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Shipping boxes for firearms

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Technosavant, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. kfranz

    kfranz Well-Known Member

    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.

    http://www.uline.com/Class_04.asp?desc=Boxes+Corrugated if you are looking for real deal boxes.
  4. Big Calhoun

    Big Calhoun Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. ocabj

    ocabj Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Trebor

    Trebor Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. cbsbyte

    cbsbyte Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2006
  8. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    Hand guns ship nicely in the FedEx medium-size boxes that they will give you for free.
  9. lucky_fool

    lucky_fool Well-Known Member

    Just get a box bigger than you need and cut it down to size. If you have enough cardboard you can double up.
  10. javacodeman

    javacodeman Well-Known Member

    Question in the same vein...

    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.

  11. TroyR

    TroyR Well-Known Member

    I also use the cheapest plastic rifle case I can find at the local store to ship the long arm in...
  12. asknight

    asknight Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. Gaucho Gringo

    Gaucho Gringo Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. Car Knocker

    Car Knocker Well-Known Member


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

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