News and Information of The Ohio Gun Collectors Association


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

Next Meeting Date 


Sept. 16-17, 2023 - Wilmington, OH: WACA
(Winchester Arms Collectors Association) will be back along with
The German Gun Collectors Association. Plus, on
Sept. 16 is a free Hunters Education course lead by ODNR and
OHTEIA. More info coming soon.

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

Spring 2023 Newsletter

 Northern, Ohio Show April 29-30, 2023 Was a Big Hit

Thank you for your support of the April 29-30 meeting at the Medina County Fairgrounds Community Center.   We had a fantastic turnout with over 800 guests! As announced, we have 2 meetings at the I-X Center in 2024!

Display Show & Banquet May 2024
Get ready for one of the best Display Shows in the gun collecting world May 4 & 5, 2024.

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 5 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. 

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. 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.

2023 PAC Raffle Prizes - 6 Great Prizes
(Correction from the Spring 2023 "Interim" Newsletter)

1st prize: very fine Colt King Cobra Target Pistol, 4” SS 357 Magazine, LNIB.

2nd prize: L. H. Smith miniature single shot pistol with presentation case and leather carry bag.

 3rd prize: mint Savage Model 110 bolt action rifle w/Bushnell Engage 3x-9x scope, 350 Legend cal.

4th prize: Ruger American rifle 22LR with Ruger case and ammo.

5th prize: Smith & Wesson model SD9 VE 9mm pistol with one mag and gun rug.

6th prize: 2022 ROCS collector’s knife with leather sheath.

Please excuse the printer gremlins that got into out prize list in the Spring 2023 Interim newsletter.  Above is the correct list of prizes.  The Annual OGCA PAC raffle kicked off at the May 20-21 show and you can pick up tickets at the PAC booth, Business Office desk, Marty Capito’s tables at U 12 & 16 (orange flag).  Call or email for more tickets. We appreciate your support. A donation of $5 for one ticket or just $20 for 5 is all it takes for a chance to win. The drawing is Sunday, September 17th at noon, and winners need not be present.

Membership Dues Reminder

Despite constant cost cutting efforts it is neccesary to to increase our one, three, and five year dues. This is our first dues increase in 4 years. and there is no increase in Life dues or table rental. Also, just a reminder to those who have memberships expired Dec. 31, 2022 that you can mail a check with the a minimum of 3-years dues to re-up: OGCA PO Box 670406, Sagamore Hills, OH and if possible write your member number on the memo section of your check.

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.

One Year $55
One year Active Duty Military Free
Three years $140 (Saves$25)
Five years $230 (Saves $45)
Sr. Life (65+ with proof of age) $700
Life .......$1000

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 for a total of 7. 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 weeks for processing.

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.

OGCA Videos By and For Members

 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

 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 9/16/23

Thank you in advance 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 September 16, 2023. The class is open to everyone! Sign up at, "discover and Learn," and "Hunter Education Class." Select "find a course near you," event "Hunter Education" and select activity type "Classroom." Enter zip code "45177" and "register" at the Roberts Centre. You may also sign up at the door with Al Overholser but advance registration is recommended. 8 am - 6 pm with one hour for lunch.

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

OGCA has automatic penalties in place 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 sIf a guest brings a loaded firearm/magazine, he/she will be immediately banned for life, and the sponsor of that guest will be suspended for a period of up to one year, the duration of the suspension of the sponsor shall be determined by the Second Vice President. 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 2023 Newsletter

Some Prior Newsletters:

Winter 2022-2023 Newsletter
Fall 2022 Newsletter
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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