Classic Colt 1911s

When collectors are looking for unique and collectible 1911s there is The Gun Room Inc. then there’s everyone else.

Seeing the Colts with factory letters like the British lend lease, USMC, Argentine Govt., etc. I get excited knowing I have a piece of history in my hand. I found this video below on youtube which helps to explain what the lend lease program is.

Remembering these old guns from when I served, and when they were being replaced with the Beretta M9 really takes me back. I’ve shot and carried both and when I was discharged I went for the old 1911 instead of the Beretta 92. Sure I had a 92, but I sold it for the old war horse that I still have to this day. The round count is in the 10’s of thousands on my 1911 and the only thing I’ve had to replace was a worn extractor. Considering the functionality and high quality of the old gun I’ll probably be passing it on to the next generation and to hers when she has kids of her own.

If you are into 1911s then chances are you’ve already to The Gun Room Inc., if not do yourself a favor and make it a regular stop as the wonders never cease and they’re always changing.

Archery & Bow Hunting

It’s obvious when you walk into The Gun Room Inc. that you’ve entered an old school gun store but did you know we do archery too? If you’re a hunter chances are you know about the rich tapestry of hunting and lore that the walls whisper of here, and upstairs is no different. Despite our name on the marque The Gun Room Inc. has been quietly rigging and building bows for decades now. Where the downstairs area is full of rare and collectible firearms the upstairs is bristling with new high tech bows and arrows that would make NASA’s material scientists green with envy.

You won’t find the typical offering of gear you normally see at a big retail establishment or even online in the myriad of websites professing bow greatness. In fact you don’t hear much about The Gun Room Inc.’s archery and bow hunting unless you’re an archer yourself. In the age of information some of the best kept secrets are spoken around a campfire with friends and family you cherish. Tales of big bulls and bucks are punctuated with the pops and crackle of a warm fire burning in the cool dark evening. The words are foreign to some and too others it’s the stuff dreams are made of.

When describing a season to the uninitiated some are surprised to hear that practice and training starts in June when the weather is warming and the days are long. Coming home after a hard days work might mean it’s beer thirty for Joe Sixpack but for an archer it means time to loose some arrows while there is still daylight. With the advent of Hoyt Archery’s new Helix models for 2019 it means you can shoot in silence to hone your skills without irritating the neighbors who live close by. Practicing your breathing, your draw, aim, release, and follow through are things an archer does to make the best out of his or her hunt or match.

Getting the right archery package isn’t quite as easy as finding a bow online and adding to your cart. It’s technical, it’s artful, it’s based on experience and physical ability as well as cost and intended purpose. Not everyone will have a bow camp guru sharing pearls of wisdom and practical experience, for those who don’t we have our archery expert Shaun. Whether it’s your first bow or your next in a long line of bows Shaun has the setup for you and your unique skills and abilities. Each of our archery systems is tailored to you, it fits you because it’ll be you shooting it, it’s as individual as you are.

Since we are in the second week of June and bow season is right around the corner Shaun is offering custom packages at a savings to help wake your inner archer.

Shaun can be reached most days he’s not in the field, woods or savanna by calling (503)777-3931.

Carry Mistakes: Summer Is Coming

The concealed carry movement has been about as fashionable as stand up paddle boards and free shipping. It seems like everyone has a concealed carry pistol these days and most of them bear some similarities to each other. One of the more unfortunate trends is carrying a pistol that’s too big to conceal in the current fashion trends today’s shooters are wearing. Technical fabrics and compression garments mean that hiding mid and full size handguns is even more difficult.

I see it all the time when I’m working counter-side, people are looking for a better Kydex holster, something more comfortable than their current Kydex holster that prints less. Usually what they are really saying is they bought the wrong handgun and come hell or high water they are going to make it work because that’s what “the guy” on youtube said to use. Picking the right handgun for the job and the way you’re intending to carry has some variables that need to be accounted for to help solve that problem.

Looking at law enforcement statistics available from self defense shootings reveals that most encounters are stopped with three or less rounds. It begs the question why do we need so many mid and full sized handguns targeted to the concealed carry market? Tactical looking handguns with multiple spare mags, mag covers, holsters, trigger covers, knife, spare knife, flashlight and so much more being touted as everyday carry would make a person believe they were fighting a war single handed when they go outside.

