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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Shipping a gun?

Long story short, my brother needs to ship a gun back to Henry. How do you guys ship a gun? What is the best shipping company to send with? Any other help is welcome
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 06:51 PM
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Re: Shipping a gun?

Long guns can be shipped via USPS or common carrier(UPS, Fedex, etc) directly from the owner to the FFL(gun manufactures are FFL's too), then the gun can be shipped directly back to the owner. For the common carriers, you'll have to use an actual depot because those box/shipping stores are just franchised storefronts, and the management are typically ignorant of being able to ship things.

There are forms to declare when shipping that need to be filled out whether you ship via USPS or common carrier. Also, common carriers often require overnight shipping which inflates shipping costs greatly.

You may find that shipping it through a local FFL might be cheaper.

For handguns, only FFL's can ship via USPS. Us regular folks can only use a common carrier.

If you have to track your game, then you aren't using a big enuff gun.
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Re: Shipping a gun?

knight, thanks for the information.

What is the best way to package?
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Re: Shipping a gun?

No insight?
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-03-2012, 11:13 PM
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Re: Shipping a gun?

171farm, If you are shipping back for repairs, Email Or Call Henry and they will send you a shipping label for U.P.S. the Big Brown Truck on there dime costing you nothing !
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Re: Shipping a gun?

You can't ship it yourself, you got to go to your local FFL dealer and he'll ship it to you. I ship many rifles through my FFL dealer for my dura coating business through my FFL dealer until I get my license. this is the only way to go hope this helps you

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-13-2012, 06:51 AM
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Re: Shipping a gun?

You are allowed to ship a rifle yourself to a FFL in another state. You can ship it UPS but it has to be from a hub as most ups stores will not accept or you can ship thru the post office. If the post office gives you problems all you need to do is tell them to look at their book at postal code 601.12.2.c
"c. Rifles and shotguns may be mailed by a non-FFL owner domestically to a FFL
dealer, manufacturer, or importer in any state. USPS recommends these items
be mailed using those services described in 12.2a."

I have had USPS try to refuse shipping a gun but just ask for their manager and tell them to look at the code.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-13-2012, 07:02 PM
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Re: Shipping a gun?

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Originally Posted by palefty
I have had USPS try to refuse shipping a gun but just ask for their manager and tell them to look at the code.
Nice to have that file code......Postmasters are as dumb as rocks..Had one refuse to ship a rifle for me last year , as well as call other local post offices who didn't know either..By the time they got it all straightened out and invited me to bring my gun back, I had it shipped Fed Ex which cost me quite a bit more.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-14-2012, 10:58 AM
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Re: Shipping a gun?

FWIW, i've been hassled by a postal worker over this before. Not only is there a postal code as mentioned before, but there is also wording by the Atf that basically says if they give you a hard time, to report them to the atf or some such.

Technically the postal employee can't even ask you what you are shipping, just if you are shipping anything hazardous or illegal; which you aren't.

I think alot of the confusion stems from the official USPS use of the term "firearm" to refer to hand guns but not long guns.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-14-2012, 01:56 PM
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Re: Shipping a gun?

you are wrong. yes you can ship it yourself if it is going back for repair
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