Ruger SR1911 Koenig Custom

We’ve seen a couple of the beauties come thru from Ruger’s Custom Shop by way of the TALO Distributor and they are gorgeous to look at and a pleasure to shoot. Not intended as a carry gun but one that functions well in that regard the Koenig Ultimate Comp model is meant to be a range runner. She shoots as good as she looks with reloads happing as if by thought because of the magwell mod. Match barrel and flat trigger mean getting accurate hits in the 10 ring are a breeze even for shooters advanced in their age.

Come get one before they are gone!

Manufacturer: Ruger
Dimension: 5.45 X 11.30 X 13.15
Height: 5.4500
Width: 11.3000
Length: 13.1500

Parker Brothers

Not to be confused with the “Monopoly” Parker Bros., the Parker Brothers of Parker Shotguns produced what some people consider the best American made shotgun to date. Offerings go back to 1867 and are still being used by hunters and sportsmen today.

The now legendary Parker Shotgun has been highly prized by collectors and was for many who could afford one the family forager. Every Parker Shotgun tells a story when you pick it up, wood and steel become functional art with warmth and richness oozing out of every subtle curve. Parker Shotguns become life long partners and get passed to the next generation telling the tales of adventure in every little scratch or barrel ding.

Some Parker Shotguns were destined to never be carried or shot, they are the very definition of exquisite craft. I don’t collect Parker Shotguns I can’t shoot, to me it needs to earn it’s place in the rack. I came into The Gun Room Inc. a week ago to do my normal computer nerd stuff and somehow a shotgun ended up in my hands. A quick look at the serial number told me it was manufactured in 1913. I had already put my money down before anyone else had a chance to beat me to the finish line. When you pick up a good gun you know it, and this one knew it was mine before I did.

I immediately imagined an upland hunt with the now new to me Parker Shotgun all the while hearing chatter about how it should be in a safe. “Eh, it’s going to be a shooter plain and simple.”, I said to shocked faces admiring it. After all what’s the point of finally achieving a life long goal like scoring a good Parker Shotgun and then not using it? In my estimation that would be a sin for a shotgun as nice as this to not be used for what it was built for. (sorry game animals)

I’ve seen a great number of Parker Shotguns at The Gun Room Inc. over the years and finally I’ve got one of my own to keep my other side by sides company. If the Parker Brothers have been on your mind and you don’t play with “Monopoly” money you probably owe it to your self to check out what The Gun Room Inc. has or has coming up shotgun wise. If you’re persistent or lucky like I was that day you might just get the gun of a lifetime.

note: the Parker Shotgun pictured in the story line is not the higher grade shotgun the writer is writing about

Colt Ceases Production Of Armalite Rifles (AR15)

Today when people are looking for Armalite Rifles they’re really looking for the reproduction AR15, the now ubiquitous black rifles that show up everywhere. The AR15 market is over saturated to the point of collapse and Colt sees this as a problem. Basic supply and demand, a simple enough tenet to business that the greedy seem to miss at their own peril.

Everyone makes an Armalite Rifle these days and I do mean everyone. Cheap parts are abundant and easily procured from your phone along with free shipping right to your doorstep. I’ve met a lot of people in my other line of work who profess gun knowledge and show me their latest “AR builds”, all the while not knowing of my other life in firearms. Everyone is an internet expert these days with websites instructing how to assemble their parts project before the mandatory selfie of accomplishment. The ease of assembly and after market whizz bangs virtually assures that every corner of the world has at least one AR15 within reach.

The AR15s’ inherent accuracy and little to no recoil means it’s America’s gun of choice. These factors spurring the copy cats and low end specials are saturating the market to the tipping point. It’s no wonder Colt said enough to the civilian market segment. Police and military get a third position on the safety making it the thing people try to emulate in looks. Call it what you will but Colt’s move puts their civilian semi-automatic AR15 rifles in to the collectible sphere not unlike the sought after snake guns.

The Gun Room Inc. usually has more than a few Colt models in stock on a given day, whether it be snake guns or AR15s.

Give The Gun Room Inc. a call (503)777-3931

Upland Game

Upland game season started with a long hot day of silence. Fire restrictions in Southern Oregon where I was at the time precluded shooting of any kind so I got to choring. I was at my mom’s doing wrench work, but thinking of double guns and dogs the whole time. The double gun mystique and classical hunting style are coming back to some younger shooting enthusiasts and with good reason.

