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Hyde Gunsmithing Firearm Shipping Guide

Please, do not send firearms or parts until after you speak to us.

 The following information is provided for our customer’s convenience and general reference only. Hyde Gunsmithing does not make any claims regarding accuracy or completeness of the information provided. We cannot offer legal guidance or advice, and we do not answer legal questions. Product sales and possession regulations change frequently. Please consult the Local, State, and Federal laws in your area, before placing orders, or making any purchases.

Hyde Gunsmithing is a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder.  This means that you can legally ship a firearm to our shipping address via FedEx or United Parcel Service (UPS).  Just package it up following the "Packaging Your Gun For Shipping" section below and send it to us via FedEx Priority Overnight or UPS Next Day Air.


At time of order, we can provide you with a signed copy of our FFL. You should take the copy of the FFL with you when you take the package to be shipped, in case the shipper wishes to see it


Shipping Via a FFL Gun Dealer

Because a person without an FFL (nonlicensee) can only ship a handgun to us via FedEx Priority Overnight or UPS Next Day Air, the cost of shipping a firearm is not cheap and thanks to rising fuel charges the cost keeps going up.  Shipping can be less expensive by sending your firearm to us through your local FFL gun dealer.  As stated above, FFL holders can legally send firearms to other FFL holders via USPS.  The USPS rates are less expensive, but the dealer will probably add an additional charge for this service.  Check the rates of the carriers and compare.  

If you send us your firearm through a dealer, ask the gun dealer to provide you with the tracking number immediately upon shipment.  Email or phone us the tracking number.    If you are using the same gun dealer for both shipping and return shipping of the firearm, please include a copy of the dealer’s FFL in the package.


Can A Firearm Be Shipped A Cheaper Way With Parts Removed?

No.  The Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. Section 921 (B) and the ATF define the frame of a  gun as a firearm.  Therefore, even if a  gun is shipped without parts, it is still legally considered a firearm by the ATF and must be shipped to us by a nonlicensee as a firearm via FedEx Priority Overnight or UPS Next Day Air.  Also, we will only return ship a firearm to a nonlicensee via FedEx Priority Overnight.


Is Shipping a Firearm Safe?

Yes!  Every business day a large amount of firearms are moved around the United States by shipping carriers without incident.  However there are some precautions that you can take to make shipping your firearm even safer:

FFL Holders

If you are a firearm manufacturer, gunsmith, retail store or gun shop shipping a firearm to us, we require a copy of your Federal Firearms License (FFL), which can be shipped with the firearm.


Antique Firearms

Antique firearms built in or before 1898 can be shipped to us by a nonlicensee via USPS.  See the US Post Office Postal Explorer site for specific USPS regulations regarding antique firearms.


Antique firearm means any firearm (including those with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898, or any replica thereof, if such replica:

Packaging Your Gun For Shipping

Shipping carriers calculate rates by size and weight of the package.  Try to keep the package as small and light as possible without sacrificing protection of the firearm.

  1.  Make sure the gun is not loaded.  
  2. Place the handgun in a padded pistol rug.  Padded pistol rugs work best for shipping and we can keep your gun in the pistol rug while it is here at the shop.  Do not use the original factory box that the gun came in as these are usually not adequate for protecting the firearm during shipping.  
  3. If the pistol rug doesn't have an attached ID card, it is a good idea to write with permanent marker your name, address and phone number directly on (or on masking tape) the outside of the pistol rug.
  4. Package the pistol rug in a sturdy shipping box.  FedEx, UPS and USPS provide free boxes.  Use the smallest box that will work.  Fill any voids in the box with bubble wrap, wadded up newspaper or Styrofoam peanuts so that nothing moves around inside the box.
  5.  Tape up the box well.  Do not write on the outside of the box that the package contains a firearm. If the shipper insists that you declare the contents on the manifest, list it as “Parts” to avoid temptation to sticky fingers.
  6.  Notify us by email or phone as soon as the package has been sent, and include shipping information such as carrier used and tracking number.

 Return Shipping of Your Firearm

When the repairs are finished, we will package up your firearm and send it directly back to you via FedEx, unless otherwise specified at time of order, or if registration is required such as a dealer handling shipment of a new firearm.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)

Below is the relevant statute from the ATF 'Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide' (ATF P 5300.4).  A nonlicensee is an individual who is not a FFL holder. A licensee is a FFL holder.


(B9) May a nonlicensee ship a firearm by carrier?

A nonlicensee may ship a firearm by carrier to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm. [18 U. S. C. 922( a)( 2)( A) and 922( e), 27 CFR 178.31]


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) has a very useful and comprehensive website containing information about the various Federal and state laws regulating firearms.


Hyde Gunsmithing is not responsible for any loss or damage incurred during shipping of firearms or parts.

Ship Firearms To:

Michael Hyde

Hyde Gunsmithing

5109 Creek Crossing Drive

Greenville, TX  75402

903-203-8164  Phone