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New UKAPU chairman announced

UKAPU have announced their new chairman:

To follow on from the news of the resignation of our former chairman Matt Furey-King – it has been decided by the committee that the new chairman of UKAPU will be the previous vice-chairman, David Weston.

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Additionally UKAPU can gladly announce that there has been a small reshuffle, with the South West representative (Tim Haines) simultaneously becoming vice-chairman – as well as an introduction of a new person into the fold, Robbie Hutchison acting as our new Scotland rep.

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David has been with UKAPU since February 2016, and since that time has been heavily involved with the running of the union, as well as campaigning against attacks against the Airsoft amendment that eventually landed with the enactment of the Policing and Crime Act 2017.

We would like to thank all of our members for having in faith in us. As the new chairman, I hope to build on this and continue the good work that Matt and the rest of the committee have been doing tirelessly for Airsoft in the UK.

David Weston

Chairman of the United Kingdom Airsoft Players Union

(UKAPU)

UKARA database update & PCA Bill 2017 information

Some news from the UKARA:

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Some News about the UKARA player check system and UKARA work on Police and Crime Bill 2017

First of all, we are extremely sorry for the problems with the UKARA player database.

There is (and has been since the problems started) a temporary system in place that all UKARA retailers are using to do look ups of players.

To counter any rumours the database is still available and being used.

UKARA had a sustained and continuous denial of service attack take place over several months which caused the server admin people to turn off the server.

To prevent a repeat of the problem we had to find, employ and design a new more modern hacker proof system.

None of the data on the system was compromised

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Matt standing down as UKAPU Chair

Matt Furey-King is moving on from his role as UKAPU Chairman:

Matt Furey-King here. I’d like to announcing that I’m stepping down as Chairman of UK Airsoft Players Union. When I returned to the role as Chairman in 2015 my intention was twofold; to get the association back on its feet, and to make sure we had player representation throughout the Policing and Crime Bill passage. My return was only ever supposed to be temporary, the committee knew my intention from the start was to stand aside on the commencement date of the new law. So here we are.

I’m pretty disappointed that the PCA is still an open subject, that we still need to push the government for clarifications in order to find out how to comply with the new law. There’s some grey area which I think will one-day spell real trouble for some poor airsoft player. As much as I’m dying to help with this situation, I have to call it a day and move on. Unfortunately, other parts of my life have been suffering due to lack of attention, I’ve been so distracted by all this airsoft politics going on these last 2 years. My girlfriend Po Ling has been very accommodating but even her impressive patience with me is wearing thin! So it’s time to get my priorities straight. The way I see it I’ve done my bit and to be honest other people now need to step up to the plate.

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I am massively proud of the work UKAPU has done. Over the last decade many hobbies have been restricted or eroded or banned in the UK, modern society doesn’t seem to have any room for people like us who like having fun in non-vanilla ways. But airsoft has not fallen, we’ve stood our ground, we’ve not been bullied and suppressed, we fought back on every level. It’s really impressive, and we have a bright future if we make this unity and determination a core part of our identity as UK airsoft players.

You might be worried that UKAPU is going to disappear when I go, as most of our announcements come with my name attached. But the reason you see so much of me and not much of the rest of the committee is because I have been the associations figurehead, actually there’s half a dozen people working hard behind the scenes that you don’t hear about. I have a huge amount of confidence in the remaining committee and the association. We have 4000 members, a great reputation and a great future. Let me tell you, the committee have some fantastic plans for the next few years that will be a huge lift for airsoft.

David Weston, UKAPU Vice Chair, has taken command of UKAPU. Soon he will hold a management meeting and the committee will select a new Chairman, and it would not be appropriate for me to preempt that vote. But there’s some really great guys working for UKAPU at the moment and I have every confidence in them to lead the association forward. That said, I won’t be disappearing completely and will still be available to help and advise them, if they so wish. Of course I’ll be an active UKAPU member and you’ll all see me around at airsoft games, as normal.

