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Old 02-09-2017, 01:13 PM
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I just finished moving from Connecticut to Arizona. I used a POD's storage container to move most of my belongings. When I reached Arizona and unpacked the storage container I realized that water had gotten in the storage container and soaked some of the contents, including two rifles.

I'd purchased insurance from POD's to protect my property. Both of the rifles barrels had rust on them. When I contacted POD's to file a claim I was advised that firearms are not covered in the agreement. As such the water damage to the rifles was not covered.

I pulled a copy of the agreement and in the fine print they had a list of items that are not covered and firearms are listed. Just a word of caution to anyone moving, I suggest you not use POD's if you need to ship firearms. The list of excluded items is pretty extensive, they don't even cover pictures or paintings. POD's is not the way to go if you're moving, the list of items they exclude from insurance coverage is just to extensive. Essentially, you're shipping at your own risk.
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:20 PM
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I'm sorry to hear about your bad luck. But I am thankful that you provided the feedback. We were considering using a pod for storage during a renovation project at our home. Your experience has led me to go back to the good old cold storage lockup.

Hope there is a fix for your rifles.
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:52 PM
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That stinks! How about your homeowners insurance?
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:58 PM
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People who sell insurance know how to stack the deck....in their favor , every time you try to make a claim.guess what ?
The fine print and exclusions will get you every time.
Thanks for the heads up on PODS insurance. Sounds like they know the game.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:05 PM
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Pods insurance policy..." we will replace anything damaged during shipment or storage except for items on our list of insurance exclusions, insurance policy exclusions: Anything put in our storage pods..." at least that is what it should have to read.

I'm sorry to hear about your firearms getting damaged. Are they at least salvageable? The fine print gets you every time. I've had similar problems before with stuff. Bought a Brand new car, the battery crapped out 3 days later!! IT didn't die, it was completely bad. Took it back to the dealer and the manager said that batteries were not covered under warranty. He offered to replace it for $400... I just returned the whole car and got my down payment back since they had a 15 day drive it and like it type deal. They Said that the car had to be returned in same condition it left, they argued that the battery was bad. I just said that it's the same battery it left the lot with 2 days ago and that's the whole point I'm returning it...
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:16 PM
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Pods insurance policy..." we will replace anything damaged during shipment or storage except for items on our list of insurance exclusions, insurance policy exclusions: Anything put in our storage pods..." at least that is what it should have to read.

I'm sorry to hear about your firearms getting damaged. Are they at least salvageable? The fine print gets you every time. I've had similar problems before with stuff. Bought a Brand new car, the battery crapped out 3 days later!! IT didn't die, it was completely bad. Took it back to the dealer and the manager said that batteries were not covered under warranty. He offered to replace it for $400... I just returned the whole car and got my down payment back since they had a 15 day drive it and like it type deal. They Said that the car had to be returned in same condition it left, they argued that the battery was bad. I just said that it's the same battery it left the lot with 2 days ago and that's the whole point I'm returning it...
It's surface rust on the barrels so they are salvageable; the bottom line is the barrels will show the affects of where the rust was, the blueing will be affected and I'm sure there will be some pitting.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:26 PM
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It's surface rust on the barrels so they are salvageable; the bottom line is the barrels will show the affects of where the rust was, the blueing will be affected and I'm sure there will be some pitting.
Take it to a gunsmith ASAP to get refinished on the metal surfaces. I inherited some rather neglected shotguns that were covered in rust and when we got it all off and got through to the bluing, it just needed a little touch up work. No pitting at all. Some of the .22's we got were bad though.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:40 PM
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Take it to a gunsmith ASAP to get refinished on the metal surfaces. I inherited some rather neglected shotguns that were covered in rust and when we got it all off and got through to the bluing, it just needed a little touch up work. No pitting at all. Some of the .22's we got were bad though.
Thanks, I'm sure I can find one in Phoenix.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:50 PM
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Sorry to hear about the damage.

Thanks for the Pods warning.

BTW, we are thinking of moving to Arizona. I am looking at property around the Fountain Hills area.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:58 PM
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Sorry to hear about the damage.

Thanks for the Pods warning.

BTW, we are thinking of moving to Arizona. I am looking at property around the Fountain Hills area.
Fountain hills area is nice.


Onelongshot, ill see if I can get the name of a reputable smith in the area for you
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:59 PM
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I just finished moving from Connecticut to Arizona. I used a POD's storage container to move most of my belongings. When I reached Arizona and unpacked the storage container I realized that water had gotten in the storage container and soaked some of the contents, including two rifles.

I'd purchased insurance from POD's to protect my property. Both of the rifles barrels had rust on them. When I contacted POD's to file a claim I was advised that firearms are not covered in the agreement. As such the water damage to the rifles was not covered.

