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!

Smith & Wesson Performance Center TRR8 VS Smith & Wesson R8

Not unlike the Smith & Wesson R8 The Smith & Wesson TRR8 model 327 comes with rails top and bottom that are removable.

The Smith & Wesson R8 has a fixed under-lug rail that is non-removable while the TRR8 has an under-lug rail that easily comes off for those of you looking for easy N Frame holsters out there.

The TRR8 also is cut out on the opposite side of the barrel shroud in efforts to make it lighter and quicker pointing.

The Smith & Wesson TRR8’s front sight gets the brass dot treatment as an upgrade where the Smith & Wesson R8 has the more standard white dot.

Going rearward on the TRR8 we find a fully adjustable notch that is usable while the top strap rail is installed and on the R8 tested we find the same adjustable sight but in “V” notch configuration. Both sighting systems are easy to acquire and put rounds on target as if they were put there by a laser the shooting is so precise.

The Smith & Wesson TRR8 also sports a cylinder that is cut for moon clips making charging 8 rounds immediate and positive. Mike is loving the moon clips on his R8 and even ordered more so he can shed lead like all of the hi-capacity guys at the range. This moon clip system is fooling everyone on the R8 and TRR8 because reloads are so fast and the authority of the 357 Magnum round makes them all take notice and question the validity of their 9mm.

As in the R8 version the Smith & Wesson TRR8 features a Performance Center tuned action with trigger stop that allows for ultra-fast shooting Michulek style and immediate trigger reset for fast follow up shots if you need more than one .357 Magnum for anything.

The Smith & Wesson TRR8 seems to do duty anywhere it’s deployed and makes a great home defense or woods gun for when it’s not on duty.

The Gun Room Inc. has this model in stock today for those S.W.A.T. Teams or Special Forces units where in-fallible reliability are key to mission success. For those of you just looking for a great gun that shoots phenomenal and has the power of the 357 Magnum in 8 shots give us a call (503)777-3931.

Sig Sauer Legion

The Sig Sauer Legion series of pistols has been on my list to check out for awhile now, but I haven’t been able to get one locally. I eschew any internet purchases of guns because I plain don’t like the race to the bottom mentality and I also like to put a gun in my hand before I pull the trigger and buy it. Every time the Sig Sauer Legion came into The Gun Room Inc. (my local gun shop) it sold out before I could lay my hands on one to review. Either the Sig Sauer Legion was all it was cracked up to be or it was just another trend.

Enter the Sig Sauer Legion P229, P226, and P220

When you first pick up the Legion you are instantly aware of how well the gun mounts or fits into your hand and that this isn’t just another gun. The Sig Sauer Legion comes stock with some tritium sights fore and aft that really make it easy in low light and in bright sun alike. A quick stop to Sig Sauer’s website reveals some details about the Legion Series that I won’t go into too much detail about here as I’m not that kind of gun guy who is all specs and no opinion. Opinion is a lot these days, news being the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word “opinion”. While my opinion isn’t worth a thing and really only matters when I shed lead with my buddies my opinion is replaced by paper proof. Sig Sauer must have been listening to customers who have been upgrading the regular line when they released the Legion Series to the legion of fanatics that are using them.

Shooting the Sig Sauer Legion is about as boring as a gun gets, there isn’t a surprise from the recoil even in a defensive round. The Sig Sauer doesn’t move in your hand in rapid fire strings, due in some part to Sig’s choice of grips and checkering. The trigger is a custom tuned jobbie and if your desires lean toward the exotic 10mm or 45 ACP variations in the P220 single action you’re met with a trigger that rivals the custom tuned 1911 trigger. In a combat pistol, which the Sig Sauer Legion is, you want a trigger that breaks clean and crisp with little take up and Sig Sauer’s Legion does exactly that. I hear people say crisp as a new dollar bill because they read it in some magazine or heard it on some T.V. show but personally this thing is as crisp as lettuce or celery. Yes even a vegan can shoot the Sig Sauer Legion and not just because of the awesome trigger but because it’s an awe-inspiring gun.

