How to Ship BB Guns

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BB guns have been a staple of youth target shooting for decades. The ubiquitous Red Rider rifle was made famous in the movie "A Christmas Story" and provides youngsters with the means to learn safe target shooting and weapon handling. Shipping BB guns requires adherence to local laws governing the weapons. When ready to mail the weapon, pack it in an approved US Postal mailer to the legal destination.

Items you will need

  • Mailer box

  • Packing peanuts

  • Bubble wrap

  • Mailing tape

  • Marker

Check the address you wish to ship the BB gun to. Larger cities have laws preventing air gun shipping and receiving. Some cities include Chicago, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, and New York City. If unsure about the destination city, phone a local State Trooper or law enforcement agency in the region and ask about the legality of sending a BB gun into the jurisdiction.

Open a long rectangular box and pack the bottom with packing peanuts. Wrap the BB gun in bubble wrap and seal it with tape.

Slide the gun into the box and pour packing peanuts into the box to fill the empty space. Seal the box and wrap with mailing tape. Address the box and take it to the post office.

Insure the box if you wish to have extra shipping protection, pay for the fees and send the box off to its destination.


About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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