I pulled a copy of the agreement and in the fine print they had a list of items that are not covered and firearms are listed. Just a word of caution to anyone moving, I suggest you not use POD's if you need to ship firearms. The list of excluded items is pretty extensive, they don't even cover pictures or paintings. POD's is not the way to go if you're moving, the list of items they exclude from insurance coverage is just to extensive. Essentially, you're shipping at your own risk.
Sorry to hear of your trouble. Surface rust is easy to deal with. Try this, I did it with a classic Model 54 (as an example) and it came out nicely. Just click on it and it'll download. I did this for Brownells.

If you do it carefully, you won't damage the finish.
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Old 02-09-2017, 07:12 PM
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Thanks, I'm sure I can find one in Phoenix.

I'll be your neighbor soon! I'm moving to Tucson later this year! Where did you move from? And yes, you should be able to find someone to do good work. I visit Arizona often and there is a good bit of firearm culture there.

They have several good manufacturers operating there. Ruger has a factory where they build some firearms in Prescott. I think they're making their new sound suppressors there too. Patriot Ordnance Factory is in Phoenix. They make some very nice high end AR15 style rifles. There are a few more I can't think of right now. They also have "constitutional carry" and they have a shall sign law for NFA purchases, so you can't get turned down by The CLEO on a Machinegun, Suppressor, SBR, etc...


I hope you can get them fixed to like new!
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Old 02-09-2017, 09:21 PM
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I know it offers no resolve now, but if you should do something like this again or for any reason transport firearms and other expensive personal property you can get replacement cost home owner or renter insurance. The more comprehensive the better, so that if your car were broken into and everything in the car had been taken your replacement cost policy will write a check for the total loss at current retail replacement cost, don't get fooled into getting depreciated value crap.

It's absolutely imperative that when you purchase insurance that you specify you need coverage for firearms, and if the policy does include firearms inquire as to the coverage limits. And if the coverage limits won't cover all of them, I just buy additional writers, it's darn well worth it.

Next time you transport like that I recommend you use the steel transport containers that shipping companies use to ship across the ocean and on rail cars.

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Old 02-10-2017, 08:14 AM
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Sorry to hear about the damage.

Thanks for the Pods warning.

BTW, we are thinking of moving to Arizona. I am looking at property around the Fountain Hills area.
I'm in central Scottsdale; Fountain Hills is nice but if your looking for a condo I'd caution you against that area. The condo association fees in fountain Hills can be as high as $800 a month. I opted for a small three bedroom home, the money I saved on condo fees I can pay someone to take care of the yard.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:19 AM
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I'll be your neighbor soon! I'm moving to Tucson later this year! Where did you move from? And yes, you should be able to find someone to do good work. I visit Arizona often and there is a good bit of firearm culture there.

They have several good manufacturers operating there. Ruger has a factory where they build some firearms in Prescott. I think they're making their new sound suppressors there too. Patriot Ordnance Factory is in Phoenix. They make some very nice high end AR15 style rifles. There are a few more I can't think of right now. They also have "constitutional carry" and they have a shall sign law for NFA purchases, so you can't get turned down by The CLEO on a Machinegun, Suppressor, SBR, etc...


I hope you can get them fixed to like new!
I moved from Pomfret Center Connecticut. I'd plan on moving to Virginia but after spending a winter there I realized that there winters wern't much better than Connecticut.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:23 AM
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I'm in central Scottsdale; Fountain Hills is nice but if your looking for a condo I'd caution you against that area. The condo association fees in fountain Hills can be as high as $800 a month. I opted for a small three bedroom home, the money I saved on condo fees I can pay someone to take care of the yard.
Thanks for the condo tip. We are looking at houses with no HOA rules or fees. That does narrow the field.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:56 AM
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I moved from Pomfret Center Connecticut. I'd plan on moving to Virginia but after spending a winter there I realized that there winters wern't much better than Connecticut.
That's a pretty big move! I'm just next door in New Mexico/ Texas. I've got some family I communicate with all up and down the East coast as well as many friends. Particularly in North Carolina and Virginia but I've gota few family members up in New Jersey and New York as well as Florida. I'm not a big fan of the East coast, my heart belongs in the SouthWest. I just never liked visiting the East coast. I could tolerate a colder climate though. I've always wanted to spend some time in Montana or something.

I hope you're enjoying your new home! I have really close family all over Arizona. Tucson, Scottsdale, Surprise, Glendale, Prescott, Marana, and Flagstaff. Most of my aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins on my moms side live in AZ. As well as my older brother and soon to be me!

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Old 02-10-2017, 09:14 AM
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Thanks for the condo tip. We are looking at houses with no HOA rules or fees. That does narrow the field.
Be careful with homes as well. Many of the newer housing developments have HOA fees as well. It's not uncommon to see a $100-$200 HOA fees in housing developments and you get nothing for the fee!
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My Arizona friends recommended this gun smith shop gunsetc.com > Home
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