Sunday, January 24, 2010

Airsoft Guns Are Replacing Paintball Guns In Recreational War Games

Airsoft guns are the newest thing in military game play. Many people have switched from paintball guns to airsoft guns. These guns look as realistic as the actual guns that they were modeled after. They shoot plastic pellets that range from 6 to 8mm. Using these types of guns can be relatively harmless, as long as the operating guidelines and safety precautions are followed.

You will not need a license to own or operate these guns. However, you do need to be aware if there is a minimum age requirement in your country. There not be an age requirement to operate an airsoft gun, but there will probably be an age restriction when purchasing one.

To purchase an airsoft gun you will have to be 18 years old or older. As the laws differ from one area to another, you will need to know how they affect you. Always keep in mind that the general public will probably not be able to tell the difference between your gun and real one. Airsoft guns should not be out in public areas. Only private property will do for displaying or for having these guns out in the open.

You will also need to care for your airsoft gun the same way that you need if you owned a real gun. Some guns operate by utilizing fuses and a battery; while other guns can operate by using gas or both electric and gas. If your gun is not cleaned regularly, you will take the chance of the gun will not operate properly. If you need to do more than clean the gun, you should take it to a professional technician that normally works with these guns.

One thing that you will need when playing in recreational war guns is a barrel bag. This bag is put over your barrel when the gun is not being used on the playing field. The bag will stop any rounds from hitting anyone should the gun accidently go off. There are also barrel condoms; however, they are not as safe or as effective as the barrel bag.

There are many different styles of games that can be played with airsoft guns. Basically, any type of military-style war games can be played with these guns. Because of the use of plastic pellets, all players are held to an honor system. Because there are not any telltale signs that someone has been hit, the players have to honest and call out when they are hit. You might think that people will not be honest and ruin the game, but the people that play are very dedicated to playing a hard but fair game.

Electric, gas, spring and hybrid airsoft guns are the flavors that you can select from. If you are in a store, you can ask a knowledgeable salesperson to help you pick out which types of gun is right for you. Most beginners start with a spring loaded gun and work their way up to a more complicated and powerful arsenal. If you can try dry firing the gun to see if you like it and do not go on appearance alone when choosing your weapon.

The more experienced you become the more firepower you are probably going to want. There are guns available that will fire bullet-like projectiles and will eject the casings from the gun for the most realistic effect. Although, the airsoft guns are not really guns, they need to be handled as if they were.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gun ban covers airsoft guns and air rifles

Airsoft, air rifles, and exact replica models of toy guns are covered by the election gun ban and those found violating the prohibition will be arrested and prosecuted in court, Negros Oriental provincial police director, Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., has warned.

Marquez issued the statement in the wake of reports that some airsoft enthusiasts continue with the sport despite the ban. He said these items will be deposited in the place of the activity, as carrying of the same from one point to another is unlawful, he said.

Toy guns that are exact imitations of the genuine models are also prohibited, as well as the pellets used for these can cause harm to people, he said.

He also announced that the holding of shooting competitions and regular proficiency firing by civilians and gun clubs should be held in abeyance, until the absolute gun ban is lifted on June 10.

Roy Cang of the Dumaguete Shootists' Association Inc. said their club plans to asking permission for its members to hold their proficiency shooting, at the provincial police headquarters at Camp Fernandez in Sibulan.

Cang, a businessman, said that during the ban period, he has ordered the pull out of air rifles and replica toy guns and ammunition from his store in downtown Dumaguete City .

So far, not a single violator of the gun ban has been arrested in Negros Oriental despite random checkpoints established by the police and the army and supervised by the Commission on Elections, Marquez said.*JFP

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Airsoft gun exemption from Comelec ban sought

AN AIRSOFT gun aficionado has asked the Supreme Court to quash a Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution that included the replica firearm in the five-month gun ban.

In a 13-page petition, Reynante B. Orceo, who is also a lawyer, said the poll body effectively criminalized the sport when it included airsoft gun in Resolution 8714 which set the gun ban period.

