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Old June 30, 2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Shipping antique firearm to foreign buyer

Is there anything in US law that restricts shipping an antique firearm from the US to an overseas buyer? The gun is a 5mm pinfire made in the mid 1800s. I suppose it would be shootable if anyone could find functioning 5mm pinfire ammo, but generally I view it as a nonshootable antique due to the lack of ammo. I am familiar with the standard response that BATF does not regulate firearms made prior to 1899, but other federal agencies may be involved in regulating exports.
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Old July 18, 2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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I am bringing this back to the top of the list in hopes that someone out there has an answer.
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Old July 18, 2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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It is NOT a "firearm" as far as the BATF is concerned. The same in Canada, it is just NOT a firearm.

The country you are shipping to may see it differently.

If you really want to know specifics. contact these folks:
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Old July 19, 2012, 08:36 AM   #4
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You sending is not a problem.
Receiving at the other end will (probably, 99.99% for sure) be very problematic.
Old, new, shootable or not doesn't matter to a bureaucrat.
The person you are sending to needs to make prior arrangements or the gun could be lost completely. I have had experience mailing and receving from most European countries and Australia, plus Canada. Canada and Australia are the worst.
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Old July 19, 2012, 08:42 AM   #5
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As someone familiar with the penalties for ITAR violations, and considering
the kilobuck per hour rates that those attorneys command, there is no way I would even fool with it.
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