What do you have to do to ship ammo?


February 19, 2003, 06:29 PM
Are there any restrictions on one guy shipping ammo to another?

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February 19, 2003, 08:06 PM
You must wrap it in tactical black electric tape, or duck tape. Or a combination of botch.

February 19, 2003, 08:46 PM
No, so long as you have the proper labelling on the packaging (ORMD). It will also have to be sent UPS ground. Labelling is simple and you do not have to purchase any special stickers. You can do it yourself.

I'd give a call to UPS at their toll free number for specific labelling instrutions.

Don't try calling a mailing service as they are often misguided and don't quite understand proper procedures.

Good Shooting

Erik Jensen
February 19, 2003, 08:47 PM
1: put in box
2:wrap securely
3: call FedX

I think that should be all.. I've been known to be mistaken from time to time, though.

February 19, 2003, 09:26 PM
Call FedEx and ask them. They have the most professional shipping requirements folks around.

I do believe that it has to be shipped as dangerous goods and that it has to be limited to cargo aircraft (passenger aircraft shipping is not allowed). The expense increase is trivial, but the packaging requirements can be daunting.

Be sure that you do contact them because DOT violations can be expensive.

February 20, 2003, 12:34 AM
FedEx, eh?

You will need the proper ORM-D labels, and PLEASE make sure you package the ammo securely. Ammo is usually heavy, and it really takes a beating on the cardboard box, making them out of round (causing the entire box to roll down conveyor belts) or even bursting the seams. Wrap the whole durn thing in reinforced tape if you're not sure.

February 20, 2003, 12:49 AM
The most important thing to remember when shipping ammo is to ship it to me first for testing. ;)

February 20, 2003, 11:22 AM
You need to have ORM-D labels on the box. Call your local gun shop, they'll give you all the good stuff you need to know before shipping ammo out.

Tall Man
February 20, 2003, 12:57 PM
1. Secure the ammunition in a sturdy box.
2. Secure the sturdy box in a larger sturdy box.
3. Attach proper nomenclature (address, ORMD label) to the exterior of the larger sturdy box.
4. Sally forth with said larger sturdy box to your local United Parcel Service shipping facility.
5. Offer greetings and salutations to resident clerical staff at aforementioned shipping facility.
6. Proffer the larger sturdy box to the clerk presently.
7. Declare in a forthright manner your desire and intent to tender your parcel for conveyance to the predetermined recipient.
8. Accept the reasonable charges of insurance and delivery confirmation for the dry goods being discussed here.
9. Cheerfully surrender the appropriate remuneration in return for the bill of lading issued by the transit company.
10. With a wink and a tip'o the hat, take your leave and proceed without delay to the nearest Public House for a modest respite and a pint of comfort.

Tall Man

Bit creative, that.

February 20, 2003, 01:14 PM
I'd like to send this parcel to the Prussian consulate in Siam by aeromail. Am I too late for the 4:30 autogyro?


February 21, 2003, 01:15 PM
Here are the Department of Transportation regulations for shipping small arms ammunition:

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 173

173.63 Packaging exceptions

(b) Cartridges, small arms, and cartridges power devices. (1) Cartridges, small arms and cartridges power devices (which are used to project fastening devices) which have been classed as a Division 1.4S explosive may be reclassed, offered for transportation, and transported as ORM-D material when packaged in accordance with paragraph (b)(2) of this section; such transportation is excepted from the requirements of subparts E (Labeling) and F (Placarding) of part 172 of this subchapter. Cartridges, small arms, and cartridges power devices that may be shipped as ORM-D material is limited to:

(i) Ammunition for rifle, pistol, or shotgun;
(ii) Ammunition with inert projectiles or blank ammunition;
(iii) Ammunition having no tear gas, incendiary, or detonating explosive projectiles;
(iv) Ammunition not exceeding 12.7 mm (50 caliber or 0.5 inch) for rifle or pistol, cartridges or 8 gauge for shotshells; and
(v) Cartridges power devices which are use to project fastening devices.

(2) Packaging for cartridges, small arms, and cartridges power devices as ORM-D material must be as follows:
(i) Ammunition must be packed in inside boxes, or in partitions which fit snugly in the outside packaging, or in metal clips;
(ii) Primers must be protected from accidental initiation;
(iii) Inside boxes, partitions or metal clips must be packed in securely-closed strong outside packagings;
(iv) Maximum gross weight is limited to 30 Kg (66 pounds) per package; and
(v) Cartridges, power devices which are used to project fastening devices and 22 caliber rim-fire cartridges may be packaged loose in strong outside packagings.

Part 172 (Marking)

172.316 Packagings containing material classed as ORM-D

(a) Each non-bulk packaging containing a material classed as ORM-D must be marked on at least one side or end with the ORM-D designation immediately following or below the proper shipping name of the material (Cartridges, Small Arms). The ORM designation must be placed within a rectangle that is approximately 6.3 mm (0.25 inches) larger on each side that the designation.

(b) The marking ORM-D is the certification by the person offering the packaging for transportation that the material is properly described, classed, packaged, marked and labeled (when appropriate) and in proper condition for transportation according to the applicable regulations of this subchapter.

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