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.

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

(503)777-3931

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

(503)777-3931

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!

Cowboy Up

If it’s one thing I hear myself saying more than not while at a gun store it’s I like the cowboy stuff. Call it what you will but I grew up on western movies and the guns they used always have had an appeal to me. A tactical pistol to me is a Schofield, and an assault rifle has a lever and a tube magazine. Before the plastic guns and stamped out metal and MIM manufacturing craftsmen worked their trade by hand with iron and wood. The time it took to fabricate a mechanism without modern tools and ovens meant this was more an art than a trade.

Gunmakers in the 1800’s changed the world as we knew it then and helped forge the time we live in now. Metallurgy really wasn’t a thing taught in schools it was learned by master to apprentice for centuries adding to the skillset and knowledge base going forward one generation at a time.

Take this example of a Colt pistol, it was one of the first one hundred sent to the U.S. and it marked a quantum leap forward in production of working art.

Do the notches on the barrel tell part of it’s tale? How many battles did this old Colt see?

I’ve always been partial to lever guns and it’s really hard not to be. While the revolver put power right into your hand it was limited to close combat and lacked accuracy at any distance. The lever guns had longer barrels and that meant higher pressures and better accuracy even if chambered in the same round as the pistol. This enabled better fighting distances and advantage over pistols, arrows, sticks and stones. Lever guns harvested game, killed the bad guys, and provided endless hours of entertainment whilst out on the range.

The TV shows I watched had cowboys who could shoot faster, better and farther than anyone else with a good rifle and a handful of lead. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was the entertainment medium of the 1800’s day featuring harrowing tales of the Wild West. Actors who were more often than not real cowboys, Indians and gunslingers alike took to the field to tell the stories that became legend to throngs. Conchos and rawhide added to the spectacle but what the people really came to see was the riders and the guns. If you were lucky you were able to see Annie Oakley or Buffalo Bill himself shoot guns like this one during the show.

Getting down to brass tacks can mean getting to the heart of a thing, it could mean putting the final touches on a coffin or simply a way to affix leather to wood. One thing I know for certain a number of guns display the afore-mentioned “brass tack” on the Buffalo Bill Winchester rifle above such as this coach gun below.

We’re getting down to brass tacks indeed!

Yes the cowboy was a lot of things to a lot of people, consider the 101 Ranch Rifle in the next series of photos. The 101 Ranch was a lot of things and it was in grand ole style too! Consider the 101,000 acre ranch it’s self with livestock, orchards, general stores, cowboys, Indians, etc., and you begin to see what was going on in the 1800’s. The need for entertainment meant that the 101 Ranch and Buffalo Bill would come together with Apache Indian Geronimo shooting buffalo from a car, as the entertainment business took the proverbial spotlight. If the Millers would have known that they were helping to bring film to life and their inevitable downfall as a result they wouldn’t have had to auction off the property and the items collected over the years when the ranch floundered.

Now all that remains of the world famous 101 Ranch is a picnic area and historic landmark in Ponca City. This original three gun set is about as cowboy as it gets and The Gun Room Inc. has it. Three gun events are the next thing in competitive shooting and a heck of a lot of fun I’m told. I’d like to give it a whirl myself with these guns!

The Browning Winchester 1886 is my go to gun and I have a pretty nice one I probably shouldn’t shoot but, why not? To me the old Winchester really shines as a star in the firearms world.

Imagine shooting silver bullets or hot lead the 1886 would kill anything on the planet and made man the king of all he surveyed.

The Winchester 1895 (that’s right I said 1895 not 1894) below is a bit modern for my tastes but it is a gorgeous gun I’d be lucky to have. This old girl is rare and in excellent condition but hey I’m taking gun pictures at The Gun Room Inc. and they broke these last two for me because they know my style! It’s always nice to be treated with cool stuff when you go into a gun store!

When you go to a real gun shop where the world doesn’t revolve around selling mass quantities of the same pablum like you get at anti-septic big box stores the shop and the customer have time to interact.

Sitting around a campfire casting bullets and interacting with one another was what was done on the range. The original three gun bull session over a pot of cowboy coffee compares to where the now ubiquitous online review got its roots. The original network, human interaction and exchange of ideas. I surely miss the spam free days before cell phones and the internet under the stars by the fire dreaming cowboy dreams.

 

To see these rifles in person and many others the younger kids haven’t heard of stop by ;

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd

Portland, Oregon 97206

(503)777-3931

 

 

Chris Kyle The Legend Tribute Collection

Cobalt Kinetics, Allegiant Rifleworks, Taya Kyle, The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and The Gun Room Inc. bring to you The Chris Kyle “Legend” Collection. These rare numbered rifles pay tribute to the Legend, The American Sniper, the man, our country, family and God.

You don’t have to be a US Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator like Chris Kyle to appreciate the attention to detail and phenomenal fit and finish of this rifle collection. The folks at Cobalt Kinetics take pride in what they do and the painstaking detail of each and every part from the BCG down to muzzle proves it. I served in the Navy, and I knew more than a few frogs in my time. There wasn’t anything close to what this collection encompasses today in any armory anywhere back then. Anyone YOU would be proud to own and shoot these guns even without the striking graphical treatments by Allegiant Rifleworks based on their flawless function alone.

