Pop Pop BOOM!

It was early Sunday morning and I was on my way to the range to shoot pistols outdoors with my buddy Mike. I was excited because this range covered all the disciplines pistol wise and they had a 1000 yard rifle range too. Knowing that the many courses of fire would require round counts in the thousands I grabbed everything I had and tossed it into a bag. There were factory loads, reloads, protection and duty rounds in all shapes and sizes for my 357 magnum.

If I’m one thing it’s a wheel gun guy, and I’m a come lately wheel gun guy too. When I was young and dumb in the military I went by the thinking that if you could put more bullets in the gun it must be a better gun. The 9mm was so exciting, finally putting the old 1911 to rest in favor of the “newer” (cough) 9mm, what a time to be alive and carry a gun. My judgement was clouded by T.V. and Hollywood and to a large part by my peers at the time. I switched back to the old school, and threw over my 9mm pistols for the smaller and more powerful .357 magnums.

Bullets come in all shapes and sizes and today there are more boutique ammo manufacturers and rounds that promise the world than ever before. There are +P cartridges, reduced recoil rounds, subsonic hush puppies, ballistic tip wonders and just about every other thing you can think of. In the dizzing array of ammo types it’s pretty easy to make a mistake with ammo. Selecting the correct bullet for your pea shooter shouldn’t be hard. The first thing a shooter needs to do is figure out which caliber they need to feed their handgun. Marked on every gun, usually on the receiver or barrel, is the caliber it is chambered for. This is a rated pressure the manufacturer says is safe for the particular firearm, it is not recommended that you exceed this pressure with factory or reloaded ammo. Some will say +P and will handle the extra sauce, some will not. You should never shoot +P ammo in a handgun that’s not rated for it or you might end up with a bloody stump.

Meanwhile back on the range I’ve got a bubblegum machine selection of rounds in my packet I’m charging my starving cylinder to feed the drill at hand. My Smith & Wesson R8 is running pretty good and chewing up the competition. When I’m down to the last handful of loosies I decide to shoot my tiny little Smith & Wesson 640-1 to clear out the months old Hornady Critical Defense .357 Magnums I’ve been running and jumping with. I make gorgeous hits and decide to shoot the last of my pocket ammo up since I have exactly 5 rounds left. It’s a mixed bunch of various poppers that my gun gobbles up one two three then a much louder and bigger bang followed by a boom that made a fireball go all the way to the ground. My finger tip felt like I just had my finger nail ripped off and my forearm was aching from the blast. Something was amiss as I’ve never even shot a .44 Magnum that peppered me like that little .357 Magnum did. Once I was able to finally swing the cylinder out I wasn’t able to eject the shells.

If I had been shooting a weaker gun I might not be typing this today, and as for my greed when free ammo comes in, well it’s definitely lessoned. My buddy Mike said “That’s why I always shoot the same ammo, consistency.”. His matter of fact statement said volumes to me and my stinging hand. The moral to my story is don’t shoot free reloaded ammo you don’t know a thing about. Yes free is cheap but at what expense? Those last two rounds I shot parted the cases and flattened out the primers, they were tough to extract but truly the little stainless J frame was over built and am I ever glad it was. The post explosion inspection revealed the little Smith & Wesson was none worse for the wear, had that been in one of my wonder 9’s I’d be called stumpy today.

Always be aware of the gun you are preparing to shoot and what ammo you are shooting. If you have a question about which ammo your gun will safely shoot take it to your local gun shop and ask. Fingers don’t grow back!

When Quality Comes First

And so it goes we received another Colt 1911 that eschews the common clone for the full Colt Custom experience.  Upon initial inspection the pistol looks like many others, but it’s fundamentality different and requires a closer look for the uninitiated to make the lights go on.

Despite being no longer offered at Colt’s Custom Shop The Gun Room Inc.’s long time relationship with Colt reaps benefits in the form of a one of a kind Colt Custom 1911 worthy of the title.

With features that include; a reverse crown barrel with thick stainless EGW bushing and recoil plug, custom round butt mainspring housing and frame. For sights the Colt wears Novak with gold front and plain black rear, Ed Brown beavertail grip safety, strong side safety lock, 25 LPI checkering with enhanced cut, laser engraved “Rampant Colt” and Colt Custom Shop logo, flat top and serrated slide with border arrow head pattern, grey G10 grips with Colt logo, dehorned, silver 3 hole trigger and last but certainly not least enhanced reliability package.

  • extractor tension adjustment
  • tuning of the sear and disconnector
  • polishing and contouring of thebarrel throat
  • adjustment and test firing of allincluded mags
  • adjustment of the ejector
  • lowering and flaring of theejection port
  • polishing of the feed ramp

This Government Model is a Series 70  in 45ACP 5″ barrel blued.

