What is Airsoft?
Airsoft is a product of the far East and is now available in the Western world.
It has spawned a sport, a growing following, and an industry that spans around the world. Airsoft guns are full size 1:1 scale replicas of real world firearms. They shoot small plastic balls, 6mm in diameter at non lethal power levels. This energy level is very low when compared to most other shooting genres and is a safe energy for use with both paper and human targets (i.e. you can be hit by a BB fired from one of these guns and barely notice it, but it can usually still put a small hole in a paper target).
Airsoft guns can be powered by electricity (from a battery pack inside the gun), by Spring (the user manually compresses the spring before each shot) or using Gas (refrigerant gas is commonly used from a reservoir either inside or outside the gun). Some systems now also operate High Pressure Air.
Collectors enjoy airsoft because of the excellent level of realism in the replica models. Airsoft also represents the only available legal way that the general public can enjoy owning and using these replicas. Military fans enjoy airsoft because the replicas look identical to the guns used by Armed Forces. Law Enforcement groups around the world now use airsoft replicas to improve their training scenarios. Airsoft provides them with a reliable weapon that is safe to use for training, while providing a level of realism not found using any other training device.
Originally designed to simulate a war zone with far more realism than can be achieved with paintball, these games are played on privately owned and insured sites dotted around the country.
Airsoft replica imitation firearms (RIF) are used and strict safety limits are imposed in order to make sure that everyone has fun and no one gets injured.
Airsoft games can have many scenarios that are unworkable in paintball, but there are some old favourites that bridge the gap. “Capture the flag”, “hostage rescue” and “last man standing” are popular paintball games that have been adapted for airsoft, but as airsoft has more flexibility, games such as “Pistol duel”, “Close Quarters Combat” and true ‘Re-Gen’ simulations (games where getting hit means that you are only considered ‘out’ for a few seconds before rejoining the action) become possible.
Is it dangerous?
To play airsoft, you must be wearing the correct protective clothing. As with many other sports (fencing, motor-sport, horse racing, cricket, etc…) you’re only safe if you are properly dressed. An Airsoft BB hit on bare skin will leave a small mark on the surface of the skin that will look and feel like a bee-sting. The more powerful the airsoft gun, the more it will hurt if you get hit, but with site energy limits in the UK being largely 1 Joule, there is no possibility of a BB causing a penetrative injury. With this in mind, airsofters wear eye & face protection, sturdy boots and tough clothing. For extra protection gloves and a scarf can be worn to give cover for your hands, neck and ears.
Is Airsoft suitable for children?
Airsoft Games do involve some level of risk, however Many sites allow players as young as 10 years to play, providing they can understand site safety instructions and wear full face protection. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase an Airsoft weapon regardless of its Colour.
Violent Crime Reduction Act
On the 1st of October 2007, the laws regarding airsoft guns changed This is a brief summary of those changes, more information can be found here: www.ukara.org.uk If you are under 18 years, it is illegal for you to buy any airsoft gun. It is also illegal for anyone to sell you a gun, regardless you are an airsofter or not.
To purchase a Realistic Imitation Firearm (RIF), Over 18’s Must prove that they have a valid defence under the VCRA, For most players this means proving that you are an airsoft skirmisher. This can be achieved taking out membership of an airsoft site which holds third-party liability insurance, and playing a number of qualifying games. In order to help with remote selling, UKARA the retailers organisation, has set up a database to which sites can submit their members details. Once a player is verified & on the database, any UKARA member can quickly check that a purchaser is entitled to buy a RIF. Please note there is no such thing as a UKARA Licence.
In order to Purchase a RIF from us you MUST provide details of your defence at the NOTES TO SELLER section of the checkout. In the event that no details are entered or details are found to be incorrect we reserve the right to charge a £5.00 fee to cover administration/restocking. This fee will only be applied If we are unable to make contact and verify the information provided.
If you are over 18 but do not hold a valid defence to purchase a RIF you can only legally purchase an Imitation Firearm. These airsoft guns generally have the majority of the gun made in an unrealistic colour; in airsoft terms we call these guns two toned. It is offence to try and alter these to make them look realistic. Please note we do not offer a two toning paint service. We will not paint any gun in two tone colours. We have a small range of Two tone VCRA compliant guns on our website. If you want something else then please have some patience and wait until you have completed your qualifying period on site, you wont regret it.