News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

Upcoming Meeting Dates
November 20-21, 2021

January 8-9, 2022
Featuring The Contemporary Longrifle Association (CLA)

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

Fall 2021 Member's Newsletter (click to read)

Membership Dues

In October, 2021 all members will receive their annual dues statement and reply envelope. If you are a Life member, please complete and return the Life Member Census - we need to hear from you.  For those who are not Life members, please read your dues statement carefully to see if your membership expires December 31, 2021 or if they are paid into the future. We send a statement every October (even if your dues are paid) so you know our records are consistent with yours.

As always, members will be admitted to the Jan. 8-9, 2022 meeting on your 2021 badge.

Members may pay directly on our secure Online Dues Payment Program by Clicking Here;  or by mailing a check or money order to the business office. You can also pay via credit card over the phone at (330) 467-5733 or in person at a meeting.  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, 2022, 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, 2022. We need and appreciate your support. 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.

Your Contact Information

Your email address has become important for quick communication on last minute show updates. Check your contact information (email, cell, and home number) printed on your upcoming Dues Statement this October.  If it is not current simply mail a note with your dues, 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

Featured Display Nov. 2021 - American History Comes Alive in Firearms

Jerry Pitstick and his wife Sharon have been doing exhibits at OGCA for 22 years. His first one at the I-X Center in 1999 took a top award. A few years later at one of the first Roberts Centre meetings he brought that display back with even more fascinating firearms. It spanned 24 feet and was entitled “Guns that Talk; History in Your Hands.”

Cased handguns were the subject of his next display in March 2005. Then, in November 2008 he exhibited “Smoking Guns, Real People, Tales of Adventure.” The Pitstick displays can be summed up as “history in your hands.” They love to research the history of the guns in their collection and Jerry compiled a book that came out this past May on twenty interesting firearms entitled Guts, Glory, and Gunsmoke.

We could not talk Jerry into a 24 foot display for the November meeting but he will have all five guns on the cover of his book on display at the November meeting. See the guns and his new book and learn about the process, perseverance and joy of researching guns in your collection.

 Table Application and Guest Pass Forms

Guest Passes (for use by current members): 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. 

Tables:  Members may reserve tables for up to two shows at a time ($80 per table for 2021 meetings). 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) went on sale in September 2021.   See Table Co-Sharing announcement above.  (330) 467-5733 (Forms are not posted on the web for security reasons.)

2022 Table Rent

As mentioned in the last newsletter, table rent is going up to $95 per table starting with the January 2022 meeting. We have held the price down as long as we could, and regret that this increase is necessary. Note the savings when you reserve 2022 Annual Tables. Our new co-shared table option can also save some $ for 2 members sharing a table - see below, call or email for more information.

Annual Tables on Sale

Save money by reserving your tables on an annual basis for all six 2022 meetings, Jan. ‘22 thru Nov. ‘22. You will pay only $80.00 per table for per show for the whole year. $80 per table x 6 meetings is $480 and is a savings of $90 per year, per table. Annual tables are on sale now, but reserve as early as possible for best placement. (The deadline is Dec. 20 but please return by the end of Nov. whenever possible.) If you need an Annual Table form or have any questions, do not hesitate to call or email the business office.

Co-Share Tables Available Now

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. 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 last meeting. Contact us if you need one at or (330) 467-5733.

The Contemporary Longrifle Association - Jan. '22

The contemporary Longrifle Association (CLA) will join us for the first time at the January 8 & 9, 2022 meeting. CLA includes more than 2000 national and international members, from all walks of life, that share a common interest in studying and preserving the American longrifle, related accoutrements and other art forms that embrace the American longrifle culture. It was formed 26 years ago and includes contemporary muzzleloading collectors and artists. We are excited to meet the members and see their wide variety of longrifles, pistols, fowlers, accoutrements and related objects handmade after the mid-twentieth century.

Ever thought about developing your rifle making skills? (Frontiersmen often did not have a choice!) One of the best things about hosting CLA is the opportunity to learn how you can become a maker/artist with training from an affiliated CLA workshop. In the meantime, bring out those longuns of every vintage and join us January 8-9, 2022.

 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!

Banquet April 30, 2022

Yes, we are bringing back the Members Recognition Banquet Saturday April 30th at 5 pm. To accommodate more members it will be held for the first time in the main lobby of the hall (not in the hotel).
Save the Date! Banquet ticket forms will be included in the Winter newsletter. 

Sorry to report that Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons is unable to be our 2022 speaker, but we hope to host him at a future OGCA banquet or event.  In the meantime, check out his videos at

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 2021. 17 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 in September 2022.

Members:  Don't miss The Classified Section in your newsletter.  Classifieds are not posted online.  However, we missed one and are including it here at the request of the member: 

For Sale: American Rifleman Magazines, March thru Sept. '63, Nov. thru Dec. '63.  Jan. thru Dec. '64. $37. Others available.

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 will open at the March 2022 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).

‘21 OGCA PAC Raffle Drawing

Everyone was a winner in the annual 2021 Political Action Committee (PAC) raffle held Sunday September 12th because all the proceeds fuel the fight for our Second Amendment rights and well deserving youth shooting organizations! A record breaking 6,910 tickets were sold! The entire OGCA PAC thanks each and every member and the hard-working staff and volunteers especially Marty and Maureen Capito, Darla Noble, Laurie Chorpenning and Barbara Kubicki.

The first place prize, M-1 Garand, 1944 mfgr. Springfield Armory version w/sling, 30-06 went to lucky John Alexander. The stunning second prize, Browning 22 Auto breakdown rifle, 1968 Belgium mfgr. w/box went to A. Bayot. Richard Marting took home the beautiful third place Smith & Wesson Model 29-10, 4 bbl. 44 Mag. w/box and accessories. Fourth place, GSG-1911 pistol, 22LR cal. NIB, unfired went to R. J. Jordan. Tom Smith was delighted to win the fifth prize, a double-tap o/u Derringer, 45 ACP, w/box and accessories. Roger Wainscott won the OGCA 50th Anniversary Knife.

The collectible raffle prizes came from members Pat Jarvis, Joe Pittenger, Brad Raum, and Jeff Medves. “Thank you!” PAC is looking for donations of collectible items for next year’s raffle, and if anyone has something for this important cause, contact Chairman Marty Capito at his tables at U 12 &16 (look for the orange flag).

 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. (7 am - 8:30 am), and Sun.(7:30 am - 8:30 am) are extended to better accommodate members who rent tables and potentially avoid the time and cost of a Fri. hotel stay.   There are no changes to the Friday set up time (3 pm - 9 pm).   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.

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

 Some Prior Newsletters:

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)

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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