2020 Annual Convention
Our Annual Convention will be in conjunction with the Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show November 14 & 15, 2020. The MCA will have 4 tables at the show to display guns, hand out literature and allow you to sell a few items. We are planning to have a factory representative from Steyr attend our meeting and range day with some of their new toys. A banquet will be held Saturday evening, April 14th, followed by an auction. The banquet will once again be at Siegi’s, a fine German restaurant. If you have anything you would like to donate to the auction please contact me or bring it with you. On the 13th we will have our range day at Happy Hollow Gun Range outside of Tulsa with a fun match. We have three classifications: M-S open sights, M-S with optics and any Steyr. Bring some guns but if you cannot there will be some to borrow from other members. Steyr USA will be sending one of their people to join us and bring some of their toys. After the match, members can have an advance shopping opportunity, with the other exhibitors, before the public comes to the show. That evening we will have a President’s Reception with cocktail hour at the hotel. I have blocked some rooms at the Tulsa -Southern Hills Crown Plaza hotel for the 12th through the 15th. Please contact them ASAP and tell them that you are with the MCA to get our special rate. Let me know if you have problems. Please bring a friend or spouse. IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND: Be sure to SEND ME your phone number, what events you plan to attend, how many in your party for each event, and when you plan to arrive by October 30th. Hope to see you all in November.
We will be auctioning more of the books donated by Jim Porter at the banquet. He has also been continuing to send Chris Ebert and my self more articles and information. Chris will be writing a summary of what has been added to our archives in a future TMC article. If you have items that you would like to donate for the auction or Archives, please contact our President. The Auction is a major fundraiser for MCA and all funds go to supporting the organization.
On October the 15th, 2020 we will be giving away three prizes.
The winner will receive a Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle Model 1956 MC in 30-06 caliber. It is in excellent to new condition with a 3/4 stock, single trigger, original butt plate and 22" barrel. The rifle was donated by Jerry Jones.
Second Place is a Ruger "Liberty " pistol. It is new with box in .357 Magnum, stainless steel and a 4 5/8" barrel. Definitely a collectors item. This was donated by Gary Junk.
Third place is an electronic collection of all our newsletters (TMC) from the beginning. There is more information here than any book ever written about Mannlichers.
We are asking a donation of $5.00 per ticket or 5 for $25.00. To obtain tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can pay by check or credit card.
2020 Shot Show
Rob Blank and I had a great time at the Steyr booth at the SHOT Show in Jan. I spoke with Dr. Ernst Reichmayr, President & Owner; Dr. Michael Engesser, CEO; Erwin Derntl, Military Sales Mgr.; Derek Hand, USA - COO; Scott Tirman, USA – CFO. We had a very good meeting with Erwin and Michael about going to Steyr. We talked for over an hour about places to go and Erwin kindly offered to help plan the itinerary and make arrangements for us. Lynn Levengood and Rob will have an updates on our plan to go to Austria in 2021, in our TMC newsletter.
They were displaying the new Zephyr II in a full stock. I know many of you have been hoping for this version. They don’t know when they will be shipping but you can get on the list.
2019 Annual Convention
Our 2019 Annual Meeting was in Denver Colorado. The Colorado Gun Collectors Association put on a very nice show. Many nice collectible firearms in a wide range of prices and not a lot of unrelated junk. The show started on Thursday afternoon for Dealers and all our members attending received a Dealers Badge courtesy of MCA. That allowed us to walk the show before going to our match on Friday.
Weather in Denver in May can be very diverse. It can be warm, cold, rainy or even snowing. Fortunately, we had a wonderful warm morning for our match at an outdoor range inside the city limits. “Thanks” to Steve Shultz in getting it all set up and organized. It is so much fun to have so many different MS rifles in one place and get to fire them.
Saturday night the hotel prepared a nice “German style” dinner for us so we were quite full for the auction. I want to thank all our members that donated auction items and to Lynn Levengood for running it.
During the convention we round table discussed where to have the next one. Phoenix was mentioned and of course going back to Tulsa. No decision was made so if anyone has any input on these locations or an idea of another worthy gun show to coincide with, I would appreciate hearing from you. We also started to talk about 2021 and possibly going to Austria.
