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British Airsoft Club

What Is Airsoft?

What Is Airsoft?

What is airsoft?

Airsoft is a combat sport similar to paintball, but with marked advantages. Invented in Japan in the late 1970's, it is now played throughout the world although the majority of airsoft replicas are made in Japan, China, and Taiwan, with some manufactured in the United States. Airsoft guns are designed to imitate their real counterparts faithfully and are 1:1 realistic replicas.

Airsoft replicas fire 6mm plastic bb's and are powered either by gas, spring, or electric motor. As no paint is involved, it is less messy than paintball - because it doesn't leave a mark, airsoft is based on an honour system, where each player calls their own hits. In the UK, the legal limit for an automatic airsoft weapon is 1 joule, which is roughly 328 feet per second with a 0.2 bb, and therefore is considerably less painful than paintball. It is also cheaper to run - a bottle of 3000 bb's will typically cost around £7.00, whereas the same number of paintballs will cost around 10x that, at around £75-80. Cost to start up can be as low as £200 for an airsoft gun and ammunition. There is also an enormous range of airsoft accessories and tactical gear, such as optics, flashlights, lasers, boots, vests, helmets and so on.

UKARA/BAC, shipping and billing addresses

If buying a RIF (Realistic Imitation Firearm - see ) then the UKARA/BAC address, the shipping address and the billing address must ALL match. If they do not, your order will not be processed - however, you will be notified and we will always try to sort the problem out for you.



If I enter "Please Spray" what will my gun look like?

Your gun will be carefully disassembled, sprayed, and reassembled. We currently only offer green as this tends to leave the best finish, as you can see on the Sig P226 pictured below.

Please remember - removing the paint or trying to respray over the bright colours is not only messy and ineffectual but also illegal - for more info, click "VCRA INFO." on the navigation to your left.

Customers should be advised that due to high demand and the fact that Pro Airsoft Supplies is dedicated to ensuring that all Paint Jobs are of the highest standard, it may take up to ten days for a painted gun to be shipped from the date of the order, although we will do our best to minimize this time.

International Shipping

Due to a recent influx in order requests from abroad we have added an outside UK shipping option. It is calculated at a flat rate of £20. This is to allow for the safest, quickest and easiest method of shipping an item. Please be aware choosing to ship abroad can incur extra shipping charges. At this point we will contact you to make you sure wish to proceed with the order.

International Shipping


Returns Policy Pro Airsoft Supplies Warranty and Returns policy

Returns: Your rights to return goods are protected under the EU Distance Selling Directive.
You are entitled to cancel your order and return the goods within 7 working days for a full refund, including the cost of delivery. Do this by contacting us by email or telephone and quoting the order number supplied to you. Your refund will be paid within 30 days. You are responsible for the cost and risk of loss or damage when returning the goods, so you should take out enough postal insurance to cover their value. This cancellation policy does not affect your rights when we are at fault - for example, if goods are faulty or described improperly.
We cannot accept returns on any custom work, including painted guns, unless the gun itself is faulty, in which case warranty procedure is applied.

Warranty: We offer a warranty on any gun bought, and how long it lasts depends on the type of gun:
We offer a warranty on all our RIF/IF's, they vary depending on the brand.
- All Gas Guns - 3 months
- All AEG's - 12 months
Warranty will be void if the gun is disassembled by anyone other than a Pro Airsoft Supplies employee. Warranty will also not cover a gun that has been accidentally damaged, upgraded by anyone other than Pro Airsoft Supplies, been used with low grade BBs, been used with batteries which have been improperly cared for, abused, or mistreated, or has been customized by anyone other than Pro Airsoft Supplies. This also covers guns used inappropriately, for example with 11.1 Lipo batteries or with gas that is unsuitable for the gun. Any gas we sell is fine for all the guns we sell unless otherwise specified - for example, revolvers, PX4 and the XDM should ONLY be used with 144a gas unless upgraded.
Warranty will be void on any gas guns that are not run on Abbey 144a, Abbey Predator or Ultrair gas.
Any goods returned should be in saleable condition.

How to become a registered Skirmisher

To become a registered airsoft skirmisher, you can do the following:
1. Find a skirmish site near you using the UKARA website
2. Attend 3 games in a time span of no less than two months
3. Download the player registration form here
4. Send your completed forms to us at:-

252 Archway Road,
N6 5AX

Almost all sites will have a rental service, which will supply you with everything you need to play - this is a great way to try airsoft, as well as to try different equipment to help inform you if you decide to buy your own when you register.