All the marketing and product placement in movies make a regular person think they need to have all the gear just to be part of the club or they’ll be mocked by their peers. (shaming in today’s vernacular) In truth those same such people will come back years later to sell off their misguided purchase in hopes of getting the right gun this time round. Some people will just expand their collection and have a good range gun, a zombie gun, and a carry gun to round it all out. As their own personal experience and knowledge base grows some may go back to the good old reliable pocket revolver as it just makes sense. The revolver has been making a bit of a comeback lately and many magazines and websites have been talking about them and their merits. Sure a bit of that resurgence are manufacturers wanting out of the stagnant sales pond of an oversaturated market, part of it is revolvers still play a roll to this day.

I love carrying a small light Smith & Wesson in my shorts pocket in the summer and on my waist in the winter alike. My 340PD is lighter loaded with magnum power than my similar sized single and double stack pistols and it prints less. Drop a gun in your cargo shorts pocket and go run a few blocks and see how it actually carries. Holster selection can make or break a carry gun and for me if it’s up against my body I don’t want a holster burn as a reminder of the days activities. Getting a pocket holster for your pocket pistol or a Sticky Holster for IWB carry can make something that usually sucks easy if not comfortable.

When shopping for your next holster or carry gun shopping online is not your friend, your local gun store is your go to for good fit and comfortable carry. For me the proof is in the pudding, shopping online for something so intimate as with a carry gun and holster setup is about as backward as you can get. Making your personal decisions off of someone else’s youtube carry choice is not sensible. Support your local gun store and they will help protect you from the pitfalls of clever online marketing and well wishing friends who are experts. Ask to see several models and whittle down the choices, throw in a wheel gun or two as the results might just surprise you.

When you carry you’re carrying for your protection and the protection of your loved ones, don’t assume someone knows your situation better than you. Make your choices for you and on the premise that it’ll be you carrying that mass of plastic or metal not the person trying to sell you something. Owning many guns and holsters isn’t a bad thing it means there is no single solution to the varied and complex problems or concealed carry. Take a class, train, imagine that the seasons change and with it so do choices for carry. If you have questions consult your local gun store or go in a gun store and see what works for you. Stay away from big name retail stores they run a numbers game and as such the deal is slated towards their goals not yours.

Colt TALO Wiley Clapp 1911 Collection

Working at The Gun Room Inc. one day a week always rewards me with something to ponder the rest of the week. This last week was no exception when I came in to look at some print job stuff that was delivered and saw all the Wiley Clapp 1911s in formation. Sitting off to the side of many other TALO Colt 1911 it’s easy to assume that they are all the same as every other gun shop until you peek a little closer.

This was illustrated on Saturday when I popped in and heard a guy complaining about the price of a Colt 1911. Yes another expert shopper and likely one star reviewer with his phone in hand showcasing the salesman behind the counter and saying “X” had it for less. Long story short he took a pic and left to presumably buy it somewhere else for less.

I was talking about the resurgence of the wheel gun when the exact same customer came back in with an altogether different tone. I’d say he was apologetic, humble, and interested to do business with the same guy he had just flamed up previously before storming out. I just stood there admiring the guns the salesman was putting on the counter and listening intently on the discussion of 70 series vs 80 series, triggers and main springs, even grip came up. I actually felt like I learned more about a gun I carried in the military for a decade than previously before. Anyone can learn if they haven’t closed their mind.

For myself learning there was more than one Wiley Clapp 1911 was something in it’s self, learning we had about all of them in stock was something else. At the time of this writing there’s a pretty full collection of some very limited items in the Wiley Clapp Models. Looking thru the case with my phone in hand revealed that most of what I was seeing was indeed TALO examples of various 1911 variants and not the same stuff I saw at the other place. I know some of the guys who shop here (nods to brother in arms “Big Tony”) who obviously do it because they know more than the average guy or tactical computer geek like myself. I own a 1911 but now there’s another one on my wish list.


Series ’70 style action with no firing pin safety and improved trigger pull

Original style small safety, slide lock and magazine catch, no extensions

Front & rear slide serrations

Long black trigger, flat S&A mainspring housing

Colt’s new beavertail grip safety for comfort in long shooting sessions

Special Novak sights – extra-wide notch and bead front for any-light shooting

Tactical Oval grips with forward taper and fingerprint checkering

Pete Single 25 lpi checkering on the pistol’s front-strap

Colt Concealed Carry Officers

The  Colt Wiley Clapp CCO is a special combination of Officers size fame and Commander slide slide for easy concealed carry. The value of the pistol lies in the details specified by Wiley from his life long firearm experience.  The goal is to produce the most accurate and reliable carry gun out to the box. “Everything you need and nothing you don’t.”           

