Meetings are strictly LIMITED to members and their guests--
Upcoming Meeting Dates
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
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2021 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
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.
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.
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
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: $700
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
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
www.forgottenweapons.com 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. [Click
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.
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
email@example.com. Guest Passes are $15. Members may bring up to 4 guests per meeting.
Guests are limited to 2 visits per life.
Great spots remain open for members May 8-9, 2021:
As of this writing tables are still available. (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 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.
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.
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
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
Display Show 2021: It is not that Hard to Present an Engaging
It can be a daunting task to think about putting on a
display for the OGCA annual display show. It need not be. The cover
photo of the Spring 2021 newsletter
2021 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
features a one-gun display that was awarded
the Judge’s Choice award in the 2019 Display Show. The display
featured a unique firearm, along with factory literature regarding
the gun. The display enhanced the unique features of the gun,
engraving, metal work and the stock, by incorporating a mirror and
presenting the gun up off of the table. The Display was captioned
with an appropriate sign and title.
The point being, a unique firearm or group of firearms can present a
very well received display. Sure, some members present wonderful
exhaustive collections and clearly have devoted many hours to
creating their display. We all appreciate these displays. But we all
do not have the time or the collection to support such a large
display. The point is you can still put on a great display even if
you do not have the queen’s armory and all the time in the world.
The displays are scored based on the following
A. TITLE: Is the title clearly visible and does it reflect the
contents of the display? 5 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? 5 points
D. COLLECTOR IMPORTANCE/HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. 15 points
MATERIAL OF THE DISPLAY (WEAPONS):
A. COMPLETENESS 15 points
B. CONDITION: How does condition compare to material available? Are
the items in original condition? 10 points
C. RARITY OF ITEMS DISPLAYED 15 points
D. RELATED ITEMS: 15 points
Are neatness, general appearance, relative skill and creativity
evidenced in the presentation of the display? 10 points
Total points available 100
A unique single gun or small group of guns, presented with related
material, properly labeled, that is of importance, and neatly
presented, can do well pursuant to these criteria. In addition, the
first-place awards are separated into 4 categories, Antique
(pre-1898), Pre-World War II (1898-1945), Post World War II (after
1945), and military.
To obtain a display show
packet, including the rules, for May 8th & 9th, 2021, please contact
Member Services Coordinator Sandra Schwab at the Business Office
(330) 467-5733 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
at table I1, Tom Bowersox at table J13 & 14, and Brad Raum at D11.
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: www.rugersociety.com. Make plans today for the July
meeting and bring out your Rugers. More information in next
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
winchestercollector.org. Jessica Bennett,
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
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
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,
2nd Prize - Browning 22 Auto, breakdown rifle, 1968 Belgium mfr.
3rd Prize - Smith & Wesson 29-10, 4” bbl. 44 Magnum, with box and
4th Prize - GSG-1911 pistol, 22LR cal. Brand new in the box and
5th Prize - Double-Tap over/under derringer, 45 ACP, with box and
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
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
Meeting Hours Now in Effect
Saturday 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday 8:30 am - 2 pm
Set up/Exhibitor Hours (Refer to
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