"The Comelec, in issuing the subject resolution has made a new law on firearm or have amended the law on firearm -- an act beyond its power and authority," he said.

Republic Act 7166 or the Synchronized National and Local Elections Law prohibits any person from carrying or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons in public places.

In the gun ban resolution, Comelec defined the airsoft gun and its replica as a firearm "in whatever form that can cause an ordinary person to believe that they are real."

But Mr. Orceo said: "There is no law at present that covers airsoft guns. Though several bills are now pending in the 14th Congress that defines and governs the use of airsoft guns but nothing in these pending bills classified airsoft guns and their replica/imitation to mean as firearm."

Mr. Orceo has been playing airsoft gun sport since 2000. He formed the group Easternbloc Airsoft Philippines in 2008, an alliance of airsoft gun enthusiasts composed of professionals, businessmen, students and government workers.

The gun ban period is on Jan. 10 to June 9.

Monday, January 04, 2010

What You Need To Know About Airsoft Guns

Airsoft guns can serve quite a few different purposes. You will need to buy the right sort of product for the right sort of job, and there are various different airsoft guns on the market which to various different things. They’re not quite as simple as many people might think they are.

There are many different products available and you can spend a lot of money on a decent gun but it largely depends on what you are going to use it for. If you are just going to be hitting man made targets, then you will probably want a different sort of product then the source that you would be using for hunting.

For the former type of sport, you simply want something which is more target orientated. Accuracy is extremely important in this respect, where is the impact is not so much. In this sort of scenario, you don’t need a particularly powerful gun as you are not trying to kill anything.

If you are going to use airsoft guns for hunting, power is of the essence. You will also need something which is fast or not at all difficult to use. Time is also important when you are hunting, since of course you are going for moving targets. You will also need to pay attention to the sort of ammunition use.

For hunting you will need something more powerful. Power is very important because airsoft guns, being inherently small and have low calibre, can easily injury creature but not kill it. Obviously, this is not what you want to be doing, so in order to achieve a successful kill, you need to have a gun which is specifically designed for hunting.

Hunting guns and more powerful and designed specifically for that purpose. It also slightly depends on the sort of targets that you are going to be hunting. Different gowns are more suitable for shooting different animals. You will also need to pay attention to the pellets which you use.

Also, the pellets will have different shapes. For example, they may have a crown or a barrel edge to them and different designs suit different sorts of situations, depending what you are going to use your gun for. Take care to choose the right sort of pellets and obviously the gun that suits them.

It should say with the product that you buy what is designed to be used for which are definitely make it easier to choose the right thing. You will also need to take into account a few other factors with regards to the gun itself. You need something which is fast and easy to use for hunting as well for obvious reasons.

If you are hitting moving targets things do get a lot more complicated. However, this is the whole challenge involved in hunting and is why many people enjoy it. Nonetheless, you are going to need to come prepared with the right equipment.

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Tim Tebow mosaic on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

The portrait of Tebow, made from more than 46,000 Airsoft BB’s, was created by Gainesville artist John O'Hearn . The mosaic measures approximately 4 feet by 6 feet and contains 227 tubes. Each tube contains 204 BB’s for a grand total of 46,308 tiny plastic balls.

O’Hearn, a grad student in the arts program at the University of Florida , says he can recreate any picture or portrait from just 5 colors of BB’s – red, green, blue, black and white – a challenge when your subject is wearing Gator orange. Red BB’s are used in the helmet, but O’Hearn mixes them with green and white BB’s to make the Florida orange.

Tebow joins an exclusive list of unique celebrity portraits that hang in Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museums worldwide, including President Obama, Michael Jackson and Dean Cain all made from gumballs, Eminem made from M&M’s, Princess Diana made from dryer lint and Madonna made from junk mail.

The Tebow portrait is available for public viewing in the lobby of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Orlando, and will be on display through January 8 – and may become a permanent exhibit in the museum. The portrait can be seen for free, but normal admission is required to tour the museum.

Ripley's Orlando Museum is located at 8201 International Drive. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to midnight daily.

