Since February 1950 the Texas Gun Collectors Association (TGCA), an NRA affiliated organization, has been meeting regularly in hotels and meeting halls in various major cities throughout the state, combining association business with fellowship and a free exchange of interests in the world of antique and classic arms collecting.
Considered to be one of the country's leading arms collecting organizations, T.G.C.A. is again meeting twice a year, for three days in Spring and Fall We have finally fixed our dates and these will be the fourth weekend in April (unless there is a conflict with Easter when we shall move to the next weekend) and the third weekend in October. The mainstay of these meetings has always been a weekend show of antique, classic and collectible arms, accoutrements, and accessories, etc., western and Civil War period memorabilia, gambling and saloon paraphernalia, and related ephemera. Today, the show also allows collectible and historic weapons from the early twentieth century. The show is open to members and guests, and, for a small entry fee, the general public.
To suit today's climate we have revised our annual events program to the changing needs of our members. The annual Spring event will be a low key meeting to be held in a museum or conference center environment at various smaller cities around the state. This meeting will be the venue for our annual membership business meeting but will still host a gun show and very likely an auction. The Fall event will be the Annual Collectors Arms Show ~ our premier event of the year ~ which we intend shall be held in the famed Fort Worth Stockyards District.
This latter event will feature its usual excellent auction held on Saturday which has always provided a lot of fun and is, perhaps, the highlight of the show - very often throwing out a real bargain or two. Added features are a ladies' program, first class displays by members and non-members, educational seminars, and some superb non-competitive exhibits.
As an indication of the association's reputation throughout the gun collecting community, TGCA members are drawn from throughout the United States and overseas, as well as from Texas.
The Texas Gun Collector , a high quality magazine style newsletter, is published twice a year (in the Spring and the Fall) to keep the membership informed of association activities, to disseminate news, and to present articles and reports of common interest to those engaged in the collecting of antique arms. Copies of past issues may be obtained from the Secretary for a small charge plus postage.