2018 Annual Convention
Once again, we had a great Annual Meeting in Kansas City. We did not have a large presence of members, but it was good to see friends and make new ones. Two members joined us that have not done so in the past. Chris Hauck from Delia KS came to all of the events, which gave us all a good opportunity to get to know him. Bill Giese and his wife drove over from the St. Louis area and joined us for the show Saturday and the banquet.
The president of the KGCA suggested that we have our annual M-S + Steyr shoot at a range in Missouri. Wow what a great range. It was run by the Missouri Wildlife Conservation Dept. and is a very tight ship. Everyone had a great time, but boy was my shoulder beaten up. Shooting these old beautifies off a rest with no padding can really hurt, especially when you have to do a number of sighters.
The show was not huge (about 800 tables), but there were some high-quality finds. At first, I thought it was only a Winchester show. I think every table had at least four lever actions for sale. There were very few new guns or black gun accessories so there was a lot of room left for other choice guns.
I believe our members picked up at least two MS rifles and there were more for sale. I did not find a Steyer product I needed, but did purchase a cute .22 caliber child’s rifle with a rolling block action. It was in very good condition, but has no manufacturer’s mark, only Belgium. I love a mystery.
Steve Shultz set up our banquet at the Holiday Inn. The German style food was very good and we all had a good time with the auction. I want to thank Chris Hauck, Dale Erlandson, Verl Sigmond, Ron Brock, Aardvark Ammunition and those others that I am failing to mention by name for donating items. Having a smaller group, we could all talk to each and had less competition in the auction. Gary Junk won third place in the raffle, but since he was already a life member, he donated the prize back to the MCA. He was the donor of the pistol (second place) for the raffle, as well.
I also want to thank Chris Ebert for bringing a bunch of our archive items to look at; Lynn Levengood for running the auction and everyone else for their help and just being there.
One other significant note is that Chris Hauck was elected to the Master at Arms office, so he will be arranging for our next shoot.
Our next convention will be in conjunction with the Colorado Gun Collectors Association show in Denver, May 16-19. Please carve out some time on your calendar and join your fellow members.
2017 Annual Convention
I wish you all could have attended our Annual Convention and Meeting. It seemed that all those that did had a great time. We had some members that I had never met before so it was good to get to know them as well as renew acquaintances with friends from other years.
Brian Gelinas traveled down from Alberta, Canada to be with us for all the events. We fixed him up with rifles and ammo for the match since bringing his own would be prohibitive. He found some arms to buy at the gun show and told us about the multi stage prosses he would then have to go through to get them home. One of our new members, Brent Geistweidt and his extended family joined us from Texas. They have a hunting ranch there so had a booth at the show but I heard that he spent little time in it himself because he was having too much fun buying guns. Steve Hines from Arizona was at the dinner. He also had a booth at the show for his company, Ergo grips, and donated some items for our auction.
All the members were great about pitching in to help make things a success but a few need special mention. Tiny Tomsen, once again, was gracious to host the President’s Reception at his man- cave deluxe (The Annex). He also arranged to have Red Castle Gun Club allow us to use their facility for our Match. Rick Martel worked kind of behind the scenes by fighting the crowds to get us registered for the show and admittance badges thus missed the Match. Steve Shultz and Lynne Levengood ran our Match and kept us organized. Lynn also acted as MC for the auction. Finally, Steyr provided many items once again for the auction.
2016 Annual Convention
We had a great gathering this year and are sorry that many of you missed it. Rob Blank and I made a run to a fantastic motorcycle and motor sports museum outside of Birmingham called the Baker museum to warm things up. As you know we started the official activities with a trip to the Steyr location in Bessemer. They treated us like kings and queens. We had a great tour of the AUG assembly line, distribution center, had wonderful refreshments and best of all were able to hold and delight a very large number of Steyr and Merkel firearms. The guys were about to have a big sale so gave us a presale pick of their entire inventory. I wanted to get one of Merkel’s new introductory rifles called an R-15. I was able to look through a number of .30-06 boxes to find the wood I liked and was pleased to find the serial # was 13. This rifle we were told is already changing its name because of a conflict with a much bigger firearms company that begins with R. I really wanted to find a 6.5 x 55 so they showed me a beautiful SM12 in that caliber. When they told me the sale price it was sold. Several other guys also helped them to reduce their inventory and are also extremely happy with the firearms, clothing etc. they purchased. The MCA wants to thank Scott O’Brian (manager), Eric Wood (sales) and everyone involved at SAI for being gracious and generous hosts. I will get to a special member of the staff later.
