silversurfer1947 wrote:There are very strict regulations in the UK relating to airsoft guns. Since October 2007 you can only buy a realistic imitation firearm (one that looks like a real gun) if you are at least 18 years old and meet one of the following conditions:
You are a 'registered' airsofter with membership of an insured skirmish site. To be registered, you must attend a properly organised and insured airsoft site and play for at least three days over a period of no less than two months. Even if you attend and play the three days in your first week, UK Law requires that two months pass from the first day you attended before you can legally be registered.
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
Yep, Richard, and here in Scotland I now need a firearms certificate for my Walther Air Rifle, even though it's only at the 12ft Lb power limit.
Getting that certificate (it has been approved, luckily) is as now difficult as getting a full firearms cert.(full-bore weapons and shotguns); and just as expensive too. That's why I go to Switzerland to have a spot of fun with my son's burgeoning WW2 firearms collection (demonstrated in earlier WW2 weapons threads) In Jan., we're planning to buy, and trial, the legendary WW2 Lee-Enfield .303.
That will complete my experience of firing, disassembling, servicing (and hopefully reassembling
) all the major WW2 personal weapons. Hmm..That said, there's still the Garand M1. Now, they're not so easy to come by in Zürich