President’s Message

Wow!  What a crazy few months.  On behalf of the AGCA Board of Directors, I sincerely hope each of you and your families are doing well through this COVID-19 scare.  We have missed seeing all of our members and vendors and are looking forward to a great July show. 

I wanted to share with you a few things the Hoover Met Complex including the Finley Center are doing in order to focus on your continued health and wellbeing as of the date of this update:  Routine washing down of all flat surfaces; Additional cleanings of all bathrooms both during and between events; Sanitation stations located throughout the complex; Signage in all restrooms regarding best practices for hand washing and sanitizing; HMC Food Services staff is required to wear gloves; and center event staff is required to wear face masks. (This may be revised as we move forward.)

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Looking forward to seeing you at show,

Eddie Wayne Davis


Spring Show a Success!

March 16-17, 2019 saw AGCA’s biggest show to date at the Finley Center in Hoover, AL with over 3,000 people through the doors of the two-day event.  Two hundred and thirty plus vendors with over 620 tables filled the hall with something for everyone!  This spring’s gun show had an “open” theme for displays.  With over 40 display tables for our judges to look over, Jon Miller of Louisville, KY took home Best of Show honors (see photo).

Jon Miller of Louisville, KY took home top display honors at the spring AGCA Gun Show.

Categories and winners were:

Arms:  1st Jimmy Cole; 2nd George Taylor; 3rd Trey Stancil; 4th Donald Tusher; and 5th Joshua Pearson.

Edged Weapons:  1st Eddie Wayne Davis and 2nd Capt. Chris Stanaback.

Accoutrements:  1st Chris Haynes; 2nd Tom Campbell; and 3rd David Rogers.

During the Sunday morning membership meeting, two scholarships were awarded to high school seniors.  Ashley Williams and Robyn Sanders both of Birmingham, were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the AGCA for their essays on the importance of the second amendment. (see photo)

Robyn Sanders of Birmingham pictured with AGCA President Frank Sparks, received one of the two AGCA scholarships awarded at the membership meeting held on Sunday, March 17, 2019. 

Mark your calendars now for our next two shows – July 20-21, 2019 and October 5-6, 2019.  For additional information about upcoming shows, call (205) 500-1882 or email us at


GUN SHOW MARCH 16-17, 2019 – Mark your Calendars!

The Alabama Gun Collectors Association is gearing up for our spring gun show, March 16-17, 2019 in the Finley Center, part of the Hoover Met Complex located at 100 Ben Chapman Drive in Hoover.   This show will feature an OPEN THEME for displays.  Admission is $10, under age 16 admitted free and FREE, convenient parking.  If you are interested in being a vendor or setting up a display table, please email us at agcanow@gmail.  Look forward to seeing YOU at the show!


Hey, it’s that time of year again the AGCA Fall Gun Show, the biggest and best show in the Southeast, in  the Finlay Center at the Hoover Met Complex, 100 Ben Chapman Dr., Hoover, Al 35244.  Free Parking.  GUNS GUNS GUNS !!!!!! There’s something for everyone, guns, ammunition, parts and accessories.   For Collectors and History Buffs the  Show Theme is North and South—The War Between the States, but with 650 tables of sales items and display tables you are sure to find something that you just can’t leave without.    The Show hours are: 9-5 Saturday,10–4 Sunday.  Please visit us and bring your family and a friend.


Upcoming Show 13-14 October, 2018

Get ready!  The Alabama Gun Collectors Summer Gun Show is almost here!  14-15 July 2018 at the Hoover Met Complex, 100 Ben Chapman Drive, Hoover, Alabama located off  I-459 at Exit 10, Highway 150.

A great Summer show with new and used firearms.  Something for everyone!  Buy, sell or trade. Bring your old firearm in to trade or sell. Bring that old family heirloom in for one of our dealers to give you a quote on its value.

This is our Western Theme gun show. Many of our members will have their personal gun collections of old west firearms for you to enjoy looking at.  Lever action rifles, single action pistols and Indian artifacts to see.  Historical arms with rare one of a kind guns.  Don’t miss it!

Adults still $10.00 and children under 12 free.

Open 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.  Free parking and plenty of food available at the inside café!