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By Joselito Basilio

Starting 9 February 2010 a total gun ban will be in effect nationwide until 9 June 2010 according to Comelec Resolution 8714 dated 14 December 2009.

Many airsoft enthusiasts ask this question : “Are airsoft guns included in the Comelec gun ban?”.

Section 2 of the said Resolution defines “firearm” as follows:

Firearm shall refer to the “firearm” as defined in existing laws, rules and regulations. The term also includes airgun, airsoft guns, and their replica/imitation in whatever form that can cause an ordinary person to believe that they are real.

Is the Comelec correct in including airsoft guns in the definition of firearm?

Consider the definition of ‘firearm’ in existing laws, rules and regulations.

Section 877 of the Revised Administrative defines “firearm” as follows:

Firearms or arms as herein used, include rifles, muskets, carbines, shotguns, revolvers, pistols, and all other deadly weapons from which a bullet, ball, shot shell, or other missile may be discharged by means of gunpowder or other explosives. The term also includes air rifles except such as being of small caliber and limited range and use as toys. The barrel of any firearm shall be considered a complete firearm.

PNP Circular No. 8 (13 September 2006) defines airsoft rifle/pistol as follows:

Airsoft rifle/pistol herein used includes battery operated, spring and gas type powered rifles/ pistol which discharge plastic or rubber pellets only as bullets or ammunition.

Airsoft rifle/pistol as a toy shall refer to those manufacture purposely as replica of a real armament with all its specifications and corresponding intellectual property sign or logo.

It is clear from the foregoing definitions that an airsoft gun is classified as a ‘toy airgun’ by PNP regulations and falls under the exception of an existing statute defining what a firearm is.

Since an airsoft gun is not a firearm (but rather a toy airgun), I submit that the Comelec has erred in expanding the definition of firearm which now includes airsoft guns?

Basic is the rule in administrative law that administrative agencies (such as the Comelec) may exercise only such powers as are expressly granted or delegated to them by law. The authority of the Comelec to regulate the carrying and transporting of “firearms” during election period is an express delegation of power derived from law (i.e., Sec. 32 and 33 of R.A. 7166).

The Comelec is supposed to issue rules and regulations that are consistent with existing laws and must act within the confines of its delegated authority under R.A. 7166.

Several guns recovered from a Fort Pierce backyard on New Year's Eve

FORT PIERCE — Two airsoft handguns, two airsoft shotguns and three airsoft pistols were recovered in a home’s backyard after an officer heard several shots on New Year’s Eve, according to a police report released Monday.

An officer driving west on Avenue E about 10:26 p.m. on New Year’s Eve reported hearing eight to 10 shots “directly northwest” of him.

The officer turned onto North 19th Street, where he saw a man leaning against a car in a driveway in the 600 block of North 19th Street. The officer saw no one else in the area.

Asked who was shooting, the man looked toward the backyard and said, “I just want to say that I don’t live here.”

In the backyard, police found two loaded 9 mm handguns, two shotguns, at least one of which was loaded, three airsoft pistols and several cartridge casings.

The home’s 47-year-old resident said several men dressed in black came into the backyard and started shooting.

The owner of the home said she didn’t know who owned the vehicle in her driveway. Police found a box of 9 mm ammunition in the back seat. A police spokeswoman said the man leaning up against the vehicle is a suspect.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Airsoft Rifle Safety Measures

Many people criticize the use of Airsoft rifles because they look too real. The realism of these guns is important when discussing safety measures. Airsoft rifles are considered weapons and should not be displayed on public property or in public view. Never tease or taunt someone with an Air soft pistol because there are serious legal repercussions. Airsoft games must be played at approved locations and should not be used on public schools, parks, playgroups, or any other forms of public property. If you will be engaging in Airsoft warfare, you must be on private land with the owner's written consent.

If your weapon is discovered by law enforcement agents, immediately identify it as an Airsoft pistol and comply with all demands. You should never travel with the gun in plain public view, and the weapon is to remain unloaded at all times during transportation. Remember, your Airsoft pistol is considered a weapon by officers of the law.

