Colt M45 A1 1911 Limited

M45A1 1911 Limited (45ACP)

A quick stop to Colt’s website on the search for the M45A1 1911 Limited will bring up the blurb below.

“After a rigorous selection process, the United States Marine Corps selected this Colt Rail Gun® as their Close Quarters Battle Pistol (CQBP). New for 2016 features Decobond™ Brown Coating for increased durability M1913 Spec Picatinny Rail for mounting lights, lasers, and other accessories. Dual Recoil spring system reduces felt recoil while extending recoil spring life. Genuine Novak Tritium Front and Rear 3 Dot Night Sights.”

However this Colt isn’t the one we are talking about, far from it. While very closely resembling said handgun this particular Colt stands on it’s own and is at the time of this writing extremely limited in supply (less than 20 were made). Comparing the two firearms side by side the differences start to appear to the casual observer. The “Gun Guy” will note the very aggressive front checkering on the grip, the grips themselves, different contrasting slide, tritium night sights from Novak, (our other example wears Trijicon night sights from Colt), black hammer, and rounding out the package you’ll find a national match barrel. This gun comes in a special vented Pelican “Storm” case which includes a target from the Colt custom shop that is a testament to just how good this pistol truly is. I’d be lying if I said I shoot as good as this Colt, I’d also be lying if I said I don’t want it.

Despite my leaning to really old collectible firearms I would certainly add this to my collection if I had the opportunity to do so. As far as I know The Gun Room Inc. has exactly one of these extremely rare pistols in their inventory so if this is something you might be into I’d call them directly or stop by their shop in Portland Oregon to get it.

Us traveling picture taking gun admiring types can’t own them all, but like I said I’d put it in my collection given the opportunity.

You can contact The Gun Room Inc. by calling (503) 777-3931 or by visiting them in person in their unbelievable store of treasures. (tell em Mike sent ya)

The Gun Room Inc.

4437 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206

Colt Family Of Single Action Pistols

It’s a family affair here at The Gun Room Inc., always has been, probably always will be. The Gun Room Inc.’s family is both literal and figurative, we are three generations and growing. All of our customers are also family here and quite a few of our fine firearms come from the very same customers in our ever growing family.

When It comes to Colt the family tree has roots in the beginning all the way to present. From first U.S. issue to modern versions of old classics The Gun Room Inc. has a Colt for you. Yes we sell other fine firearms besides Colt, but when you are talking single action you can’t have a serious discussion with out mentioning Colt and their legendary pistols.

When The Gun Room Inc.’s patriarch founded the company in the early 60’s he had no idea how big his family would grow but he did know a good pistol when he saw one. The Gun Room Inc. has been the Colt resource of Portland for over 50 years and as such has always had just what the aspiring collector was looking for. To see our ever changing collection of Colt single action pistols stop by our store on SE Foster Rd. and put a piece of history in your hand.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon 97206


Pinned And Recessed

People ask me what exactly “pinned and recessed” means when they hear it at the counter. It’s usually someone new to shooting and collecting, but sometimes it’s an old hand that never shot revolvers before.

The term pinned and recessed comes from the Smith & Wesson line and refers to build features on older pistols. It was these features a buddy in the early 80’s gave me the heads up on to check them out. That got me interested in seeing them in person as his living was specifically firearms orientated. At the time I was involved with nuclear submarine repair as a machinist and precision was my thing. I understood metals and machining techniques and what was easily done vs difficult.

Putting a pre 1982 S&W in your hands for the first time is eye opening. The level of precision is stunning and so much so it seems as if it’s the most natural thing in the world when your hand marries it. As you roll it over you don’t even pick up the fact that there is a “pin” in the top strap. Your first inclination is to naturally push the cylinder release forward and open the cylinder. Think about it, what do you do first? The obvious reason that people gravitate to when answering this question is they want to see if it’s loaded. Considering I just showed it as empty, closed it and handed it over right to their hand there is another reason. Everything is so much more natural with a revolver that it literally takes no experience to know how they function.

Upon inspection of the cylinder face the observer will note that the cylinder is counter bored. This counter bore is what is called “recessed” in the vernacular. If you drop in a cartridge the rim fits perfectly into it leaving a flush fit. The machining process of counter boring the cylinder is a premium feature and it adds cost to the pistol manufacturing process which the customer has to bear.

