How to post your Airsoft gun

 

We are now able to ship Worldwide!

This is a topic that comes up on a fairly regular basis so hopefully we can provide some solid guidelines to clarify what you should and shouldn’t do to get your RIF where it needs to be.


If you're trying to get your gun to us and don't want the headache of thinking about all of this, don't worry, we can organise everything. Just let us know and we'll advise you on the procedure. 
Typically, a home or work collection and return delivery costs £36 for a regular box no longer than 100cm.

 

Country specific restrictions may apply. Please check your import and tax laws before placing an order. Packages going on a plane cannot currently include any batteries. 

Guns going to the US will have a blaze orange flash hider PERMANENTLY affixed. No replacement flash hiders can be shipped with the gun.


If you're in the UK and would like to sort the shipping yourself or are just interested in posting RIFs in general, read on.


Firstly, you need to know what you can and cannot send and who to post it with.

Royal Mail handle small and medium parcels.
All RIFs and their component parts can be sent through Royal Mail if they fit inside a small or medium package.
Here’s the excerpt from the RM Guidelines:
1.
Guns intended for sporting purposes - including Section 1 (e.g. hunting rifles) and Section 2 (e.g. shotguns) firearms, low-powered air weapons and their component parts - may be sent in compliance with UK law and subject to domestic controls on the possession of firearms. Antiques, deactivated and imitation firearms are also permitted. When sending deactivated firearms include proof of deactivation.

Items that appear to be prohibited weapons may be subject to additional checks and delays. Please see www.royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

 

Use 1st Class as the minimum service. The sender’s name and address must be clearly visible on the outer packaging.” (emphasis added)

 

For any parcel larger than a Medium package, you’ll need to use Parcel Force as they handle the big stuff.
Here’s the relevant information for their services:
2.

Arms and Ammunition - low powered air weapons Low-powered air weapons (air rifles, air guns and air pistols), together with lead pellets and other airgun and airsoft projectiles, can be sent but are subject to the following conditions:

  1. These items must be sent on an express48 service only

  2. These items must be sent via the Post Office only

  3. Enhanced compensation cover is not available

 

The information regarding batteries, gas and pressure vessels is quite long so I’ll summarise everything here and if you are in any doubt, you can check out the links provided:


ROYAL MAIL

 

  • Airsoft guns are fine to send with the Royal Mail

  • Use 1st Class as the minimum service

  • The sender’s address must be clearly visible on the outer packaging

  • Because they are not restricted, their additional insurance is completely valid (confirmed via email)

  • DO NOT SEND GAS OR GAS MAGS. Even if the valves are taken out of the magazines: 
    EMPTY, MODIFIED OR DISASSEMBLED PRESSURE VESSELS ARE STILL PROHIBITED!

  • New NiMH batteries must be securely packaged with the sender’s address clearly visible on the outer packaging. If they are being sent in isolation, they must be in their new, unopened packaging. If they are being sent with the RIF, you may be limited to 3 batteries not exceeding 5Kg.

  • LiPo batteries may not be sent in isolation. If they are being sent with the RIF, you are limited to 3 batteries not exceeding 5Kg and they must be securely packaged.
    You will need a LiPo battery warning label on the parcel, which can be obtained here

  • DO NOT SEND USED OR DAMAGED BATTERIES OF ANY KIND BY THEMSELVES


Lastly, you’ll want to package it securely.
Ideally, this would be in the original box it came in but any strong cardboard box will do.
You can also use a hard-case but then you’ll run the risk of the case being damaged in transit.

All packaging is considered as a sacrificial barrier to protect the contents and as such, is not covered under insurance. 
Please bear this in mind when choosing your packaging, we recommend the original manufacturer's cardboard box the gun came in with plenty of bubblewrap inside to prevent all movement.


To reiterate, we do NOT recommend posting your RIFs in a gun case - this will not be covered by any insurance.
You should never post it in just a gun bag - no matter how much bubble wrap you use. This will invalidate all insurance.


You’ll want to make sure that the items you’re posting are securely padded inside the box and do not move around at all.
Once you have it all boxed up, we recommend wrapping it in some black bags or parcel paper with strong tape to prevent water damage.
Once you’re done, pop down to your local Post Office and send your parcel. Please remember that not all Post Office staff will be familiar with the restrictions, so you may have to explain. Just be polite and show them a copy of the restricted goods leaflet that will be available in the Post Office.

Links:
1. http://www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/Tell-me-about-Restricted-Goods
2. http://www.parcelforce.com/help-and-advice/sending/prohibitions-and-restrictions