Shipping a gun

How to ship a gun if you cannot collect in person.


Key Points

We offer an inhouse UK Mainland and Northern Ireland shipping service however we are a small team and due to the high level of enquiries and the large amount of admin guns create post sale, it can take up to 3 weeks for lots to be posted out. If your order is urgent we can recommend other carriers who can deliver items to you with greater speed.


Non-licenced antique guns (section 58-2) can be sent to a home address but we will need you to email ID through to us before we can send guns out. 


Air guns can only be sent to a Registered Firearms Dealer unless the airgun dates to pre 1939.


We can do an RFD transfer for licenced guns but will need to transfer the gun onto your licence first.  


Shipping and delivery of guns purchased at auction.

We can transfer guns onto your licence in a traditional face to face transaction however if you live a distance away from our salerooms or are unable to travel it is still possible for UK buyers of a licenced section 1 or section 2 gun to have it delivered to you providing you have the correct licence.

Licencing requirements.

There are two options for delivery of section 1 and section 2 licenced guns. In either case, we will need to inspect your licence first. Following the auction, you will be required to post your licence to us at Wilson55, Market Street, Nantwich, CW5 5DG. We will then check that the licencing is correct before transferring the gun onto your licence. We will then return your completed licence to you by ‘signed for’ post. You will need to inform your licencing authority of your purchase within seven days of receiving your licence back by post. As you do not know the details of the original owner of the gun please inform your licencing authority that you have bought it from Wilson55 Auctioneers RFD1092.


The first option is delivery to your door.

You can instruct Bradley’s Couriers who hold a Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD) certificate to deliver the gun to your home address or chosen delivery address. You will need to be present when they make the delivery as the gun cannot be handed to a third party. In order to organise this please contact Bradleys on 01748 503101 or 020 3301 6348 or email  Once you have paid Bradleys directly for their services they will collect the gun you purchased at auction from us and inform you of a delivery time. Before they can deliver the gun to you, we will need to transfer it onto your licence as described above.

The second option for delivery is RFD transfer.

We can also send the gun you bought at auction by courier to your nominated Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD) or gunshop which holds an RFD certificate. Once your licence arrives back in the post you can collect the gun from your RFD. Sometimes RFD’s charge for this service so it is worth checking with them first before organising this method of delivery. If you would like to organise this service, please contact your local RFD and discuss this with them as well as emailing the name and email of your RFD to Before the gun can be collected from your RFD, we will need to transfer it onto your licence as described above.

Shipping airguns.

UK law dictates that an airgun cannot be posted to a home address. The only exemption to this is if the airgun is classified as antique and is produced prior to 1939.

We can hand over purchased airguns in a traditional face to face transaction at our salerooms however if you are a mainland UK buyer who lives a distance away from our salerooms or you’re unable to travel then the item can be sent to you in a similar manner listed above regarding licenced section 1 and section 2 guns only without the need for a licence or the need to inform a licencing authority. We can send the airgun by courier to your nominated Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD) or gunshop which holds an RFD certificate, our charge for delivery is normally around £30 for UK mainland but this can vary depending on the gun you have bought. Alternatively, you can instruct Bradleys Couriers to deliver the airgun to your door.

Shipping of deactivated and antique guns.

Deactivated guns and antique guns which qualify for section 58(2) status can be shipped by us to you directly providing you live in mainland UK. Please email us to book this. We will need to see a scan of ID to check you are over the age of 18 before we can send the gun out to you.


Shipping guns outside of the UK

If you live outside of the UK then you will need to instruct a UK based firearms exporter in order to send a gun you have bought at auction to you. An exporter is needed regardless of the licenced status of the gun in the UK or the country you live in. We can recommend UK based gun exporters. Please email for more information. 


For more information regarding buying and selling guns at auction please contact Chris Large at or telephone 01270 623878





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