Sure, it doesn’t hurt they look really cool. They stand out from the rest of the AR market like a bikini clad redhead in a hijab filled bazaar. Nope, if anything they look cool and beg you to pick them up. Each rifle has it’s own thing going on from the “Chief” to the “300 Blacked Out”, the “Signature” and “Glory”.

(Images Below)

If you happen to be by Portland Oregon you owe it to yourself to stop in and get a look at these beauties for yourself. The rifles I had for the photos are already sold and I haven’t shown the pictures to anyone yet even. They were sold at Shot Show before anyone knew about them except the people mentioned above. The real point is don’t miss an opportunity because the don’t come by every day. I can still hear the Chiefs yelling at me to get moving “What’s the matter, too much air and opportunity in your way?!”. A lot of what I personally took with me from my military service is with me in daily life and missing an opportunity just isn’t done.

The Cobalt Kinetics AR15 is undoubtedly the best of the bunch by a long shot and the Legend Collection takes it up a notch even further. If you are a serious guy or gal who wants one or all of the rifles shown above don’t let the air and opportunity stand in your way. These rifles are small batch and once they are gone they are gone for good. Give The Gun Room Inc. a call (503)777-3931 and get your own “Legend” rifle.

 

Friday Night Flights

It had been about 9 years since I had shot a shotgun, and as luck would have it I had the opportunity to shoot with The Gun Room Inc. last Friday night at The Portland Gun Club. There are always a few butterflies when you don’t shoot for awhile but the guys from The Gun Room Inc. always make you feel comfortable and at ease no matter what your level.

I took my old Remington 1100 trap gun that is older than myself out of it’s gun sock and grabbed a box of shells. To my surprise I broke a few clays right away but then it started to break down. I attribute the first clays as luck, the ones I missed were bad form and bad technique. Warren noticed my shortcomings and promptly gave me an education and a dose of humility as he broke every clay from the waist without even trying.

I had to reset my my internal targeting computer so I grabbed a burger off the grill and watched the shooters on the firing line intently, paying attention to Warren’s words of wisdom to a new shooter. I was digesting more than my burger, I was looking inward at my technique and my attitude of know it all gun guy. Watching young girls under Warren’s tutelage breaking clay pigeons better than I started to hammer home the fact that military training only goes so far.

Thankfully Warren from The Gun Room Inc. found the time to give me a quick refresher and put me back on the firing line. To say my technique improved is an understatement, all the clays I shot at broke with the exception of one, I forgot to load the shotgun on that one!

Even after all these years with my Remington 1100, that I purchased  from The Gun Room Inc. some 20+ years ago, The Gun Room Inc. still supported me and my shortcomings. What other gun store does stuff like that? None! Certainly not any of the online guys selling cheap product to the sheeple.

The Gun Room Inc. didn’t pay me anything to put my two cents in, they just sold me a shotgun back in 1994 and said come shoot with them some one of the Friday nights they shoot. Even in 2017 that offer was still good and so was the skills I picked up. My only beef was that my know it all attitude got in the way of my shooting for so many years.

Give the fellas at The Gun Room Inc. a call and maybe you’ll find something you can’t live without, and if you’re luck you might even learn a thing or two.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Or 97206

(503) 777-3931

 

 

Alan Warren Knives Milo’s Pick Of The Week

As the days get longer many of us will be thinking about camping with the family and friends and about that knife we wished we had last year. Today Milo has been all over the Alan Warren knife case as if he had something in mind. The discussions around here at The Gun Room Inc. today have been revolving around camping and African safaris. No matter how well you plan for any adventure there always seems to be a lack of a good knife when you get to your destination and need one. This writer attributes this lack of an edge to the fact that people go cheap or are too tactically focused when it comes time to pick up a knife.

Knives and metallurgy have come a long ways since the dawn of the iron age and makers exploit the latest technology in some proven shapes and designs from centuries of bushcraft. Alan Warren has been creating custom knives for years that have been described as functional high art. Keeping and edge and looking good are one thing but form and function is where the rubber meets the road and Alan Warren Knives are the pinnacle of custom knife art.

Often when commissioning a custom knife from Alan Warren you’ll be faced with the inevitable year long wait because let’s face it, he’s a popular guy and his knives are sought after. That being said we’re very lucky here at The Gun Room Inc. because we have a large selection of Alan Warren knives on hand. Hunters, campers, collectors all come and get their Alan Warren Custom Knives from us because there isn’t a one year plus wait.

The Gun Room Inc. isn’t known for selling cheap big box store guns, knives or accessories, we’re known for having the “Good Stuff” which is why we have Allen Warren Knives in stock.

Looking for a knife that will be handed down instead of put in a corner? Give The Gun Room Inc. a call (503)777-3931 or better yet stop in and see some of the best knives in the world, we’re situated in SE Portland Oregon the knife capital of the World.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Road

Portland Oregon 97206

(503)777-3931

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