As mentioned above this is a one of a kind Colt Custom Shop and much of the work is no longer available in the Colt Custom Shop. This gun was a multi-year wait to manufacture and receive from Colt and it won’t be offered again in this configuration. Expect to pay more than the big box store clone 1911 that you are thinking about.

The Gun Room Inc. is known for the hard to get exceptional firearms that we feature on our pages here and in the shop.

To inquire about this fine Colt Custom Shop 1911 Government stop by our shop:

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon 97206

(503) 777-3931

Lost And Found

The headline is a bit misleading, but it still holds merit. This morning when I put my feet into my boots and put on my trusty Stormy Kromer jacket I had to decide between my toque or my Stormy Kromer hat, the wind was too cold and too strong for my ball cap. In the end I opted for the Stormy Kromer hat, it had a loss guarantee from Stormy Kromer and besides that it functioned as the ball cap I wanted to wear but offered the warmth of the toque.

Those of you who are from the more Southern latitudes will be wondering what a toque is, think knit hat or beanie and you have the picture. While pretty good in the snow most offer no sun protection for your face like a billed hat does, and a billed hat is the type that gets blown off your head and offers no warmth. Stormy Kromer checks off all the boxes so it’s what gets worn when the wind is up and the chill is down.

If you’re a high latitude sailor or hunter chances are you probably know what a Stormy Kromer hat is, those below 45N who wear them are mostly the younger crowd who see it as a fashion statement rather than necessary gear. The fashion thing I get, but I’m more of a function guy, Stormy Kromer definitely has some pretty fashionable offerings but man it’s the go to function wise.

As a technical fabric nothing beats good old fashioned wool sheared from actual sheep to keep you warm and happy, wet or dry. I’m not talking about sublimated dye patterned polyester, I’m talking dyed in the wool gear for outdoor activity. It reminds me of the difference between my old summer dress white uniform and my dress blues, the dress whites were polyester, and my dress blues were wool. I definitely preferred the dress blues on watch or out on liberty over the dress whites. Did I mention that Stormy Kromer is made in  the US, can you say that about your hat or jacket?

It’s true that when you buy a Stormy Kromer hat that you can go on their website and register that hat to take advantage of the free replacement program. If you lose your Stormy Kromer they’ll replace it for free for one year, that’s how sure they are of their product and it’s ability. Stormy Kromer makes a pretty good toque as well, their women’s mohair and wool blend beanie is my favorite because it’s so soft. Who cares if it’s made for women? I wear it when the snow drifts high and the days are dark and short, it doesn’t make my head itch after wearing it all day like an acrylic hat does. My Stormy Kromer coat and vest are about as good as it gets, and the Stormy Kromer hat selection is large enough that I always have something that looks as good as it works.

I get my Stormy Kromer gear at The Gun Room Inc., but I really haven’t had to get any since 1994 with the exception of a couple of new styles of SK hats. My originals are still working as good today as back when I first bought them all those years ago.

get you some!

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206


Hoyt Archery 2019 Models In Stock

If there is one thing I hate when I go to the grocery store it’s when they put up Christmas decorations the next day after Halloween. To combat this oppressive consumerism I go down to the local gun store and get my chakras realigned.

Sitting there against the wall were some suspicious looking packages with Hoyt written on them. Putting down my seasonal chai candy cane tea, and picking up the box made me think it was Christmas early and the room began to spin.

When I came back to the real world I asked the archery pro Shaun what’s in the box and he nodded, smiled, and said 2019 Hoyt bows. I didn’t get past the REDWRX-3 Carbon before the vapors started coming on again and I had to sit down. It was light as air and I was convinced I was dreaming.

What brought me back to reality this time was Shaun waving a new for 2019 bow called the “Helix” in front of my face. That bow in my hand made me instantly grow a 5 o’clock shadow and throw my chai tea into the trash.

If you are like me and new to hunting throw that pumpkin spice latte into the trash and spend your money on something worth wile and get yourself a new 2019 Hoyt Archery Bow in stock at The Gun Room Inc.

Ask for Shaun and get the goods all setup to your specs.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206




The Digital Divide

In the up coming weeks The Gun Room Inc. will be launching an online store to bridge the digital divide. Many other gun stores have already made the move with digital online sales to qualified FFL holders/stores, but we have remained out of the mainstream side of the market.

The Gun Room Inc. has always been about fine firearms for hunting and collecting, and never into the plastic fantastic generation of guns and gun owners like the other guys. That being said The Gun Room Inc. will be focusing on the hard to find good stuff rather than being a clearing house for plastic guns. If you are looking for “tacticool” you’ll be better off with the other shops, if you want an original issue Colt single action The Gun Room Inc. has your six.

Once the main framework is up and running The Gun Room Inc. will offer additional items for the hunter and distinguished shooter looking to outfit themselves with the best gear.

