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Shipping/ posting of air rifles

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by caddyman, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. caddyman

    caddyman Engaging Member

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    Hi, may have to sell one of my rifles to fund another project, question is can I post it?, I would like the buyer to collect but if they are not able......

    cheers
    chris
     
  2. sej016

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    It can be done, quite legally. It's not a commercial/RFD sale.

    Alternatively, you can get the buyer to arrange collection and delivery by their own courier, who will pick it up.

    Parcelforce will take it, but apparently they will cover for only £100 insurance value if lost/damaged.

    Some carriers will not take air rifles.
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  3. Johnniepk

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    Taken from parcelforce 48 web site

    Arms and Ammunition


    Low-powered air weapons (air rifles, air guns and air pistols), together with lead pellets and other airgun and airsoft projectiles, can be sent but are subject to the following conditions:


    These items must be sent on an express48 service only
    These items must be sent via the Post Office® only (not via any other channel e.g.www.parcelforce.com, call-centre, reseller or Parcelforce Worldwide depot).
    Enhanced compensation cover is not available (low-powered air rifles, air guns or air pistols and lead pellets and other airgun and airsoft projectiles will only be covered up to the maximum amount of inclusive cover for express48).
    Note: Low powered air weapons are defined as air rifles, air guns or air pistols capable of discharging a missile so that the missile has, on being discharged from the muzzle of the weapon, kinetic energy not in excess, in the case of an air pistol, of 6ft lb. or, in the case of an air weapon other than air pistol, of 12 ft. lb. Any air rifle, air gun or air pistol which uses or is designed or adapted for use with, a self-contained gas cartridge system is a prohibited weapon and cannot be sent.


    - See more at: http://www.parcelforce.com/help-and...bitions-and-restrictions#sthash.2odqufpL.dpuf
     
  4. tintin

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    The question of posting comes up every 10 days or so.
    If you type 'Posting air rifle' into the search box you will get most of the threads.
    But to keep it short - small items by Royal Mail (go onto their website to see the limit in parcel size and weight).
    Large items that exceed the Royal Mail limits, send by ParcelForce48. The maximum insurance is £100, so if you are posting a £300 item, good luck if it arrives damaged and you have to make a claim.
    Very expensive items should be face to face or via a RFD to RFD (find a Registered Firearms Dealer local to you and to your customer) and make arrangements for your RFD to take the package off your hands and send insured through his special arrangements to the customers RFD.
    RFD's can be found by Googling 'Registered Firearms Dealers -enter your county'. These guys make a charge, assume £25 at each end + carriage.
    No other courier companies will knowingly deliver an air rifle for a domestic/retail non account customer. However some people have mentioned a company called AWExpress.
    Good luck and keep us informed how you get on.
    Dave
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  5. engraver

    engraver Keyboard Hero

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    Just let you know I bought a gun last week and after a load of enquiries we decided to do it through RFD and its £25 each end.

    I wanted to do this because the gun is a Rapid and thought by doing it through RFD I could get the complete gun.

    But NO!

    This lad up in Aberdeen drove 30 miles or so to his nearest gunshop, and the RFD wouldn't even let him send it with the bottle, so Im getting a gun with no bottle now, paying £25 extra my end and I will need a bottle, looked at new ones £95 now probably due to postage reasons.

    This poor lad who is sending me this gun had a brand new MFR bottle confiscated not long ago send to Ireland with a mint block and the bottle was destroyed, it took him 6 weeks to get his action back after a fight for it, so he won't risk it again.

    And to be fair I don't blame him, he was telling me it all boils down to the shops insurance and or the courier they use, some couriers have strict policies even with RFDs and wont send any precharged airgun now due to the fact they may need to be flown at some point in their transit to destination.
     
  6. trumpetier

    trumpetier Major Poster

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    posting a gun these days is just to much chew, with the risk in volved and expense is just not worth it IMO i would now only do face to face deals
     
  7. Whistler1

    Whistler1 Donator

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    It would be a brave man who sends anything rifle or gun shaped by RMSD.Why pay for their next day premium service,when their is a very good chance,the x-ray machine operater will send it to Belfast,and you will have a 5-6 week wait to get it back....happened to me.PF48 and wrapped very well so it survives the drop test:D...Or RFD to RFD is your choices.Sent about 15 rifles by PF48,actually one is in their posession this minute.Never had one problem.
     
  8. TomJ

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    Yeah I agree with the above posts....I'd ask for extra cash and do the delivery yourself (unless you are in Cornwall and they are in Inverness!). Worked once before when I sold an expensive camera but it was a pain having to drive to drop it off. I asked for a deposit in advance in case I turned up and he wasn't there!

    Either way it's a ball ache. A private courier may do it (my mate did a few delivery jobs in his van) but you take risks with that too.
     
  9. Big Uli

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    Daystate use TNT
    May be worth approaching a courier to find out what their rules are
    I sold and bought a few guns over the years and I doubt my local RFD would appreciate me send and receiving guns via the shop

    Though I have to say I bought all guns but one f2f
    After the rapid disaster, bought from a shop, I would never ever buy anything unless I can shoot it first, the seller has a impeccable reputation, or is vouched for by someone trusted
     
  10. Whistler1

    Whistler1 Donator

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    TNT only deliver for account holders,and opening an account is a bit of a carry on.I know an air rifle tuner who was messed about with them not turning up for appointments,when he wanted to open an account...gave him the impression they were not in a hurry to get his buisness...
     
  11. sej016

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    Makes me wonder. All the manufacturers and importers have to distribute their goods around the country somehow.

    Do they all use their own transport ?
     
  12. Whistler1

    Whistler1 Donator

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    A while ago they used to use parcel force,but my RFD told me they stopped carrying shotguns,so mostly TNT & DHL...they are all account holders obviously..
     

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