Handgun Repair Shop, Gunsmith for modern and antique handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
Please include a note inside the package describing work needed, return address, phone number & email address.
DO NOT SHIP AMMUNITION with the firearm. Package your unloaded firearm in a sturdy cardboard box that will allow at least a couple of inches of padding all the way around.
For the best protection of your firearm put it in one of the inexpensive foam lined plastic gun cases and then put the case in a sturdy cardboard box. Place a note describing repairs or modifications wanted, your return address, phone number & email address, inside the box with your firearm.
Take the package to your nearest package shipper (FedEx will accept handguns and long guns. US Postal Service will accept only long guns or Curios & Relics handguns manufactured before 1898. UPS accepts shipments of handguns and long guns from Daily Pickup accounts and at their Customer Centers). Tell the counter person that you are shipping your firearm or parts to a licensed FFL dealer for repairs. Be sure to purchase enough insurance to cover your firearm in case of shipper loss.
I will disassemble, clean, inspect, & advise you if your firearm needs any additional repairs before proceeding with repairs requested. When repairs or modifications are completed I will email, postal mail, or phone your bill info, whichever you prefer. When payment is received, and has cleared at my bank, your firearm will be shipped to the return address you provided.
Don't advertise that your package may contain a firearm anywhere on the outside of the package. Use this shipping address to send your firearm for repair or customization to:Douglas E. Bates H. Repair Shop 5956 Mayberry Road Singers Glen, Virginia 22850
Questions? Contact Douglas E. Bates at, Phone 540 firstname.lastname@example.org
An excellent article on shipping firearms can be found at The Gun Zone – Shipping Firearms
An individual firearm owner may ship a firearm to a FFL licensed dealer or licensed manufacturer for repairs or customization. The licensed party who does the work may then ship the firearm back to the owner's address when repairs or customization have been completed.
FedEx accepts handguns and long guns for shipment from individuals "when either the shipper or recipient is a licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, licensed dealer or licensed collector and is not prohibited from making such shipments by federal, state or local regulations". If you need any more information see FedEx Express U.S. Terms and Conditions , then click "Express and Ground Terms". Scroll down and click on "Firearms", or call 1 800 463-3339.
U.S. Postal Service
Rifles, shotguns, air guns, black powder muzzle loaders, and antique firearms manufactured prior to 1898 (designated Curios & Relics), may be shipped using the US Postal Service. For more information about mailing firearms, go to the USPS Postal Explorer and type "Firearms" in the search box. Then click on the first link "DMM 601 Mailability". This takes you to "8.2 Basic Premise", then scroll down to "12.1.2 Handguns", "12.2 Antique Firearms", and "12.3 Rifles and Shotguns".
UPS firearms shipping policy states "Firearms will be transported only between licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, licensed dealers, and licensed collectors, as defined in the United States Gun Control Act of 1968, law enforcement agencies of the United States or of any department or agency thereof and law enforcement agencies of any state or department agency, or political subdivision thereof, and between persons not otherwise prohibited from shipping firearms by federal, state or local law and when such shipment complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws."
Additionally their "Shipping Firearms" page states "You can only ship your package that contains a firearm from UPS daily pickup accounts and through UPS Customer Centers", and "Your packages that contain firearms will not be accepted for shipment at UPS Drop Boxes, with UPS SonicAir® service, at locations of The UPS Store or any third party retailer, or with international services." If you need any more information see United Parcel Service firearms policy , or call 1 800 742-5877.
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