In a few months, I will be doing exactly that. I've been invited to the fourth annual Blogorado bash, and have been driving myself crazy trying to decide which ordnance to bring. I've only been to two shoots - the Northeast Bloggershoot, of course, and also the first Northcoast shoot - and both were within driving distance, so flying with firearms wasn't an issue. 2,000+ miles ain't gonna happen. While I would love the road trip, I wouldn't love the extra 3 days it tacked on to either side of the vacation - three days I won't have. Flying it is, which means executing another Jay G. first: flying with a firearm.
I know plenty of folks have done it and had no problems; I haven't been brave enough yet. Then again, I'm flying out of Logan, so that's an added issue. There's a not-inconsequential chance that something might go "missing" - small though it may be - and there's the omnipresent danger of daring to possess a firearm in Massachusetts... But I digress. My real issue is the hassle of flying with firearms - again, since I've never done it, I wonder if it's more the fear of the unknown at work here.
The plan is to take 1 or 2 rifles and 3-4 handguns. I'm reluctant to include some of the nicer firearms, because some are family heirlooms and as such irreplaceable. On the flip side, there's hardly a reason to bring an M&P, given that they're more or less ubiquitous and should be readily available should I desire to shoot one. I'm also trying to keep the ammunition requirements simple - since I'll be ordering ammo to be shipped, I'd like to keep as few calibers as possible.
Some folks have recommended shipping the guns to myself at the end location, which is another option of course. It carries more or less the same danger, though - if the package goes missing for any reason, I'm still frantically scrambling to alert the BATF (I'm a Class 03 FFL holder and and such have to report the loss of any handgun within 48 hours) and I'm out the firearm. In a sense, bringing them with me gives me greater control, in that when I get off the plane and go to retrieve, if something's missing I can start the process immediately.
So... Folks out there that have done this... Help me out. Tell me that you've done this a bunch of times and everything was fine. MA folks - anyone have any trouble flying into or out of Logan? I know a good number of folks have flown with a single firearm - anyone see a difference when flying with multiple arms? This is all completely new to me, and as such (as I often do), I readily admit that I may very well be blowing this waaaaay out of proportion. I have a tendency to overthink things sometimes... (stop laughing)...
Success stories - and horror stories - as well as tips & suggestions are very much welcome.
That is all.