Is It Legal to Ship Ammo With USPS?

You can't ship ammo with USPS, but you still have some other viable options
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Unfortunately, it is illegal to ship ammo with USPS. Some shippers might find that a bit odd, especially considering that USPS allows you to ship firearms. Don’t worry though, because you’re not dead in the water just yet! If you want to ship ammo, you’ve still got some other viable (albeit less affordable) options outside of the US Postal Service.

If I Can’t Use USPS, How Can I Ship Ammo?

We recommend UPS for shipping ammo. Guns and ammo enthusiasts across America choose UPS for shipping their ammo every day. FedEx also allows for the shipment of ammo, but UPS offers more speciality in handling these particular shipments. In fact, UPS handle all the shipments for guns ordered off the National Rifle Association’s website. If that’s not a vote of confidence, we’re not sure what is.

If you want to ship ammo with UPS, keep in mind that the ammunition must not exceed 12.7 mm (50 caliber or 0.5 inch) for rifle or pistol cartridges. Shotgun shell ammo also can’t be more than 8 gauge. UPS also lets you ship blank ammo, and ammo with inert projectiles.

For some more tips and tricks, check out our guide on shipping ammunition.

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  1. Daniel Negaard

    Can we ship ammo from manta to to Alaska ?

    • Rockwell Sands

      Hi Daniel – Not with USPS! But you can with UPS. This guide goes into more detail on how to make that happen.


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