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MMMMmmmm Russian Boar time _post 9/11 how to transport firearms

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by safetyslug, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. safetyslug

    safetyslug Hogs Beware

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    I am planning on getting my airline tickets to good ole Nashville to do some Russian Wild boar hunting in the Cumberland Mtns. In the past I usually made a big trip by driving to where I needed to go (I was never a big fan of flying) using my grandfathers motorhome. I have done this in the past to many, many places.

    But the motorhome was sold last year and I need to start thinking about how I am going to take my rifles and pistols with me on the aeroplane.

    I assume in order to transport my firearms on an airline:
    1) They have to be unloaded
    2) They need a Locked container (that is super tough)
    3) No ammo can be transported

    Before I call the airline, I was hoping to hear from any of you that have transported their firearms via airline before and how you got it accomplished with the least amount of B.S. possible.
     
  2. Ninja Monkey

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    Don't know what airline you're traveling on, here's Continental's policy. Last time I flew I locked my guns inside a small case, which was locked inside my suitcase. Worked just fine.
     


  3. safetyslug

    safetyslug Hogs Beware

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    Wow, you can take ammo. Thanks much for the info. Now I can bring my Garrett .45/70 ammo =).
     
  4. Fox

    Fox Varmit Control

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  5. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    The key is to make sure you can put your Pelican or Diskol gun case inside a plain looking suitcase or travel bag per that airline's policy.

    You don't want a package clearly screaming gun going to the baggage handlers.

    Otherwise you'll be looking for a pig stick for those boar!

    Call ahead and KNOW what their policies and practices are so there are no surprises at the check-in counter.

    Even FBI agents have been hassled by airline agents about their rifles. Apparently an airline agent made them cut open their duck-tapped AR-15 cases and show her that the guns were unloaded. One at a time - reasl slow.

    So KNOW their rules so you're not pissed off at the gate.
     
  6. safetyslug

    safetyslug Hogs Beware

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    Good advice. I just have to remember to bring my patience with me.
     
  7. Arbee

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    It is not a big deal, and it doesn't take but a minute more to check a gun than it does any other piece of luggage. But you do need to read the policy for the airline you are taking. They do vary slightly. Be prepared to show them that the firearm is unloaded, but they don't always ask you to demonstrate. Ususally for handguns, it's a locked hardcase inside your regular luggage. Ammo in factory boxes, separate from the firearm. Larger rifle and shotgun cases always scream gun, but it's usually not a problem, since it's more difficult to spirit away a four or five foot long case. They can't tag the outside of your luggage to indicate it has a gun in it.
     
  8. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    I don't think you will be needin' all that.

    Heck, the way we do it down here is with SKSs, AR-15s, FALs, .357s, and .44s.

    Just jump on one of those John Deere cart things and ride around and drink beer checking the food plots. Eventually, the hogs will be found and all hell breaks loose from the gunners. Pick up the hog and head to the house for a cleanin'.