Shipping boxes for firearms


October 17, 2006, 11:13 AM
OK, this is a question that has been bugging me. Where is the best place to obtain appropriately sized & shaped boxes for shipping of handguns and long guns?

The boxes available at places like Office Depot/OfficeMax/etc. are much closer to cubic, which are not conducive to firearms shipping; in order to ship a long gun in one of those, the amount of required packing materials boggles the mind. I have received long guns in properly shaped boxed (love that C&R), but other than reusing those boxes (I only have one on hand, and I don't know if I wish to part with it), where can these boxes be had?

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Jim Watson
October 17, 2006, 11:15 AM
Brownell's sells them.

The best shipping container is an inexpensive gun case sent in the cardboard box the case came in. Common carriers are very rough on gun boxes and I have seen several reports of broken rifle stocks.

October 17, 2006, 11:20 AM
Probably not the best place, but for the best priced long gun sized boxes, try your local home improvement/ChinaMart/hardware store on broom stocking day. I shipped dozens of AK kits in them with no problems. I did reinforce the high spots with extra cardboard. if you are looking for real deal boxes.

Big Calhoun
October 17, 2006, 11:24 AM
Also check out the retail offerings of truck rental places (U-Haul) and self-storage businesses. If I remember correctly, U-Haul should have a wider selection and higher quality/more durable.

October 17, 2006, 11:55 AM
Order a rifle, such as an M1 Garand, from the CMP. Comes with a free box. :)

Seriously, when I sell a rifle and have to ship it, I use one of my saved CMP boxes. I think you can call the CMP and buy a box.

October 17, 2006, 12:21 PM
I think you can call the CMP and buy a box.

Yeah, but what would they ship it in?

Actually, I can't think of anything more dissapointing then getting AN EMPTY BOX from the CMP.

October 17, 2006, 12:26 PM
You can try a local gun store. They useally will have some long boxes on hand for shipping and from receiving long guns. Not all stores will freely give them away but it can't hurt to politely ask.

Henry Bowman
October 17, 2006, 01:23 PM
Hand guns ship nicely in the FedEx medium-size boxes that they will give you for free.

October 17, 2006, 01:40 PM
Just get a box bigger than you need and cut it down to size. If you have enough cardboard you can double up.

October 17, 2006, 01:49 PM
My father has a 303 British rifle that has sat in his closet for some time. I looked it over when I was home and it had some rust spots. After telling Dad that that wasn't good, we agreed that the next time one of us visited another we'd get it to me for proper care and maintence. But I'd like to get it sooner.

Long story short, where is a good place to buy a cheap rifle case online. I'll have it shipped to him and have him put the rifle in the case, repack the case into the box, and have it shipped to me.


October 17, 2006, 01:55 PM
I also use the cheapest plastic rifle case I can find at the local store to ship the long arm in...

October 17, 2006, 07:10 PM
javacodeman, you can not legally ship a firearm from one individual to another (unlicensed) individual. It would have to go through an FFL first, if you do not have your C&R license.

Gaucho Gringo
October 17, 2006, 07:58 PM
The cheapeat rifle case is the best way to go IMHO. I can get them on sale for $9.99. It will protect the firearm you ship as that is exactly what it is designed to do. Cheap insurance and a lot less hassle than to try and collect on the insurance.

Car Knocker
October 17, 2006, 08:00 PM

There are exceptions. Intrastate, antiques, and, I think, firearms bequeathed in a will.

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