In a modern sense the Sig Sauer is like spell and grammar check, it seems to auto correct all the bad shooting habits you have acquired over the years in a smartly designed and manufactured weapon. The Sig Sauer Legion’s price tag is where the plastic gun guys will come against the wall, they will insist their $40 to manufacture handgun will shoot better in all blah, blah, blah, ad infinitum types of shooting and only cost them $400.00. I must be the only one who sees a $40.00 handgun at other stores selling for hundreds of dollars to the unsuspecting masses as a problem. This is after having a plastic or should I say “polymer” so the gun types don’t take too much offense, part fail and cause my truck to stop working. I looked up the part from the dealer and was dumbfounded to see it was over $300 then I just went online and bought it for $32 delivered. Should the truck manufacturer have used metal instead, you bet, but would the general American want to pay for a better truck? Not so much! The same can be said about all of the cheap plastic crap out there but as I’ve been seeing the Sig Sauer Legion did it right and there is no end to the people wanting one. Sure Sig does some fancy footwork with the Legion’s marketing but in the end it’s the real gun types who are buying it at the shops not wannabes.

The real question at this point is which one would I buy? Since I need a 9mm combat gun for a class that require 3 mags of high capacity 9mm I’m getting the Sig Sauer P226 Legion. I really hate taking a class where I get Glock or other plastic pieces of junk shoved up my butt by instructors who have never had a round fired at them but have somehow become an “expert” in the field. Well now is my chance to shove back with a quality gun I would use myself for carry or combat. I love the new Sig Sauer Legion series and would have no problem recommending it to shooters new and old for their needs. A high quality gun never goes out of style, they always work, and a few years only adds character rather than failure like the plastic race to the bottom beauties the kids all strap on their hips these days.

If you are more like me and want to buy a good gun at an actual gun store by someone who actually knows guns go see the team at The Gun Room Inc. in Portland Oregon. If you want to collect 43 variations of the same cheap crap go somewhere else, they won’t sell that stuff. Give The Gun Room Inc. a call (503)777-3931 and join the Legion!

Opinion by Brok and not neccesarily the views of Sig Sauer or The Gun Room Inc.

 

 

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

 

 

Smith & Wesson R8 Shots Fired

Let’s start off this review by clearly stating I never intended to write a review on the Smith & Wesson R8 Pistol. This article was going to be about shooting the 1911 pistol everyone loves around the world. Yes I shot the 1911, and in more than a couple of calibers with Mike Mcdonald from Threat-Solutions in Oregon. The point of the article was to show the tacticool wannabees up with proven tactical and real combat experiance. More on this point later, and you’ll want to stick around for it too.

Everything was going great yesterday at Douglas Ridge Range. Rounds were being sent towards paper perpetrators in staccato fashion from the lanes we controlled. Paper bad guy after paper bad guy fell to the blistering onslaught of hot lead streaming from the 1911s.

While resting and resetting the range etc., the new plastic gun VS old iron 1911 discussion came up and merits of each platform were discussed without the inevitable web flame war ensuing. It’s kinda nice to actually hang out with guys who are good at shooting whatever is in front of them. I feel this is the real test of a shooter, to be able to pick up and shoot whatever lies on the table or deck and to shoot it well.

Enter the Smith & Wesson R8 Pistol model 327:

At first the wannabees will jeer at the old wheel gun design and not even realize their semi auto striker fired plastic gun is almost as old in the design world. I attribute this to short sidedness and lack of a good knowledge base coupled to piss poor training. Shoot a million rounds though any one handgun style and you start to feel like you’re the goods. Well you aren’t, combat will weed out the fools and they will be humbled by the experience. The real operators of the group will turn their very bodies into weapons if pressed and use any weapon at hand to violently fight and win.

Threat-Solutions’ Mike being the consummate professional merely picked up the Smith & Wesson R8 Pistol and put 8 rounds of full power .357 Magnum thru two holes that touched. Keep in mind this is cold and he wasn’t even allowed to see or touch the Smith & Wesson R8 prior to the volley. Mike’s comment on it “That’s a good shooter.” This is a whole diatribe in Mike speak and something he never surrenders unless it’s merited.

