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I thought you could ship a gun to yourself, skip the FFL recheck?
 
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Eons ago I drove the ALCAN and stop in Beaver Creek, Yk where Canadian customs were. About midnight there a guy banging on the door saying “Are you an American?” He says the customs agent wants to talk to me.
Turns out he was caught with a gun. Told to go back to Alaska, he drove around for a few hours and tried again. Was caught again. He and the customs officer asked me to drive the gun back to AK and drop it off at the FFL just across the border.
The customs agent explained that guns were being tossed into the wood to avoid the fine or having to make the drive. Local kids would search to find them. That was a problem.
Three years later we drove out and I made very sure that we were clean.
Lesson. Don’t mess with Canadian Customs. They are nice but very experiance.



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Eons ago I drove the ALCAN and stop in Beaver Creek, Yk where Canadian customs were. About midnight there a guy banging on the door saying “Are you an American?” He says the customs agent wants to talk to me.
Turns out he was caught with a gun. Told to go back to Alaska, he drove around for a few hours and tried again. Was caught again. He and the customs officer asked me to drive the gun back to AK and drop it off at the FFL just across the border.
The customs agent explained that guns were being tossed into the wood to avoid the fine or having to make the drive. Local kids would search to find them. That was a problem.
Three years later we drove out and I made very sure that we were clean.
Lesson. Don’t mess with Canadian Customs. They are nice but very experiance.


I've driven the ALCAN 7 times, always with guns aboard, both long and short. Never had a problem with Canadian Customs, but the Americans tore me apart looking for something, and I have no idea what it was as they never found it.
 
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Congrats on the move! Are you coming before winter? Some folks do not consider Anchorage to be Alaska. As AKSuperDually pointed out, the Delta area is very nice, I'd live there if I could.


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I want to do the drive to Alaska!
So, my online research shows that I can take 5,000 rds of ammo, 5,000 primers, and 8kg of powder. That's good. If most of the ammo is shotgun, that will help me stretch the 50 lb limit when flying.
I picked up the Milepost book. Studying now.
I will put 4 snow tires on the Subaru Legacy. I will probably look for chains or cables.

I'm excited that this is coming together!

Bruce






"The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush. 'Make it evil,' he'd been told. 'Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with." -Phillip K. Dick

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-Niccolo Machiavelli

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. -Mencken
 
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B, a few things. Moving a young family there. That is in of itself a big thing. Not to mention where you plan to move to. Find a place. Secure what you need. What you might want is a whole nother thing. As obtaining things you and your family might want is not always possible and at the very least. Outrageously expensive. And thinking you are going to move your life from where you are now to AK. just does not work.

I kind of get the impression this may be more of a fantasy vs reality. Work in your field is probably not a problem. Making anywhere near the kind money your making now will be a shocker. Plus the cost of living there will be shocker. Combine those two things and you have a less then great combination.

Then there is the limited road system. Having to drive a long distance to get any place, like work or shopping. Shipping is very expensive. There is a ton of things you have not even mentioned, let alone thought about I am pretty sure. While moving to Alaska might sound like a dream. It can be a nightmare. And you could find yourself divorced or moving your family back to reality after a less than great experience.
Sounds like you have your work cut out for your self to get there. Then if you get there. Carving out some kind of life once there is a whole nother deal all together.

You have not really said why you want to go to AK. One thing you might consider is there are places in the ConUS than can offer a similar experience to AK and actually a better experience in many aspects. Without the challenges that AK will throw at you. Fwiw.

A 5000k drive up in a Subie this time of year just to go up and look around will probably cure you from a move up there Wink . If that is what you are talking about.

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We're moving to the Palmer/Wasilla area. Not a metropolitan area, but 2 Costcos within an hour drive isn't what I would call "roughing it".
Do I have any idea what I am in for? Hardly Wink
My wife, on the other hand, spent a year as a public health nurse for the State of Alaska. She has been everywhere from Ketchikan to Nome to Bethel on float planes and ATV. It has been her dream to go back, so here we go. Nevada has turned too blue for either of us to tolerate so a move is necessary. Why not where she wants?

As far as work: She's already got a job offer for 20% more than she is making now. The jobs I am looking at all pay very close to my present salary.
Houses are bigger with more land for the same money as our Vegas house. Property taxes run, depending on the town, $3000 to $7000 a year. That stings but it's doable.

We both know people that live in Anchorage and have been there a while. They're advising us. They say it's been the best move they ever made.
We have done our research, prepared as much as is possible, and now leave it up to whatever god might be watching.


We are excited.

Bruce






"The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush. 'Make it evil,' he'd been told. 'Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with." -Phillip K. Dick

“It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to try to enslave a people that wants to remain free."
-Niccolo Machiavelli

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. -Mencken
 
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Lesson. Don’t mess with Canadian Customs. They are nice but very experiance.
Yes. Twenty years ago my GF and I were nearly hauled into the blockhouse for grilling, detention, and fines because of her tiny expired Mace-on-a-keychain.

Cat and I will likely be in VT / NH / ME this or early next month. Too bad Cat doesn't have her feline "papers". Explorations to St. Lawrence River and Ruisseau-à-Rebours are out of the question.

 
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Learn how to use barges to move big items. Services such as AMS (Alaska marine services)… Full disclosure my neighbor works for them.

Keep your head on a swivel in Alaska… A lot of people running from the law there.


Wonderful place if you’re into individualism and self-provisioning a lot of your own food.

Don’t fool yourself; it’s deadly up there. All kinds of stories - both men and nature. Beautiful too!

Best wishes and congrats.





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