We’ve created this guide for buyers to help explain and answer your questions about Airsoft BB Guns. We hope that it will help you to understand what you want to know about our products so that you can find the right Airsoft BB Gun for you. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Key Terminology Explained
- FPS (Feet per Second) – This is the speed at which the BB Pellet exists the barrel of the Airsoft BB Gun. There are limits to these speeds for safety reasons. Each airsoft skirmish site will have different FPS limits.
- Action/Power – The technology with which the Airsoft BB Gun is powered by. Common examples are spring, gas, CO2 and electric.
- Ammunition – The recommended type of ammunition for the Airsoft BB Gun. All Airsoft BB Guns use 6mm pellets and it is important to use high quality BB pellets to prevent damage to their operational parts. 0.12G BB pellets are recommended for lower powered Airsoft BB Guns. 0.20G BB pellets are recommended for higher powered Airsoft BB Guns. And 0.25G BB pellets and above are designed to maximise the performance of Airsoft BB Guns with exceptionally high FPS statistics.
- Magazine Capacity – The amount of BB pellets that can be contained within the magazine of the Airsoft BB Gun. Rifles can contain hundreds whereas pistols usually only contain about 15.
- Range – This is the approximate distance that BB pellets will travel with the Airsoft BB Gun.
- Hop-Up – This is a technology featured in many Airsoft BB Guns which improves the range they can fire. It works by compensating for the natural bullet drop by making the BB pellet spin when fired. Sometimes the Hop-Up is adjustable so that you can change the setting to optimise performance.
- Material – Common materials that Airsoft BB Guns are made from are ABS plastic and other plastics, Aluminium Alloy and Steels. ABS and other plastics are used in Airsoft BB Gun manufacture because of their great durability. Metals are used for the highest quality Airsoft BB Guns and for Black (or RIF) Airsoft BB Guns.
2 Tone Airsoft BB Guns
Two-tone Airsoft BB Guns are designed for those who want to enjoy their own safe garden battles or for entry level airsoft sport players. They can be characterised by their principle colour being brightly coloured (i.e. orange, blue, green, etc.) or clear. They can be purchased without having any license. The only requirement for owning a two-tone Airsoft BB Gun is that the buyer is at least 18 years of age.
Black (or RIF) Airsoft BB Guns
Black (or Realistic Imitation Firearms) are characterised not only by their realistic appearance and colour (i.e. black, tan, etc.) but by their high power and impressive technologies and accessories. These are designed for those airsoft players who show dedication to the airsoft sport. Players who want to own black Airsoft BB Guns have to own a license issued by the United Kingdom Airsoft Retailers Association (UKARA). To obtain one of these the player must have completed a player registration form available from the UKARA website here and have been to at least three airsoft sporting games in no less than two months at one UKARA registered airsoft site.
Exceptions can be made to the requirement that a buyer holds a license to purchase a black/RIF Airsoft BB Guns if they meet any of the following:
- You are a member of a correctly insured skirmish site.
- You are a member of a shooting club.
- You represent a correctly insured re-enactment group.
- You represent a film, television or theatre production company.
- You represent a museum.
- You are a Crown Servant looking to pursue your Crown Duties.
About The Law
UK VCRA Bill 2006: Minimum age to purchase an Airsoft BB Gun is 18 years. An adult must supervise persons under 18 years of age. There is no age restriction when buying BB pellets or other accessories. No gun should be carried in a public place unless in transit when it should be unloaded and placed in a bag. BB Guns must not be concealed on one’s person, or pointed or fired at another human or animal. Safety glasses and other protective clothing should also be worn when operating the gun or viewing the use of an Airsoft BB Gun. It is a criminal offence to alter the appearance or paint an Airsoft BB Gun in a colour of an imitation firearm to make it into a realistic firearm. At Airsoft Objectives we ONLY sell UK legal products and all our BB Guns are 2-tone with one colour being bright coloured (e.g. Blue/Orange) or transparent which excludes them from the new laws. By placing an order on our website you are confirming that you are above the age of 18 and are allowed to purchase our products.
The above information is applicable to the UK only and we advise those seeking further advice concerning legalities concerning Airsoft BB Guns to contact their local authority in their territory.