Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Which courier for gun return?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by ArchAngelCD, Nov 1, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2006
    Messages:
    22,574
    Location:
    Northeast PA, USA
    I have to send a handgun back to Kel-Tec and I'm not sure who will ship a handgun? Will the US Postal Service ship it or will I have to ship with UPS or FedEx?

    Anything else I should know about shipping a handgun please let me know since this will be the first time I've done so.

    Thanks...
     
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    22,786
    The Post Office will not mail a handgun for an American Commoner, they will only take pistols from FFLs. But if your dealer will handle it for you, mail is cheaper than air freight.

    To ship UPS or FedEx you must go to a terminal; retail outlets and contractors like Office Depot will not accept guns. They will only ship guns by next day air service which reduces pilferage by employees and increases profits. BATF requires you to declare the contents to the carrier so you can't legitimately sneak one onto a ground shipment as a showerhead. But do not identify the contents on the box and do not make it obvious that the destination is a gun company. Kel-Tec CNC Industries, Inc. will do.
     
  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2006
    Messages:
    22,574
    Location:
    Northeast PA, USA
    Thank you.
     
  4. possum

    possum Member

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2005
    Messages:
    8,942
    Location:
    Concord, N.C.
    ive used ups twice in the past.
     
  5. esq_stu

    esq_stu Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2005
    Messages:
    966
    Location:
    Michigan
    FEDEX at Kinko's handles mine with no problems.
     
  6. FLORIDA KEVIN

    FLORIDA KEVIN Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    431
    Location:
    florida
    I just shipped my ruger abck to the factory via FedEx next day air ! they were very helpful !by the way , I messed up the ruger it was fine until i got a hold of it !::banghead:
     
  7. wilson

    wilson Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2006
    Messages:
    203
    How much does it cost to ship one? I need to send a ruger back also.
     
  8. Bill_G

    Bill_G Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2006
    Messages:
    267
    Location:
    Central Pennsylvania
    dont quote me but....about 50-60$
     
  9. Gator

    Gator Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,231
    Location:
    Stuck in Crook Co., IL
    That depends on where you are and where you are shipping to. Check FedEx's website for rates.
     
  10. FLORIDA KEVIN

    FLORIDA KEVIN Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    431
    Location:
    florida
    it cost me 69 dollars to ship overnight from Florida to new hamshire!
     
  11. Wilson 17&26

    Wilson 17&26 Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Messages:
    334
    Location:
    Texas
    I buy used Kel-Tec pistols that have occasionally had major parts abused and musty be returned from Texas to Florida. P-32s & P-3AT with $300 insurance cost me less than $10 via UPS ground with P-11s a few dollars more. I ship them as machine parts and do not include the words Kel-Tec in the address. I do this based on my reading of the 1986 Gun Control Act and feel better knowing that the BATF has issued letters such as this
    http://www.1bad69.com/gallery/GunStuff/shipping/batf1.jpg
    http://www.1bad69.com/gallery/GunStuff/shipping/batf2.jpg
    Recap of some discussion here http://www.1bad69.com/keltec/shipping.htm
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2007
  12. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2006
    Messages:
    11,717
    Location:
    Johnson City, TN
    Will Kel-Tec send you a shipping label, or is this on your own dime? That saves a lot of hassle (because you can then take it to any UPS outlet, including the normally anti-gun "UPS Store"), as well as money, typically $50-$60. I've had the UPS agent (and the distribution center is 35 miles away) slice open the box I just sealed, ask me to take out the handgun that I just packed, and unload and show clear. :rolleyes:

    Ask your dealer if he can ship it by Priority Mail, using his FFL. Offer to pay the postage plus a few extra bucks, a case of beer or whatever. ;) If you bought the gun from him, he might even forgo the extra charge.

    Another hint: put the gun in the box it came in and put that inside a cardboard box, with padding (e.g., wadded-up newspaper) to take up the space. If KT is like the other gun companies I've dealt with, they will send the gun back in a new box. Unless, of course, you like having extra gun boxes piling up. ;)

    When addressing the company, don't spell out the full name as an obvious gunmaker's name on the box is like putting a "steal me" sign on it. Just put "K&T" or something on it.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page