News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

Upcoming Meeting Dates
  May 8-9, 2021 Annual OGCA Display Show - Don't Miss it!
July 17-18, 2021 Collectors Invitational Featuring ROCS (The Ruger Owners & Collectors Society)
Sept. 11-12, 2021 Featuring The Winchester Arms Collectors Association Annual Midwestern Show

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

Spring 2021 Member's Newsletter (click to read)

Opportunity to Co-Share Tables Begins May 8-9, 2021

Beginning with the May meeting we will be allowing two members to share a table with Friday trading privileges for both members. “I encourage any member, who has not had a trade table before, to partner with another member, share the cost, and give it a try. My hopes would be that you would come to enjoy it,” said President Sherman Kirkland. The cost to co-share is a flat fee of $20 no matter how many tables are shared. For example $80 per table plus the $20 co-share fee is just $50 each. 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. Forms were available at the March meeting. Contact us if you need one at or (330) 467-5733.

Thank you in Advance to Annual Display Show Judges:
Larry Wales, Jack Lewis and Bob Wos

We have three highly knowledgeable Display Show judges for the upcoming May meeting. A warm welcome back to Lawrence Wales who is a past Display Show judge, author and award winning displayer. Larry is a 38 year Life member. He has created outstanding displays since the early 1990s, ranging from just one special gun to a 35 rifle display. He understands that the accoutrements and supporting documentation are the difference between a good display and a great one. Larry has written four books about the history and features of Newton rifles. He is also a life member of the NRA, Colorado Gun Collectors Association and the Winchester Arms Collectors Association.

Second, we welcome 50-year Life member
Jack Lewis to the 2021 judges panel. Jack is Partner and Director of Historic Firearms and Militaria of Lewis & Grant Auctions. He is a second-generation antique firearms expert known throughout the industry. Jack brings over 50 years of experience as a firearms and militaria historian, collector, researcher, and author. He is a member of the American Society of Arms Collectors, lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a proud Vietnam War veteran.

Rounding out our panel is none other than OGCA Past President
Bob Wos who will bring his firearm display judging experience back to the club he loves so much. Bob is a 37 year Life member who most recently served a long tenure as Treasurer of OGCA PAC. As a member of the NRA Gun Collectors Committee Bob has judged major exhibits including the NRA Annual Meeting and numerous national NRA Gun Collectors Shows. He is a member of S&W Collectors Assoc., M1 Garand & M1 Carbine collectors associations, Browning Collectors Assoc., Missouri Valley Gun Collectors, Texas Gun Collectors, Dallas Arms Collectors, and Pennsylvania Gun Collectors Assoc.

Membership Dues

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 mailing in October.  Please read it carefully to see if your membership expires December 31, 2020. If your Statement indicates that your dues are paid through 2021 or beyond, you need not take any action at this time.  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: $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:
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, 2021, 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, 2021. 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, write it on your dues statement when mailing it in, or call the Business Office at (330) 467-5733.  Thank you! 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.

A Message From Our President

For those of you that do not know me, my name is Sherman Kirkland III. I am self-employed, and have been the owner operator of Sherman’s Automotive for 31 years. I live in Ashtabula County, in the small community of Windsor. I reside there with my wife of 46 years, Mari Beth, and our precious granddaughter, Stefany. Together, Mari Beth and I were blessed with one daughter, Jennifer, and two sons, Sherman IV, and David. We have eight wonderful grandchildren, and our very first great grandchild on his way, in May.

My father was very influential in my interest in collecting. I began attending Gun Shows with my dad at a very young age. I have a wide and varied interest in collecting, but currently, I am focusing on my Harrington & Richardson Handy Gun Collection.

Our Annual Display show in May, is our premier show. I encourage any member to participate in this event no matter how big, or how small. A display does not have to be large to be of interest to our members. Display show packets are available through the OGCA office. Questions can be directed to Committee Chair Sean McCarter.

Due to the impossibility of social distancing, no banquet can be held in 2021, but we are planning something special for the May 2021 Display Show Awards Presentation.  On the bright side, we will have a heck of a banquet in 2022, and, yes, Ian McCullom of will be our keynote speaker!  Look for more information as we get closer to the Saturday evening, April 30, 2022 banquet.

In May 2021, we will be allowing two members to share a table with Friday night privileges, for both members. I encourage any member, who has not had a trade table before, to partner with another member, share the cost, and give it a try. My hopes would be that you would come to enjoy it. See above.

We have also modified requirements for new member applicants. These changes will make it easier for new applicants to join OGCA. [
lick on "Join" tab, above.]

If you have an interest in becoming a Director, and are willing to give your time and effort, please request a Director Application packet. OGCA needs dedicated and committed Directors.