Pro Airsoft Supplies does offer a painting service - any airsoft gun which is classified as a "realistic imitation firearm" (and therefore illegal to sell to anyone who is not registered) can be modified to make it an "Imitation firearm", making it legal to sell to anyone over 18. This service costs just £9.99.

New fire arms legislation came into force on the 2 nd of May 2017.

Whilst we owe a debt of gratitude to those who lobbied on behalf of

the industry/sport there are some potentially scary implications with

the new legal velocity limits.

There are now legal velocity limits enshrined in law.

The consequences of owning, buying and most worryingly of all,

importing R.I.F.’s (realistic imitation firearms, more commonly

described as airsoft or bb guns) that exceed these limits are very

serious indeed and could possibly end in a criminal record, or even

time behind bars.

The legal limits are:

R.I.F.’s capable of firing in a fully automatic mode are limited to 1.3

Joules. This is about 378 feet per second with a 0.2g bb.

For R.I.F.’s that can only fire one round at a time i.e. semi auto or

bolt action, the limit is 2.5 Joules, which is about 518 feet per second

with a 0.2g bb.

Thankfully, most site limits and thus most R.I.F.’s in The U.K. are

below this, which is great and will thus have little impact on how we

play our sport.


Consider the following:

1. Personally buying and importing a R.I.F. from overseas

Many R.I.F.’s imported from companies abroad are over the new

legal limit when they arrive in The U.K. and need downgrading.

However, because of the change in the law, the act of importing a

R.I.F. with a velocity over the legal limit is a crime in itself. Ignorance

of the law, or of the likely velocity of the imported R.I.F. is not a valid

defence against prosecution. You can of course request the overseas

retailer to ensure that the R.I.F. is below The U.K. legal limits and

some may agree to do this. However, you really need to trust that

they will 100% do this for you. There is no penalty for the overseas

retailer if they ‘forget’ to do it. Just asking them to put an M100

spring inside the box is no defence either.

2. Personally buying a second hand R.I.F. privately e.g. via a U.K.

forum etc.

Again, there is the same issue. You have to be 100% sure that the

R.I.F. that you are buying is under the legal limit. If buying from

someone you don’t know, you have to trust their word 100%, that

the R.I.F. has had the velocity checked on a good quality, reliable

chronograph (many cheaper models are not accurate at all.) and that

it is under the legal velocity limit. If it transpires that it is over the

legal limit, you have broken the firearms legislation, despite any

assurances you were given by the seller. Also it’s worth noting that

some, who knowingly have a R.I.F. that is over the legal limit and

don’t have the know how required to downgrade it, or the money to

have it professionally downgraded, may be very tempted to try and

sell it on to someone else quickly.

3. Personally buying a R.I.F. from a U.K. retailer.

This is far safer than the two previous forms of purchase stated

above, in our opinion. However, this still needs thought and

care. Does the retailer chronograph every R.I.F. that leaves the

store? There are sometimes velocity differences between

R.I.F.’s of the same model and sometimes even the same batch.

Also, is the chronograph being used accurate and reliable?

Many Chronographs, including those used by some shops and

sites are woefully unreliable. There is obviously a strong

incentive for the retailer to get it right, as they’d be breaking the

law by having an illegal R.I.F. in stock, in store. However, the

retailer in question may have a ‘drop shipping’ arrangement

with a supplier in The U.K., or even overseas. I.e. the retailer

that you are buying from never actually has the product in

stock. After an online purchase the retailer gets his/her supplier

to ship the product directly to you. This means that you need to

trust a drop shipper to get it right, even though you might not

even be aware that a drop shipper is being used. Drop shipping

is being used more and more lately, especially by internet only

companies. This is how, apparently small, companies appear to

have a huge variety of stock on their website. The reality is they

don’t have the products in stock, they just get them drop

shipped from a supplier directly to the customer once the

customer has made an online purchase on the retailers website.

Our advice.