All that said, UKAPU does have a high turnover of volunteers (voluntary associations tend to, people’s circumstances change and they often run out of free time to commit). The committee already has a few vacant positions and, unless they can fill positions and spread the workload, the association could go into a downward spiral. So PLEASE, if you are a self-motivated and literate airsoft player and have some free time, give them a message on Facebook and volunteer for a committee position. Now is the time.

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What’s next for me? Well, I’m pretty pissed off at the shambolic way the country is being run and politician’s dreadful attitudes towards civil liberties in general, not just the liberties of airsofters. So I’m thinking bigger, I’ve made a step into the wider world of politics and I’m running in the upcoming Parliamentary election. I’ve been selected as the Green Party candidate for Kingswood in Bristol. Green Party may seem an unusual choice for a firearms guy but I’ve found it to be a really inspiring movement, the Greens are very far from being the stereotypes people imagine they are. Yes, they do currently have an anti-replica policy in the manifesto but they have no commitment to it and I’m confident I can get them to change it. They didn’t know about airsoft skirmishing or the VCRA when they wrote it. They asked me to help them rewrite it many years ago but I never had the time, so it’s partially my fault. If you are interested, there’s some information about me as a candidate here http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/matt-furey-king-green-kingswood-63236

Later in the year I’m aiming to put more time into my airsoft channel, Claymore Airsoft TV. I’ve got some fun content planned so please give it a sub or a like if you want to see what airsoft shenanigans I’m up to.

https://www.facebook.com/claymoreairsofttv/ http://www.youtube.com/claymoreairsofttv

Huge thanks to all the people who have done so much to help me achieve my aims over the years, especially my fellow UKAPU committee members. I know UKAPU has a bright future ahead if all of you support the next leader of UKAPU in the same brilliant way you have supported me.

Kind Regards,

Matt Furey-King

UKAPU Member

(UKAPU)

Policing and Crime Act-official brief from UKAPU & UKARA

The UKAPU & UKARA have released some guidance on the new Policing and Crime Act update:

The circular for the airsoft parts of the PCA 2017 was released today. In light of the questions that have been raised, this document is where we would have expected to find the guidance for airsoft players. What Home Office have published is extremely limited, and we do not expect to receive further clarification in the short term.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0062017-firearms-controls

As the legislation comes into effect on the 2nd of May, please view the official briefing note from UKARA and UKAPU

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Please stand by. Soon we will be publishing further information on how you can help us get some real answers from the government.

Matt Furey-King, Chair UK Airsoft Players Union & Frank Bothamly, Chair UK Airsoft Retailers Association

(UKAPU & UKARA)

The Little Annoying Things In Airsoft – Comic

The guys at Just BB Guns have shared the first of a series of airsoft themed cartoons they have created:

We’ve recently created the first comic in our series called ‘The Little Annoying Things in Airsoft’, it’s a humorous take on those annoying things we all see down at our local field each week.

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(Just BB Guns )

UKAPU & UKARA: positive changes to Policing and Crime Bill

UKAPU & UKARA have an update on the Policing and Crime Bill changes:

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UKAPU and UKARA bring about positive changes to Policing and Crime Bill

We finally are able to tell you some good news about the draft UK law affecting airsoft.

At the start of the year the government released the Policing and Crime Bill (PCB), which included a clause to set the lethal threshold at 1 Joule of muzzle energy. This would mean that a barrelled device would be essentially regarded as an air gun if it had muzzle energy of over 1J. In 2015 the law commission suggested (based on input from UKARA and UKAPU) that airsoft replicas should be allowed an exemption from the 1J lethal threshold, as 1J would be far too low for our needs. The government accepted this and wrote it into the PCB.

The first draft of the airsoft exemption was not that great. 8mm airsoft would not count and, arguably no airsoft device would have been able to use the proposed exemption because they are capable of firing non plastic BBs. The airsoft associations were invited to discuss the exemption with the Home Office firearms department in March, and the results of that meeting, plus 8 months of lobbying behind the scenes, have finally paid off.

