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Leon DeGamme
01-04-2008, 8:44 PM
I need to ship my Ruger Vaquero back to the Newport N.H. offices for repair work. How would you guys recommend doing this? Should I just go to the local UPS office and ship it as I would any other item or are there special rules that need to be observed?

Blue
01-04-2008, 10:18 PM
When I sent my P22 in for repairs I brought it to the FFL that I bought it from. Seems they can ship it in ways we can't. IIRC it was sent out USPS or something like that. I was in no rush so it didn't matter. He didn't charge me that much for shipping either.

Rumpled
01-04-2008, 11:23 PM
Go to a UPS station, not the one at the mall, the big one.
Send it overnight.
Them's the rules.

It might be best to ask Ruger to send you shipping labels and such; they're pretty good about that. Their $ both ways.

code33
01-04-2008, 11:32 PM
UPS
http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/prepare/guidelines/firearms.html

FedEx
http://www.fedex.com/us/services/terms/us.html#firearms

BaronW
01-05-2008, 1:57 AM
Don't take it to the post office. Use a private courier. IIRC, DHL doesn't do firearms so you're left with UPS and FedEx.

jkasandiego
01-05-2008, 7:30 AM
Go to a UPS station, not the one at the mall, the big one.
Send it overnight.
Them's the rules.

It might be best to ask Ruger to send you shipping labels and such; they're pretty good about that. Their $ both ways.

Ruger has a good customer service dept. Call them and they will take care of you.

Leon DeGamme
01-05-2008, 10:01 AM
Thanks guys, I will call Ruger Monday.

Leon DeGamme
01-08-2008, 10:38 AM
Its a no-go regarding Ruger taking care of the shipping costs. I will probably just send it UPS. I wonder, can I box it up at home, before I hand it over to UPS so they dont have to know its a "firearm" and just send it "next day air"?

USN CHIEF
01-08-2008, 10:46 AM
http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/prepare/guidelines/firearms.html

Special Procedures for Shipping Firearms

Use These UPS Services for Your Firearm Shipment
UPS accepts packages containing firearms, as defined by Title 18, Chapter 44, and Title 26, Chapter 53 of the United States Code, for transportation from and between licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, licensed dealers, and licensed collectors, as defined in Title 18, Chapter 44 of the United States Code, law enforcement agencies of the United States (or of any department or agency of the United States) and law enforcement agencies of any state or department agency (or political subdivision of any state), and from and between persons not otherwise prohibited from shipping firearms by federal, state or local law and when such shipment complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws applicable to the shipper, recipient and package.


Handguns, as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921,will be accepted for transportation only via UPS Next Day Air® Early A.M.®, UPS Next Day Air®, or UPS Next Day Air Saver® services. (Note: UPS Express CriticalSM Service is not available for firearms).
UPS accepts firearm parts for shipment, provided the part is not a "firearm" as defined under federal law; the contents of the package cannot be assembled to form a firearm; and the package otherwise complies with federal, state, and local law. (Note: Receivers or frames of a firearm, firearm mufflers and silencers are considered "firearms" and are accepted for transportation only if shipped in accordance with UPS's requirements for shipping firearms.)
UPS does not accept automatic weapons, including machine guns, for shipment.
Firearms, including handguns, and firearm parts are not accepted for shipment internationally
Ammunition may be accepted for shipment internationally provided it is shipped in accordance with the UPS Guide for Shipping International Goods.
UPS ReturnsSM Services are not available for packages containing firearms.





Follow These Packing Requirements
Packages containing handguns must be separated from other packages being delivered to UPS.
Ammunition cannot be included in packages that contain firearms (including handguns). Ammunition must be shipped in accordance with the UPS Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials, or the UPS Guide for Shipping International Dangerous Goods.
Small arms ammunition, as defined in 49 C.F.R. § 173.59, will be transported only when packaged and labeled in compliance with 49 C.F.R. § 172 regarding hazardous materials shipments.





About Documentation and Labeling
The shipper must use Delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required service for each package containing a firearm, including a handgun, and affix a UPS label requesting an adult signature upon delivery.





Getting Your Firearm Shipment to UPS
You can only ship your package that contains a handgun from UPS daily pickup accounts or through UPS Customer Centers (counters at UPS operational facilities). Note: Handguns are not accepted for shipment through UPS Internet Shipping, UPS Drop Boxes, or UPS On-Call PickupSM, or at The UPS Store® or any third party retailer.
When you are shipping a package that contains a handgun, you must verbally notify the UPS driver or UPS Customer Center clerk.
You can ship a firearm (excluding handguns, which are discussed above), from a UPS daily pickup account, UPS On-Call Pickup, One-Time Pickup, or a UPS Customer Center. Note: Firearms are not accepted for shipment through UPS Internet Shipping, UPS Drop Boxes, or at The UPS Store or any third party retailer.
See the terms and conditions in the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service for information regarding firearm shipments.

Ironchef
01-08-2008, 11:00 AM
Yep, USPS cannot ship firearms. It's posted in their post offices.

EOD Guy
01-08-2008, 11:18 AM
Yep, USPS cannot ship firearms. It's posted in their post offices.


Anyone can mail rifles and shotguns. Handguns can only be mailed by dealers and/or manufacturers.