Shipping handgun for repair.

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  1. Mar 11, 2017 #1
    LV3

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    Friday I called Browning service department concerning issues I was having with my new Buckmark. Within the hour they e-mailed me a service repair form and a shipping label for UPS 2nd day air. Upon arriving at UPS shipping facility I was informed that they only shipped handguns on Next Day Air.
    I then called Browning service department and they said that they had a contract with UPS and it was OK to ship it 2nd day air.
    UPS said they would absolutely not ship a hand gun 2nd day air.
    UPS and Fed Ex charge $70 + to ship next day saver, which I will do as a last resort.
    Does anyone know of any alternatives?
     
  2. Mar 11, 2017 #2
    Amish_ninjas

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    Call your local gun store. They might be able to ship it 2nd day for you using the RMA they provided.
     
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    Went back to UPS Customer Service Center this morning. Figured it wouldn't hurt to try again. Thankfully, the employee that told me UPS only shipped handguns next day air was not there.
    It turns out he was only half right. It turns out next day air only policy applies to individuals only. Since I had a shipping label from Browning they could ship it 2nd day air.
    Glad someone was there who knew and understood UPS policies. :)
     
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  4. Mar 13, 2017 #4
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    When I got shipping info from cajun gun works, their instructions say do not tell the shipping company you are shipping a firearm because they will try to screw you into next day air. They suggested to tell them you are shipping "machined parts" which is true. FFLs all over the country ship 2 day no problem so there is no reason an individual cant. When I have sent guns back for repair in the past, I schedule a pick up and there are no questions asked.
     
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    I believe that federal law requires the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm.
     
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    bachman44

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    Well if that's true, I wonder how custom gun companies are getting by with telling customers to not say it's a gun.
     
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    I was wondering the same thing bachman44, I was told that also.
     
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    There's a lot of gray area on this. The law is black and white, but it's so ridiculously convoluted that it gets muddy'd up in the process.

    For any non-serialized part, your fine. It's not a firearm. I once had a clerk ask me "What kind of machine parts?". I should have told him "nun yo bidness", but I couldn't resist saying "hole-puncher"...turns out we were mind-melding...it was the gayest gun-guy moment ever.

    Serialized lowers and frames are best shipped from a sympathetic FFL. They get rates you can't get...may save you 50-100 bux in shipping.
     
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    I don't think it's LAW...I think it's company policy. The "overnight" thing isn't law, it's per company policy to keep the stream going because THEY have a theft problem.
     

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