On Friday we made an early start to the CMP’s (Civilian Marksmanship Program) facility outside of Talladega. Driving up the grounds were immaculate and the building looked like a modern hotel. Inside we had a safety lesson and then it was off to the 100 yd. range. All the shooting points were stylishly covered, had bench rest tables and even some rifle rests if you did not have one. Best of all was the electronic scoring system (6 ring to X with 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 type scoring for all the rings). We shared rifles, took our practice shots and then shot for record. With the electronic scoring we easily found that Dale Erlandson won the M-S Open Sight Match with me in second and Steve Shultz in third. For the M-S Optical Sight Match the winner was Dale again, our newest member Harold took second and Chris Ebert and I tied for third. The last match was the any Steyr Open (but we did not allow the sniper rifle that SAI brought out since it was not owned by a member and it was just too good). Leading the pack was Steve with his .22 RF Zephyr (even with the wind), followed by myself and our Chief Editor Lynn in third. We would have done more shooting but the temperature and humidity were combining to make us want to go have a cool drink and some lunch. I want to say thanks to Lynn for making an early departure from the range to get our booth setup at the show.
Before our meeting we had a very good “German” dinner at the hotel. As per the minutes we had our raffle and a successful auction. Thank you to all that purchased tickets, bought items and made the event a success through their work. We than gave a special thanks to Einer Hoff from SAI. He was there for all the events, brought firearms for events and was at the show both days. How he put up with us I do not know but think he actually had a great time with us and got to meet some old friends along the way. I want to also thank all the officers and members that attended as well as those that helped to make the convention a success. We need to also give a special thanks to our former President, Rob Blank, for his service and dedication. I am glad that he will be continuing to serve as our Master at Arms.
Please feel free to contact me before then to say hi or discuss your ideas to make the MCA better. Let’s have a GREAT YEAR.
2015 Annual Convention Events
The President, Rob Blank, called the meeting to order.
This was done after all attendee’s enjoyed a meal at Siegis' Restaurant in Tulsa, where the meeting was held.
Introductions of all present around the room occurred, with members and wives present giving their name and a brief description of their background. Thanks were offered to Tiny Tomsen for hosting the event. Mr. Tomsen stated that he had also paid for the meal, including drinks, and requested all present donate $25 each to The Mannlicher Collectors Association in lieu of paying individual checks. Tiny was thanked for his generosity.
A Mannlicher Shoot had been held Friday morning at the Red Castle range in Tulsa. John Ludwig made prize presentation. He presented the target used in the shoot to the winner, Steve Schultz, along with a Mannlicher Knife. Tom Seefeldt had been second in the competition, with Rob Blank finishing third. John Ludwig was announced as the open sight champion, but was the only entrant in that division.
It was noted the Presidents Reception has been held Friday evening in Jenks, Oklahoma at Tiny Tomsen’s building, called The Annex. Refreshments and snacks had been provided through the generosity of Tiny Tomsen and his wife, Barbara.
Location of the meeting in 2016 will not be Tulsa, but a different location in order to mine new members. It has been proposed to use Birmingham, Alabama, the location of the Mannlicher factory, as the next meeting location. The Alabama Gun Collectors has a large show, but the dates of the show for 2016 have not been published.
Rob Blank indicated that the raffle of the gun purchased last year would occur at next years meeting. There was some discussion of the type of tickets to prepare. The issue was not settled.
Lynn Levengood acted as auctioneer, assisted by Rob Blank, for the items that had been donated during the year. Donors were Lynn Levengood, Tom & Mae Seefeldt, Steyr Arms, Tiny Tomsen & Barbara, Dale Erlandson, John Gowans, Aardvark Labs, Steve Schultz and The Mannlicher Collectors.
The meeting was adjorned.