My turn on the Smith & Wesson R8 Pistol was a bit more… let’s say spacious, in the grouping. Don’t kid yourself reader, it was probably better than yours on a very good day. I shot the S&W R8 with both hands, both eyes, at distance and up close and did reloads from moon clips and loosies as well. This gun runs! It runs so well I forgot I was there to do a 1911 write up altogether and abandoned the other guns.

The whole review stack online and the guys who sold their S&W R8s to get some low end 1911 made a huge mistake in my viewing. I read the reviews online since our outing and even talked to my buddy who’s known in the online review community “Nut N Fancy” about this handgun, and he loved it too. In fact they all have one on his squad and they love shooting it as much as I did. The whole made for SWAT point guys thing I can take or leave, this M&P Performance Center wonder is a standout and worth it at any price.

Would I own it? Does it meet my go to war standard? That would be a yes! I spoke to some SEAL buddies about this gun and found out they love it and own it themselves. That to me says volumes just like Mike from  Threat-Solutions said earlier “It’s a good shooter.” The never fail, never quit, never doubt confidence aura on Smith & Wesson’s M&P R8 Pistol makes this gun one of my all time favorites. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind you will shoot this gun better than just about anything else made to date you’ve had a chance to lay your hands on.

Is this a tactical gun? You betcha! Is this a cool gun? Even more so! The rails on the top strap and under lug make adding any of the new tech a breeze which makes this a very good choice for home defense or crime fighting alike. One can’t deny the power of the .357 Magnum but you’ll be left wondering where did the recoil go? Sighting is very quick, very very quick with the Performance Center sights and accuracy is better than you can shoot out of the box. I could go on and on about how good the trigger is in double action and single action but you wouldn’t believe it. You probably think I work for Smith & Wesson but I don’t. I spend my time on the water most days or training when I’m not. I’m not a gun expert but Mike from  Threat-Solutions is, and the guys at The Gun Room Inc. are too. That’s where I decided to order my very own Smith & Wesson M&P R8 Pistol from. Go talk to them, they will get you what you want even if this legendary gun isn’t your thing. (trust me it is) Want to shoot like Mike? You better talk to Threat Solutions about that and spend less time on social media.

I believe in training like you fight, and fighting to win. The S&W M&P R8 will take you to new levels, it drains fast from the water, it doesn’t miss, and it won’t stop if you’re on your back or against the wall. Yes the web armchair commandos will go on and on about this or that wiz bang they read about from their mostly ad mag/blog/website and swear you need something else. These guys aren’t shooters, if they were they wouldn’t have the time to talk all that crap. The re-emergence of the wheel gun or the simple fact that that fixed barrels are more accurate?

You decide.

The Smith & Wesson M&P is a good place to start the next level of your training.

To contact Mike from Threat-Solutions call (503)320-4733

To contact The Gun Room Inc. call (503)777-3931 (tell em Zodiac Mike sent ya)

 

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.

 

Cobalt Kinetics Edge Rifle “Shots Fired”

We’ve all wondered about the Cobalt Kinetics line of firearms but for many of us it’s hard to justify the price for what seems at first nothing more than another AR-15. Guys like me like what we like and if you’re me that means you were never impressed with the AR-15 as a whole. I’m no one special, and I’m certainly not the last word of gun powder and steel, but I’m also no slouch. I’ve worn a uniform, a lab coat, and a wetsuit, and yes I’ve fired a shot or two in the time I’ve enjoyed being alive. When I met one of the guys from Cobalt Kinetics while on a visit to Portland Oregon’s The Gun Room Inc. I really couldn’t be bothered with another look at yet another attempt at tacticool crap. I must have seemed like a real jerk but he hung in there and to his credit he sold me a rifle as part of The Gun Room Inc.’s stocking order.

