Donations needed for 2012 Bash auction!

In February, we'll hold our 2012 Buckeye Bash at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dublin, Ohio. This year's fundraiser promises to be our biggest ever and will take place during the nation's very first 2nd Amendment Convention!

We're looking for donations for our live and silent auction, including guns, holsters, optics, lights, tools, cleaning kits, range gear, eye or hearing protection, knives, gun cases, artwork, collectibles, instruction, or ANYTHING gun owners might be interested in.

Buckeye Firearms Foundation lawsuit yields more positive results: OGCA returns to Cleveland's I-X Center after nearly ten years

by Jim Irvine

The Ohio Gun Collector's Association (OGCA) returned to the I-X Center in Cleveland on October 15-16, 2011, for their first event in almost 10 years. The huge crowds that packed the show Saturday made it obvious that they had been missed. As is typical, the show was less crowded on Sunday, but a vendor I bought some supplies from indicated he was actually selling more on Sunday than he did on Saturday.

Ohio Gun Collectors Association donates $3000 to Buckeye Firearms Foundation

by Larry S. Moore

The Ohio Gun Collectors Association (www.ogca.com)(OGCA) is the largest gun collecting association in the world. They are also second to none in the promotion and protection of our Second Amendment rights. The OGCA recently continued this tradition by presenting checks to the Butler County Sportsmen Club and the Buckeye Firearms Association.

Dave Spaulding Fundraiser for Buckeye Firearms Foundation fun and successful

by Larry S. Moore

"Be prepared to play an active role in your rescue" and "If you are not cheating then you are not trying hard enough" were two of the key points driven home by Dave Spaulding. It wasn't about the make, model, caliber or type of gun used but the mindset and skill of the person with the gun. The Buckeye Firearms Foundation fund raising seminar was held Saturday 8/6/11 outside Xenia, Ohio at the Greene County Fish and Game Association (http://www.gcfng.com/).

Spaulding set the tone in the brief classroom session. He presented the critical aspects of mindset and what it takes to win on the street. He next outlined the requirements of how to build the skills to win. Spaulding places a lot of emphasis on mastering basic skills first and then building on those skills. It was quickly out to the ranges to put into practice the principles discussed in the classroom.

While the above two themes, which Spaulding repeated throughout the day, stuck in my head, the coaching on the range sealed the deal for me. The class was anxious to get to the range and put the words into action. I can assure you that I was also somewhat apprehensive about the range time. Would I screw up? Would I measure up? How well would I execute the drills and remember previous training. Fortunately, part of the class dealt with the reality that the concealed handgun license holder is often "the moderately trained person." Switching from my sport of trap shooting and my passion for deer hunting with a handgun to combat tactics for street survival all employ different skill sets and even some direct opposite skills. In short, I am the person that needed this training.

50 youth participants enjoy marksmanship training weekend sponsored by Buckeye Firearms Foundation

by Aaron Kirkingburg

Over the weekend of July 29-31st a group of 30 adult volunteers ran a youth shooting event out at Dillon Gun Range. Both firearms safety and marksmanship skills were learned by 50 youth participants, ranging in age from 11-17. Boys and girls from the Licking county area received instruction in proper marksmanship skills, the basic rules of safe gun handling, the importance of conservation, and much more. Area Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls in attendance were given the opportunity to meet all their requirements for both Shotgun and Rifle merit badges. First, Second and Third place trophies were awarded in both Rifle and Shotgun disciplines. Among the many marksmanship ratings that were earned over the weekend, there were two Marksman 1st class and three Sharpshooters awarded in rifle, and one Marksman 1st Class in Shotgun.

Thanks to sponsor Buckeye Firearms Foundation, as well as a Step Outside grant from the ODNR, and the help of a some local businesses, participants enjoyed the weekends shooting activities without the normal cost of ammunition, targets, and range fees.

Despite temperatures hovering in the mid to high 90's, punctuated by occasional thunderstorms, both attendance and moral was high. Most of the registered attendees camped from Friday evening, till Sunday around mid-day. Those youth attempting to complete their goals on the range had the opportunity to receive instruction and attempt to get their qualifications done until 11:30 when we shut down the firing lines. The persistence and dedication exhibited by these kids is remarkable. Seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they get that qualifying target, or break five clay birds in a row cannot be described with words. Giving these kids the opportunity to have a great time while learning safe gun handling along with marksmanship skills, ensures that under no circumstances will the "guns are bad" crowd ever hold sway over them in the future. NRA Marksmanship Qualifications along with the opportunity to earn merit badges and trophies, appeals to the widest variety of active youth out there. Marksmanship rockers and the competition for top shooter give them the motivation to continue shooting year after year, even after any initial goal may have been achieved.

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