  1. Carbon Blue Steel Commander sized Series 70 fire controls, Blue Aluminum Officers Lightweight Frame, rear slide serrations
  2. Special metal work by Pete Single.  Front strap is checkered @ 25 lpi with a generous relief cut where the front strap meets the trigger guard (hi-cut to the max) so the pistol sits low in the hand. Average size hands should be able to get whole hand on the grip without the little finger hanging off the bottom. The relief cut blends gracefully from the checkering to the trigger guard. The heal of the frame and mainspring is generously rounded for comfort of concealed carry and shooting. The fit is very good. The magazine well is also fully beveled 360 degrees around with a long gentle taper. 
  3. 4.25 inch National Match barrel
  4. Novak extra wide (.170) notch, LoMount rear sight
  5. Novak Brass bead front sight.
  6. Altamont “finger print” Tactical Oval grips, round butt (altered for the short butt)
  7. Controls—Mag catch, safety, beavertail—as on other Wiley Clapp 1911s
  8. Original long trigger, no holes

Wiley Clapp Commander .45

Major features include:

•    Series ’70 style action with no firing pin safety and improved trigger pull •    Alloy receiver for a light pistol that carries easy •    Original style small safety, slide lock and magazine catch—no extensions •    Long trigger and flat mainspring housing, just like original 1911s

•    Colt’s new beavertail grip safety for comfort in long shooting sessions. •    Special Novak sights—extra-wide notch and bead front—for any-light shooting •    Tactical Oval grips with forward taper and fingerprint checkering. •    Pete Single 25 lpi checkering on the pistol’s front-strap. •    Special serial number run and National Match grade barrel. 

Series ’70 guns are the choice of died-in-the-wool .45 people and this model marks the return to production of the preferred lightweight Commander with no frills or floss. The controls— thumb safety, slide lock, magazine catch—are the original small variety which are more than sufficient for defensive shooters. Since the majority of .45 shooters prefer long triggers and flat mainspring housings, this one has those two features.    The grip safety is enlarged to better protect the web of the shooter’s hand. A Colt produced beavertail safety graces this gun. The platinum standard in pistol sights is the classic Novak, our special edition has an advanced version of the LoMount design—extra-wide .170” notch, mated to a ramp front with gold bead. This system is particularly well-suited to a variety of reduced-light shooting scenarios. Wiley Clapp has done extensive experimenting with grip design and has developed the Tactical Oval grip to improve control with two simple panels of wood. Note the Roper-inspired checkering pattern that gets the fingers into the business of aiming the pistol. Precise frontstrap checkering locks the gun in the shooter’s grasp, but no maker has ever offered it on an affordable pistol. That is, until now. Famous metalsmith Pete Single has signed on to perfectly checker every one of these fine new guns in his own 25 lpi pattern. And they come in their own special serial number range.

The gun is very popular with serious shooters.

Wiley Clapp Gov’t 1911

“Everything you need and nothing you don’t.”

Full Size, 1911 .45 acp.  Series 70 firing system, Novak brass bead & wide rear, Pete Single checkered front strap, main spring housing, mag well, oval grips with finger print, match grade barrel.  

All Steel Wiley Clapp Commander .45

All Steel Series 70 style Commander with all of the Wiley Clapp features. Pete Single’s precision checkering on the front strap, mainspring housing, undercut trigger guard, beveled mag well, Novak brass bead front, extra wide rear, match grade barrel, special oval grips.

Wiley Clapp Lt Weight Commander 9mm

All of the Wiley Clapp features  in a Light Weight Commander 9mm  

Alan Warren Knives On Sale Now

Take up to 50% off Alan Warren Knives on sale right now at The Gun Room Inc.!

Knives of this quality seem to be from the make believe land of unicorns. They are so rarely seen in the wild that their name lives in the shadows and myth realm. As a supplier and outfitter to some of the most exclusive outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen in the world The Gun Room Inc. prides it’s self on having a supply of edged tools for the discriminating user. Alan Warren Knives represent form meeting function to elevated art with something that you take outside into the woods.