Not only did I drink the dreaded AR-Aide I drank deep with a Cobalt Kinetics custom “Edge” model in my colors and specs. When it came in I was excited, it was Christmas time so I felt like a very good boy on Santa’s list rewarded as such. I took it home and left it there until last Sunday. I was tagging along with Threat-Solutions on a training session for a father and daughter looking to revive grandpa’s old guns for an upcoming hunt. They were very excited to learn about guns and I was excited just to sit and watch Threat-Solutions give a fantastic beginner level class. Mike suggested that I bring a rifle to shoot and my mind immediately went to my Browning 1886 in 45-70, my favorite rifle of all time and also my most expensive.

I’m not sure of where things went wrong but I ended up with my Cobalt Kinetics Edge and several mismatched AR-15 magazines loaded with various 5.56mm and .223 cal ammo. Everything from old steel mags with tarnished brass, to P mags and ballistic tipped screamers. As things were winding down in Threat-Solutions’ class I remembered I stashed my gear under Mike’s truck to keep it out of Oregon’s liquid sky, but the actual Sun was shining now.

On the rickety wooden table sat my Cobalt Kinetics Edge with the Sun’s full brightness shining along its literal edge. It seemed as if the whole thing was one solid piece it showed no lines where it was put together, it didn’t rattle when shook, it was magnificent in fit and finish. How did this big middle finger to shoddy gunsmiths sit locked away so long in my vault of forgotten toys? I stuck on a 3X9 tactical scope grabbed a mag and dropped the bolt to a resonating ring emanating from the monolithic like design. The level of precision in the Cobalt Kinetics impressed even me and I can measure in angstrom units. (look it up)

The first shot I took hit the crude six inch circle I drew on an overly big piece of paper at 125 yards. Patting myself on the back and not the Cobalt Kinetics team, I fired three more shots on an actual target while adjusting the elevation and windage. Satisfied with a center hit I dumped the mag fast enough for the other people at the range to stop and watch. Mag after mag fell to the table while never once taking my eye off the prize utilizing the Cobalt Kinetics patented dual drop buttons instead of the bolt release.

I was utterly and completely bored with the whole experience, every one of those rounds made a pattern the size of a quarter. I’m a good shot, but I can’t be that good, can I? Well I’m not, but the Cobalt Kinetics is, out of the box even. Mike was finishing up and came over so I asked him to shoot a few so I could get some pics for my Facebook page. His experience was the same as mine, except he’s a better shot and his was about the size of a dime for a 30 round mag off hand while walking. Boring! Cobalt Kinetics’ Edge does not disappoint, it’s the finest fitting and best shooting AR-15 money will buy today at any price. You won’t build one better no matter how good you think you are or how many missions you were part of. The Cobalt Kinetics Edge shouldn’t even be called an AR-15, it’s so much better that it’s singular in the market.

I took the Cobalt Kinetics Edge back to The Gun Room Inc. since I was driving through anyway and gave the old grumpy geezers my first impression after shooting it for the first time. When I said it was boring to shoot they just looked at me not knowing how that could be true. Then I explained what I meant by boring, Cobalt Kinetics made a rifle anyone can shoot. That in it’s self should say it all, anyone can shoot the Cobalt Kinetics Edge. All those decades of practice seem wasted or would have been if Cobalt Kinetics made guns back when I wore a uniform at age 17.

I’m told when local vet and all around good guy “Big Tony” overheard Shaun from The Gun Room Inc. talking to Cobalt Kinetics about how boring my experience was he bought one to see if his mileage would vary. It didn’t, Big Tony’s outing was the exact same as mine and that of Mike’s from Threat-Solutions, one small hole. More precisely and let’s emphasize precise here, one smaller than AR-15 sized hole.

In full disclosure Cobalt Kinetics didn’t pay me for this post, they probably think I’m a jerk because of the way I treated them, all apologies to Cobalt Kinetics you earned your place at the big table. The Gun Room Inc. didn’t pay me in ammo, money or beef jerky to post this article either, apologies to them as well for treating their vendor so poorly (my bad guys). Obviously there are a lot of us out there who just haven’t ever had the chance to hold, own, or shoot a rifle this good who weren’t royalty of some sort. Cobalt Kinetics has made a rifle anyone can shoot and anyone can own, they have changed the very nature of firearms with the Edge Rifle.