In the future The Gun Room Inc. will be offering our Archery Pro Shop items no FFL required for the bow hunter looking for an edge. Our resident Shaun only sells what he’d hunt or has hunted with so you know it’s going to be right.

Yes the future of the Gun Room Inc. is looking better all the time, and soon people who live far away will be able to view and shop our extensive line of upper end rifles, shotguns and hand guns.


Archery Season Is Here

It’s happening again, another archery season is upon us here in the Pacific NW and the hunting is hot. If you’ve drawn your tag and are done putting salmon in your freezer it’s time to get out in the field and put some arrows to work.

Some of you folks out there don’t have your quiver loaded or your bow strung and are wondering about that old crusty bow you had problems with last year. The Gun Room Inc. has a full archery section upstairs and a resident bow guy that’s here to help. Shaun has bow hunted in Africa and taken some big and dangerous game with a bow where other have feared to tread with big iron.

If you need a new rig or want some arrows, a release, sights or anything else give Shaun a call (503)777-3931 and make your next hunt successful.



Colt 1918 BAR Milo’s Pick Of The Week

Introduced during the 2015 Shot Show in Las Vegas the Colt BAR is a very limited, very collectible rifle.

Chambered in 30-06 Springfield and in semi-automatic format this Colt BAR means anyone who’s able to buy a rifle legally can own it without a federal tax stamp. Slated for a production run not to exceed 1000 units and with less than 150 units actually produced in this variant makes it extremely collectible.

Comes with a custom leather wrapped case, two magazines, sling, cleaning kit, and certificate of authenticity.



To see this gun in person stop by The Gun Room Inc. on SE Foster Rd. in Portland Oregon.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206


Wiley X Eye Protection

While cruising thru my email yesterday I noticed that exchange had a sale going on for Wiley X Eye Protection. For those of you wondering what the exchange is, imagine a shopping center for active US military and their dependents. Recently veterans were given access to the exchange online privileges and as such many of us who served are taking advantage of the savings. Anyhow as I said I had a look online as I always wanted another set to replace the ones we had back in the day, back in the fray. When I did an online search to compare pricing which most of us call “research” these days I found that The Gun Room Inc. right here in Portland had them in stock.

If I needed anymore prodding to drive over to the FOPO neighborhood to get a Super Deluxe hamburger and do a bit of gun store browsing this was it. I was surprised to see that The Gun Room Inc. had many different styles to choose from and at pricing that was the same as buying it online from the exchange and waiting. One word of warning if you’re planning a similar trip, if you are trying to get into both stores like I did the Super Deluxe will take awhile if you are around dinner time and The Gun Room Inc. closes at 6pm so plan accordingly.

I called The Gun Room Inc. while I waited for over 1/2 hour in the drive thru line at Super Deluxe and the person named Shaun said he’d wait for me to get there because it was looking like I was going to be late due to Super Deluxe popularity. I can’t thank the wonderful people at The Gun Room Inc. enough for waiting for me to make it and on top of everything giving me a veteran’s discount that made my purchase of Wiley X glasses even cheaper than I could get from the exchange.

The moral to my story is I had a real experience by going out and shopping in person despite my “research” online. I got a delicious hamburger, a great deal on some Wiley X glasses, and I met some great people at my new go to gun shop. Thanks Gun Room!

Thanks for the kind words, it was great meeting you and thank you for your service.


Hoyt Archery Summer Savings

I know it’s hard to think about anything when it’s so darn hot outside, but bow season is right around the corner so it’s time to get with the program. Sitting here in The Gun Room Inc’s air conditioned showroom I’m amazed at how many really good Hoyt Archery bows there are available for a song. Granted some are new old stock but the elk don’t care about that one bit.

One thing I noticed is The Gun Room already has the 2019 Hoyt Archery bows in stock and Shaun has even built up a couple of real nice bows that are field/hunt ready. I’m not an Olympic level archer, heck at best I pull a string once or twice a year just to keep fresh and relevant. When I look at the Hoyt Archery bows being built by Shaun I know it’s time to upgrade no matter my skill level because I just can’t pass on a deal like they have going on now.

For some reason I feel I need to own one of the new Hoyt Archery REDWRX Carbon builds Shaun has dangling neatly in front of me as he puts together another one for a customer.

I’m also needing a new quiver of arrows and thankfully Shaun has me covered on that end. When I’m out with my friends it’s good to have arrows that look different than theirs, sort of like golf balls with numbers I guess. The real thing about my arrow selection is I’m color blind. I have to pick fletch colors I can see in the bush for that fact alone.

Yes, the Hoyt Archery REDWRX is looking like it’s finding a new home, and it comes with it’s own case which is a plus because now I don’t need to find one myself or pay any extra money. Thanks Hoyt Archery! There was more archery stuff than I expected to find at The Gun Room Inc. to be honest, and I for sure wasn’t expecting to meet a pro like Shaun there.

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