AIRSOFT BB GUN BUYERS GUIDE FOR THE UK
The following information is supplied to help explain the law regarding Airsoft BB Guns and give relevant information regarding which type of Airsoft gun will suit your needs.
AGE RESTRICTION FOR ALL AIRSOFT BB GUNS
All Airsoft BB Guns can only be sold to persons 18 years of age or older. However there is no age restriction on the age of an owner or user just the age to purchase. If you buy an Airsoft BB Gun and either gift it to someone else, or allow them to use it, regardless of their age, you are not breaking the law. So, a parent can buy an airsoft BB gun and give it to their child to use or keep.
COLOURED AIRSOFT BB GUNS
Airsoft BB Guns are separated into two distinctive categories and it is important that this is understood before purchasing. There is what is known as 2TONE guns e.g. a gun that PRINCIPLE COLOUR is significantly different from that of a real firearm i.e. bright orange, green, blue etc. Then there is what is known as RIF (realistic imitation firearm) e.g. a gun that looks like a real gun i.e. black or tan.
2 TONE AIRSOFT BB GUNS
These Airsoft BB Guns can be purchased without licence or membership to any association or club.
RIF AIRSOFT BB GUNS
To be eligible to purchase a RIF (black, silver or tan) Airsoft BB Gun you need one of the following:
- You have a current UKARA membership
- You are a member of a properly insured historical skirmish site
- You are a member of a shooting club
- You are a member of a properly insured historical re-enactment group or society
- You are a film, television or theatre production company
- You are (or are acting on behalf of) a museum
- You are a Crown Servant in pursuance of your Crown duties
FPS LIMITS FOR THE UK
FULL AUTO: 1.3 joules (approx. 374FPS/0.2g bb)
SINGLE SHOT: 2.5 joules (approx. 519FPS/0.2g bb)
Please note: each skirmish site will have different FPS limits on their games.
DELIVERY OF AIRSOFT BB GUNS WITHIN THE UK
Airsoft BB Guns are not listed as firearms and can be sent with most postal services. We always recommend using a registered delivery service due to the nature of the product.
This information is for the UK only and we advise that you contact your local authorities for information about the Law and Airsoft BB Guns in your territory.