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.

THE NEW COMMANDER .45 DESIGN BY WILEY CLAPP

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  


Lionheart Regulus Milo’s Pick Of The Week

Milo is squawking about the new Lionheart Regulus models we got in awhile ago. Made in America, right up the road from us in fact. The Lionheart Industries Alpha Regulus model seems to be all the rage right now for beginners and experts alike.

When I first picked up the Lionheart Industries Regulus I was welcomed with a good fit to my hand, a pleasant metal heft and feel, but my feeble mind was blown by the smoothness of the slide and how easy it was to work the action. Even Milo’s bird claw would be able to work the Lionheart Industries Regulus 9mm action.

You don’t have to know anything about guns to tell the Lionheart Industries Alpha Regulus stacks up to the best. It seems like yesterday when Shaun asked Lionheart to spice up the LH9 for him and wolla! They delivered in spades! Here in my over sized hand sits a thing of beauty and craftmanship that goes bang every time I will it. Having several injuries to my old body has pretty much made me a wheel gunner but now I think I can manage the semi-autos again thanks to Lionheart Industries innovative approach to recoil management and slide cycling.

Did I mention this is a US Made Firearm?

I copied Lionheart Industries’ web text below in their own words.

Thanks to The Gun Room Inc. in Portland for putting one of these beauties in my hand, and thanks to Lionheart Industries for making quality sexy again.

 

The Regulus Story

Lionheart began importing our LH9-Series pistol in 2011. The LH9 is the civilian version of the K5, which has reliably served as South Korea’s Military service pistol for almost 30 years. In the years since 2011, the LH9 has become synonymous with quality, functionality, and reliability!

However, at Lionheart, our vision has always been greater than simply importing – our dream is to design and produce pistols in the United States!

In 2015 those dreams started to become a reality, as we began development of our all new American-made line, the Regulus! Lionheart is proud to say that the Regulus Platform is designed, sourced, and produced in the USA! While still based on the same battle-proven design of the LH9, each part of the Regulus has been refined into a high-performance pistol. It is the pinnacle of everything that we’ve dreamed of!

The Regulus platform is completely geared towards you, the shooter. Featuring better materials, improved internals, our Tru-Axis™ Precision Barrel, and a modular platform, it is unlike anything you’ve ever shot before! Our unique Double Action + trigger has been perfected, offering a fluid pull, a painless break, and a crisp reset! Upgraded sight, grip, magazine, and Cerakote® options mean that your Regulus will be the Lionheart you’ve been waiting for!

Moving forward, our vision is still the same as it was in 2011 – Exceptional Comes Standard. We believe in freedom, we strongly support the Second Amendment, and we are honored to join the prestigious group of American firearm manufacturers!

Colt Delta Elite 10mm Milo’s Pick Of The Week

Today while the boys were showing some handguns to a couple of U.S. Marines that came in Milo went into the back and came forward with a Colt Delta Elite 10mm 1911. I guess this week Milo is liking the Colt Delta Elite because he starts squawking every time someone tries to put it back away.

The debate over the 1911 VS any other handgun continues today but so many servicemen and women swear by it that it’ll likely go on forever. Speaking of debates when you start talking about bullets and chamberings everything goes out the window. One caliber that seems to be making more than a blip on the bullet radar is the 10mm.

Way up north in Alaska more people are carrying the 10mm as their backup replacing the old reliable 44 Magnum in many cases. The people who jumped on the .40 cal bandwagon have come around and are now snapping up Colt Delta Elites to scratch that power and speed itch.

The Colt Delta Elite 10mm 1911 equates to a very well thought out platform for the 10mm cartridge and the power it holds. People who like a handgun that shoots well and don’t want to compromise by switching to a diminutive caliber love the Colt Delta Elite because it checks all the boxes off.

Colt Delta Elite 10mm Match

The Gun Room Inc. your local resource for everything Colt.

(503)777-3931

FN Five-seveN® Milo’s Pick Of The Week

Milo was digging around in the back of the shop looking for some peanuts or other treats he stashed when all of a sudden there came a squawking. Turns out Milo found some FN Five-seveN® stock that wanted out of the box. Those of you who were able to get these when we had them (before the military and police designations) will remember how much fun they were. I’ll put FN’s blurb at the bottom of this post.

Imagine a pistol that holds 20 .556 caliber rounds in a magazine, then shrink down the ammo, magazine, pistol and get rid of the buffer tube and spring you were undoubtable thinking of and you have a FN Five-seven®. If you’re still with me you begin to see what the fuss is all about and you’re lacing up your boots to get down to The Gun Room Inc. to get one. Do you feel lucky? That’s what you’ll have to be to get your non- military or police hands on one today. We have a very few of these left and once they’re gone your luck runs out.

I’ve been wanting to get my mom one of these for her daily life on the property with all of the critters she comes across. The problem is they are so hard to get ammo for right?

Well color me surprised! I was able to have ammo on Monday from an order on Friday so it’s pretty easy to get legit ammo it seems. To me the real problem is now I have to decide if mom is getting one or I am!

Sure, it’s a gun made out of plastic that goes for well North of $1000, and frankly not even close to my style but…. Milo sure knows how to pick winners for being a parrot! Lightweight, high firepower, multiple mag fun sitting right in front of me with only a form 4473 standing in my way. I think you know how this story is going to end.

If you are just reading this you had already be reaching for the keys or you will miss out on this FN Five-seven® pistol until next time Milo goes on a treasure hunt in the tactical armory.

FN’s blurb is below.

“The FN Five-seveN® pistol was developed in the early 1990s and features a cold hammer-forged barrel that is chrome-lined for extended service life. The polymer-framed FN Five-seveN® offers single-action operation, low felt recoil, 20-round magazine capacity, and is equipped with an ambidextrous, forward-mounted manual safety, and an accessory rail that accepts tactical lights and lasers.

Learn more about the 5.7x28mm ammunition

LE & Military pricing on request.

FN Five-seven® Product Numbers

*Product follows USA specifications
*Military products available to U.S. sales only”

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.

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 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

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

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