It is important that everyone who is engaging in Airsoft warfare understands the risks that are involved and uses the appropriate safety measures. When playing with Airsoft pistols you should wear protective eyewear, such as goggles, and dress in long sleeves and pants. Airsoft rifles are not meant for children; they are an adult play weapon and should be used as such. Irresponsible use of these weapons can result in the injury or death of you or your opponents.

Eyewear is critical when you are using Airsoft rifles. This is because if you are shot in the eye, serious damage can occur. Since you need eyes to play with your Air soft pistol, it is advisable that goggles are worn. Ensure that they are meant to withstand the FPS on you and your opponents Air soft pistol. Test the goggles by making a test shoot 5 to 10 feet away from the goggle. Most paintball goggles are acceptable and can withstand Airsoft bullets.

It is important to cover your body when you are playing with Airsoft rifles. While you cannot be seriously injured from a distance shot, it will be a painful experience nonetheless. Wearing long pants, boots, gloves, and long sleeve shirts ensures that you have some protection between your skin and the bullet. Always have your Airsoft pistol on safety when you are around individuals who are not properly equipped.

Common sense goes a long way when it comes to Air soft pistol safety. Never use the weapons when under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances. Using Airsoft rifles when your cognition is impaired can result in the injury - or death - of those around you. Never use Airsoft rifles to make threats (even jokingly) or taunt your enemies. Airsoft rifles are viewed as real weapons, thus you must act responsibly to avoid trouble.

Always remember: safety first. But don't forget to have fun!

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Airsoft Guns Vs BB Guns – What Are The Differences?

Airsoft guns are taking the world of hobby guns by storm. These replicas of the real thing are being used recreationally by people around the world who are fascinated by the world of firearms. Airsoft guns are designed for adults who want to play cowboys and Indians, cops and robbers or tactical war games, just for fun.

Many people are wary of airsoft technology, believing that playing with these types of replica weapons is the same as playing with higher power BB guns. There are some similarities, however, there are several distinct differences between the two types of guns. Here’s a quick overview of these two products that both dramatically look like real guns.

Firstly, airsoft guns are a relatively new type of gun having been developed just 30 years ago in Japan. Guns were not allowed in that country, despite the demand. So manufacturers developed a spring-firing type weapon, which evolved into a gas firing device. By the time these realistic guns, used strictly for recreational purposes, arrived in North America about 15 years go, an electric-firing model had been developed. These are also referred to as AEGs.

Conversely, BB guns have been used for over 100 years. They became quite popular in North American when publishers of the 1940’s western comic Red Ryder promoted BB guns as an advetising gimmick. BB guns are not used recreationally. They’re used to shoot targets and to hunt small animals such as squirrels and other rodents.

Airsoft guns shoot relatively harmless plastic pellets, which are 6mm in size. These pellets don’t cause any injuries. A BB, or small metal ball or pellet, fired from a BB gun can definitely do some damage. BB guns fire at 91 to 152. 4 meters per second which is much more powerful than an airsoft gun which fires, at most, 91 meters per second. BB guns are not to be used as a toy. They should be treated as a real weapon.

Similarities of the two guns include the firing mechanisms. Airsoft guns use either compressed gas, electricity or are powered by springs. BB guns are almost exclusively air or gas powered. Real guns use neither of these systems.

BB guns and airsoft guns look dramatically like real weapons. They look real, they feel real and they’re just as heavy as a real gun. To the untrained eye, they could certainly be mistaken for real guns, causing public panic should they be used in an incorrect or illegal manner. For that reaon, many countries including the U. S. Have insisted that airsoft guns have an orange tip, or blaze, at the end of the barrel. This could be a piece of neon orange plastic or paint that must not be removed.

Airsoft guns are different again from paintball guns, which are designed strictly for war-game purposes. Paintball guns are usually very simple and do not resemble real weapons. They do use compressed air or gas mounted externally on the gun and shoot plastic balls filled with paint. They break up and splatter on the victim upon impact. Shot at close range, paintballs can hurt and even cause bruising. Paintball guns require no identification to distinguish them from real guns.