If you want to, you can use any courier you like, it is not illegal to send a pcp by courier. However, with the exception of Parcelforce Express48 ( and for smaller items that do not exceed a certain size, Royal Mail) the rest of the courier companies exclude guns/firearms from their permitted items list and you risk a total loss (uninsured) if it gets lost or damaged in transit.
If it is an expensive air rifle, send it by RFD to RFD or sell face to face.
If it is a cheap PCP (is there such a thing?) Parcelforce Express48 will accept a PCP with a maximum of £100 insurance cover. The air cylinder needs to be empty and I would recommend that you pack the air cylinder separately. There is a grey area with Parcelforce t&c's/permitted items regarding 'no pressure vessels'.
Hope that helps.
some people send air rifles by courier and describe them as sporting goods or machined metal work and have a 100% delivery success. Unfortunately if you ever have to make a claim you will need (as I understand it ) photographic evidence. Once you supply a picture of an air rifle, with the exception of
£100 cover with PFExpress48 you are uninsured.
some people send small air rifles by Royal Mail. Royal Mail send some of their parcels by air (PFExpress48 do not). They have to be xrayed before loading. If it looks suspicious it will be forwarded to Belfast where it will be examined and tested by a specialist for legality (once again, as I understand it). As a minimum it will go awol for several weeks, at worst it will be destroyed if you send it without reading the Royal Mail t&c's/permitted items.
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Last edited by daveuk; 20th February 2015 at 11:02 AM.