Alan Warren Knives make fine presentations and gifts. That someone who has everything already would just love to get their hands on a genuine Alan Warren Knife.

Simply find the knife you want below in the gallery, note the serial number and the price then call The Gun Room Inc. (503)777-3931 to enjoy free shipping and big savings.

You must be of legal age and status to purchase knives from The Gun Room Inc.

40% Off Select Outdoor Wear

Don’t miss out on The Gun Room Inc’s Annual Upstairs Outdoor Clothing Sale happening now! With quality outdoor clothing costing more and more these days why not take advantage of 40% savings on select items while they last.

Planning a big game hunt this year? Think about getting outfitted before the season is upon us and there’s no time left to score your new gear. Shooting vests, coats, jackets, shirts and more all on sale.

Colt Defender Lightweight FDE

Colt’s Defender has long been a concealed carry favorite for officers and civilians alike and their Lightweight Model makes the switch to Colt an easier decision to make. The Defender pictured below features Colt’s dual spring system for reduced felt recoil and quick follow ups and married to a lighter alloy frame.

Deep concealment ability for professionals who need the proven power of a .45 at their disposal when the chips are down. The Gun Room Inc. usually has many Colt 1911s in their inventory in several different calibers such as .38 Super, 9MM, and .45 ACP.

Come see our collection of Colt 1911 pistols on display daily, or talk to Steve Wednesday thru Saturday.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon 97206


Days Gone By

Wake, work, sleep, repeat, we all know the routine. “Make hay while the sun shines!”, they used to say, meaning to get stuff done when you have opportunity to do so. When it comes to making time for ourselves many Americans simply can’t or won’t. Activities have become outdoor activities, and something to be eschewed for the seeming simplicity of just staying inside to binge watch a mindless show.

Go outside and play

I appreciate a good story the same as anyone else but, we’re losing ourselves to fantasy and prepackaged table fare. Much of our time, or free time as it is today, is disappearing faster than stuffed Chinese unicorns at a fair. Free time used to go towards our once common knowledge base of living with nature, passed from parent to child and reaching back to before the words existed to express it. Today a Monday morning conversation might start with where you got your half caff latte`, where as in the past Monday’s conversation might have started with the weekend’s successful hunt. Where did those days go?

Alan Warren Knives

It’s true there are more people taking up hunting and bush craft these days, but nowhere like it was when I was small. Back then T.V. was two channels of black and white broadcast static and what was on didn’t matter because you were tired from all the fun you had outside that day. Cable came along and changed things for my sisters but not me, I was still trying to find out the best way to get a pheasant or a rabbit and dreaming of owning my very own .22 caliber Winchester lever gun.

Receiving my first BB gun was like growing up a whole step in one action, making me part of the men’s group instead of the mom’s and little kids group. Growing up without a dad made most of these rites of passage non-existent, but to my Mom’s credit she stepped up and did her best for my sisters and I. Getting my first single shot break action shotgun from my Mom was a quantum leap into adulthood, being responsible, and being me. Going camping had a whole new sense of urgency, should I bring the shotgun, BB gun, or just a pocket knife? Was there going to be any other kids with guns, or boys and girls to hunt with?

Getting my first BB gun meant I had to get any sort of job I could get to buy BBs and targets. Helping on a paper route for pocket money one day, cutting the lady down the street’s lawn the next. I was working outside every minute I wasn’t in school just to be able to play outside when work and homework were both done. Chores and homework were on the fast attack so I could still have some daylight to shoot my Daisy BB gun, there wasn’t time for video games or T.V.

Any sort of weekend or holiday was now planned out in detail to get the most out of my time available. Getting up with fishing rod and rifle or shotgun and bow meant I was greeting the sun as it rose in languid slowness to my already highly productive day. Riding my bike back home with a catch to clean or a meal to skin/pluck meant that noon was a milestone. It all had to be done by noon at the latest or supper would be late and there wouldn’t be a hearty feast.

While other kids were wasting their weekends and quarters on a new thing called video games, I worked so I would be able to go outside and learn to live off the land. I always marveled at the pioneers who made their way with a musket and a knife, or the natives still in the stone age.

After I grew up and joined the military at the very ripe and seasoned age of seventeen I got my fill of grown ups, men and women alike. I fell into the wake, work, sleep, repeat trap and let the years blink by. The rites of passage fishing and hunting were replaced by a time card and prepackaged meals. It wasn’t until somewhat recently that I joined a family who still had good values and work ethic. That family was The Gun Room Inc. in Portland Oregon.