The “pin” in the top strap is there to strengthen the barrel to fame joint where they are mated and also represents added cost to the manufacturing. Yes the customer has to bear that cost too. These added costs to the price of the pistol was the reason Smith & Wesson discontinued them as standard features in 1982. The end user simply wanted cheaper guns and about this time the plastic guns started to emerge in the market place.

Today cost seems to drive the beginner market, people just want to have a gun but don’t care about quality as in the past. Good enough mentality ensures price remains the driving force in the market segment.The over abundant plastic or “polymer” as they like to call it handgun is by far the most asked for at the counter, however more and more people are seeking out the old gold. Let’s face it plastic guns are like belly buttons, everyone has one, and none are very remarkable. After the buzz of buying wears off the plastic gun owner needs to justify his purchase with tall claims of accuracy, or elevated capacity, or tactical superiority, blah blah blah. When the shooter starts to want something nice they come back and stand at the counter gazing at old revolvers made out of steel. The plastic gun shooter will always balk at price but understands that their belly button gun is not worth anything when they try to sell it. There’s the rub, throwing away money on some instant gratification. The new generation saw a video online and unbeknownst to them they have fallen to marketing disguised as a relevant review.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very technical and like to ride the edge of possibility the same as anyone else but I know a good thing when I see it. Not everyone can afford a pinned and recessed S&W wheel gun, and for those instant no money shooters plastic remains as a cheap option. For the shooter with a bit more money or better saving and spending habits there’s the good stuff. The Gun Room Inc. is no doubt more into the good stuff over plastic fantastic throw away guns and this is precisely the reason I go there.

Don’t be surprised when the latest tactical article looses it’s luster and you want something fun, accurate and natural to shoot. Don’t be surprised when you compare a hand fitted and tuned S&W to a new model whatever. They cost as much or often times more. It’s a lot harder to make pistols by hand one at a time then it is to empty molds and drop in stamped parts on volume cheap guns. If your mantra is “As long as it goes bang” you’re not even playing the same sport. If you want to hit the “X” in the center of the bulls eye then have a look at some of the older S&W pistols The Gun Room Inc. has to offer.

For people who want the old craftsmanship but new school materials take a look at S&W Performance Center firearms. You’ll pay more but you get the best of both worlds.



Christmas Gift Giving Ideas

Filson Since 1897

It’s the giving time of year, Christmas makes it easy to give that someone special the gift of gear. Whether you like to hunt, fish, hike, or just be outside nothing warms the heart like Filson. The Gun Room Inc. has Filson gear in stock in our upstairs archery/clothing showroom for any activity. We even see military divers come in for tin cloth working clothes because they are the only thing that stands up to the rigors of deep sea and salvage diving. You don’t have to be a cowboy to appreciate the best in outdoor clothing! As they say “You might as well have the best!”.

Sitka Gear

Hunters rejoice in The Gun Room Inc.’s collection of Sitka Gear performance outdoor wear. New and old patterns in layer technology ensure that everyone is comfortable in the worst conditions the field throws at you. Come in and get the Sitka pattern you always wanted.

KORE Essentials

Everyone who carries a concealed firearm has come to realize that their belt is a weak link in their carry system. To address this often overlooked item The Gun Room Inc. stocks KORE Essentials belts. KORE Essentials come in one size to fit all, simply trim to fit and you’re done. Talk about a great stocking stuffer with KORE Essentials you can’t go wrong.

The Gun Room Inc. stocks cleaning kits, holsters, slings, gun belts and ammo carriers, and more! Stop in and see the stuff of dreams for your special someone and give them the gift of the outdoors for Christmas.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon, 97206


Range Day With Smith & Wesson 2.0 And Threat Solutions

Recently I was invited to go shoot the new Smith & Wesson M&P Pro Series 2.0 with Mike from Threat Solutions. When opportunities come up I generally take them, especially when they involve new and shiny stuff. Being who I am I also took the opportunity to bring along a Smith & Wesson 640-1 .357 Magnum and the Smith & Wesson M&P R8 .357 Magnum just to show my wheel gun skills off.

