Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:08 am
(Crossposting from GD.)
Today I got a call from John Taylor of Taylor Machine in Puyallup, to whom I shipped my Winchester 1892 to get the barrel relined. All he received was an empty box. I'm going to file a police report for a stolen firearm tomorrow but in the meantime I am posting this here:
Type: Lever action rifle
Serial number: 100156
Barrel length: 24 inches
Caliber: .38 WCF AKA 38-40 Win
Finish: Metal has turned brown. Buttstock and forend are brown walnut wood.
The rifle is an antique manufactured in 1898 per the factory letter that I got from the Buffalo Bill Center of the Wild West.
Pictures of the stolen rifle are on my blog here.https://blogostuff.blogspot.com/2019/01/stolen-winchester-1892.html
Any help in recovery will be appreciated.
Note: Mr. Taylor has a stellar reputation, which is why I was shipping a rifle from PA to WA. I do not believe he is trying to pull a fast one.
Welp, one more BTT from me.
I filed the report with my local PD this morning. The officer was very helpful, especially after he saw all the documentation that I prepared and gave to him (receipts, shipping records, photos of the rifle, etc.). The report will be uploaded to the NCIC.
I went to the UPS Store from where I shipped the rifle and I'm waiting for a call back from the owner later today. If he doesn't, I am going to raise holy hell.
Aside from that, I have sent emails and Facebook messages to about 25 local FFLs and to 14 FFLs out in WA, the area to which I shipped the rifle. I've gotten a few replies indicating that they'll keep an eye out.
Keeping my fingers crossed but trying not to get my hopes up.
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:20 am
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:44 am
RocketScott wrote:Just magically fell out of the box, right
If it happened in a sort facility I would think it would be obvious, unless they were organized enough to have multiple people involved. A handgun could slip into a pocket but how is someone going to get out of the facility with a rifle?
Once it goes on the truck and leaves the facility it's down to just one person. I bet they're going to bust that guys balls for a while.
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:37 am
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:00 pm
waglocker wrote:UPS Store, or UPS Facility. The one out here in Yelm won't even ship a scope. OMFG, SCARY GUN PARTS!
It smells like soy in that store.
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:05 pm
Guns4Liberty wrote:waglocker wrote:UPS Store, or UPS Facility. The one out here in Yelm won't even ship a scope. OMFG, SCARY GUN PARTS!
It smells like soy in that store.
And before someone says that it's just a UPS store policy, that doesn't make any difference to me; the knee-jerk fear of all things guns is insanely stupid.
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:15 pm
dreadi wrote:UPS store are not supposed to handle shipping of firearms but, I know it's happened before.
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:19 pm
edogg wrote:dreadi wrote:UPS store are not supposed to handle shipping of firearms but, I know it's happened before.
When I needed to send my Henry back for service, the owner at the UPS Store sold me a box and said to not tell him what was in it when I came back to ship it out. Granted, I had a mailbox there and was on a first name basis with the owner and employees...
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:23 pm
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:54 pm
usrifle wrote:Why People use UPS or Fedex to ship a Long Gun is beyond me. USPS People! I have shipped dozens that way and never had a Problem.
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:59 pm
MadPick wrote:usrifle wrote:Why People use UPS or Fedex to ship a Long Gun is beyond me. USPS People! I have shipped dozens that way and never had a Problem.
Well, there are plenty of stories of Post Office employees refusing to ship guns, as well.
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:49 pm