Trying to get exemption through at all was a feat. Though the government supported the exemption it came under attack from a Labour MP and then later from a Conservative Lord. The anti-gun groups and even part of the gun lobby objected to it.

But through a combined effort from UKARA and UKAPU we’ve managed to not only get the exemption for airsoft through, but also convince the government to make some small changes to it, which have just been submitted in the form of amendments (these are yet to be voted on at time of writing but should be integrated during the Lords report stage). When the Bill is enacted in early 2017 we’ll have clear power limits for airsoft and a better definition of what an airsoft gun is. Not only will those limits reflect the realistic power output of airsoft replicas, but they will also not interfere with the normal power limits that we use for gaming. So instead of being limited to 1J, we’ll be able to play on mostly as normal.

The lion’s share of the Home Office lobbying work was done by Frank, John and Adrian at UKARA. Without some shrewd tactics and persistent lobbying from them we’d never have got the amendment on the table. UKAPU spent a lot of time rallying airsofters and lobbying MPs without them there may have been more objections from MPs and Lords. Though we’ve not been able to talk about it till now, it’s taken a constant barrage of letters, calls and meetings throughout 2016 to get to where we are. The guys from UKARA also commissioned expensive laboratory testing of the penetrative properties of 8mm BBs, so we could ask the Home Office to extend the exemption to 8mm airsoft replicas as well as 6mm. UKARA have spent close to £10000 fighting for the airsoft industry.

The Home Office also deserve thanks. Some people imagine they are anti-airsoft, but in reality the civil servants have invited the airsoft associations to comment on the bill and have taken those comments on board even though this created more work. They have done their utmost to ensure that the airsoft game and industry isn’t compromised by the new law. Government Ministers such as Mike Penning MP have spoken in defence of our right to play airsoft and supported us throughout.

The elephant in the room is, still, fully automatic replicas over 1.3J. If it is capable of more than 1.3J then your replica may be regarded as a section 5 firearm. This could mean that GBB and HPA replicas are prohibited weapons, and it could mean you might land a 5 year prison sentence for importing an AEG which is more powerful than advertised. We also need to ensure that airsoft replicas aren’t regarded as ‘readily convertible’ to firearms, as they can all be converted to exceed the new thresholds. UKARA and UKAPU have been raising this issue with the government for the last year, and it seems they have now taken it on board. We are due to see them early next year to discuss a solution, separate to the PCB.

For your convenience the amended clause 111 is below.

The status quo has been more or less maintained but only through a mammoth effort behind the scenes. Please spread the word, people need to understand that airsoft needs constant protection, and the only way we’ve achieved this win is by working together under the umbrella of airsoft associations.

Matt Furey-King Chair UKAPU and Frank Bothamley Chair UKARA

Policing and Crime Bill- http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2015-16/policingandcrime.html

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UKAPU Annual General Meeting at StrikeForce CQB

The UKAPU will be holding their AGM this weekend:

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UKAPU Annual General Meeting at StrikeForce CQB

United Kingdom: Matthew Furey-King, Chairman of United Kingdom Airsoft Players Union (UKAPU) and Vice-Chairman David Weston, today announced that UKAPU will host a private game open to all UKAPU members and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at StrikeForce CQB.

The AGM will be an opportunity for all UKAPU members to raise subjects for the agenda, elect committee members, and shape the future of UKAPU for airsoft in the UK.

“The UKAPU AGM is the event we hold every year, at which we sit down with members and talk about the future direction of the association, and airsoft,” explained Chairman Matthew Furey-King “Many airsoft associations have come and gone but UKAPU has been the only one to hold an AGM every single year. That’s something I’m very proud of. It’s a very important part of maintaining transparency and democracy. It’s one of the reasons we are able to call ourselves representatives. “

“All committee positions are open for election, and anyone can raise a discussion point. We actually have some positions with no nominated candidates, so email our secretary if you are interested in helping us push UKAPU forward. This year we decided to combine the AGM with a private members’ day at StrikeForce CQB site in Gloucester. All UK airsoft players are welcome to join UKAPU for free on our website. We’ll hold the AGM in the safe zone. It’s looking like a really friendly fun game is shaping up, with a few airsoft celebrities coming too. I look forward to seeing you there.”