One thing the reader should understand is that Mike shoots better than you, or me, or just about anyone. His groups are always tight and where they should be (not like mine). This level of shooting comes from years of training with some of the best. Mike was just returning from a night ops training session for special forces and special law enforcement units so he was shooting pretty well. I think the invite was to test the Smith & Wesson 2.0 in my hands because they are a more real world analog than the elite shooter’s like Mike from Threat Solutions.

The 2.0 came equipped with night sights that did the job out of the box, no adjustments were required and fit/finish seemed better than a lot of after market specials. On the sides there are ambi slide stops which made my typical drill of both hands and both eyes much easier.

Ever since I was a young boy in Detroit I was told to train for any circumstance and that it should include being incapacitated on one side. This little nugget of info given to me by my uncle the kung fu guy has proved invaluable throughout my military career and in civilian life. The Smith & Wesson 2.0 must have had the same uncle because it just worked every time no matter what.

The much touted S&W 2.0 trigger was a decided improvement over the original and didn’t leave my finger tip buzzing like with a Glock, Spingfield or Apex trigger.

The trigger reset was very positive leaving no ambiguity in a stressful scenario as to what condition it was in. Grips and fit are based on the work for the modular handgun system project and it reflects their attention to detail in this regard. I very much preferred the S&W 2.0 over the Glock gen 5 in the way it fits your hand. The S&W feels almost as good as a 1911 does.

The Smith & Wesson 2.0 comes with a polished feed ramp that engages about halfway down on round nose ammo. Feeding the latest defensive hollow points happens without a hitch and should outlast all the current trends in ammo.

Recoil impulse wasn’t even part of the picture in the 4.25″ barreled version I was testing. Not being afraid of recoil will undoubtably make the shooter better and less likely to pick up bad practices like flinching.

Yes the Smith & Wesson 2.0 seems to stack up to all of the marketing on the subject and is closer to perfection out of the box than the other firearm maker’s claims.

It should be noted that Smith & Wesson, Threat Solutions, and The Gun Room Inc. didn’t pay for me to write any part of this little 2 minute review. No ammunition was provided and no I didn’t get a t-shirt or sticker either. This was merely an opportunity to go shooting and as a rule I don’t like plastic guns. But…. if I was to consider throwing money at a cheap plastic gun I’d probably throw it at the S&W 2.0 Pro Series.


Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 4.25″ Pro Series 9MM



Filson Clothing

Reaching back a few years if you wanted good outside gear you got Filson and nothing else. Their start in 1897 was made possible by the gold rush and the lovely weather settlers in the NW have to face. Filson has always been made in the good old USA for quality and that tradition continues even today.

When the weather gets NW looking outside you’ll want to be reaching for the Filson gear. Jackets, pants, vests, even blankets are staples for wet and cold Pacific NW weather and if you are any sort of cowboy or cowgirl chances are you are already wearing Filson. The tin cloth Filson makes is even used by deep sea divers because it’s the only thing that withstands the rigors of the deep and dark environment. If you’re a deep sea cowboy you’re a Filson customer!

Mackinaw wool is a term for hipsters, grunge rock, Canadians, loggers, cowboys, and NW hunters that want good quality and warmth even when wet. Being a Michigander myself, I was raised on the “Mac” jacket, and I still have mine from three decades ago. Filson makes the best “Mackinaw Wool” jackets, coats, shirts , ect. in the business. Even in the Great White North where there is more dark than sun days Filson is a staple and the gear to have when the snow drifts are bigger than houses.

When I moved to the Portland area in the 1990’s I was surprised to see Filson in the upstairs showroom of The Gun Room. Yes, it brought back old memories of Northern Michigan’s dark snowy walks back with wind chills hitting triple digits. I was always comfortable, head down, walking into the blowing gale wearing my trusty “Mac” with a couple of layers underneath.

Going hunting for the first time out here in the NW with some friends meant getting some jeers because my gear was older than most of them. When the rain started to fall every one was fine, when it started to pour they looked worried. When the downpour turned into snow I was the only one left hunting. The rest of the previous jeer squad were making haste to camp to get a fire going!

