Meetings are strictly LIMITED to members and their guests------
Upcoming Meeting Dates
March 14-15, 2020
(Always the biggest! Reserve tables early)
Due to Health Concerns See Home Page
May 30-31, 2020
(Annual Display Show and Banquet)
July 18-19, 2020
(Featuring ROCS [Ruger Owners & Collectors Society] and
Society of America plus a free Ohio Hunter Safety
Sept. 12-13, 2020
(Special Guests, Winchester Arms Collectors Assoc.)
Nov. 21-22, 2020
(Annual Meeting/Director Election)
A COMPLETE SCHEDULE, DIRECTIONS AND
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We had an outstanding January meeting. Tons of people came through
the door and 158 guests applied for membership. It reminded me of
the old days, and I heard many comments even on Sunday, on the
number of people in the hall. March is always the “big one” so if
January is any indication of what March will be like I would suggest
that you reserve tables early and fill them with your best!
At the January meeting we had four educational displays and a
fascinating presentation. Education and sharing of knowledge both on
an informal basis at the tables, and in presentations and displays
is what makes us different. If this is one of the things you like
about OGCA, consider running for Director. See Sherman Kirkland per
his article on page 8.
Thank you to
David Albert who spoke in
January about the many ingenious firearm designs of Eugene Reising.
Members and guest enjoyed learning about his work with John Browning
on the M1911, the many firearms that bear his name and his designs
at H&R. David helped put history into context regarding Reising’s
The Single Action Shooters Society
(Big Irons) built a fine display and brought interesting trade
tables full of the Old West guns and collectibles that many OGCA
High Standard Collectors’ Association
set up three educational displays at the January show. These
included displays of High Standard .22 rifles, OSS silenced pistols,
and rare pistols, rifles and shotguns. Many thanks to Jon Miller and
Steve Schrott. If you missed the chance to see the .25 caliber
prototype in cutaway don’t kick yourself too hard as High Standard
Collectors Association may be back next year.
Richard Baird will have an
exhibit “Smith & Wesson, the Start of it All.” He is an accomplished
displayer and an extremely knowledgeable member. Don’t miss it. The
display will be against the wall in the center of the hall.
This brings us to
May 30-31, 2020 when several
rows will be set aside for educational displays and firearm-book
signings. This annual event is one of the best of its kind in the
country. However, do not let that stop you from doing a first-time
display. You can start small and build on it.
Take the Northeast Ohio
Charter bus to the May meeting and
see the Annual Display Show These beautiful buses can hold 56
passengers and we need continued support to off-set the cost for the
May 30, 2020 charter to occur. To justify the cost of the bus, it is
contingent that 50% of the seats are filled by April 20th.
here for the form.
July continues our educational opportunities with ROCS
(Ruger Owners & Collectors Society) holding its fantastic Display
Show competition. They will be joined by Remington Society of
America, and we will again hold a free Ohio Hunter Safety Education
The Winchester Arms Collectors Association
will join us September 12-13. We share many common members. If you
are a WACA member think about entering their display show
competition. I have done it in the recent past and met many
interesting people in the process.
2020 is an important election year, please support the
OGCA PAC and continue writing
letters to your elected officials regarding Second Amendment
Freedoms. You will find sample letters at www.ogca.com. Keep up the
Members Recognition Banquet Sat. May 30th, 2020
Just Announced: Guest Speaker Ian McCollum of
“Forgotten Weapons.” Members may
click here for
banquet ticket order form. Forms will also
be in your Spring newsletter (arrives in February 2020). First
come, first served. Tickets are limited.
Passes $15 Beginning in January / Table Reminders
Guest Passes will be $15 beginning in
January 2020. Members may bring up to 4 guests per meeting. Guests
are limited to 2 visits per life. Guest Passes will be on page
11 of the Member's newsletter that will arrive in mid-December 2019.
The Table Application for January
11-12, 2020 and March 14-15, 2020 will be on page 13.
If you are a member and need a copy of a
form do not hesitate to contact us anytime at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (330) 467-5733. (Forms are not posted
on the web for security reasons.)
Members may reserve tables for up to two shows at a time ($80
per table). Tables may be rented via mail, phone, or in person during a
meeting. "Annual Tables" provides a
discounted rate when renting for all 6 meetings January 2020 to
November 2020 and must be purchased no later than December 23, 2019.
Cost is $420 per table which breaks down to $70 per table x 6
meetings and is a savings of $60 per year, per table.
Meeting Hours Now Start at 8:30 AM / Save on Lodging Cost with
Increased Sat. Set up Time
Sat. and Sun. Meeting Hours now start
at 8:30 AM, and tableholder set up hours Sat. and Sun. morning have
to better accommodate members who rent tables and potentially avoid
the time and cost of a Fri. hotel stay. Based on the recent Membership Questionnaire it is clear
that these minor time changes will make a big impact. There are no changes to the Friday set up time.