Review of Great Oct 7-8 Gun Show

A Great gun show at our new venue! The Hoover Met Complex hosted the largest gun show in Alabama! Over 3000  attendees, both public and members saw the largest collection of firearms, knives, gun accessories and collections of rare and historic arms during the two day event.  Even with the Sunday storm the show was well attended and visitors had a great time viewing the displays and collections.  Our next gun show is set for 17-18 March 2108 at the Hoover Met Complex, 100 Ben Chapman Dr., Hoover, AL 35244.  Our next show is the big Military Salute to Veterans.  Plan to attend and bring a Veteran with you!

Area Hotels for March 2018 Show

The following hotels are located on Alabama Hwy 150 between the Galleria and Hoover Met Complex at Ben Chapman Drive:

Residence Inn – Marriott                           (205) 733-1655

Holiday Inn – Hoover                                 (205) 682-2901

Embassy Suites – Hilton                            (205) 985-9994

Microtel Inn/Suites                                    (205) 444-3033

Hampton Inn/Suites                                  (205) 380-3300

La Quinta                                                      (205) 403-0096

Wynfrey Hotel                                  


Review of the AGCA July 8-9 Gun Show

  Alabama’s largest gun show moved to the Hoover Met Complex July 8-9 2017 for its Summer gun show. The brand new facility made the AGCA’s gun show even better for the over 3000 attendees who where there for the weekend show. AGCA members and visitors saw the very best displays of historic and rare firearms as well as some of the best knife collections anywhere. Over 660 tables and 235 vendors provided for the best selection of guns, knives, ammunition, and accessories anyone could hope to find. Positive comments were heard throughout the day from vendors and attendees alike.  Everyone especially enjoyed the free parking that’s now available at all the shows. The next AGCA gun show is October 7-8, 2017,  with over 700 tables of firearms of every type.  Check back  here often for more details and information on table registration for the show.

NEW VENUE for July Show

Alabama Gun Collectors Association is excited about our move to the new Hoover Sportsplex for our July 8-9, 2017 show and all subsequent shows!   This new facility is part of the Hoover Met Complex located at 100 Ben Chapman Drive, Hoover AL 35244.  This amazing facility has FREE PARKING for both vendors and the public.  Vendors will have free internet and for those of you who have preregistered, you will have your tables in the same relationship to those around them as in the past.  Please understand that we are going from a SQUARE facility at the BJCC to a RECTANGULAR facility in Hoover.   This will mean that tables are aligned lengthwise and therefore the numbering of the tables will be somewhat different than before.   Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we move our show into our new home.

AGCA moves to new location for July 2017

GREAT News!  The Alabama Gun Collectors Association is moving the 8-9 July 2017 summer gun show,  and all subsequent shows,  to the new Hoover Met Complex at 100 Ben Chapman Drive, Hoover AL 35244.  This new facility will gives us FREE PARKING for both vendors and the public.  Vendors will also have free internet.  Vendors who have preregistered, will have their tables in the same relationships to those around them, as before.  Note that the BJCC was square in configuration and the new Hoover Complex is rectangular.  This will mean that tables are aligned lengthwise and therefore the numbering of the tables will be somewhat different that before.   More information will be forthcoming as we finalize details for the July show.  Thanks for being understanding as we move into our new show facilities.

March 2017 AGCA Veterans Appreciation Gun Show

Get ready—the Spring 2017 Veterans Appreciation Gun Show is coming 18-19 March 2017.  Our biggest and best gun show of the year! Honoring our veterans and their sacrifice for all Americans and the Freedoms we have!  Over a dozen Veterans groups and organizations will be attending with the latest information and support services for veterans and their families.  The Dixie Division Military Vehicle Club will hold their Spring meeting with us and bring over a dozen vintage military vehicles for everyone to see and examine up close and personal.  Over 750 tables will be set up with weapons of all descriptions: rifles and pistols, hunting rifles and shotguns, and antiques firearms from the War Between the States to the  the World Wars, and up to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Dealers will have NVG’s, scopes, lasers, lights and plenty of accessories for firearms.   Reloaders, hunters and target shooters will have plenty of ammo to select from and plenty of powder, primers and bullets to go along with your brass .  Be sure and look for your Table Registration Form to arrive around the first week on February 2017.  Complete the form and mail with your check for tables as soon as you get it. Don’t wait–the best tables go fast.  Note that the price for tables has gone up $10.00.   Membership has increased to $25.00. Cost for admittance has also increased to $9.00 per adult.  All increases were approved by your Board of Directors in order to keep up with increases in costs to your organization.  Look forward to seeing you there…………