I’m not a dealer for Cobalt Kinetics so give the folks at The Gun Room Inc. a call to get one, their number is (503)777-3931. If you want to talk training at any level talk to Mike at Threat-Solutions not me, I’m a jerk know it all.

Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum (Milo’s Pick Of The Week)

Words don’t accurately describe Milo’s Pick of the week…. Introducing the gargantuan Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum. This gun is terrifying to look at when it’s barrel is pointed at you empty, and when loaded it absolutely puts “the fear” into your very soul. I’m sure there are reviews that have scientific stuff and numbers, this isn’t one of them.

The Smith & Wesson 500 is a beast, it’s visceral, it tears at the sky, it’s brick to the head madness just looking at one in real life. This thing is made from a neutron star, it bends space and shatters time when you pull the trigger. “Be careful it’s a magnum.”, hahaha you chuckle inside because you’re so savage, totally not expecting the savagery you’re about to face.

When the adrenalin comes over you it’s part of your fight or flight response to danger. Triggered by the atomic bomb flash of the 500’s ICBM sized cartridge or the recoil even your dead relatives felt. You’re simply rendered in awe by the power you hold in your hand.

Mountains tremble and shake the deafening sound carries to the very stars for the 500 has belched forth it’s message of fire, brimstone, and furious anger. That such power can be tamed at all is the question you should be asking yourself before shooting the Magnum Opus. The King of pistols shatters all expectations. Finding it’s mark, targets are broken down to their cosmic essence as the freight train sized bullet meets them head on. The Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum changes what cover and concealment are and the advantage goes in it’s direction. This big bad wolf turned all the houses to straw, it huffs and puffs hot lead to boiling massive intensity.

Tacticool wannabes need not apply, you will get fed to the lions. The Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum will bring down any monster on the planet if you know how to wield it. Rounds can get beyond tyrannosaurus power if you can handle it. The gun wizards put big soft magic grips on this beast that trick you into loosing it’s spawn of fire and thunder. It’s impossible to anticipate the 500’s trigger nor the insanity of the explosion. It’s too easy to hit the target, it’s a lot of things, but mundane it’s not.

If you ever wondered what shooting a whole box of ammo would be like, this is it. If you can find a Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum buy it. Don’t just buy one weight of bullet, buy many. When the giant space robots attack Earth you’ll be well heeled and ready like a stainless steel Doc Holliday.

Colt 38 Super +P

The 38 super +P chambering in Colt’s 1911 platform has always been one of misunderstanding by some otherwise well intentioned shooters describing it to the novice. We all know that guy or gal who thinks they know more about the shooting sciences than anyone. The self same people preach the gospel of the anemic 9mm over 38 Special or .357 Magnum using words like semi-auto or high capacity as if their vaulted self importance matters. By saying the 38 Super +P is a Latino thing they hammer home their own ignorance proving forever that what they say isn’t to be trusted.

The 38 Super +P isn’t new by a long shot, it’s not a Latino thing, it has more steam than a 9mm falling just short of the legendary .357 Magnum. The Colt 38 Super +P 1911 is an incredibly flat shooting accurate whiz bang with virtually no recoil. Follow up shots with Colt’s 38 Super +P are very quick to the point of being almost instantaneous.

“Why haven’t I tried the Colt 38 Super +P if it’s so great?”,” you might wonder. That’s a very good question!

The recent surge of interest comes as more and more people become informed consumers, riding that digital wave of the internet super highway to destinations lined with facts not fiction.(sometimes) Your know it all shooting friend hates being wrong and proudly displays his new Colt 38 Super +P at the next range day like he had it all along even. The rise is partly because of ammo availability in the digital age, and partly because it’s the gun that could, and believe me it does.

Colt’s 1911 in 38 Super +P offering is vast with some exceptionally fine guns coming out of the Custom Shop and the regular production line as well. Shooters who don’t swim with the sharks in the competition seas have been missing out on a truly great shooter with a lot of power. It’s no secret that a lot of our brothers from the lower Americas prefer this round in a Colt 1911, they aren’t allowed to use military calibers for firearms so the 38 Super +P filled their need for a good shooter.

