It’s Duck Season

Remembering back to the Loony Tunes morning cartoons as a young child the bit with Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny saying what season it is comes to bear. Well without a doubt it’s duck season here in the NW despite Daffy’s prompting towards rabbit season.

With ducks coming down the flyways in droves many of us are up before the sun trying to get the best spots for ourselves. Dusting off old gear and unwrapping the very latest in outdoor tech the hunter sallies forth into the dark with a trusty dog and shotgun hoping to get a limit before work. The pace of technology seems to speed along developments for getting limits but the old timers have some tricks up their sleeve that us younger guys would love to know.

Things like the right shotgun for example can make or break a day in the field or marsh. Sometimes we take the shotgun for granted, thinking that the newest shell flavor will do all the heavy lifting for us. This is not really the case, the shells will only pattern as good as the shotgun will allow. Watching Warren or Shaun shoot shotguns you forget just how hard it can be to get on target as ducks literally fall from the sky around them.

The old reliable Remington 870 in Warren’s hands is like a painter’s brush to canvas. Warren paints the skies and the ducks are the canvas, the shells are the medium and the end result is a masterpiece duck dinner. Trying to find Shaun on a blustery day like today is next to impossible. Cammoed out in the latest Sitka Gear Shaun blends in to his surroundings, calling so realistically you’d never know he was there if it weren’t for the bang and falling ducks.

What Shaun and Warren bring to the duck game has been wrought out of the mud and years of bad weather culminating in the unparalleled knowledge base as it stands today.Three generations of hunting ducks in the NW area pays dividends when grandpa, dad and daughter rise before the sun. I know I either want to be right next to them in the blind or on the other side of the unit. If I’m next to them I’ll cleanup, but if I’m over a blind or two it means I don’t get any ducks at all so then you had better be on the extreme end of the unit to win.

What the guys have casually forgotten is more than I’ll ever know. Thankfully I can catch up with them at The Gun Room Inc. and glean a few tricks. Do yourself a solid and stop in to see Warren or Shaun to get the best gear and guns for the game you are hunting. Tell em Mike sent ya!

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!

New Sitka Clothing In Stock At The Gun Room Inc.

That’s right, we’ve been re-stocked on the Sitka Gear Sub Alpine and Timber patterns for the hunters out there feeling the itch. The big game hunters are loving the Sub Alpine for deer and elk and they are loving the mobility and quiet that Sitka Gear provides.

With ducks and geese the hunters go for the Timber pattern to great effect. As we all know when the weather gets to be at it’s worst the hunting gets to be the best and with Sitka Gear we are able to capitalize on that without freezing to death or being too encumbered with clothing. Sitka Gear performs, it’s a system that allows you to be protected but not handicapped to keep warm and dry.

When it comes to hunting The Gun Room Inc. is your NW Hunting Headquarters and has been since 1965. Our staff has grown up hunting and shooting here in the NW and offers real insight to what a hunter in the NW needs. You won’t find a big box store mentality here, we use what we sell and we stand behind what we sell. Resident waterfowl specialist Shaun has boots on the ground/marsh experience that has been earned through many seasons afield doing what hunters dream of.

Questions about gear or guns are answered with real knowledge not marketing hyperbole by a person who’s never been hunting a day in their life. The Gun Room Inc. offers honest deals on the best the NW has to offer.

Stop in and see us today on the corner of SE 56th and Foster, you will be glad you did!

 

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.

Remington Custom Shop 700s In Stock

This hunting season is seeing quite a few nice animals harvested from our Remington Custom Shop Rifles. The months long wait for a Remington Custom Shop Rifle has been paying off big time for the guys who got their bespoke rifles ordered earlier this year. Didn’t get your specs in to get one built? No worries The Gun Room Inc. still has you covered with a few Remington Custom Shop Rifles that we made for stock.

Give us a call (503)777-3931 or better yet stop by and see some for yourself.

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)

 

Archery Season

It’s archery season again in the Pacific Northwest and that means great deals on great archery gear. Custom built bows and arrows mean that there is a bow that will fit anyone looking to get into archery hunting girl or boy alike.

When on a once in a lifetime hunt you’ll want the gear to keep you comfortable and quiet and The Gun Room Inc. delivers with brands like Sitka and Core 4 Element keeping you covered in any conditions.

The days get shorter and draw out the primitive programing in archery hunter’s brains to grab that trusty bow and put meat on the table. Trophy hunters chose Hoyt Archery and The Gun Room Inc. to make their dreams come true, and when it comes to archery hunting no one does it better than our resident pro Shaun.

Give Shaun a call to get your custom bow fitted to you and your needs (503)777-3931.

Don’t wait or the season will change and you’ll have missed another opportunity.

Custom Remington 700’s

The Gun Room Inc.’s ability to get you that Custom 700 with all the bells and whistles has always been one of our strong points. Today we are looking at a left handed .280 caliber AI Remington North America SS Custom and a 7mm Remington Magnum North American SS Custom.

Features include:

  • “Blueprinted” Model 700 action to ensure receiver face and bolt face squareness and uniform locking lug contact
  • Satin stainless steel finish
  • Bell & Carlson stock
  • Aluminum bedding block and hand laid epoxy bedded
  • Recessed hunter crown
  • Fluted barrel (5 flutes)
  • Steel BDL trigger guard with custom box magazine (hinged floor plate engraved with custom shop logo standard)
  • 24-inch barrel 26-inch barrel on Magnum
  • 40-X trigger set at 3 lbs. and adjustable from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2
  • Premium button rifled and hand lapped barrel
  • Magazine capacity (4+1), (3+1) Magnum
  • (2) Sling swivel mounts
  • Accuracy Guarantee – 1″ 3shot maximum group size at 100 yards, up to 30 caliber

Remington’s Model 700 sets the standard for accuracy with every rifle they make but the Remington Custom Shop 700 North American SS Custom is the stuff of legend. The level of precision these rifles attain is only possible by hand fitting, personal attention, and craftsmanship from the master class. Entirely hand built by the absolute best gunsmiths in the industry the Model 700 North American is crafted with the hunter in mind and delivers absolute durability, reliability and precision accuracy for a lifetime in the field.

More Remington Custom Shop Rifles come thru our doors than anywhere else in Portland. If you are looking for a singular rifle made custom for you, look no further, just come in and get started. Give The Gun Room Inc. a call (503)777-3931 or stop in and talk to one of our gun gurus.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster RD.

Portland OR 97206

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