Busting brush wearing Filson means I’m protected from poison oak, sumac, and ivy with just their shelter cloth, and I move silently too. Nothing beats Filson for moving with stealth and intent while pursuing big and dangerous game. Sure small game and waterfowl is a breeze but I’m mostly a big game guy and I only wear Filson wool and shelter cloth. Nothing can ruin a trip faster than being wet and cold, and spending the night wet and cold is the worst thing ever, just ask my friends! 🙂

If you are serious about staying warm and dry in the worst weather you should be looking at Filson and you should be talking to Warren at The Gun Room Inc. I did and I’m still going strong on the worst of days. Even if you are just looking for some good gear for a casual hike or camping trip, or just a blanket for your bed/couch give Warren a call (503)777-3931. Like they say at Filson “Might as well have the best”.


It’s Duck Season

Remembering back to the Loony Tunes morning cartoons as a young child the bit with Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny saying what season it is comes to bear. Well without a doubt it’s duck season here in the NW despite Daffy’s prompting towards rabbit season.

With ducks coming down the flyways in droves many of us are up before the sun trying to get the best spots for ourselves. Dusting off old gear and unwrapping the very latest in outdoor tech the hunter sallies forth into the dark with a trusty dog and shotgun hoping to get a limit before work. The pace of technology seems to speed along developments for getting limits but the old timers have some tricks up their sleeve that us younger guys would love to know.

Things like the right shotgun for example can make or break a day in the field or marsh. Sometimes we take the shotgun for granted, thinking that the newest shell flavor will do all the heavy lifting for us. This is not really the case, the shells will only pattern as good as the shotgun will allow. Watching Warren or Shaun shoot shotguns you forget just how hard it can be to get on target as ducks literally fall from the sky around them.

The old reliable Remington 870 in Warren’s hands is like a painter’s brush to canvas. Warren paints the skies and the ducks are the canvas, the shells are the medium and the end result is a masterpiece duck dinner. Trying to find Shaun on a blustery day like today is next to impossible. Cammoed out in the latest Sitka Gear Shaun blends in to his surroundings, calling so realistically you’d never know he was there if it weren’t for the bang and falling ducks.

What Shaun and Warren bring to the duck game has been wrought out of the mud and years of bad weather culminating in the unparalleled knowledge base as it stands today.Three generations of hunting ducks in the NW area pays dividends when grandpa, dad and daughter rise before the sun. I know I either want to be right next to them in the blind or on the other side of the unit. If I’m next to them I’ll cleanup, but if I’m over a blind or two it means I don’t get any ducks at all so then you had better be on the extreme end of the unit to win.

What the guys have casually forgotten is more than I’ll ever know. Thankfully I can catch up with them at The Gun Room Inc. and glean a few tricks. Do yourself a solid and stop in to see Warren or Shaun to get the best gear and guns for the game you are hunting. Tell em Mike sent ya!

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon, 97206


Colt 1911 38 Super Models In Short Supply

Gun retailers have been noticing a supply shortage of Colt 1911’s chambered in 38 Super recently. Colt’s on hand supply is near zero at this point and it’s causing a drive to snap up the remaining models in local gun stores. Thankfully The Gun Room Inc. has a goodly supply in the 38 Super caliber with all levels of fit and finish but that supply can’t last long.

The venerable (and I hate to use the word venerable because it’s become synonymous with gun writing) 38 Super is a caliber that many people don’t know about or simply don’t know any actionable intel on. Delivering more power than a 9mm and better accuracy, it’s simply passed up because of logistical decisions back in the early 1900’s influencing gun mentality today. In simple terms 20th century governments and finally NATO “settled” on 9mm because it was smaller and cheaper as a cartridge to produce and ship. Enter today’s wiz bang firearm marketing teams and suddenly you must have a 9mm despite its lack of performance in the battle space or any stopping power to speak of.

The 38 Super’s history and genesis is one borne of necessity, not cheapness. Gangsters were making headway into our civilized society and the anemic 9mm wasn’t getting the job done. The cops simply needed better more powerful guns. For about 14 years the 38 Super reigned supreme and was the caliber of choice for law enforcement, that is until 1934 when it was eclipsed by the .357 Magnum for power.

