Common Airsoft Misconceptions: Orange Tips and Safety

Airsoft has many incorrect assumptions, beliefs and internet rumors. In this series we will explore some of the most common and most influential. Starting off, we have a notable and dangerous safety assumption about airsoft: that having an orange tip on your gun will keep police officers from mistaking an airsoft gun for a real firearm. It is a sad fact that people have lost their lives for carrying or playing with airsoft guns in public. We always make sure customers are informed to not brandish their guns in unsafe ways. Surprisingly often, we get a response like, “But it has an orange tip.”

According to United States Federal Law, “each [airsoft gun] shall have as an integral part, permanently affixed, a blaze orange plug inserted in the barrel.” The original purpose of the law was to help law enforcement officers to distinguish between real firearms, and “toy” guns. Like many laws, however, it does not take into account the reality of dealing with a potentially armed adversary in a fast-paced situation.

A study conducted by the FBI found that the individuals fired at the marked gun 95% of the time when forced to quickly identify a real firearm between marked and not marked guns. Another study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics quoted Police Officers saying that the requirement that orange tips be permanently affixed to airsoft guns as being “ineffective”, “ridiculous”, and that it “won’t make any difference.”

Officers have fractions of seconds to determine whether or not to employ deadly force when presented with what appears to be an armed threat. Especially one in low light conditions. In that period of time, it is highly doubtful that they can be reliably expected to spot the orange tip. Especially at the speed which “use of force” encounters occur. It is also not difficult to modify a real firearm to appear as an airsoft gun. There are well documented cases of criminals marking their guns to look like toys to fool law enforcement officers. It is typically police department protocol to treat anything that looks like a firearm as a firearm, until checked.

The Bottom Line.

Airsoft guns look like firearms. Airsoft guns have all of the distinguishing characteristics one would associate with a firearm. Most players will eventually remove the orange tips from their guns. The marking is legally required, so we don’t recommend this. However, even if you keep the orange tip on the gun, it will be mistaken as a firearm. Don’t take your airsoft gun out into public view, unless it is properly stowed inside of a gun bag.

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PSA: How Mystery Boxes Work

Dave from the Texas store has a quick PSA for you about how our Mystery Boxes work! Check out the video below to get the lowdown on how you can score great deals worth way more than you’re paying!

 

Mystery Box

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The Arsenal – Michael’s “Modernized” MK18

GI Michael gives us a run down of his KWA LM4 MK18! If you are interested in any of the items on his build, please check the links below. Michael did outsource some of his parts, but we listed suitable replacements!

KWA LM4
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/KWA-LM4-PTR-M4-Carbine-GBBR-Airsoft-Gun-Black-10538/

PTS SSG Selector Switch
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/PTS-SSG-Selector-Switch-for-KWA-Gas-Blow-Back-Rifle-Black-15084/

Maple Leaf KWA LM4 Hop up Unit
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/Maple-Leaf-KWA-LM4-Hop-up-Unit-16938/

Magpul USA MOE-K2 Grip
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/Magpul-USA-MOE-K2-Grip-for-GBBR-M4-M16-AR15-Dark-Earth-16699/

Madbull Daniel Defense 9.5″ MK18 RIS II Handguard Rail System (Flat Dark Earth)
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/Madbull-Daniel-Defense-9-5-MK18-RIS-II-Handguard-Rail-System-Flat-Dark-Earth-5878/

Knight’s Armament QDC Quick Detach Barrel Extension w/ Flash Hider (Black/CCW)
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/Knights-Armament-QDC-Quick-Detach-Barrel-Extension-w-Flash-Hider-Black-CCW-16511/

Bravo Airsoft Full Size Scout Tactical Flashlight (Dark Earth)
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/Bravo-Airsoft-Full-Size-Scout-Tactical-Flashlight-Dark-Earth-16618/

Bravo Airsoft P15 Flashlight and Green Laser Combo (Pressure Pad/Tan)
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/Bravo-Airsoft-P15-Flashlight-and-Green-Laser-Combo-Pressure-Pad-Tan-19990/

Magpul USA STR Carbine Stock Mil Spec (Dark Earth)
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/Magpul-USA-STR-Carbine-Stock-Mil-Spec-Dark-Earth-17121/

Knight’s Armament Airsoft Back Up Iron Sights (Black)
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/Knights-Armament-Airsoft-Back-Up-Iron-Sights-Black-23369/

CYMA Vertical Grip (Black)
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product/CYMA-Vertical-Grip-Black-24852/

The Arsenal – Dave’s Echo 1 Platinum M16 MILSIM Blaster

GITV Uncut has a brand new video series for you called “The Arsenal”, covering some of the staff at our store’s personal armories. Dave has opted to be the first one to cover one of his guns, his Echo 1 Platinum M16. Check out the video below and see how Dave kitted out his favorite blaster!

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Cisco’s Top 5 New Player Mistakes

Cisco from the California store has been playing airsoft for a bit now, and with that experience comes knowledge. Today, he’s got a nice little breakdown on some advice we all wish someone had given us when we started playing. From things we’ve learned the hard way, to advice we’ve all grown to give the new players we meet along the way, check out the video below to see what mistakes you can avoid:

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