The FFL who shipped could have used the smallest PRIORITY MAIL flat rate BOX, and it wouldn't have cost much more, if at all.
When using USPS to mail handguns, it was my understanding that both the sender and recipient had to be an 01 (or similar) FFL. (An FFL can't ship a handgun to a non-FFL, or to an 03 FFL.) The 03 FFL doesn't work for handguns (even 03-eligible ones).
I'm not familiar with antique weapons, but most of the very old guns aren't considered weapons for postal service purposes -- which would be why those older handguns can be mailed, if they can.
The OLDER Colt bluing is gorgeous, as is some of the bluing on older S&W revolvers. I had a Model 25 that had bluing so dark and deep you felt you could reach into it. It's all due to the POLISHING that the factory specialists did prior to bluing.
Last edited by Walt Sherrill; October 3, 2012 at 06:36 PM.