I wonder if anyone knows what companies will deliver an air pistol from Scotland to Leeds at a reasonable rate???
The post Office say they are not permitted, TNT want £48.
If you don't ask, you don't get.
From reading on here recently I believe the Post Office cannot refuse to carry an air weapon. From memory I think I paid about £12 special delivery for an air pistol and about £20+ for a rifle.. I think there is a sticky on this site about this subject.
Good luck, Phil
Bottom line is to not force your lifestyle on other people. Be it a religion or personal preference. That lesson has been lost on the majority of people.Minding one's business is a lost art.
the post office are telling u fibs u are allowed to use parcel force even says it in there own terms and conditions.
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The person at the post office is mistaken. He/She is almost certainly telling you what they expect are the rules without actually checking them.
Forget Parcel Farce (unless you want your item to be stolen or used as a football at the depot ). Use Royal Mail Special Delivery with the enhanced insurance (up to £500 I think? Anybody?). It's £21 or thereabouts.
You get a tracking number and next day delivery.
i posted a large rifle on parcilforce 24 for £11, registered and insured. but the buyer was in a distant location and they couldnt be assed to find him ! and caused him stress retrieving the rifle. good job i sent him the tracking details. so beware !!
I had the usual rant at my main post office today - they wanted £36 I think it was to send a rifle via SD but then said I could send it via parcel post................oh no sorry the package was too long ( stock and action seperated ) so in the end I had to opt for SD guarateed in 2 days ( not the usual 1 day ) at a cost of £12
I am sure they don't know what the hell they are doing from one customer to the next ???
Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway. ~ Elbert Hubbard
I posted a stock off today. Considering I used the same box that the stock was sent to me in (via Special Delivery) and was then used to send another stock away (via Special Delivery) and then returned to me (via Special Delivery) I expected them to accept the box again for Special Delivery. They wouldn't . Said it was too big. Only insured and fast service they could offer was Parcel Force 24. With adequate replacement insurance it came to £26.99
Phil and Weevie are right, alanwkoi is wrong about Parcelforce unless you are an account holder.
Peter Griffin I'm glad your rifle arrived because if it had been lost you may not have been able to claim for it.
Current legal position is (and I know this because I checked) and posted a gun last week:
Parcel Force not permitted unless account holder.
Royal Mail Standard Parcel - you can send parcels up to 20kg in weight. Parcels must be no longer than 1.5 metres, and the combined length and girth of your item must not exceed 3m.
They HAVE to carry air rifles (they have no reason not to), and I 'think' but am unsure - that you are not obliged to inform them of the contents, and even if they do ask and you tell them, they must carry it.
Cost to send an air rifle with insurance cover up to £250 was £11. Scotland to south of England 3 days.
Edit: View PO regs here: http://postcode.royalmail.com/portal...00714#28500238
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Thanks guys the PO are dealing after being asked to re-check their policy.
Next day delivery with insurance £21.65.
TNT Quoted £48.
The Police also told the sender he could not send it via post.
If you don't ask, you don't get.
If asked about contents one need only declare "sporting goods". The counter staff are only being nosy (interested). Never had a prob with Standard Parcels ~£12 rifles and ~£6 pistols insured! Just pack things well! Stiffening rifle packages with external slat from a pallet or somesuch is a great help! I make my own boxes from eg/ TV packing boxes!
Best of luck!
That's as may be but there is much ignorance and confusion! The long standing post explains the background and if one checks the refs on the web, it all becomes clear!
The Royal Mail MUST accept airguns for delivery since there is no reason not to do so!
Don't give in to this or the trade in used airguns dies! AND that benefits no-one!!
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I send air rifles via the post office all the time. You have to make sure the airgun is very well packed. I wrap individual pieces in bubble wrap to stop them rattling ( make sure action and stock are separate) then wrap in cardboard, withextra strengthening along the length of the pack and on both ends.
Do not declare anything to the counter staff, and so far (touch wood) I have never had a problem
They must accept them for postage, simple as...
Maximum length they will accept is 1.5metres up to 10kg in weight.
When asked what you are posting, just say 'sporting goods' they don't have to know anymore and you are doing no wrong...!
I posted a rifle today, Royal mail special delivery (guarenteed next day before 1pm, tracked and insured up to £500 as standard)
Cost £21.65....Worth it I think for peace of mind...
Pack it up well and you should have NO problems...
HTH, Cheers, Dave.
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