guest Passes/Trade Tables: The Table Application and Guest Pass Forms are on pages 11-14 of the hard copy of the 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.   


2019 Collector Invitational Shows

On July 13-14, 2019 OGCA will host ROCS (The Ruger Owner & Collectors Society), The American Thompson Association, and just announced, The Remington Society of America.

On September 14-15, 2019 we will welcome back The Winchester Arms Collectors Association and Cody Firearms Museum f

If you missed our 2018 Collectors Invitational Meetings, be sure to check out the many wonderful photos on pages 8-9 of the Winter 2019 Member's Newsletter, and mark your calendar for next year.


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: Spring 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)

Some Prior Newsletters

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)

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!)