Every time I’m at the range with a Colt 38 Super +P 1911 and someone gets their dirty sandwich grabbers on it they are amazed how much better they shoot with it. You can see the gears turning in their head when the look at the spent cartridges, trying to figure out what it is. For some it’s only natural to be confused, what they thought was a .45 caliber 1911 turns out to be something completely different and a new found love story starts. Luckily I live close to The Gun Room Inc. so I can get more bullets to shoot easily, but as stated above a person can get just about anything they want from the internet, ammo included.

If you haven’t tried the Colt 38 Super +P you owe it to yourself as a shooter to try it, and if you are looking for a good first gun but the thought of the .45’s recoil makes you uneasy the Colt 38 Super +P may be what you are looking for. The Gun Room Inc. has you covered with the Colt 38 Super +P 1911, in fancy dress or plain blued. Give us a call or better yet stop in and see one for yourself, you will be glad you did.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206

(503)777-3931

Smith & Wesson Performance Center R8

Smooth……..Nimble……..Balanced……..

Eight*Shots*Of*Steam*Rolling*.357*Magnum*Power*!!!!!!!!


It’s a Smith & Wesson Performance Center R8 of course! While not a new handgun it’s becoming one of the most coveted revolvers anywhere. Do a web search and you see people putting it into video games with their own homemade code. There are You Tube videos, songs, reviews and multitudes of blogs written about the little known revolver that could.

Lauded as a tactical point man gun with rails that’ll take what ever gadget is trendy on the top strap and barrel it seemly has everything a person needs in one gun. This is probably why you don’t see a great many real ones in the wild.

Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center spends a bit of time tuning the action until it’s smoother than whipped butter. Two staging becomes a mere thought and very positive with the trigger break as crisp as a new dollar bill. Single stage shooting is unlike any other revolver, the lead is coaxed out of the pre tensioned barrel with such finesse you hardly know you are shooting the power house .357 Magnum round.

You are surprised when the air is torn asunder in a ball of furious blue flame making the targets fall out of fear if not the authoritative mass of it’s blistering projectile. The experience makes you giddy with endorphins the first and every time you shoot it. When you first see the Smith & Wesson R8 your brain says oh it’s just another revolver, you don’t even realize you’ve already picked it up and are thumbing the hammer. It’s massive, but, ….dare I say…light? It feels like you slipped through a mirror into a land of weird juxtaposition. How can it be so light yet so positive, so awe inspiring?

By now everyone else is looking at you at the gun counter, it’s very much like you discovered something new, shiny. The tribe grows restless, hoping you won’t buy it before they get a chance to handle it themselves. Every gun buyer has felt it but not like this.

The R8 connects to everyone who handles it in some unexplainable way. You can see it in their faces, questioning everything they know about what a gun is supposed to be. For some reason they feel like they’ve been lied to their whole lives. Revolvers are supposed to be heavy, they are supposed to be lacking capacity, they are supposed to be slow to reload. WHAT GIVES!

Everyone knows the end of the story but you, you’re still figuring out how you got home at this point. Reaching frantically to mount a light on the R8’s barrel, and stealing the nearest example off of your now extinct semi-auto. Watching from the corner your home defense shotgun cowers in fear of it’s own inevitable demise. Your match pistol snickers until it realizes you are walking towards it, hand out stretched to snatch that glass right off like you are stealing it’s crown. Sure you could be a purist and use the incredibly accurate iron V notch sights, you can even leave the top strap rail off, but why?

If you thought you heard your house sigh chances are you did. Everyone breathes easier with the Smith & Wesson R8 on their side. Everything you could ever need for a home defense system the R8 delivers in a very serious gun that is all business. Make no mistakes this gun is absolutely terrifying to look upon with the muzzle pointed at you. The psychological effect on a criminal facing it must be debilitating.

The Smith & Wesson Performance Center’s R8 is cutting edge, it doesn’t even seem to be of this world, but it exists. If you’re real lucky you may spot one in the wild but whatever you do don’t let someone else see it first!

Give us a call here at The Gun Room Inc. to see one for yourselves (503)777-3931

 

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