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STOP California Senate Bill 798, how you can help.

Californian Airsofters are spitting tacks over the prospect of Senate Bill 798 passing through the Senate. This bill may require allq1a34toy Airsoft guns bought and sold in the State of California be emblazoned with vivid colouring of the red, blue, green or clear variety. While I suffer under an archaic law requiring all my AEGS to be semi-auto only, this is much worse, in my opinion.  While widely publicised now, it doesn’t hurt to throw some more light on it. Here is an appeal video from Prodigy who is a member of Airsoft Team Kilo23.

Download the letter now and fax/email/post to register your objection.

This article, STOP California Senate Bill 798, how you can help., was originally published by Everything Airsoft. Copyright 2010

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Madbull to raise product prices

Unfortunate news from Madbull airsoft with their intention to raise prices looking forward.

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This article, Madbull to raise product prices, was originally published by Everything Airsoft. Copyright 2010

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Smith & Wesson files Lawsuit against Cybergun, S.A.

Arizona based firearms manufacturer, Smith & Wesson has, on 17th June 2010 in the District of Arizona, filed a lawsuit against French airsoft retailer Cybergun, S.A., alleging Trademark Infringement, and Federal Unfair Competition related damages.

Smith & Wesson entered into a license agreement with Cybergun in 2005, giving Cybergun exclusive rights to use Smith & Wesson ‘Marks’ on licensed articles which included Airsoft guns, targets and ammunition, i.e. BBs. This license also extended to advertising and promotional material but express permission and approval had to be obtained from S&W for Cybergun to authorize third parties to use S&W ‘Marks’ in their promotional material.

ffirb3r5kfjaaxjxIn February 2009, Smith and Wesson allegedly notified Cybergun SA that third party retailer Palco Sports, a distributer for licensed Cybergun products, was allegedly using and displaying Smith & Wesson ‘Marks’ in it’s 2009 catalogue without express permission and approval from Smith & Wesson and that subsequently, Cybergun was in breach of their license agreement.

Subsequently, Cybergun allegedly permitted Palco Sports to once again use Smith & Wesson ‘Marks’ in the Palco Sports 2010 Sports Calender without prior written approval of Smith & Wesson and were notified of the breach on 31st March 2010. As a result of the failure of Cybergun to cure the numerous breaches, Smith & Wesson terminated the License agreement and all related provisions of the licence.

Despite the termination of the licence, Cybergun allegedly has continued to advertise and use the Marks with the Licensed Articles, and continues to sell those goods in violation of the License and in violation of federal trademark rights.

Subsequently, Smith & Wesson is suing for six counts including Federal Trademark Infringement, Federal Unfair Competition, Federal Dilution and Breach of Contract.

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This article, Smith & Wesson files Lawsuit against Cybergun, S.A., was originally published by Everything Airsoft. Copyright 2010

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The Stuff We Missed for Week Ending June 13th 2010

It’s that time of the week where we try to catch up on all the news we missed or something we found interesting that didn’t deserve a full article. Here are the some things we didn’t get to discuss for week ending June 13th 2010.

This article, The Stuff We Missed for Week Ending June 13th 2010, was originally published by Everything Airsoft. Copyright 2010

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Cybergun Acquires US Distributor Spartan Imports

AirsoftNews France is reporting that French based airsoft retailer and trademark holder, Cybergun has acquired US based airsoft distributor Spartan Imports. Spartan Imports is well known by the US airsoft community as the US distributor for brands such as Classic Army, KWA and Magpul PTS among others. This is the second major acquisition this year for Cybergun, who announced last month that Taiwanese manufacturer Inokatsu has joined the Cybergun group.

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This article, Cybergun Acquires US Distributor Spartan Imports, was originally published by Everything Airsoft. Copyright 2010

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FOX News >> Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt >> Oh, this Toy is a Machine Gun right?

I could probably summarize this article into one sentence, “FOX News, nuff said.” but here we go again…

jiqbrwgsI was alarmed to read this morning an article picked up by Tactical Milsim on a story from Fox News with the fear mongering headline “EXCLUSIVE: Toy Gun Sold in U.S. Can Easily be Converted to the Real Thing”. I read it, scoffed it and dismissed it as another alarmist, sensationalist story from that cynical, disingenuous news organisation we call FOX News but it now seems to have gathered traction and with brethren starting to question the validity of the naysayers I felt the need to re-open this wound.

Let me quote…

“Felons, illegal immigrants and all others banned from buying a gun in the United States have a new alternative if they’re looking to get their hands on a firearm: Just buy a toy.”

Boom!! Right out the box, FOX News strikes fear in to the hearts and minds of thousands of parents across America that just bought ‘Jonny’ that new Airsoft rifle that he proudly shows off to his team mates at his local skirmish field and are now frantically searching for the receipt for a speedy return to the store.

“When the ATF seized a shipment of 30 of these guns in October from a port in Tacoma, Wash., it said they could be “readily convertible” to machine guns. But gun experts called that claim absurd and said the ATF was overstepping its bounds.