Note the Holiday Inn at Roberts Centre still has a strict 2-night minimum (which is beyond OGCA's control)
and a list
of other hotels can be found on the Shows
Meeting Hours Now in Effect
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
Annual Display Show May
Four 1st Place
categories! Mark your Calender!
We want YOU for the May 30-31, 2020 Display Show
especially since the next one will not be until 2022. If you are
considering building a display, 2020 is the year! We anticipate
display table space to sell out so request a Display Show Packet
today and send in your entry as soon as possible, no later than May
The first display table is free, each additional table is $40. Each
display entry will receive one complementary banquet ticket as well.
To obtain a display show packet, including the rules, contact Member
Services Coordinator Sandra Schwab at (330) 467-5733 or
If you have questions regarding displaying you can also call Display
Show Chairman Sean McCarter at (614) 395-2919 or stop by in person
at table P-21; as well as any other member of the Display Show
Committee including Chris Rohal (registration), Rod Kirian I-1,
Marty Capito W-14, and Chuck Benton G 3.
•First Place Military: Minuteman Freedom Bronze
•First Place Antique: Minuteman Freedom Bronze
•First Place Pre-World War II: Minuteman Freedom Bronze
•First Place Post-World War II: Minuteman Freedom Bronze
•Second Overall: $600
•Third Overall: $400
•The Robert Rubendunst Best Educational Award: $750
•Thomas L. Kyser Best Single Gun Award: $300
•Member’s Choice Award: $750
•Best 1st Time Displayer: $300
•Judges Choice: Antique, Military, Pre-World War II, Post-World War
II: $225 Each
Winners of First Place Antique, First Place Military, First Place
Pre-World War II and Post-World War II will receive a numbered
Minuteman Freedom Bronze (Valued at over $4,000). All other award
winners will receive a plaque and cash prize listed above. As a
gesture of our appreciation, all who participate will receive a
Calling all Firearm Book Authors!
Want to promote your firearm book during the May Display Show?
Reserve your spot in the
Author’s Corner. For more information contact the Business Office at
330-467-5733 or e-mail Sandra Schwab at
Meet our Talented 2020
Display Show Judges
We are excited to introduce our incredibly
knowledgeable and diverse judges for the upcoming OGCA Display Show
May 30-31, 2020.
With 1.35 million firearm enthusiasts following him on YouTube, many
of you recognize Ian McCollum, founder and editor of Forgotten
Weapons, a web site and video channel dedicated to archiving and
publicizing unusual and interesting firearms. He has been running
the site since 2010, and if you haven’t witnessed his high-energy
firearm history lessons, just ask your grandkid to Google his
program for you!
Mr. McCollum is also a Technical Advisor to the Association of
Firearm and Toolmark Examiners, a founding partner in Headstamp
Publishing, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National
Firearms Act Trade and Collectors’ Association. His personal
collecting focus is French military rifles, which he has recently
written an extensive book, “Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military
Rifles 1866-2016”. Ian will also be our keynote speaker at the
Members’ Recognition Banquet the evening of May 30th. (See page 5
for details and to purchase tickets).
Mr. McCollum travels extensively filming, and he has worked with the
Cody Firearms Museum, British National Firearms Centre in Leeds,
Dutch Military Museum, Danish Military Museum, Liege Arms Museum,
Beretta collection, Heckler & Koch, Institute of Military
Technology, and French Gendarmerie Nationale. He lives in Tucson,
Arizona with his wife and Australian Cattle Dog.
Our next judge is also known world-wide by firearm collectors. She
is a member since 2011 and a former Display Show judge. Beverly
Haynes started with Colt in 1981, and has spent most of her 37 years
there in the Archive Department. Working closely with previous Colt
Historians, Marty Huber and Kathleen Hoyt, she has spent years
studying and expanding her knowledge of the Colt shipping records.
She was promoted to the position of Historian in 2010 and considers
it an honor to continue the legacy of providing vital information
from the records through the Colt Archive letters. Having been
credited in multiple publications for her contributions and
assistance in their research efforts, Beverly is committed to her
belief that sharing knowledge is key to enjoying and collecting
firearms. Sharing her passion for historical firearms has become a
way of life for Beverly, and she looks forward to serving the
collecting fraternity for many years to come.
Welcome back Display Show judge, author and award-winning displayer
Lawrence Wales. Larry is a longtime member and has been collecting
firearms for over 40 years. He has been creating displays since the
early 1990s, and his outstanding exhibits have ranged from just one
special gun to 35 firearms.
