News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

Next 2 Meeting Dates
November 19-20, 2022
Annual Meeting, Director Election and Black Powder Collectors Invitational (See below)

January 28-29, 2023
Mark your calendar!

Visit the "Home" page for any urgent announcements regarding upcoming meetings.  Thank you!

Fall 2022 Newsletter

Vote, Vote Vote!

Does it feel like the world has turned a bit upside down in recent years? Crime is up. Truth is down and the search for easy answers has gun control mistaken for crime control.

We need all members to
vote November 8th for the person who will best protect firearm freedoms. Every single member must educate themselves, friends, family and fellow gun owners and vote in this important Midterm election. If you are not yet registered to vote you have only until October 11.

Our friends at Buckeye Firearms Association PAC have carefully and methodically graded Ohio’s midterm candidates on gun rights. Visit Print it or put it on your phone and bring it to the polls. Members outside Ohio can find the NRA’s grades and endorsements for their state by visiting

OGCA is a single-issue organization that looks solely at a candidate’s record and stance on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Give pro-freedom candidates your vote this November!

New Show Added in the North!

That’s right! After a long search we found a spot in beautiful Medina, Ohio 30 miles south of Cleveland. Join us April 29 & 30, 2023 at the Medina County Fairgrounds. OGCA President Pro Temp, Terrie Hill said, “This new location is for members all over the state and country. Come see old friends, meet new ones and score that special something for your collection.”

Chuck Benton, Chairman of the Site Selection Committee, was quick to point out that our goal is to hold two dates per year in the north but we are not leaving Wilmington. The Medina County Fairgrounds Community Center has 33,000 sq. ft. of heated, air-conditioned, well-lighted exhibition space. Besides great highway access and a welcoming community, it has six hotels within 10 minutes, free parking and plenty of restaurants.

Help us make our inaugural meeting a success. Rent tables and bring as many guests and family that you can. Former members are welcome - please help us spread the news. If a friend or family member has used up their guest pass visits, an exception will gladly be considered. A guest pass form and more information to come in late December in the Winter newsletter. In the meantime, we are working on another date at Medina for 2023 and two dates for 2024.

Address: 735 Lafayette Rd, Medina, OH 44256. The Medina County Fairgrounds is just 111 miles from Columbus, 121 miles from Toledo, 133 miles from Pittsburgh, 223 from Buffalo and only 235 miles from Charleston, WV.

Hotels Near the Medina County Community Center

1.     Headquarters Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 5185 Gateway Dr., Medina, OH 44256, (330) 722-6006. “OGC” rate $135 plus tax, or $150 plus tax for a suite. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Booking Link

2.       Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Medina, 3125 Eastpointe Dr, Medina, OH  44256, (330) 722-1722.

3.       Hampton Inn Medina 3073 Eastpointe Dr., Medina, OH 44256, (844) 209-0765.

4.       Quality Inn & Suites, 2850 Medina Rd, Medina, OH  44256, (330) 723-4994.

5.       Super 8 by Wyndham Medina, 5161 Montville Dr., Medina, OH  44256, (330) 723-8118.

6.       Red Roof Inn 5021 Eastpointe Dr., Medina, OH  44256, (877) 843-7663.

It’s Almost That Time! - Check Your 2023 Dues Statement In October

Members, each year in October we mail a Dues Statement.  Please check your statement to see if your dues expire 12/31/2022. You can pay online 24/7 on our secure Online Dues Payment Program by Clicking Here and select the “Pay Dues Here” link. If you have never paid online before, simply create a login with your working email address. Be sure the email is typed correctly so that you receive a confirmation by email. If you have forgotten your password just click the “forgot password” link at login.

You can also pay via check. Mailing your check with your statement makes processing more efficient, but if you lose your statement no worries, just mail your check and include your member number on the memo of your check. These options avoid the chance of a line at the show, but you can also pay by check, cash or credit card at the November 18-19 or January 28-29, 2023 meetings.

Keeping your dues current will ensure you to receive newsletter mailings, event updates, and have valid credentials to attend the shows including the added northern meetings announced above. If your dues lapse beyond the March 31st grace period you must pay a minimum of 3 years dues (per the OGCA by-laws) to maintain your membership status and keep your member number.

Please allow 3-6 weeks for processing.

Dues are as follows:
1-year dues: $45
1-year Active Duty Military: Free
(Enclose rank, branch, duty station)
3-year dues:  $110 (saves $25)
5-year dues:  $165 (saves $60)
Life Membership: $1,000
Sr. Life (65 yrs.+): $700 (Enc. proof of age)

Thank You for your support!

