Stormy Kromer Hats

Realizing it’s officially summer and toasty outside this posting may find you folks wondering if I’m crazy or not talking about wool hats. Hear me out because it’ll make sense in a minute.

Not too long ago I found myself looking for my old Stormy Kromer hat to wear out on a SAR mission. It was blustery and cold with a wind that wouldn’t stop that felt like it came from all directions! Snow was mixed in with rain and sleet making the day on the Zodiac a miserable one. It was at this point I remember a young lady borrowing my old Stormy Kromer and not bringing it back one winter morning.

I had been on the look out for another hat that was all business with all day comfort ever since then. Considering that my missing hat was my grandpa’s and had been worn for millions of miles in the woods and on the water I figured it was nothing but a memory.

I stumbled into The Gun Room in Portland after a media mission and low and behold to my amazement was the exact same hat, in my size, ready to go to a good home. I bought it on the spot and put in in my rescue bag post haste! Now when I’m able I’m going back to Portland and visiting The Gun Room again to get the Stormy Kromer jacket and vest for my hunting adventures.

Highly recommended!

 

Thanks for stopping in! It was a pleasure meeting you and hearing about your adventures.

Merkel Shoguns Milo’s Pick Of The Week

To look at a classic Merkel Shotgun is to behold a thing of beauty and strength. Shooting one is a sublime experience at the range or afield.

This week Milo lets us take a peak on the finer side of life with a couple of Merkel Shotguns;

147EL Box Lock

147EELL Side Lock

These guns are available for private viewing by calling and arranging a time with Warren (503)777-3931.

Just a peek!

We’ll be doing a more thorough photo session and write up soon when we can free up some time.

Winchester Model 94 John Wayne Commemorative Milo’s Pick Of The Week

John Wayne was larger than life on the silver screen and generations have been raised to “The Duke” laying down the law.

Winchester a name synonymous with quality produced a very few of these some time ago in a nod to “The Duke” the man the legend for collectors.

This Winchester Model 94 John Wayne Commemorative is NIB and comes with the collectible scabbard and presentation rack making it highly sought after.

Western aficionados better not wait on this one or it will be gone quicker than the buffalo. If you do miss this special rifle don’t fret your pretty head none, The Gun Room Inc. has more fine western classics than you can shake a stick at.

Stop by

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Or, 97206

(503)777-3931

 

 

Caliber 32-40

Belgian Browning Diana Superposed Shotgun Milo’s Pick Of The Week

“Milo loves Diana!” or that’s what he keeps saying, which is weird because Milo is a parrot and the only Diana around here is the Browning Superposed Diana.

This particular shotgun shows in mint condition despite it’s birthday in 1976 over 40 years ago. Featuring full engraving from master engraver Angelo Bee the Belgian Browning Diana Superposed triggers endorphins and dopamine in your brain just to look at it.

Milo isn’t the only one in love with “Diana Goddess Of The Hunt”, anyone who beholds this shotgun covets it.

Don’t wait on this gun, if you want to see it in person stop by The Gun Room Inc. or miss it forever.

Call (503)777-3931 and ask for Warren to setup a viewing of this extra special Belgian Browning Diana Superposed Shotgun.

 

Remington 870 TAC-14 Marine Magnum

Remington’s TAC-14 Marine Magnum strikes a balance between power, performance and resistance to the elements. Nickel plating on all metal surfaces ensures you have the power of Remington’s 870 platform in an all weather take anywhere firearm. The Remington 870’s action is often stated as legendary, for many of the World’s police and military organizations that title was hard earned on the battlefields.

The Remington 870 TAC-14 Marine Magnum offers unsurpassed protection for home, truck, boat or other application where tight quarters are the norm. Featuring Magpul furniture and Raptor grip you’ll have no problem navigating any situation.

  • Receiver milled from a solid billet of steel
  • Twin action bars ensure smooth, reliable non-binding action

“The shortest allowable distance between powerless and prepared.”

Remington’s 870 TAC-14 Marine Magnum is always in demand, accept no substitutes.

 

Milo’s Pick Of The Week: S&W .357 Combat Magnum/Model 19

Long before the Glock 19 and the 9mm movement of the 80’s there lived another Combat Pistol with the designation of Model 19. For decades if you were a gun fighter you carried a model S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum, there simply wasn’t any substitute. Many other pistols over the years have borrowed very heavily on the Combat Magnum or as it was later known the S&W Model 19. None of the copy cat guns ever matched the S&W Model 19’s accuracy or stopping power of the full house .357 Magnum. It’s still rated as a higher than 90% one shot stop against a bad guy in a world saturated with 9mm multi shot fails.

Bad guys get away or live after being shot 13 times with today’s modern 9mm handguns so one has to wonder if more capacity is better than the wheel guns of yesterday.

Smith & Wesson created a legend when they created the Combat Magnum, and many of those early guns still exist today albeit at a premium to collectors. Features such as pinned and recessed barrels and cylinders are common place on the S&W right up to the 80’s. A quality S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum in it’s original box will demand a nice price in good condition but they are well worth it.

