Airsoft Guns: Common Safety Questions Asked and Answered
What age is appropriate for airsoft guns?
It’s common for younger teenagers to start getting involved with airsoft. The minimum age is dependent on the area you live and the rules at the airsoft field closet to you. However, teenagers are generally an appropriate age to handle airsoft guns as they’ll be more responsible and aware of the safety risks involved.
Ultimately it’s dependent on maturity and understanding the dangers that can be caused by an airsoft gun. Although airsoft bullets can be fairly painless when coming into contact with bare skin, they can cause serious damage if a bullet is shot into someone’s eye.
There are a number of ways that safety can be implemented when involved with airsoft guns. There is a range of helmets, gloves and eye protection that is available at our store that should greatly reduce the risk of any serious harm when operating an airsoft weapon.
There are a number of restrictions when it comes to having an airsoft gun in your possession. The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 prohibits the possession of any firearms replica in a public place, including airsoft guns. See: World Laws of Airsoft.
Realistic imitation firearms may not be sold, imported or manufactured according to section 36 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 (VCRA). However, a defence from the act focuses on the use of airsoft guns.
By participating in an airsoft skirmishing event, this is protected by the act as a permitted activity, which enables users to purchase realistic imitation firearms for the purpose of a skirmishing event. Click here for the best airsoft sites.
Airsoft guns are defined in UK law based on the velocity at which they can fire a projectile. If an airsoft gun is capable of firing a projectile at a greater velocity than outlined in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (PCA) than it can no longer be considered an airsoft gun and is categorised as a firearm.