Shipping many shotguns


July 28, 2004, 09:15 AM
Hi all, need to tap into the collective wisdom of this group. My father in the midwest is dying of cancer and is leaving his gun collection to me. I live in S. Florida. Any suggestions on transporting them en mass to S. Fla? Are there shipping companies that do this?

Some of them are 1800's German sporting rifles that my Grandfather "liberated" in WWII. I'm very concerned with their safety.

Any ideas would sure be apreciated.


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July 28, 2004, 10:11 AM
If it were me, I would drive there and bring them back personally. I would never trust *any* shipper with my father's guns.


July 28, 2004, 10:24 AM
Second the drive them back idea. Take some vacation time and go see the Old Man; especially since you will be inhereting the guns. When my father was dying I couldn't get away in time to see him before he died. It always has bothered me.

July 28, 2004, 11:12 AM
Sorry to hear about your father. Go see him while you can.

And drive to get the firearms yourself. Otherwise, God only knows what will happen to them. My father left me a firearm, but due to a (long overdue) falling out with the rest of my family, I have no way of getting it.

Jim K
July 28, 2004, 01:39 PM
I am sorry to hear about your father, but you will have the guns to remember him by.

If there are too many guns to put in a car trunk, or if you have an open truck, here is an idea I have used with other stuff.

If possible, have a trailer hitch put on your car or truck and drive up there.
Then rent one of the closed type trailers that can be locked, put the guns in and lock it up. Most of those trailers have a lock you can use your own padlock on. Again if possible, go with someone who can drive so there is no need to stop for sleep. If you have to stop overnight, park in a well lighted area near the motel office, or leave the trailer hitched and sleep in the towing vehicle.

Another alternative is to fly up, and rent a closed van to drive back. The guns should be boxed up so as to not be readily accessible or visible.

You should have no problem with state laws since the guns are not accessible to you while driving, and you are covered by the federal Firearms Owners Protection Act which allows interstate transportation of firearms under such circumstances.



July 28, 2004, 01:49 PM
You guys convinced me. I'll be flying back and forth every other week or so to see my Dad. I'll just rent a car and drive back one time. My days of enjoying cross country drives are behind me but I'll bite the bullet.

Many thanks for your opinions and your sympathys


White Horseradish
July 28, 2004, 02:13 PM
Sorry to hear about your father.

Buy a milsurp gun crate to pack them into. With the huge numbers of Mosin-Nagants for sale everywhere someone's got to have the crates. Since those rifles are very long, the crate should fit any shotguns you might have. I'm pretty sure they can be padlocked, too.

Fred Fuller
July 28, 2004, 06:55 PM

So sorry to hear about your dad. The WW2 vets are leaving us at over 1000 per day, according to an article I saw a few weeks ago. A generation is passing and it will be a while before we see their like again. I lost my dad, a US Army Air Corps vet, in 1998.

Along with the hardware, get a copy of the will or other documentation that shows your legitimate ownership, listed by serial number etc. Otherwise a traffic stop or vehicle accident might be more of a hassle than it could have been. Plan your route with your cargo in mind.


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