Our 2023 exhibit required three years of meticulous planning and substantial effort from numerous individuals. It will undoubtedly be recorded as one of our finest and most educational displays. Congratulations are in order for the 2023 committee led by Sean McCarter, which included Chris Rohal, Rod Kirian, Tom Bowersox, and Chuck Benton.
A heartfelt thank you goes to Len Antaris, who graciously represented OGCA with his extremely rare collection of every 1890s semi-automatic pistol produced and offered for military trials. The display titled “19th Century Semiautomatic Pistols” earned the top trophy, the Gun Collectors Committee Trophy, affectionately known as the “Silver Bowl.” This remarkable achievement marks the 11th time OGCA has received this esteemed honor. Len also received three out of ten Individual Gun NRA Silver Medallions for his Roth-Theodorovic (pg. 10), Bergman Suchard (pg. 8), and The Kaiser’s Gun (above and back cover). As if that were not enough, he was also presented with a Certificate for Best Grouping for his presentation of Mannlicher pistols (above and back cover). Additionally, OGCA received the Best Brochure Award, a beautifully designed masterpiece by Sandra Schwab. In total, six awards were bestowed upon OGCA, truly highlighting their exceptional accomplishments!