How to ship YOUR GUN TO US
Upstate Gunsmithing holds a Type 1 Federal Firearms License (FFL). This makes it is perfectly legal for you to ship your firearm to us, and for us to ship it back to you at your originating address. Following are our recommendations:
- Make sure the firearm is unloaded. If you wish me to test fire the gun using your ammo, send it separately
- Use a common carrier such as UPS or Fed Ex. The US Postal Service can ship long guns, but not handguns. The common carriers have no such restrictions.
- It's important that you include your name and contact information and either a brief description of the service you seek, or a reference to an email with this info that you may have sent us separately. You would be amazed at how often a gun shows up with no explanation of what the problem is or what work the customer wants done.
- Pretty much any stout box can be used to ship handguns, but long guns are a bit more of a challenge to package up. You can get "purpose built" long gun shipping boxes from shipping supply houses like Uline at www.uline.com, but they are a bit pricey. Often you can get good free boxes from places like Lowes or Home Depot - the boxes that weed whackers and 48" fluorescent tubes come in work well and are throw away items for them for items used as floor models.
- Declare the firearm with the shipper, but DO NOT label the package itself that a gun is enclosed. The shipper will help you understand how this needs to be done.
- Insure the package for the value of the gun.
- Always ship using the "signature required" delivery option. You don't want your prized firearm sitting out on our front step because no one happened to be here when it was delivered. BE SURE to send me an email with the tracking number so we can make sure one of us is here to personally accept the delivery when it arrives. I will reply to your email with confirmation that your package is in my hands.
- PLEASE - don't use styrofoam packing peanuts. The damned things end up everywhere in the shop and are a real pain to clean up. Crushed up newspaper makes excellent packing material - it's what we use when we ship your gun back to you. Bubble wrap also works well, but adds to shipping costs.
- Unless it's damaged or otherwise inadequate, I will use the box sent to repack the gun for shipping back to you. The package will be insured and will be sent "signature required". I'll email you the tracking number. Return shipping is done at customer expense.