Monaro Collectors Group (FAR No 409809690)

Founded in 1996 in response to the Howard government's attack on those with an interest in firearms collecting, the MCG provided a meeting place for local collectors belonging to three peak bodies.

1. Antique Arms Collectors of Australia
2. Arms and Militaria Collectors Association of NSW
3. Sporting Shooters Association of Australia

In 2008, MCG became a stand-alone affiliate with the SSAA and was granted a FAR club authority number. The group meets every two months in Cooma, with attendances counting towards a collector's legal obligation.

A typical meeting consist of a meal and a business meeting, held on a Monday night and starting at 6pm. The meeting then adjourns to a presentation and discussion on the nominated topic. The topics in 2011 will be:

  • 7 February 2011. Happy Birthday Colt 1911 100 years old
  • 4 April 2011 Optics, lights, vision aids
  • 6 June 2011 Primitive weapons
  • 1 Aug 2011 All things Russian.
  • 10 Oct 2011 The military horse
  • 6 Dec 2011 Air weapons (Tuesday night)

For further information, interested persons can contact Tony Miller on 6453 3125 or email

VALE: It with deep regret we announce the death of Edgar Penzig (1929 -2010) in Oatlands Tasmania on 19 Nov 2010. Edgar was one of the organisers of blackpowder shooting in NSW and the founder of the Antique Arms Collectors. He was truly the grandfather of collecting and colonial history in this country and a good friend and advisor to many in the Monaro Collectors Group

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English made Kerr 5-shot double-action revolver. Faster shooting than the Police issue colts, and favourite of the bushranger. This particular revolver was recovered from the scene at Karawaree in 1866 after the fatal shooting of Patrick Connel, reputedly the colony's finest horseman and member of the Jingera Mob, better known as the Clark Gang
NSW Police pistols 1862. Top: Enfield single shot percussion horse pistol. Bottom: Colt’s model of 1851 six-shot 36 cal revolver, in its time, the lowest tender