Larry has studied Charles Newton and his firearms for 25 years and
has written four books about the history and features of Newton
rifles. Larry is a life member of the NRA, OGCA, Colorado Gun
Collectors Association and the Winchester Arms Collectors
Association. Lawrence is a retired veterinarian after 36 years of
practice ranging from equine farm practice to sports medicine at
thoroughbred race tracks He and his wife of 50 years, Nancy,
currently reside in northern lower Michigan.
Like Ian and Beverly, he realizes how much work and dedication goes
into each display and understands how important the judging process
is to each displayer.
Suggestions For a Great Display
The 2020 OGCA Display Show is coming up
fast! It will be held during our May 30-31 Meeting.
We would love to have you display your gun collection even and
especially if you have never done it before.
What is the real purpose of having a
display show and awards for displays? To provide an interesting and
informative experience for our peers, the gun enthusiasts of OGCA.
Make your display visually appealing so people just have to stop and
check it out!
The point of this article is to provide some displaying advice,
especially to those that are not familiar with the OGCA displaying
methods. The scoring criteria gives points to things other than
guns. OGCA’s scoring is different than a lot of collecting
association display shows where the guns displayed are paramount,
and the related material and overall presentation not nearly so
important. This has been borne out in the past by the fact that
displays that have done well in collecting club display
competitions, have not done well at OGCA.
The concern I hear the most, in various forms, is that a displayer
is disappointed because their display included the greatest
whatever, and how could that be overlooked and not given some type
of award. The answer is the competition is not just about presenting
the greatest gun or most complete collection of a particular model.
Great guns and completeness are important, but what usually
differentiates the high scores from the lower scores, is the
presentation of related items, an orderly display, a display that
communicates the story well, and one that followed the requirements
The Display needs to engage the audience.
A successful display is one that engages people reviewing the
display. This begins with a visually interesting presentation. What
1. Presentation of firearms so that they can be easily viewed.
Generally, with a side view, when viewed from normal standing
position. This requires positioning the gun at different angles
depending on what level they are displayed at.
2. Use of non-firearm materials such as advertising, period
holsters, factory accessories, period ammunition, ect.
3. Non-firearm visual props that make the display engaging.
4. Period photographs of the firearms in use and blowup photographs
of special features of the displayed firearms to communicate easily
the feature being emphasized.
5. Telling a story that is interesting through the display as a
Present the collection with a diversity of information in a
way that is easily understood and appreciated.
A large collection can be presented as an engaging display, by not
displaying every gun. This can be accomplished by selecting 8 to 10
common models that represent significant variations in the
production of the model. Noting in the descriptions the specifics of
the variations available, such as caliber, barrel length ect. In
addition, displaying a limited number of special guns to emphasize
unique features. Along with these guns present relevant
accoutrements, advertising and photographs. A theme that brings the
story together is a great benefit as well. 10 to 20 guns well
presented is more engaging than 50 guns that are very similar.
To receive a high score on the display, particular attention
needs to be given to the judging criteria.
In creating the display, attention needs to be given to the criteria
used for judging the displays. This criterion emphasizes the use of
additional materials, clear presentation of information, and a
visually engaging display, in addition to scoring for the firearms
The judge’s scoring worksheet is provided to you in advance in the
Information Packet. Per the article on page 3, there are many
benefits of being part of the 2020 Annual Display Show. Take the
next step by contacting Member Services Coordinator Sandra Schwab at
(330) 467-5733 or email@example.com.
- Sean McCarter,
2020 Display Show Chairman
The judges will use the
following criteria in judging the displays:
A. TITLE: Is the title clearly visible and does it reflect the
contents of the display? 10 points
B. CONTENTS: Is the display explained with supplementary text in a
well-balanced manner (i.e. is it too much to digest or just right?)
C. LABELING: Are individual items properly and adequately
identified? 10 points
D. COLLECTOR IMPORTANCE/HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. 30 points
MATERIAL OF THE DISPLAY (WEAPONS)
A. COMPLETENESS 30 points
B. CONDITION: How does condition compare to material available?
• Have any items been restored? 20 points
• Rarity of items displayed 30 points
• Related items 30 points
Are neatness, general appearance, relative skill and
creativity evidenced in the presentation of the display? 20 points
Total points available 200
The next display show will be in 2022. So, if you are
considering having a display, now is the time.
To obtain a display show packet,
including the rules, please contact Member Services Coordinator
Sandra Schwab at the Business Office (330) 467-5733 or at
If you have questions regarding displaying you can also contact
Display Show Chairman Sean McCarter via phone (614) 395-2919 and in
person at the meeting hall, table P-21; committee member Chris Rohal
via phone (440) 223-2725 and in person in the OGCA Registration Room
at the hall, as well as any other member of the Display Show
Committee including Rod Kirian I-1, Marty Capito W-14, and Chuck
Benton G 3-4.