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Posted - 11/05/2017 :  6:44:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This may be a stupid question but I will ask.
We will be listing a Springfield Model 1870 Receiver and Breech Block.
I know it can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. with only a few exceptions without going through an FFL.
My question is can I ship this USPS Priority Mail or am I still stuck shipping it via UPS?
USPS Priority Mail would be much cheaper than UPS Ground. Would like to save
the customer some money on shipping.
We have a Springfield Model 1884 Barrelled Receiver listed and would like to know if
we can legally ship that also via USPS Priority Mail.

Thank you for your answers.


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Posted - 11/05/2017 :  7:38:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes you can. And you might note that you may also legally MAIL an unloaded rifle or shotgun by US Mail. You can find that in Chapter 14 of the Domestic Mail Manual under Restricted Mailings. Antiques are in their own class and can be mailed. Modern handguns may only be mailed between Manufacturers/ Dealers,

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Posted - 11/05/2017 :  8:07:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Let me caution you because a lot of stupid people invite hassle.

It's legal to ship, the USPS book says it's legal to ship, but don't go running your mouth in the post office that it's firearm parts.y
Be creative on the insurance. Block & receiver, receiver & barrel, small antique barrel, antique parts, and antique mechanism are good starts. Never use breech, sight, stock, or action as these invite hassle and theft by being firearm specific.

Never lie on customs forms or USPS documents, just use terms they don't understand.

You avoid much hassle by using common sense.

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Posted - 11/05/2017 :  8:37:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Now I can lower the shipping costs. Makes things much more affordable.


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Posted - 11/06/2017 :  3:47:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've never had to state the contents for USPS insurance but, if I did, I would say "Antique paperweight".


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Posted - 11/07/2017 :  10:27:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Machined parts is non specific and works just fine if you have to list contents, like at brown.

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