Good article. To maybe add just a bit to it-
1. There are TWO circumstances where a firearm can be shipped interstate without a FFL receiving it. (A) When shipping to yourself, say, at a hunting lodge (no transfer of ownership) and (B) the executor of an estate can ship a firearm directly to the inheritor IF it is legal for inheritor to possess THAT firearm in THAT location. 18 USC 922 C 3. BTW, if you send a gun for repair, it can be shipped directly back to you. If your gun could not BE repaired, a like gun can be returned to you (directly) in it's place. Again, 18 USC 922.
2. UPS will ship firearms. So does FedEx. Not from the storefronts- those are privately owned franchises. Go to the hub. They will want to know that it is going TO a FFL. Both require HANDGUNS be shipped Next Day Air. Long guns can be shipped Ground.
However, that will run you about $65-$75, You may be better off finding a Dealer that will MAIL the handgun to another dealer. Even after paying him for his time, and a Priority Mail Flat Rate box, will likely be cheaper.
3. UPS will ship ammo by GROUND only- 66 pounds or less is NOT HAZMAT. That does not apply to tracer, HE, Primers or Powder. As said in the article, NEVER attempt to mail ammo, powder, primers. BRASS and BULLETS (not cartridges) can be mailed.
Expect that, sooner or later, you will encounter a clerk that will tell you that you cannot do something. First, go on line, either to the Domestic Mail Manual (Restricted Mailings) or the UPS Tariffs (their rules) print them out, have them in your hip pocket. Second, say the magic words- "May I please see your supervisor now?"
PS- I am a collector. My mailman and my UPS guys see me on a regular basis. I make sure they are smiling at Christmas time. They take GOOD care of me.
What we have here is... failure- to communicate.