|Man.... what a fiasco... Living in Alaska shipping is spendy. I know a guy who has been jumping through the hoops to get his FFl and will probably have it any day now. He was going to mail my donor gun to Gallagher for me as a favor for the cost of USPS mail. Probably 30 bucks or so. I've had the gun/parts etc. boxed up and ready to go for a few weeks. Well, come to find out. If he (FFL) mails it, then Gallagher has to send it back to him and I have to get permission from the Feds to get my gun back from my FFL buddy.... 4473 blah blah blah.... FedEx overnight is 80 bucks so I figure it's worth the extra 50 to not get the Feds involved. I don't trust em. They had me screwed up in the system and it took me a year to get it squared away. No prob last time I did the NICS check but I don't trust em.
So I go to FedEx, tell the gal I have a handgun to ship and she says she needs the FFL number of the gunsmith unless it's a well known company. She says she doesn't know anything about guns but those are the rules... huh?? That's news to me, I don't read that anywhere on FedEx's list of rules. So, they don't really need the FFL, they just need to think they know it's going to be shipped to one????
I leave, PO'd. Go to work, email John and decide to call them back. I talk to the manager and she says ya, they need the FFL unless it's being sent to "you know, a nationally known gunsmith..." I say "well it is!" If you know anything about guns then you know John Gallagher is a well known (nationaly) gunsmith! I say how about you look him up online, check his website. She says no prob, come on back and they'll check it out and make sure the shipping address is the same as his website says. hmmmm, I thought the rules were they needed the FFL?
So I go back, the same first gal pulls up John's website but he doesn't have his address on his site. She's all confused now and says she doesn't know anything about guns (again) but her husband does... what does THAT have to do with anything.
I tell her to Google "Gallagher Firearms Alabama". Who knows what she does, she still can't find it. Finally she Googles what I told her to and she says... "oh, there it is...". She tells me to fill out the slip, has another guy finish up but never checks to see if the address I put on the slip was the one she found online...wow..... that's all I can say....
Anyway.... 80 bucks and an hour later it's off to Mr. Gallagher! Now the wait for the 500L begins!