Goals & Mission Statement
The purpose of this association is to establish in Colorado, a permanent organization for the promotion of friendship among and the mutual benefit of persons interested in the collection, preservation, use and study of arms and their accessories: to arrange and hold meetings for the display and exchange of arms and useful information for the membership: and to uphold and promote the highest ethical standards in all activities pertaining to the organization.
Officers & Board of Directors for 2016
President: Jarvis Hurd
Vice-President: Darin Carwin
Secretary/Treasurer: William E. Pittman
Past President: John Kelly
Show Chairman: Les Palmer
Director: Dave Rupert
Director: Aarron Davis
Director: Craig Blancett
Association Safety Manager: Joe Leiper
Show judging Manager: Don Douglas
Brief History of the C. G. C. A.
The Colorado Gun Collectors Association is a Colorado Not-for-profit Corporation that was formed in 1966 by several Denver area collectors with a mutual interest. The CGCA is an NRA affiliated club that has been growing steadily since its inception, and now numbers at over 500 members. Many members do not live in Colorado but are scattered from New Hampshire to California and from Montana to Texas. The interests of the members are as varied as their location. Antique and modern, military and sporting, from 15th century arms and armor to assault rifles. Some members do not collect firearms but rather accessories and cartridges. From professional men and women and civil servants to bricklayers the members vocations vary also. The only constant is their mutual interest in the collecting and preservation of historical artifacts.
The CGCA is affiliated with the Colorado State Shooting Association, The United Sportsman’s Council of Colorado, The Firearms Coalition of Colorado and have a close working relationship with the Colorado State Historical Society. We have an excellent reputation in the Colorado community in general and do quite a bit of benevolent, charitable and volunteer work.
Our annual show has grown from a small 40 table show to over 1100 tables annually. In 2015 we had over 1500 tables for the 50th Anniversary show. The Colorado Collector's Show is rated by many experts as one of the absolute top collector’s shows in the U.S. and is without a doubt the best display show in the world. We attract the nation’s finest collector/dealers and many foreign visitors.
One of the goals that we are currently working on is to attract younger collectors into the fold and we are improving. The outlook for the future looks good.