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I've mailed a couple long rifles through my local post office recently. Only once had the person ask what was in the box, specifically if it was a centerfire long rifle. I said yes, and he then asked if I was an FFL or if it was shipping to an FFL. Told him I'm an individual shipping to an FFL. He took the package no problem and since hasn't question long packages I bring in to ship. I weigh and print the labels myself to avoid most of the questions, just drop it off and get the receipt. Never had an issue with USPS damaging a package, but I package the best I can with lots of bubble wrap and paper to fill the space.
 

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All shippers suck right now. I sent a USPS money order Priority Mail it sat at a distribution center for 4 days and arrived 5 days late.

On the return trip the rifle I bought has been stuck in a UPS center for 3 days with no movement

I had a Krag stock broke in half by USPS and it took almost 6 months to go through the system and they denied the claim
 

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All shippers suck right now. I sent a USPS money order Priority Mail it sat at a distribution center for 4 days and arrived 5 days late.

On the return trip the rifle I bought has been stuck in a UPS center for 3 days with no movement

I had a Krag stock broke in half by USPS and it took almost months to go through the system and they denied the claim
What part of the country are you in, just curious. Some regions are better than others. I've had really good luck with USPS and UPS here in AZ lately. Almost always deliveries sending and receiving have arrived several business days early. I shipped a carbine Monday to TX, was supposed to be there next Monday. It got there Thursday.
West Coast has been pretty good. East coast and upper MidWest is pretty bad, from what I've dealt with at least. Not sure about SouthEast.
 

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Two small town post offices, both just brought in a new female post master. At the one which I have shipped many times from it was the usual counter guy. Gave him the details and information and he disappeared into the back (read, went to the new boss). Came back out with "no can do". I politely, yes politely, explained the regulations and rules to them but they have their own agendas so........I have another option and will, in the future, head in that direction with a longtime friend who has a thriving gun shop.

Problem is now there is nothing left. Lost it all today while out on a local bass lake which is several thousand feet deep at the shallowest point. Fortunately, a friend caught the disaster. I now have no c&r license and no longer have any firearms. This is just another subtle infraction that is being sprung on the citizens as a roundabout method of putting an end to the activity. Slowly but surely the socialist big government camel is getting its nose further and further under the tent flap.

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We have several small post offices in town. The smallest is staffed by one long term woman.
She refuses to ship firearms, empty brass, parts etc for ANYONE. Telling her it is OK just gets the response…”not in MY post office”.

The other post office is good to go.
 

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We have several small post offices in town. The smallest is staffed by one long term woman. She refuses to ship firearms, empty brass, parts etc for ANYONE. Telling her it is OK just gets the response…”not in MY post office”.The other post office is good to go.
Taking "the path of least resistance" is the best solution. However, I would have told the old bat at the first P. O. she referred to as "MY post office", it actually belongs to the American people...established in our Constitution in 1789.... the Postal Clause in Article I, Section 8 gave Congress the power "To establish Post Offices and post Roads". As such, she will either carry out her duty as proscribed by their own directives (432 Mailability | Postal Explorer) or you will take it up to the Postmaster General to ensure she does so! Unfortunately, this attitude with some bureaucrats (federal/state/county/city) seems to be an ever increasing situation which needs to be dealt with when they arise...
 

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^^^This., I try to use an anonymous looking shipping box. Some old flooring boxes I had that I cut down but still had flooring graphics. Just to deflect from the appearance of a rifle/firearm in a box.
Also have marked "Walnut hardwood shanks" or something on the plain box just to negate the appearance of a firearm box., when in transit. Reduce the possibility of an in transit theft etc.
You hit the nail on the proverbial head!
 

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I had this happen to me once when the Postal worker told me they would not ship a rifle back to the manufacturer. I produced a copy of their rules that state an FFL is not required to ship a rifle via USPS, then busted out a copy of my FFL and still no luck. I then demanded to speak to their Post Master. The worker took my papers, trotted off to the back, came back a few minutes later, and suddenly things changed. I was correct. I suspect they already knew that and were just trying to push their own agenda.
I think they are just ignorant of their own rules. Back when we were several months into COVID, I was shipping cans of Lysol to elderly friends who couldn't find it in their small town. I did this five times over a year period, each time I had to show them their own rules that specified aerosols can be mailed via USPS ground shipment. One of the times the young snippy gal behind the counter refused to ship even after I showed her the reg. With that I called the USPS toll free customer service number standing right in front of her, asked for a supervisor, and explained the situation. He told me to give her the phone. After a series of "yes, sir" response, she then gave the guy on the phone her full name and the name of her postmaster. She didn't say a word as she processed the package and took my money.
 

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Well this is an interesting thread of discussion as I have not experience shipping firearms, but a lot receiving them. It seems to me if you are a CR FFL licensed you can ship CR firearm to any other FFL. But if I going to sell...not gonna mess with USPS and just ship UPS or Fed Ex, but seems like UPS far more dependable. UPS you disclose you shipping a firearm and they do their thing and ship. I think that is the issue here...you have to make it clear you shipping a firearm to some other individual. Then present the documentation your shipper side and recipient other end. FFL has various categories. Best to stick with UPS or Fed Ex to ship firearms person to person sales that are bonafide FFL either end of transaction.
 

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I've mailed a couple long rifles through my local post office recently. Only once had the person ask what was in the box, specifically if it was a centerfire long rifle. I said yes, and he then asked if I was an FFL or if it was shipping to an FFL. Told him I'm an individual shipping to an FFL. He took the package no problem and since hasn't question long packages I bring in to ship. I weigh and print the labels myself to avoid most of the questions, just drop it off and get the receipt. Never had an issue with USPS damaging a package, but I package the best I can with lots of bubble wrap and paper to fill the space.
That’s a postal employee with an agenda or who’s just plain lazy. Demanding to speak to the post master will generally resolve that issue. I can’t imagine why they aren’t doing well 🤔😒
 
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