The Mission of the GCA
The purposes of GCA are to exchange information and expand knowledge of the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1; to preserve and publicize the history of the rifle and its inventor John C. Garand; to assist and encourage new collectors; to assist authors in writing new reference works; to assist members in their collecting; and to encourage competitive and recreational safe shooting of the rifle.
The Garand Collectors Association is governed by its Board of Directors. Currently, there are 11 Directors from all over the United States. They are:
Andrew Hall, Tennessee
Orest Michaels, Texas
Don Kemps, Wisconsin
Orest Michaels, Texas
Jim Adell, Colorado
Mike Bernazzani, Pennsylvania
Robert Clark, Connecticut
Amy Dobish, Wisconsin
Brian Guenthenspberger, Ohio
Dave McClain, New Jersey
Jack Prucha, Georgia
Robert Seijas, New Jersey
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
July 6, 1986
‘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.
Dick Deane publishes first Garand Collectors Association Newsletter, mailed to 18 Charter Members.*
First Board of Directors elected. Bob Seijas was elected first Chairman of the Board. Dick Deane elected President/Managing Director and also serves as Editor.
The 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 was presented to John Garand’s son, Richard Garand.
Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) was chartered to replace DCM.
First GCA Convention held in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
Garand Collectors Association Newsletter becomes GCA Journal.
Saving Private Ryan is released. Interest in the M1 Garand increased noticeably in its wake.
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.
Dick Deane retires as GCA Journal Editor and Managing Director. GCA membership stands at around 2,000. GCA donates Marksmanship Trophy for National Matches and begins annual sponsorship and organized participation at Camp Perry.
GCA granted 501(a) tax-exempt status by IRS.
GCA membership surpasses 7,000 members.
GCA Journal expands page count and starts printing all pages in color.
GCA welcomes member 10,000
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.
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.
Grant Program instituted. Over $25,000 in grants awarded since its inception to worthy recipients such as ‘M1 for Vets’.
Dick Deane passes. GCA donates $25,000 to Eastern Kentucky University scholarship in his honor. Best of the GCA Journal Book 3 is published.
GCA commissions and funds the 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.
GCA Board of Directors approves 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.
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.
30th Anniversary of GCA.
GCA Membership reaches 20,000
In Memory Of
John Cantius Garand
January 1, 1888 – February 16, 1974
Daniel Richard “Dick” Deane
October 7, 1933 – September 19, 2011
GCA Founder Daniel Richard “Dick” Deane passed away on Monday, September 19th.
March 23, 1943 – December 3, 2010
We have lost a team mate and friend. Mike was a competent, hard working dedicated M1 coach, shooter and armorer/gunsmith.