OGCA has provided its membership four excellent shows, during this very unfortunate pandemic. We have put our member’s safety first and foremost. We did this as a TEAM. Kudos to Past President, Fred Kolb, the OGCA Business office, the Executive Board, the Past President Counsel, and the OGCA Board of Directors. This was a big undertaking, and your hard work really paid off for our membership. The recent shows have been quite a success. I heard many times how happy our members were to be at an OGCA show, and that is due to your efforts. I strongly believe in Teamwork, and that is what OGCA is all about. This is one of the reason why OGCA is the largest, private Gun Club in the USA. Thank you so much OGCA team.
As your President, I will always make every effort to have an open door policy. I look forward to serving you for the next two years.

Sherman Kirkland

Table Application and Guest Pass Forms

Guest Passes (for use by current members): Guests are welcome Saturday and Sunday! Guest Passes are on on page 11 of the  newsletter.  For security reasons the form is not 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. 

Great spots open for members July 17-18, 2021:  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 for the next 2 meetings.  Annual 2022 Tables (all 6 meetings for calendar year 2022) will go on sale in September 2021.   See Table Co-Sharing announcement above.  (330) 467-5733 (Forms are not posted on the web for security reasons.)

 New Options for Applying

Members: as announced in the last 2 mailings, changes approved at the Nov. meeting include that 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!

Run for a Spot on the OGCA Board of Directors

We are actively looking for dedicated members who are interesting in serving on the Board of Directors of OGCA. You must be an Ohio resident and a member for at least five years. Nominations opened at the March meeting and will close at the end of the May meeting. All interested candidates may contact First Vice President, Terrie Hill at (740) 504-3530 for the required forms. Return them in advance of the May meeting or in person at the May meeting no later than 2 pm Sunday May 9th at Terrie’s tables T 7-10 (orange flag).

Collector Invitationals - Mark Your Calendar

July 17-18, 2021
It is 2 years in the making, but the much anticipated 6th Annual ROCS/OGCA Show will be held July 17-18, 2021. The Ruger Owners & Collectors Society are a fine group of collectors, and they will be holding their great Display Show. ROCS displays range from Novice to Masters Class and include Ruger single-actions, automatics, double-actions, long guns and memorabilia. For more information on ROCS, visit: Make plans today for the July meeting and bring out your Rugers. More information in next newsletter.

Sept. 11-12, 2021
For the 10th year, our friends The Winchester Arms Collectors Association will hold their Annual Midwestern Show Sept. 11-12, 2021. They supported our first meeting permitted under Covid-19 last September, and we really look forward to hosting them this coming September. They will have many trade tables with fine Winchester firearms and interesting related memorabilia. Fore more information visit   Jessica Bennett, Cody Firearm’s Museum Record’s Specialist will also be there to do record searches on your Winchester, Marlin, L.C. Smith, Ithaca/Lefever and Savage firearms. More information to follow.

‘21 OGCA PAC RaffleTickets Available in May!

It’s almost that time! The Annual PAC raffle begins at the May 8 & 9 meeting. You will also find raffle tickets in your next newsletter which you will receive in June.

Raffle proceeds support two important causes 1) pro-Second Amendment candidates and our right to keep and bear arms, and 2) youth target shooting programs. Supporting youth shooting and gun safety education satisfies Ohio gaming laws, and the long term success of firearm collecting.

Due to the generosity of members, PAC Chairman Marty Capito has some fabulous prizes. All 6 of them will be displayed at his table (typically U 15 & 11) during the May, July, and September Meetings.

The winning tickets will be pulled at the September meeting on Sunday September 12th. Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for 5.

1st Prize - M1 Garand, 1944 mfr. Springfield Armory with sling,
30-06 cal.

2nd Prize - Browning 22 Auto, breakdown rifle, 1968 Belgium mfr. with box

3rd Prize - Smith & Wesson 29-10, 4” bbl. 44 Magnum, with box and accessories

4th Prize - GSG-1911 pistol, 22LR cal. Brand new in the box and un-fired

5th Prize - Double-Tap over/under derringer, 45 ACP, with box and accessories

6th Prize - OGCA 50th Anniversary Knife

The next couple of years are going to be critical for protecting the U.S. Constitution and we must support the political candidates who support us in this battle! Show your support and take a chance on winning a great prize.

Meeting Hours 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 been extended 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 page.

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

Set up/Exhibitor Hours (Refer to Table confirmation as we may need Tableholders to arrive by 8:15 for social distancing of any lines.)
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.

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  

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: Spring 2021 Member's Newsletter (click to read)

Some Prior Newsletters:

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)

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.

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