Colt’s 38 Super 1911 has been in the background ever since only making appearances in America when people rediscover the supremacy it offers over wimpy 9mm loads or in competitive shooting winning prizes. Worth note is once you leave America the 38 Super gains ground significantly over the 9mm or similar round. In Australia the 38 Super reigns supreme as it does in Mexico and the Americas because it’s a gun you can own. A few countries don’t allow citizens to own calibers that the military uses and lucky for them, their militaries use the cheaper less effective 9mm!

Yes the smack talking and maligning of the often misunderstood 38 Super gets to be pretty deep with so-called experts pushing you in the direction of the zombie apocalypse caliber or the “Red Dawn” option without any real understanding. Sure get a 9mm, heck get two, but do yourself a favor and go shoot the 38 Super. The most common side effect is that you’re puzzled you haven’t gotten a 38 Super yet. If you are scratching your head and thinking I’m full of it, you’re always going to be able to get a 38 Super you’re probably right. But…, just in case the 38 Super is in short supply, go on down to The Gun Room Inc. and get you one!

New Sitka Clothing In Stock At The Gun Room Inc.

That’s right, we’ve been re-stocked on the Sitka Gear Sub Alpine and Timber patterns for the hunters out there feeling the itch. The big game hunters are loving the Sub Alpine for deer and elk and they are loving the mobility and quiet that Sitka Gear provides.

With ducks and geese the hunters go for the Timber pattern to great effect. As we all know when the weather gets to be at it’s worst the hunting gets to be the best and with Sitka Gear we are able to capitalize on that without freezing to death or being too encumbered with clothing. Sitka Gear performs, it’s a system that allows you to be protected but not handicapped to keep warm and dry.

When it comes to hunting The Gun Room Inc. is your NW Hunting Headquarters and has been since 1965. Our staff has grown up hunting and shooting here in the NW and offers real insight to what a hunter in the NW needs. You won’t find a big box store mentality here, we use what we sell and we stand behind what we sell. Resident waterfowl specialist Shaun has boots on the ground/marsh experience that has been earned through many seasons afield doing what hunters dream of.

Questions about gear or guns are answered with real knowledge not marketing hyperbole by a person who’s never been hunting a day in their life. The Gun Room Inc. offers honest deals on the best the NW has to offer.

Stop in and see us today on the corner of SE 56th and Foster, you will be glad you did!


Smith & Wesson Performance Center TRR8 VS Smith & Wesson R8

Not unlike the Smith & Wesson R8 The Smith & Wesson TRR8 model 327 comes with rails top and bottom that are removable.

The Smith & Wesson R8 has a fixed under-lug rail that is non-removable while the TRR8 has an under-lug rail that easily comes off for those of you looking for easy N Frame holsters out there.

The TRR8 also is cut out on the opposite side of the barrel shroud in efforts to make it lighter and quicker pointing.

The Smith & Wesson TRR8’s front sight gets the brass dot treatment as an upgrade where the Smith & Wesson R8 has the more standard white dot.

Going rearward on the TRR8 we find a fully adjustable notch that is usable while the top strap rail is installed and on the R8 tested we find the same adjustable sight but in “V” notch configuration. Both sighting systems are easy to acquire and put rounds on target as if they were put there by a laser the shooting is so precise.

The Smith & Wesson TRR8 also sports a cylinder that is cut for moon clips making charging 8 rounds immediate and positive. Mike is loving the moon clips on his R8 and even ordered more so he can shed lead like all of the hi-capacity guys at the range. This moon clip system is fooling everyone on the R8 and TRR8 because reloads are so fast and the authority of the 357 Magnum round makes them all take notice and question the validity of their 9mm.

As in the R8 version the Smith & Wesson TRR8 features a Performance Center tuned action with trigger stop that allows for ultra-fast shooting Michulek style and immediate trigger reset for fast follow up shots if you need more than one .357 Magnum for anything.

The Smith & Wesson TRR8 seems to do duty anywhere it’s deployed and makes a great home defense or woods gun for when it’s not on duty.

The Gun Room Inc. has this model in stock today for those S.W.A.T. Teams or Special Forces units where in-fallible reliability are key to mission success. For those of you just looking for a great gun that shoots phenomenal and has the power of the 357 Magnum in 8 shots give us a call (503)777-3931.

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