How to ship your firearm to 7.62 Precision
There is much confusion about shipping firearms. Even the shipping companies are often confused about the law and their own company procedures. These instructions are meant to simplify the shipping of your firearm to 7.62 Precision and are not intended to be taken as a legal guide. Check all applicable federal, state, and local laws before shipping any firearm.
Please read our Terms and Conditions and print, fill out and sign our Custom Work Waiver.
This keeps our merchant services folks happy and protects us from those that would use our finishing services to have free wok done to their firearms.
Thoroughly clean firearm.
Any firearm that arrives with old oil, grease, dirt, or carbon deposits or excess oil will incur a cleaning charge. Firearms do not need to be dry, but oil should be wiped off to a minimal film.
If you wish to send your firearm pre-disassembled, we will coat it and return it unassembled. If you send a firearm with uninstalled parts, they will be coated and returned uninstalled. We have learned the hard way that there are people who, for example, purchase a 1911 frame and all the parts to build a custom 1911 and then send it for finishing. Prior to sending it out, they call the finisher and say they are going to “disassemble it” prior to shipping and secure a promise from the finisher to return it assembled. The finisher then receives a box of new, unfitted parts and an obligation to perform hundreds of dollars worth of gunsmithing for free. If you have a part or accessory that you need installed, let us know and we will give you a price for the work.
Make sure your firearm is unloaded before packaging. Do not send ammunition with your firearm. We have received firearms with ammunition in the magazine. Please do not do this.
Pack the firearm in the smallest package possible as this can save shipping costs. Pack the firearm so that it will not move in the package and is protected against crushing. We recommend that bolts be removed from bolt-action rifles and wrapped separately (in the same package). We have seen several nice rifles arrive with damaged bolt handles or barrels protruding from the box. We prefer that you do not use styrofoam peanuts as packaging. Dropping a firearm into a box and pouring peanuts around it will not protect it adequately and will result in extra work for us cleaning bits of foam out of the action. If you wish to package a rifle in a hard case, it will give better protection, but will also raise the shipping cost.
Make sure that you include the following in the package with the firearm:
All parts and accessories to be coated.
Detailed instructions on how the firearm is to be coated; patterns, colours, parts to be left uncoated.
Detailed instructions about any laser engraving.
Completed and signed custom work waiver.
Payment for at least half of the cost of the finish if paying by check or money order.
Complete contact information; name, address, phone numbers, and email address.
By federal law, you may ship a firearm directly to 7.62 Precision and we may ship it directly back to you. You do not need to send it through a dealer on your end. There are some exceptions, however. If you ask us to send a firearm to a different address than you shipped it from, or to a different person, we will do so by shipping to a licensed dealer in that location, who will then transfer to whoever picks it up. If you ship a firearm to us that is not legal in your area for any reason, we will not return it to that location. If you ship a firearm that is illegal to possess for any reason (serial number removed, unlicensed machine gun or other NFA weapon, etc.), we will not return the firearm and will take whatever action is required by law, including surrendering it to the proper authorities.
Label the package with our address and your correct address as the return address. Please do not put the address of the UPS store, your cousin’s address, or 123 A street, anytown USA. You do want to get your firearm back, after all.
By federal law you may not mark the outside of the box in any way that indicates that there is a firearm inside.
We recommend that long guns be shipped USPS priority for the pest price and service to Alaska. Pistols must be shipped by common carrier (UPS or FedEx) unless the shipper is a licensed dealer. We recommend FedEx as their prices are lower than UPS for shipments to Alaska. By law you must require adult signature confirmation.
When you take your firearm to be shipped, you may encounter difficulty in convincing the shipper that you are legal to ship the firearm. We have had postal service, UPS, and FedEx employees tell our customers all sorts of strange, nonexistent regulations. The most common are that the firing pin must be removed, the firearm must be disassembled and shipped in separate boxes, that the box needs to be marked “Danger Firearm Inside,” etc. In discussing an account to ship ammunition, the shipping expert from UPS that was meeting with us recently told us that every firearm we ship must have the firing pin removed, be disassembled and be shipped HAZMAT. We recommend that you go to the shipper’s website, print their own regulations for shipping firearms, and take them with you when you go to ship.
If you run into trouble with the shipper, you may call us and we can help you through the issues. In a few instances, when our customers faced UPS or postal employees that absolutely refused to accept a firearm for shipment, we have emailed a FedEx shipping label on our account and arranged for a pickup from the customer’s location.
7.62 Precision is a federally licensed firearms dealer, and can therefore accept firearms for custom work or for sale or transfer. If you wish to ship a firearm through a dealer on your end, we will need to send a copy of our Federal Firearms License to that dealer. We can do this by mail, email, or fax. We will need to know how your dealer prefers to receive it. We can receive a firearm from an unlicensed individual for the same purposes. Unlicensed individuals do not need a copy of our license and we do not send it out to anyone who is not a dealer. We do recommend that you confirm that anyone you are sending a firearm to is licensed to receive firearms. This is important because there is a recent proliferation of people who call themselves private dealers, or some variation of that title, who are buying and selling firearms and skirting the edges of the law. You can verify this by entering the dealer’s FFL number into a form at this website: FFL EZCheck to confirm the validity of the license and the premise address that the firearm must be shipped to. We are happy to give our license number to anyone who is shipping a firearm to us so that they can verify our license.
If we received the firearm from the owner, we will ship directly back to the owner. If we recieved it from a dealer, we will need a copy of the dealer’s license (or another dealer if you choose) and will ship to the dealer. We will ship either FedEx or USPS priority, depending on which is the best value for the package size. Most firearms will ship FedEx. The firearm will be insured for replacement value plus the value of the finish and will be shipped with delivery confirmation and adult signature required. If for some reason the value of your firearm is higher than others of the type, please let us know for shipping insurance purposes. The owner will be charged actual shipping cost.
Turnaround times vary depending on the current workload. Our normal turnaround times are two to four weeks, but can be as short as a few days or as long as a couple months at times. We try to give an accurate timeframe when you ship your firearm, but that can change quickly. A significant part of every day is spent, not finishing firearms, but speaking on the phone to clients who are asking about the status of their firearms. We sometimes have people calling and asking if we have finished the firearm they sent before it has even been delivered to us. We know that you are anxious to see your newly finished firearm, but we ask that you refrain from calling for status reports. This not only slows the work on your firearm, but on other people’s firearms as well. There is a significant amount of time spent on each firearm, from disassembly to cleaning, blasting, hand-prepping optics, then masking, templating, coating, and finally reassembly. This can easily take a week and a half depending on the firearm and the finish. We do not rush or take shortcuts. We will finish your firearm as quickly as possible.