View Full Version : Procedure for Mailing Pistol?

03-10-2013, 5:24 PM
I have to send a pistol back to the manufacturer for some warranty work. Do I need to send/receive it through a FFL? Or can I mail it directly and receive it directly?


03-10-2013, 5:29 PM
Call the manufacture, they will send you a Fed Ex label, put the gun in the box it came in, pack it in a strong cardboard box and call Fed Ex for pick up and tell them it's a gun, get insurance.

03-12-2013, 10:26 AM
I just sent a revolver to Cylinder & Slide in Fremont Nebraska. I was told I would have to ship it Priority Overnight with FedEx. They checked the destination to be sure it was a licensed FFL when I told them there was a gun in the package. I weighed 3.6 lbs. and the charge was $84.03, which I think is an outrageous cost, a result of restrictive gun laws.

However, due to a computer glitch, the FedEx office could not enter my tracking number into their system. They said that the driver who picked up the package would do that and it would not affect my delivery, and it would be there the next morning. That night (a Thursday) I went on the FedEx website which indicated that the package had been "picked up after FedEx cutoff", was delayed, and would not be delivered until the following Monday, 4 days after I took it to them. I continued to watch the progress on the tracking site and it was delivered on Monday. I called FedEx and told them the computer issue was their problem, not mine and I wanted a refund. They agreed and said they would credit me back the entire charge.

Cylinder & Slide has told me they have some price arrangement where they can send the gun back through UPS for the 2-day air cost, which I am sure they will charge me (plus the repair charge and a $38 "test firing" charge.) These costs certainly make shipping a gun expensive.

Finally, I sent another gun to Grashorn Gunworks for new grips, and they sent it back by Priority Mail (US Postal Service)??? It was a single action revolver with the cylinder and base pin removed. I know that is illegal, and I'm lucky it wasn't confiscated.

03-12-2013, 2:34 PM
I'm only sending the slide of my 1911. So it doesn't count as a firearm. So I don't have to deal with all that, as it turns out.