December 24th, 2016

TSA Tips for Traveling with Firearms — What You Need to Know

Tom McHale flying with firearms guns TSA

If you will be flying with firearms this winter, you should read this article. You need to familiarize yourself with current Federal Regulations on gun transport before you get anywhere near an airport. Thankfully, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a web page that states the important requirements for airline passengers traveling with firearms and/or ammunition.

You’ll want to visit the TSA Firearms and Ammunition webpage, and read it start to finish. In addition, before your trip, you should check the regulations of the airline(s) with which you will fly. Some airlines have special requirements, such as weight restrictions.

Here are the TSA’s key guidelines for travel with firearms:

1. All firearms* must be declared to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
The term firearm includes:

    – Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.
    – The frame or receiver of any such weapon.
    – Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer.
    – Any destructive device.

2. The firearm must be unloaded. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 – “A loaded firearm means a firearm that has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm.”

3. The firearm must be in a hard-sided container that is locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be pulled open with little effort cannot be brought aboard the aircraft.

4. If firearms are not properly declared or packaged, TSA will provide the checked bag to law enforcement for resolution with the airline. If the issue is resolved, law enforcement will release the bag to TSA so screening may be completed.

5. TSA must resolve all alarms in checked baggage. If a locked container containing a firearm alarms, TSA will contact the airline, who will make a reasonable attempt to contact the owner and advise the passenger to go to the screening location. If contact is not made, the container will not be placed on the aircraft.

6. If a locked container alarms during screening and is not marked as containing a declared firearm, TSA will cut the lock in order to resolve the alarm.

7. Travelers should remain in the area designated by the aircraft operator or TSA representative to take the key back after the container is cleared for transportation.

8. Travelers must securely pack any ammunition in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.

9. Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm.

10. Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber for a rifle or pistol and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as it follows the packing guidelines described above.

11. TSA prohibits black powder or percussion caps used with black-powder.

12. Rifle scopes are not prohibited in carry-on bags and do not need to be in the hard-sided, locked checked bag.

NOTE: The 12 guidelines are reprinted directly from the TSA web page here: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition.

More Airline Travel Tips from Tom McHale
Tom McHale has written an excellent article for the Beretta Blog, Ten Things You Need to Know about Flying with Guns. We suggest you visit the Beretta Blog to read this informative story. Here are two of Tom McHale’s Travel Tips:

Weigh your gun case and ammunition
Most airlines will allow up to 11 pounds of ammunition. And, like any luggage, you will be charged more for any baggage weighing more than 50 pounds. This sounds like a lot, but when traveling to the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun competition last year, my case with shotgun, rifle, pistol and ammunition tipped the scale past the 50 pound mark.

Pack ammo in the same locking case
This is another area that’s misunderstood and full of internet myth. Your ammo just needs to be stored in some type of safe container and not loose. Technically, you can keep ammunition in magazines, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It meets the letter of the law storage requirement, but too many airline and TSA agents will give you grief. Use a plastic ammo box or original cardboard packaging and you’ll be fine carrying that in the same lockable case as your gun.

Tom McHale flying with firearms guns TSA

*Please see, United States Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 44 for information about firearm definitions.

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December 24th, 2016

Last Minute Xmas and End of Year Sale Promotions

MidwayUSA Sale

Many of our favorite vendors have announced special holiday sales for the Christmas Weekend, or through the end of the year. With special discount codes you can save up to $30.00 off your order. In addition, Midsouth Shooters Supply is running its incredible End of Year Clearance (E.O.Y.C.) Sale. Now through the end of the year, prices are lowered as we approach the end of 2016. Eventually prices will be 77% off. But if you wait too long, the items you want may be sold.

Midsouth Shooters Supply End of Year Clearance Sale

MidwayUSA Sale

You will find some amazing deals at Midsouth Shooters Supply in the next week. Now through December 31st, Midsouth is slashing prices on special items. The deals get better with time…but if you wait too long, someone else may grab the item(s) you want. We suggest you check back daily.

MidwayUSA — Promo Codes for Up to $30.00 Off

MidwayUSA Sale

Use the following codes to save up to $30 with purchases of in-stock, qualifying products at MidwayUSA.com. Use Code 10SANTA16 for orders over $100; Code 20SANTA16 for orders over $200; and Code 30SANTA16 for orders over $300.00.

Bruno Shooters Supply — FREE Shipping With Order over $100

Bruno's Bruno Shooters Supply Sale

Now through the end of the year, Bruno Shooters Supply is offering FREE shipping with all orders over $100.00. In addition, Bruno’s has a number of special items on sale. For example you can save $100.00 on the purchase of BAT Actions.

Precision Reloading — $10 Off with Code LIGHTS

Precision Reloading Hazmat Sale
Precision Reloading Hazmat Sale

With orders over $100.00 at Precision Reloading, you can save $10 with Code LIGHTS. In addition, now through the end of the year, Hazmat Fees are just $15.00 per shipment. That discounted Hazmat rate could save you $20-$25 when purchasing powder or primers.

Creedmoor Sports — FREE Shipping on Orders over $49.87

Creedmoor Sports Bargain Bunker Free Shipping Sale

Creedmoor Sports has slashed prices on all items in its Bargain Bunker, including popular Creedmoor Rifle and pistol ammo. In addition, now through the end of the year, you can get FREE Shipping with all orders over $49.87. Use Code CHR4987.

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