Hotels in the Area

Hotels in the immediate area:

Double Tree by Hilton        205-933-9000

Courtyard bb Marriott        205-254-0004

Embassy Suites by Hilton    205-879-7400

Days Inn               888-663-7789

  1. Galleria 1800 Riverchase Drive, Hoover, AL
  2. 1485 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL
  3. 4627 Hwy 280 E, Birmingham, AL

Extended Stay       866-599-6674

  1. 12 Perimeter Park South
  2. 40 State Farm Pkwy, Birmingham, AL
  3. 101 Cahaba Park Circle,

Motel 6                   866-599-6674

  1. 140 Vulcan Road, Homewood, AL

Econo Lodge         205-822-6030

  1. 1535 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia, AL

Red Roof Inn         855-873-6562

  1. 1466 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia, AL

AGCA and Three Hots and a Cot

For the Spring 2017 gun show, the AGCA is again partnering with the Veterans Assistance Program, “Three Hots and a Cot,” to help our vendors unload and load their vehicles before and during the show. Please note:  these Veterans work for tips only!  Be responsible and tip these guys for helping.   Your displays and collections are heavy to unload and load and you should not be stingy when it comes to remunerating these Veterans for helping you .  Thanks, Brent B. Goodwin, LTC (Ret), AGCA Show Chairman

Photos from our Fall 2014 Show

Alabama Gun Collectors 2015 Spring Show: Honoring Our Veterans

The Alabama Gun Collector’s Association is hosting its 5th Annual Military Gun Show, “ Honoring our Veterans” and their contribution to maintaining our Freedoms on 21-22 March 2015.

This special event will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, 21 March 2015 and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, 22 March 2015 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center (BJCC), 2100 Richard Arrington Blvd North, Birmingham, AL 35223. It will feature 18 Veterans agencies and groups providing services and support to Veterans and their families. The AGCA Spring Gun Show will also feature displays of military weapons and vehicles from the World Wars, Korea, Viet Nam , and the Gulf and Desert Conflicts.   Many exhibitors will display personal collections of the types of firearms, edged weapons and military accouterments used by our War Heroes.

The AGCA Spring Gun Show will be at the BJCC and will feature over 90,000 square feet of weapons, and over 700 tables with collectible firearms, militaria, uniforms, and rare documents for sale and trade. The Dixie Division Military Vehicle Preservation Society will display 14 vintage vehicles for visitors to enjoy. Veteran’s agencies and groups will have tables and displays to answer questions from veterans and their families about available services and recent changes to current law.

All local, state, and Federal laws will be observed in the sale and trade of firearms.

BUY-SELL-TRADE   *   new and used firearms   *   open to the public   *   $8.00 general admission

2012 Pictures

65 Years

2019 marks the 65th year for the Alabama Gun Collectors Association with membership of over 1500 individuals from 23 states.

Becoming a Member

Our club provides a wealth of information and networking not available to others. If you would like to become a member of the Alabama Gun Collector’s Association click here and print the membership application.

Once you have completed the form, have two members in good standing or one officer of the association sign for you to become a member.  Return the form with your membership fee to the AGCA / 34 Rock Creek Lane / Anniston, AL  36207.  Your application will be presented for approval at the next AGCA Board of Directors meeting.

If you do not know any current AGCA members, that is OK.  Simply bring the form to one of the gun shows and speak to the Secretary of the Association.  She will help you with any questions you may have.

Dues: $25 per year, or a special rate of $115 for five years.

Life Membership Status can be obtained by twenty years of continuous membership in the A.G.C.A. You may elect to pay for twenty years in advance, but will be unable to obtain Life Member status until you have been a member of the club for 20 consecutive years.

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