Our advice is to take this change in the law very seriously

indeed. We would strongly advise the following:

a/ Buy from a reputable company that you trust. If you are new

to the sport, seek advice from trusted friends, read customer

reviews about the level of service offered by the retailer etc.

b/ Buy from a British retailer. British retailers are covered by the

same law. If they are holding a stock of R.I.F.’s that are over the

new legal limit they would be committing the same offence

themselves and thus are unlikely to knowingly hold illegal stock.

c/ Ask the retailer if they have a good quality chronograph and if

they chronograph every individual R.I.F. prior to sending it out,

to check that it is under the legal limit ? Will they provide the

velocity reading for the R.I.F. in question? If the answer to any

of these questions is ‘no’, our advice is to look for a different


d/ Ask the retailer if they actually, physically have the R.I.F. in

stock, or are they getting a supplier to drop ship the product to

you directly on their behalf.? If they are using a drop shipper,

ask for contact details of the drop shipper ,so that you can

contact them to ensure that they are making sure the RIF’s are

under the legal velocity limit. If the retailer is using a drop

shipper who cannot confirm the velocity, or who is not

prepared to put it in writing, our advice is to look for another


e/ Absolute best practice, in our opinion, is to find a reputable

local retailer who has a good quality chronograph and have the

retailer test the velocity, whilst you are present in store and

able to see the readings for yourself. Insist that the retailer

confirms the velocity readings in writing, stating that it was

tested by them on that date.

What we do here at Pro Airsoft Supplies.

Here at Pro Airsoft Supplies we have always checked the

velocity of every R.I.F. that leaves the store. If the R.I.F. is fully

automatic and firing at a velocity above, what almost all sites

allow, which is 350 FPS with a 0.2g bb, we downgrade the gun

to under this limit free of charge. Similarly if a semi only, or bolt

action R.I.F. is firing over 500 FPS. (Virtually all sites upper limit)

with 0.2g bb we downgrade it free of charge.

We have 2 very high quality SKAN chronographs. This means

that we can always check that they are giving accurate readings.

We regularly check that both chronographs are giving the same

reading for the same R.I.F. If they are giving different readings,

we know that there must be a problem with one of them and

that we need to get them recalibrated.

With the introduction of the new legislation we have increased

our efforts to ensure that our customers are safe in the

knowledge that their R.I.F.’s are legal and won’t, potentially

land them on the wrong side of the law.

Every R.I.F. leaving Pro Airsoft Supplies is chronographed 3

times. Each reading is noted on a certificate, stating which

member of staff took the readings, the date of the readings and

the fact that the readings were taken using a SKAN

chronograph. We are also more than happy to chronograph the

R.I.F.’s in the presence of customers. For the benefit of the

player base and the industry as a whole, we are more than

happy to chronograph R.I.F’s that have not been purchased

from us, free of charge and without any obligation to buy

anything from us.

Are we scaremongering for our own financial gane ?

We are sure that some of our competitors (probably those who

don’t own a chronograph, or have an engineering department

to downgrade ‘hot’ R.I.F.’s) will accuse us of being over dramatic

and trying to encourage or scare customers to buy from Pro

Airsoft Supplies over retailers who can’t, or don’t, have such

vigorous safety checks in place. May be we are being over

cautious! Will H.M. Custom’s chronograph every single R.I.F.

being privately imported into The U.K.? Almost certainly not.

However, the potential penalties for breaking this new Firearms

legislation are so serious, that we believe that it would be

incredibly irresponsible to expose customers to even the

slightest chance of encoring the wroth of the law, especially

given the context of the troubled times in which we live. We

make no excuses for acting professionally.

Buy safe, buy legal, enjoy airsoft responsibly!!!!

We hope you have found this document helpful. If you any

questions at all, our knowledgeable Team will do their best to



NB. The above recommendations are based on our (Pro Airsoft

Supplies) interpretation of the new firearms legislation that

came into effect on 02/05/17. We are not legal professionals,

nor do we claim to be. This is a simple guide based on our

understanding. If a particular part of the legislation is of

particular concern to you, we would advise you to seek

professional legal advice. There are some areas of the

legislation that still need clarification. Some of this ambiguity

might not be clarified until a case actually goes to Court.

Best regards,

The Team at Pro Airsoft Supplies.

Footnote: There appears to be a lot of new companies with a similar

trading names to ours, who appear to offer very similar products. Please

be advised that there is only one ‘Pro Airsoft Supplies’, which is based in

London. We have no branches or franchises in other parts of the country.

You should not expect the same level of service from another company

that has a similar name to Pro Airsoft Supplies.