Now one of those critics is reversing his position, saying at least one airsoft manufacturer has taken the quest to be authentic a little too far.”

grfjgw5kOh really. We’ve been waiting for some time now for BAFTE to cough up evidence to support their claims that the WE TTI M4 lower receiver can be ‘readily converted’ to operate as a machine gun. All we’ve received is ‘no comment’ and answers to FOIA requests with what could only be considered a ‘Bait and Switch’ report on “Sigma Airsoft silencers”, seized in Phoenix in 2004, completely unrelated to the Tacoma seizure.

With BAFTE being backed into a corner, it’s now clear that their long awaited response, instead of ‘fessing up to their mistake, is using disingenuous news organisations to scare the livin’ bejesus out of American citizens.

“The airsoft can be converted to an AR-15,” firearms manufacturer Leo Gonnuscio told FoxNews.com after testing the make and model of airsoft guns seized by the ATF.

Having concluded that several other airsoft guns could not be converted to fire real ammunition, Gonnuscio said he was surprised to find that he was able to to transform this particular gun to the real thing  — and with “minimal work,” because its bottom half, or “receiver,” is so similar to an AR-15’s.

To make the airsoft receiver function just like an AR-15’s, Gonnuscio said, “All you have to do is drill one hole.”

“All you have to do is drill one hole” says ‘firearm manufacturer’ Leo Gonnuscio. Ok Leo, show us the proof, publish your reports, let us see a video, it’s all that we are asking, if only somebody would publish some conclusive visual tests? Oh, what was that Airsplat LLC? You have? Please take the floor Sir.

“In general, you’ll notice many parts including upper and lower all seem very close to the naked eye. But on closer examination you’ll see the lower is 1/8” shorter, the upper doesn’t even fit on the lower, the pins are different sizes, lots of minor changes that are really noticeable, but when put side by side, become blatantly obvious.”

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Let me re-iterate the finer points…

► internal parts of real upper and airsoft lower do NOT allow the receivers to join

► pin holes and lugs to not match and do not fit

► AR-15 magazine does not fit into place on airsoft lower receiver

► airsoft bolt catch is positioned incorrectly and interferes with magazine seating

► airsoft Fire Control Group is different, will not operate an AR-15 upper

► thickness of receiver walls is different

► and so on…

 

fj0ebks2A firearms ‘expert’ Len Savage also weighs in on the debate and while expressing a similar asinine rhetoric, makes one valid point, why isn’t it the upper receiver, the part of the AR-15 that is regulated? Yes the lower contains the serial number, but it’s also the easiest part of the AR-15 to replicate. Like everything in this whole debacle, it’s ass backwards.
However I question Savages testimony and motivation taking into account his own unfavourable history with BAFTE.

psjlh3vq“But with time and motivation it could be possible to convert an airsoft lower to fire live rounds?”

Yes, and with time and motivation, it’s also possible for me to learn the Chinese language.

My point is, BAFTE’s defence hinges on the airsoft receiver being ‘readily convertible’, which it isn’t, as proved above by our friends at Airsplat. By the time you drilled and machined enough metal to fit AR-15 parts, the receiver would be so weak you would need to start adding metal plates to reinforce the mods. Oh, but then the pins wouldn’t fit, I need longer pins, but now my trigger group is out of alignment, you see where I’m heading with this. I’d have more success milling a real one out of proper bar stock in the first place.

Putting the technical issues aside, there is one thing that is really bothering me.

Where the heck is the American Airsoft Association? The A3 if you will. The advantage of having a national body to represent Airsoft is to educate; the media, the public, to lobby the Government on behalf of the Airsoft community. Their last update was January 2009.

Retailers, Players, Teams and Communities need to band together to form a new association and start providing positive representation of your sport.

Airsoft in North America is under attack, and it’s just the beginning.

This article, FOX News >> Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt >> Oh, this Toy is a Machine Gun right?, was originally published by Everything Airsoft. Copyright 2010

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Inokatsu Continues The Tradition of Girls And Guns, And Doesn’t Disappoint [ NSFW ]

Inokatsu has a history of draping it’s guns in gorgeous scantily clad women or is it the other way round, draping it’s scantily clad women in guns. Either way, nobody’s complaining as Inokatsu releases a new round of promotional posters featuring Inokatsu’s range of 2010 WA M4 accessories and upgrades.

I’d link to the product pages but to be honest, the Inokatsu website is a navigational mess and all the information and specs available are only on the below posters. In some workplaces these may be NSFW, so proceed with caution. Enjoy. )

Inokatsu MW02 M4 Barrel Set Inokatsu MW04 M4 Sliding Buttstock Set Inokatsu MW06 M4 Fire Control System Inokatsu MW07 WA M4 Forging Receiver Set Inokatsu MW08 Super Bolt Inokatsu WA M4 RAS Rail System Set

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