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.