P.S. Former Members who left in good standing and whose dues expired years ago now have several ways to re-join/re-apply.  See the "Join" tab above.

Black Powder Associations in November

This November 19-20, 2022 meeting, muzzleloader collectors are invited. A representative from the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, Contemporary Longrifle Association, and Association of Ohio Long Rifle Collectors will be on hand. If you have an interest in black powder rifles and accessories this is a great meeting to network. Come learn the different options this hobby has to offer including reenactment, competitive shooting building replicas, etc.

If you are a member of a black powder organization and would like to rent trade or display tables in the black powder area, contact OGCA before November 1st. Table and or Guest Pass forms are available now through or (330) 467-5733.

Director Elections Saturday Nov. 19, 2022

In Person Voting begins at 7:30 AM. You may have met a few of the candidates at the September Meeting. Their bios were in the Fall newsletter. There are 4 candidates for 3 spots. Ronald O. Nickey, Chris Hale, Christina L. Holden and incumbent Timothy Inwood. Come to the meeting and vote for the best candidates who are willing to work hard for our members and keep OGCA one of the best organizations in the world to belong to!

OGCA Videos By and For Members

We kicked off the 2022 by bringing OGCA to you.  Click on the links below to view two fantastic videos by OGCA members! Enjoy this special treat courtesy of Leonardo M. Antaris. To join our email list to have upcoming videos and information emailed to you, email with "add me to the email list."  You can unsubscribe at anytime.

Collecting WW2 M1A1 Paratroopers Expert Interview with Bill Pearce

Colt Single Action. UNBELIEVABLE HISTORY Expert Interview with Joe Pittenger

In Remembrance of President Sherman M Kirkland III
1/21/1955 - 12/31/2021

 Table Application and Guest Pass Forms

Guest Passes (for use by current members): Guest Passes are in the  newsletter.  For security reasons the form is not (yet) online.  If you are a member and would like a copy of a form call (330) 467-5733 or email Guest Passes are $15. Members may bring up to 4 guests per meeting. Guests are limited to 2 visits per life. 

Tables:  Members may reserve tables for up to two shows at a time at $95 per table. Tables may be rented via mail, phone, or in person during a meeting for the next 2 meetings. 

Annual 2023 Tables:  Save money by reserving your tables on an annual basis for all six 2023 Robert Convention Centre (RCC) meetings, Jan. ‘23 thru Nov. ‘23. You will pay only $80.00 per table per show for the whole year. $80 per table x 6 meetings is $480 and is a savings of $90 per year, per table. 

Co-Share Tables Available Now We allow two members to share a table with Friday trading privileges for both members.  The cost to co-share is a flat fee of $20 no matter how many tables are shared. For "Annual Co-Share" the fee is $20 per meeting x 6 Roberts Centre shows = $120 annual co-share fee.  A “Tableholder Pass” will be issued for each member but no “Helper Pass.” Each individual will share responsibility of the table or tables and both will have trading privileges during set-up times. Request a form at the Tables Desk or at or (330) 467-5733.

Joining Information

Members: Do you know someone who would be interested in becoming a member of OGCA? A brother, sister, uncle, or cousin? How about a friend or neighbor? Please click on "Join" tab, above, as we have some new options for new and former members.  For more information contact the Business Office at (330) 467-5733 or  

 New Options for Applying

Members: you may sponsor a friend that has a CCW permit or FFL/C&R license without your friend needing a 2nd sponsor. (The license or permit held by the applicant serves in lieu of a 2nd sponsor.) The application must be returned in person with one sponsor present. Another change passed in November addresses a former member’s ability to rejoin OGCA. Former members who left in good standing may rejoin without sponsors. [Click on "Join" tab, above.] In order to rejoin it is necessary to contact the Business Office in advance. Thank you!

Ohio Hunter Ed Class

Thank you to member Al Overholser of OHTEIA and volunteer of ODNR Wildlife Division for leading the free Ohio Hunters Education class at the Roberts Centre this past September 2022. 27 people attended including many youngsters. All walked away safer, well-educated hunters and all passed their Hunter’s Education Certification. We plan to offer this opportunity again on September 16, 2023.

September Meeting A Big Hit

A big shout out to Tom Johnson, Rick Regnier, Ken Rohal, and all the of the Marlin Firearms Collectors Association members at the September meeting.