If seeing all of these fine new and old guns has taught me anything it’s that some of the best days have gone by and some of the best ones are yet to come. Don’t let your best days go by without living a little. Treat yourself to the outdoors once in awhile before it’s too late and you can’t anymore. Teach your kids the knowledge passed onto you so they can survive in a world of partisan politics and good intentions, where decision makers spend their time glued to a T.V. to see the weather out their windows.

The Gun Room Inc. is a family friendly place where the outside is our living room and the our T.V. is a campfire where real stories are told one generation to the next. Break the cycle and go outside, The Gun Room Inc. is your outfitter in Portland Oregon with three generations of outdoors people under one roof.

Ted Nugent counts The Gun Room Inc. as family and the go to place for fine firearms and clothing.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon 97206


Pop Pop BOOM!

It was early Sunday morning and I was on my way to the range to shoot pistols outdoors with my buddy Mike. I was excited because this range covered all the disciplines pistol wise and they had a 1000 yard rifle range too. Knowing that the many courses of fire would require round counts in the thousands I grabbed everything I had and tossed it into a bag. There were factory loads, reloads, protection and duty rounds in all shapes and sizes for my 357 magnum.

If I’m one thing it’s a wheel gun guy, and I’m a come lately wheel gun guy too. When I was young and dumb in the military I went by the thinking that if you could put more bullets in the gun it must be a better gun. The 9mm was so exciting, finally putting the old 1911 to rest in favor of the “newer” (cough) 9mm, what a time to be alive and carry a gun. My judgement was clouded by T.V. and Hollywood and to a large part by my peers at the time. I switched back to the old school, and threw over my 9mm pistols for the smaller and more powerful .357 magnums.

Bullets come in all shapes and sizes and today there are more boutique ammo manufacturers and rounds that promise the world than ever before. There are +P cartridges, reduced recoil rounds, subsonic hush puppies, ballistic tip wonders and just about every other thing you can think of. In the dizzing array of ammo types it’s pretty easy to make a mistake with ammo. Selecting the correct bullet for your pea shooter shouldn’t be hard. The first thing a shooter needs to do is figure out which caliber they need to feed their handgun. Marked on every gun, usually on the receiver or barrel, is the caliber it is chambered for. This is a rated pressure the manufacturer says is safe for the particular firearm, it is not recommended that you exceed this pressure with factory or reloaded ammo. Some will say +P and will handle the extra sauce, some will not. You should never shoot +P ammo in a handgun that’s not rated for it or you might end up with a bloody stump.

Meanwhile back on the range I’ve got a bubblegum machine selection of rounds in my packet I’m charging my starving cylinder to feed the drill at hand. My Smith & Wesson R8 is running pretty good and chewing up the competition. When I’m down to the last handful of loosies I decide to shoot my tiny little Smith & Wesson 640-1 to clear out the months old Hornady Critical Defense .357 Magnums I’ve been running and jumping with. I make gorgeous hits and decide to shoot the last of my pocket ammo up since I have exactly 5 rounds left. It’s a mixed bunch of various poppers that my gun gobbles up one two three then a much louder and bigger bang followed by a boom that made a fireball go all the way to the ground. My finger tip felt like I just had my finger nail ripped off and my forearm was aching from the blast. Something was amiss as I’ve never even shot a .44 Magnum that peppered me like that little .357 Magnum did. Once I was able to finally swing the cylinder out I wasn’t able to eject the shells.

If I had been shooting a weaker gun I might not be typing this today, and as for my greed when free ammo comes in, well it’s definitely lessoned. My buddy Mike said “That’s why I always shoot the same ammo, consistency.”. His matter of fact statement said volumes to me and my stinging hand. The moral to my story is don’t shoot free reloaded ammo you don’t know a thing about. Yes free is cheap but at what expense? Those last two rounds I shot parted the cases and flattened out the primers, they were tough to extract but truly the little stainless J frame was over built and am I ever glad it was. The post explosion inspection revealed the little Smith & Wesson was none worse for the wear, had that been in one of my wonder 9’s I’d be called stumpy today.

Always be aware of the gun you are preparing to shoot and what ammo you are shooting. If you have a question about which ammo your gun will safely shoot take it to your local gun shop and ask. Fingers don’t grow back!

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