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The History of Dallas Arms Collectors Association

A Texas not-for-profit organization, the Dallas Arms Collectors Association was founded in 1968 by a group of individuals committed to the preservation of arms collecting and the protection of 2nd Amendment rights. Founding officers of Dallas Arms were Roy G. Pender III, President, David Jackson, Vice-President, and Clay Garrison Secretary/Treasurer. One of Roy’s many accomplishments include the limited publication of the specialty book, “HSC Mauser Pocket Pistol,” a still much sought-after book today by avid gun collectors and historians.

The founding members of Dallas Arms quickly set out to promote their new organization and its mission by engaging in a broad number of philanthropic and educational activities as well as hosting a gun show, largely patterned after the annual gun show held in Houston, Texas. The first Dallas Arms Collectors Association Gun Show was held on April 4th & 5th 1969 in the Women’s Building at Fair Park in Dallas. Vendor tables were sold for $5.00.

Today, Dallas Arms remains an active community partner and hosts one of the largest gun shows in Texas through its 5 annual shows held at Dallas Market Hall. Combined attendance includes thousands of arms enthusiasts from across the country.

2018 Dallas Arms Collectors Association Board of Directors