Jennifer Gole of the Winchester Arms Collectors Association did a fabulous job and we all got to meet WACA president Vinny Martin Jr. of Massachusetts. Firearms Records Specialist Jesi Bennett and Curatorial Assistant Jathen Clark of the Cody Museum were also present and we thank all the WACA members who participated at our September meeting. There were over 44 fantastic educational displays and trade tables filled with great collector items. Look for photos from this show in our winter newsletter. WACA has already confirmed they will be back September of 2023!

Members:   The Classified Section will be posted online once our brand new website is complete!  

Contact Information / Address Updates

Your email address has become important for quick communication on last minute show updates. To be added to our email list, please email us at or call the business office at (330) 467-5733. In addition please “like” us on Facebook to get news and updates at

Address Updates can also be emailed to  If you include your member number, we only need your new address.

 Save on Lodging Cost with Increased Sat. Set up Time

Sat. set up hours Sat. (7 am - 8:30 am), have been set to better accommodate members who rent tables and who who want to avoid the time and cost of a Fri. hotel stay.   Note the Holiday Inn at Roberts Centre still has a strict 2-night minimum (beyond OGCA's control) and a list of other hotels can be found on the SHOWS page.

Meeting Hours
Saturday 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday 8:30 am - 2 pm

Set up/Exhibitor Hours
Fri. 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm exhibitor Set-up
Sat. 7:00 am - 8:30 am exhibitor Set-up
Sun. 7:30 am - 8:30 am exhibitor Set-up

 Support Youth Shooting

Please consider a donation for youth firearms safety training and target shooting. So far we’ve collected thousands of dollars from generous members and every dime goes directly to youth target shooting clubs through our joint venture with Sportsman's Alliance Foundation (SAF). Thank you! To participate in our youth shooting initiative mark the memo of your check "youth target shooting donation" or call with a credit card. Although your donation is not tax deductible this is a vitally important cause for the long-term. Any amount is appreciated and 100% will go to grants in support of youth shooting.

Gun Collector Etiquette - A Partial List

  1. Every firearm should be treated as if it were loaded. Keep all firearms pointed in a safe direction. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard.

  2. Never touch a firearm or remove the safety tie without permission from the owner.

  3. Don’t ask to handle a firearm unless you have serious intent to buy.

  4. Look for signs that indicate what is appropriate. Collections marked “Display Only” are never to be touched.

  5. Do not dry fire, work bolts or cycle actions without permission. If you want to manipulate anything, get permission. Make sure whatever you’re manipulating is not a safety issue.

  6. Avoid unnecessary wear. Never spin the cylinder of a revolver like you are playing Russian roulette or slam it closed by “flipping” it sideways.

  7. When necessary to inspect a gun you have intent to buy, the tableholder should be the one that cuts the safety tie. The tableholder should also be the one that opens the bolt and clears a weapon in a safe manner before he hands it over and re-ties the weapon regardless of whether it will be sold or not.

  8. Remember how a gun was laying and put it back down the way you found it. Never hit the gun against another gun or lay it down on top of another gun.

  9. Hold a gun by the wood and not the metal if possible. If you get fingerprints on the metal, alert the tableholder so he/she can clean it.

  10. Don’t allow children to run amuck. Keep your kids with you and instruct them on all safety rules and general etiquette.

  11. Never set food or drink on someone’s table.

  12. Never interrupt a “sale in progress” or try to purchase an item someone else is holding or negotiating a price on.

  13. Do not block a table or aisle chatting with your buddy. Keep traffic moving past the table so people can see his/her display.

“May I...” and “Thank You” go a long way and are just plain common courtesy.

Automatic Penalties For a Loaded Gun or Magazine

In 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: Fall 2022 Newsletter

Some Prior Newsletters:

Summer Newsletter - the Display Show Edition
Spring 2022 Member's Newsletter
Spring Interim Newsletter for April 30- May 1, 2022
Winter 2021-2022 Member's Newsletter
Fall 2021 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
Summer 2021 Member's Newsletter

Spring 2021 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
Winter 2020 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
Fall 2020 Member's Newsletter (click to read)

Summer 2020 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
May 2020 "Interim" Newsletter (click to read)
Spring 2020 Member's Newsletter
Winter 2020 Member's Newsletter
Fall 2019 Newsletter

Spring 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Summer 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
Spring 2019 Member's Newsletter (pdf)
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)

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