Garand Collectors Association (GCA) History

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July 6, 1986

July 6, 1986

Richard ‘Dick’ Deane, PhD, writes to 20 M1 Garand enthusiasts/collectors with the idea of joining together and sharing/publishing information to expand the overall knowledge base, which at that time was skeletal.

December, 1986

Dick Deane publishes first Garand Collectors Association Newsletter, mailed to 18 Charter Members.*

1987

First Board of Directors elected. Bob Seijas elected first Chairman of the Board. Dick Deane elected President/Managing Director and also serves as Editor.

1994

1994

1994 Life-size bronze bust of John C. Garand, sculpted by Dick Deane and donated by GCA, is dedicated at Springfield Armory National Historic Site. The bust is still on display, seen by thousands of visitors. GCA membership number 1,000 presented to John Garand’s son, Richard Garand.

1996

1996

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) chartered to replace DCM.

1996

First GCA Convention held in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

1997

Garand Collectors Association Newsletter becomes GCA Journal.

1998

Saving Private Ryan is released. Interest in the M1 Garand increased noticeably in its wake.

2000

GCA officially affiliates with CMP. At the request of CMP, GCA leaders advise them on sorting and grading rifles for their desirability to collectors. The CMP sales program grows and GCA membership begins to expand rapidly.

2001

2001

Dick Deane retires as GCA Journal Editor and Managing Director. GCA membership stands around 2,000. GCA donates Marksmanship Trophy for National Matches and begins annual sponsorship and organized participation at Camp Perry.

2002

GCA granted 501(a) tax exempt status by IRS.

2004

GCA membership surpasses 7,000 members.

2005

GCA Journal expands page count and starts printing all pages in color.

2006

GCA welcomes member 10,000

2007

In response to ongoing demand for out-of-print GCA Newsletters/Journals, Best of the GCA Journal compilation project begins and Book 1 is published.

2009

2009

GCA Convention in Phoenix, Arizona includes shooting matches for the first time, courtesy of CMP. Best of the GCA Journal Book 2 is published. Membership surpasses 15,000 for the first time.

2010

Grant Program instituted. Over $25,000 in grants awarded since its inception to worthy recipients such as ‘M1 for Vets’.

2011

Dick Deane passes. GCA donates $25,000 to Eastern Kentucky University scholarship in his honor. Best of the GCA Journal Book 3 is published.

2012

2012

GCA commissions and funds production of America’s Rifle – The M1 Garand, an original program on DVD. Copies are distributed free to members at that time. Best of the GCA Journal Book 4 is published.

2013

GCA Board of Directors approve a Bylaw change. Memberships to renew year-round instead of all memberships due on September 1. Best of the GCA Journal Book 5 is published.

2015

2015

GCA approached its 30th anniversary with over 18,000 members in the U.S. and eight other countries. During the September 2015 Convention, a new monument to John C. Garand was unveiled. It overlooks the rifle range at CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park. In addition, a $100,000 sponsorship of the Park was presented by GCA.

2016

30th Anniversary of GCA.

*GCA Charter Members

Robert Abramson

Brian Anderson

William Blanch

Bruce Canfield

Richard Deane

Peter DeRose

Douglas Edwards

Kip Feiler

Mike Firestone

Burton Kellerstedt
David McClain
Richard Milton
Irl Otte
Billy Pyle
Henry Queener
Robert Seccombe
Robert Seijas
LTC Mike Stratton
Dennis Wynn