Understanding MOA for Hunting
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by Erik McCluskey
10M ago
  What is MOA? You may have heard that a 1 MOA gun will shoot a 1 inch group at 100yds. While that is not false, that is also not completely true. MOA is a measure of accuracy in guns and stands for minute of angle which is 1/60th of 1 degree. A lot of gun manufactures will guarantee their guns to be 1 MOA. This means that their gun will shoot within a 1 minute of angle cone from your point of aim. This happens to be within a 1 inch circle at 100 yards. 2 inches at 200 yards. 3 inches at 300 yards. And so on. However, these 1 MOA rifles are likely guaranteed only in perfect conditions wit ..read more
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Safe Deposit Box Rental in Eugene
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by Erik McCluskey
10M ago
  Private Safe Deposit Boxes The McCluskey Arms Company is excited to now offer safe deposit box rentals at our location in Eugene. Keep your important documents and valuables secure in our safety deposit boxes that reside in our private gun vault. McCluskey Arms will not be able to access the contents of your box. Safe deposit boxes require two keys for accessing the contents. McCluskey Arms maintains the guard key while you are the only person who has a copy of the main key. Even if someone steals your key, they will not be able to access the contents of your box since McCluskey Arms re ..read more
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How to Ship Your Gun
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by Erik McCluskey
11M ago
  How to Ship Your Gun Customers from all over the country ship their guns to us so we thought it would be helpful to write a blog that covers the best practices for packaging your gun for shipment. In our experience, people often improperly package their guns for shipping, causing damage or resulting in the package being returned to the sender. This blog focuses on how you should package your gun for shipping. We do not provide legal advice on shipping firearms. Please review ATF rules and carrier rules before shipping your gun. However, we will recommend shipping your gun through UPS be ..read more
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Most Popular Cerakote Colors
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by Erik McCluskey
11M ago
  Last week we covered the best camouflage patterns for Cerakote in 2023. This week we are cover the most popular Cerakote colors. Check out the list below! Black Simple. Classic. Sleek. Black is a color that will never go out of style. It has always been and still is the most popular Cerakote color. In general, McClusky Arms Cerakote customers get something more interesting than black, but most other customers who get optic cuts or other slide machining get their gun repainted black. More specifically, they get Graphite Black. Cerakote’s Graphite Black (H-146) is a satin black that was c ..read more
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Best Camo Patterns for Cerakote in 2023
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by Erik McCluskey
11M ago
  #5 - Topo Cam Though it’s more of a design than a camo pattern, Topo Cam still made the top 5 on our list. The origins of Topo are hard to track down, but Topo Camo appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Perhaps it has become popular in the firearms industry since topographic maps are used by the military to plan for both battle and defense. These maps use contour lines to represent elevations and landforms, and the pattern makes for a cool design. Topo Cam has been around for a few years now but is still one of the most popular camo patterns in 2023. #4 - Partizan With how popular ..read more
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What's the best gun finish?
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by Erik McCluskey
11M ago
  What gun finish is best? With a variety of firearm finishes available, it can be difficult to choose the right one. The best finish for your gun will depend on your specific needs and requirements, how you use your gun, and your personal style and taste. To determine what finish would be best for your firearm consider the following needs: Wear resistance/durability (especially for holsters) Corrosion resistance—against water and chemicals Appearance In this blog, we’ll discuss gun finish options and the benefits of each. Check out the table below for a quick overview! Cerakote C ..read more
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Glock Gold Plating
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by Erik McCluskey
2y ago
  At McCluskey Arms, we recently added gold plating to our list of gunsmithing services.  Our first gold plating project was a Glock slide.  In this blog, we explain what gold plating is and how we gold plated this Glock. What is Gold Plating? Gold plating is the process of applying a thin layer of gold to the gun’s finish using heat and an electric current. The gold comes dissolved in a liquid form and adheres to the metal at 120 degrees.   Prep and Polish Before adding any gold, we had to prep and polish the Glock slide.   The gold plating finish of the gu ..read more
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Top 5 Gun Movies
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by Erik McCluskey
2y ago
  #5 - Gran Torino Gran Torino is one of the movies that got me into guns. Though I wouldn’t really consider Gran Torino a “gun movie,” it features several iconic guns like the M1 Garand, M1911, Colt Python, MAC-10, and Uzi. That’s a power packed line up. It also features the Remington 870, one of the best selling shotguns in history. But that’s a gun no movie could ever make me like. #4 - Without Remorse I know it doesn’t have a great storyline but Without Remorse is a great gun movie. And does anyone really watch a move like that for the storyline anyway? Without Remorse features guns ..read more
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Must-Have Gunsmithing Tools
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by Erik McCluskey
2y ago
  This week, I’ve compiled a list of my must-have gunsmithing tools.  I wish I had known about these sooner! Not only do these tools save me money, but they are the right ones for my job.     1. Fret Guitar Vise I use this guitar vise for all kinds of projects.  It has built in soft jaws and keeps my machinist vise free.  And, the jaws pivot so they can hold any shape.   2. Knipex Pliers These things have changed my life.  I’ve started carrying them everywhere. The Knipex pliers have a parallel jaw that is narrow enough to do anything.&nb ..read more
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AR vs AK
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by Erik McCluskey
2y ago
  This is a gunsmith’s point of view in the AR vs AK debate. Off the shelf, which gun is a better battle rifle design? Which is better for practical use and long term self defense? I’ve tried to leave my personal opinion (and love for shooting AKs) out of this. Accuracy A $1,000 AR will be more accurate than a $1,000 AK. AKs can be accurate. But it's cost prohibitive during the manufacturing process. AKs off the shelf are 2.5 to 5 MOA at 100 yards. Compare that to a standard ARs which is usually 1 to 2 MOA at 100 yards. From a manufacturing perspective, it’s much easier and affordable to ..read more
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