The Gun Room Inc. usually has one or two Combat Magnums in stock but as the trend to acquire good guns continues in America they only become more collectible and valuable.

The Search For A $300 Gun

Recently I was put on a mission from a military buddy to find a good gun for $300 or less for his wife. Somehow or another the guys I served with thought I was an expert on guns since I always figured out what was wrong with theirs. Let me state that for the record that I’m no expert, just lucky sometimes.

I figured this would be an easy mission since I’m always reading about guns in magazines, online, and going to different stores in my day to day. Was I ever wrong! The first lesson I learned was these “magazines” put up articles and press releases based on the almighty dollar, not usually because some new gun is really awesome or ground breaking.

The second big lesson I learned is doing “research” online means you are really just price shopping or looking for someone who agrees with your opinion. This wasn’t as big a shocker in the connected society of today’s continual bombardment of bad information. Fake reviews and content stuffing are the norm I’m afraid.

The third and probably most important lesson I learned is big retailers don’t cater to the shooter, they cater to volume numbers and the almighty dollar. What this meant to me is I was only able to find guns of the type which yielded the most profit and the lowest quality. Sure a lot of guns looked good but when I put my hands on them it was apparent who they were targeted for.

To make a long story short none of the guns from all of the magazines, and internet articles or adds measured up to what I’d consider as a good gun. This made me think of what it is that I consider a good gun, and what level of workmanship or lack there of I could live with let alone recommend to my buddy. I couldn’t let him down, he never let me down no matter what, not once , not ever. I decided this was what I should be looking for him and his wife.

I needed to get real and so did they, there is no such thing as a good $300 gun unless it’s a good used one at that cost. All of the plastic or polymer or whatever you want to call them guns bandied about were absolute garbage. The only thing they did well was be cheap, and depreciate after you bought one. Comparing investment cast parts, metal injection molded parts (MIM), and plastic parts to forged steel is pretty eye opening.

I didn’t know where the disconnect came from, why did these technologies grow and thrive in the firearms industry? Going back 30 years or so I think the picture becomes clearer, it seems to line up with the 9mm craze that started about then. If you’re not old enough to go back that far you’re probably not old enough to agree with anything I’m saying because you are the target for these $300 guns. A good gun cost more than that back then and frankly a good used gun from then commands much higher prices today. Manufacturers aren’t stupid, when they see they can create a product for less than 1/3 the cost and sell it at the same price as the higher quality more labor intensive unit they jump in with both feet.

But technology has advanced and with CNC machining et al ad nauseam blah blah blah. I’ve been a machinist since 1985 in one form or another and have worked in many aspects and forms of manufacturing so my eye is very critical. I stopped by every gun store in the greater Portland area and what I ended up with was The Gun Room on Se Foster Rd. They seemed to have the biggest selection of good used guns out of all the places I went to, however I didn’t find any $300 good guns.

Once I came to grips with cost VS quality I gave my buddy a call and he took his wife in to see the guys at The Gun Room Inc. ending up with not one but two guns. The first one they selected was the Sig Sauer 938 for him and for her they went with a S&W model 640.

Like I said I’m no expert but I feel that the guys at The Gun Room Inc. took care of us with good stuff at the right price. The next time you’re looking for a good cheap gun, temper your expectations or save a bit more. You’ll be better in the long run if you practice patience and use good judgement. Just because your brother or cousin says his gun is the best it might not be the best for you.

Milo’s Pick Of The Week

This week Milo has taken a shine to the Steyr AUG A3 Bullpup in .223 caliber. Some of you might recognize the Steyr AUG from SciFi and action movies, and some of you might have seen one in passing and thought “Cool gun!”.

The family of Steyr weapons goes back to before the 1400’s so they know a thing or two about tools of the trade.

Many variations of the Steyr AUG have been fielded by over 30 countries and several states in over 8 wars and countless conflicts. Battle proven is an understatement when talking about the Steyr AUG and it’s variants. The popularity of the Steyr AUG meant it was only a matter of time before there was a civilian version of it available to purchase. The civilian version looks exactly like the military weapon but that’s where the similarities end. The Steyr AUG A3 civilian legal version can’t shoot in full auto like it’s military counterpart, only semi-auto.

In a pro’s hands these “bullpups” are handy in vehicles, close quarters, and maritime missions because their diminutive size over all makes maneuvering tight and restricted areas a breeze. The strength of the design is the receiver, barrel and bolt all fit into the stock allowing for a full sized rifle to take up less overall length and size than a collapsed m4.

Swapping out the barrel to engage targets at medium to long range one merely has to lock the bolt back, push a button and twist out the barrel assembly to swap it for a longer one. This ability to quick change into a designated marksman rifle with the push of a button means that the operator can conduct missions that are ever changing without having to carry extra weapons for the purpose.

In Milo’s eyes it’s just a cool looking gun that’s really fun to shoot with friends. Some argue that Steyr was very likely the originator of the plastic or as they market to today’s youth, “polymer gun”.

Give Milo’s pick of the week the once over in our showroom and see what the Steyr AUG brings to the table.

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 GunĀ® 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

(503)777-3931

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