So the press is now surprised that UPS employees are stealing firearms shipments? We in the gun culture have known that for years.
About 15 years ago, I was an IDPA competitor. In those days, I was shooting black stainless Sig 229’s of the 357Sig persuasion in competition. It was pretty common for me to send them to the Sig performance center to get work done. Because of employee theft, UPS had a requirement that all handguns had to be sent overnight and insured. This was way too expensive at more than $200 per handgun.
Now I didn’t think that I should be forced to pay more to UPS because UPS couldn’t keep their employees from stealing. The law said that those who shipped firearms via common carrier had to notify the carrier of the contents of the shipment. So I would always list the contents as “Sig Sauer Model 229” and ship it standard and insured. It cost less than $30 and still complied with the law.
SiG · August 7, 2022 at 6:56 am
I think the only difference is in the amount. Companies are saying 2/3 of what they ship never reaches their customers.
The UPS thefts have gone to the wholesale level.
Bigus Macus · August 7, 2022 at 6:59 am
Most of what I see shipped is now done with FedEx.
DMLMD · August 7, 2022 at 7:40 am
Similar potential problem w TSA – why do you think the tamper-proof gun case has a lock that only the owner can open? To keep the heroic TSA’s fingers out of it. BTW, using a pistol or rifle case to transport small but valuable items is the way to ensure that the small but valuable items make it to your destination.
It's just Boris · August 7, 2022 at 8:27 am
Didn’t ups just preemptively decide to not ship some gun parts? Or was that not-a-gun parts? And I think I also saw something about lots of ammo being “lost” by them.
Elrod · August 7, 2022 at 12:38 pm
“and ship it standard and insured.”
By “ship it standard” do you mean “regular 3-5 day UPS?” No squawks from the drones beind the counter?
I’ve been using FedEx 2-day for years, the only reason I have a FedEx account. Used to be about $40-45 3-4 years ago, no idea what it is now.
Divemedic · August 7, 2022 at 1:31 pm
No squawks because most of them don’t know that Sig Sauer is a handgun maker. They all know what a Glock Fohtay is.
But ever since I switched to S&W, I don’t ship anything. The aftermarket parts available, coupled with a familiarity with the design of my handguns means not having to send anything in.
Historic Brawndo Czar · August 7, 2022 at 11:01 pm
They are union and use their planes to fly in replacements.
Not sure if they are on the 300 corporations list that sold out America for China as part of RED capitalism back in the early 1970s.
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