I didn’t grow up on the left coast, so when I moved here for work I was a bit disappointed to hear good upland birds weren’t a thing. Turkeys have been on the rise in some counties / units and success is usually pretty good if you know where to go but ring-necks really aren’t a thing to speak of here. To me a morning walk with my dog could yield a fine dining experience later that evening as the family sat by the fire and talked about things families do.

Ever since I walked into The Gun Room Inc. all those years ago I’ve been chasing my youth trying to find that one side by side that speaks to me. I’ve passed a few times on some models that were out of my reach price wise but as I found out, the price just keeps heading North. I came in looking for an LC Smith but was awestruck by a Winchester Model 21 the last time. Remembering the emotional scars of passing on a gun that I liked only to have it be gone the next time I came in motivated me to pull out my folding money and my plastic too.

Cha Ching! The sound in my brain from the old timey cash registers of yore went off as I shakily put my mark on the papers. My body was feeling weak from the adrenalin that was pumping throughout it’s system, ears rushing with blood I barely heard the older guy at the counter say he’d throw in a box of shells and a sock for it. I’m pretty sure there was talk of shooting on Friday nights but I didn’t care, I just took a step back in time and heard my grandfather’s kind voice saying “Good shot”.

Essentially I’m reliving some of the best experiences of my youth and passing down the knowledge my grandfather shared with me to my daughters and sons. A good shotgun doesn’t have to be pretty, but in looking at a really good one you’ll find they usually are. This Winchester Model 21 will likely end up with my daughter, she’ll likely leave it to her kids and so on thereby keeping the mystique and tradition alive for generations to come. Don’t let time pass you by, go and get your classic SXS before time is lost and start your family traditions today.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Or 97206


Meeting Elsie

I’m not a gun expert like everyone online is or claims to be, but I like to shoot because it’s fun. On a particular sporting clays instructional shoot with Threat-Solutions I decided that I needed a new shotgun. It was just a bit too fun and I wanted to tailor my shooting style with a new shotty. There was the choice of over and under or side by side to be made, trap or field barrel length, straight or pistol stocks, etc.

My shopping trip began in earnest while out doing other chores I’d stop into Cabela’s or the Sportsman’s Warehouse and most recently to Coastal with no luck. There wasn’t any quality shotguns that met my needs in the style I wanted and what the other places had was more run of the mill stuff you’d expect from a tactical driven market economy. While at a range someone suggested that I should try The Gun Room in Portland, it’s a place of much contention on the internet but my curiosity was peaked so I stopped by to form my own opinion.

When I walked in the first thing I noticed was a rack of second shotguns that really didn’t look like anything I was into but, I looked a little more and found gold. My first pick was a Merkel SXS, it was beautiful, everything about the gun was absolutely perfect and it wasn’t like anything I’d seen at any of the other shops. I found another and another, Rizinni, Zoli, Winchester and more. When I decided it had to be a side by side I drilled down into the inventory and finally decided on a Merkel. It wasn’t until I was ready to do paper work that I was presented with an option that I overlooked.

The guy behind the counter named Warren, handed me a gun that was 1/3 the cost, used, and not quite as pretty as the Merkel. As soon as I mounted it I was sold, it was wonderful and I questioned the make as I had never heard of it. “What’s an LC Smith?” I asked Warren. It had double triggers and color case hardening plus it was a sidelock and not a box lock. I’d only seen sidelocks of the quality the old LC Smith had from vaulted houses like H&H or Lebeau Courally that were way out of my budget. The bores were like mirrors and the wood was proud to the metal like a gun built by a watch maker, it’s fit was absolutely impeccable.

Taking a chance we wrote it up and did the paperwork saving me several thousand dollars over the Merkel I was going to buy. The first outing brought some of the more knowledgeable shooters to look at it, each in turn offering to buy it from me on the spot. I was puzzled at the response the old gun was bringing from the shooters so I decided to look it up on the web. Apparently the gun was 100 years old and shot like it was made to break the clay pigeons by mere thought. I loved shooting it! It was like the first time shooting as a boy and hitting what I was aiming at.

The treatment I got at The Gun Room was singular, it was a much different gun store than I’d been to in the past and something I am looking forward to again. I simply can’t wait to bag a turkey or a pheasant with the old LC Smith, and now I’ve learned that America produced one of the finest shooting sidelocks ever produced. If you’re in the market for a fine shotgun you owe it to yourself to check out The Gun Room and see what might be lurking in the shadows.

Customers like you are the reason we are in business.

Thanks for coming in!

The Gun Room Inc.

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  

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