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.
LEE E. SUNDERMEIER
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
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
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 M. RACHWAL
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
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.