Any and all members of UKAPU can add an amendment to the AGM and put themselves forward to become a member of the committee, please submit any questions to secretary@ukapu.org.uk

StrikeForce CQB, hosts of the private game, are located at:

Morelands Trading Estate
Bristol Road
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
GL1 5RZ

(UKAPU)

Urgent update on the airsoft exception

The UKARA, ATB & UKAPU have an important update on the airsoft exception in the UK Policing and Crime Bill:

We have some great news for UK airsoft this morning. Lord Shrewsbury of the GTA has voluntarily decided to withdraw his amendment in regards to the airsoft exception from the Policing and Crime Bill 2015/16. This is the best possible outcome for UK airsoft. Lord Shrewsbury tells us he better understands airsoft now that he is properly informed, and that he is extremely keen to work with us and move forwards as a part of a unified firearms community. Please get word out and apply the brakes on this campaign, there’s nothing we need to counteract right now, the airsoft exception is not being questioned, and we certainly don’t want at this stage to create fruitless hassle for our valuable new ally. So to clarify, tweets emails and letters to Lords and Lord Shrewsbury should stop now.

When asked to contribute to this campaign the response from the UK airsoft was phenomenal. You should feel proud of the good work you’ve put in. There was a tiny element that was abusive and even threatening towards Lord Shrewsbury and needless to say, this is totally unacceptable behaviour and counterproductive, we condemn this behaviour unreservedly. Those individuals have been reported to the Police and we hope that such individuals are subject to the full weight of the law. But on the whole we saw an overwhelming positive response. I even saw some Mums writing to representatives to say tell them that airsoft had been a huge force for good in their children’s lives. I’d also like to make you aware that the 3 UK airsoft associations have done a colossal amount (most of it behind the scenes) to get us this far, and will continue to work for you over the coming months, so please keep supporting them in turn. Another group which gave us huge support was real firearms shooters, and grass roots shooting organisations such as Firearms UK. There wasn’t anything at stake for real firearms people and yet they leapt to the defence of airsofters. Bear that in mind should you see the firearms community facing hardship in the future.

Things are not finished with the PCB by any means. We still have concerns that, even with the exception in place, if you unwittingly import a slightly hot fully auto AEG, or have your HPA or GBB replicas are tested at maxed out pressure and heavy ammo you could face section 5 firearms charges (5 years mandatory sentence), which would be wildly disproportionate and unacceptable, even if it only ever happens to one of us.

So I ask everyone to keep up to date with this Bill for the next few months and keep discussing it.

If you are still receiving replies from MPs and Lords, please continue to post them on the group so we can ‘map the ground’. This group is very well informed and a useful asset in itself. https://www.facebook.com/groups/UKairsoftlobby/

Be sure to Like UK Airsoft Players Union to keep up to date https://www.facebook.com/UKAPU/ but more importantly players should join UKAPU, so we can keep doing what we do http://www.ukapu.org.uk/join/

Airsoft Trade Body will have its website online soon so get involved if you run an airsoft business and want to safeguard it http://www.atb.org.uk/

Retailer membership of old stalwart UKARA is of course available from their website http://www.ukara.org.uk/index.php

Please like, comment and share.

Kind Regards,

Matt Furey-King

On behalf of UKARA, ATB & UKAPU

UKAPU: Save the airsoft exception

The UKAPU have some urgent news for all UK airsofters, find out more here http://www.ukapu.org.uk/saveairsoft/.

Edit: there is an update to this news here:

Save the Airsoft Exception

The Gun Trade Association is attacking our hard fought exception from 1J lethality

United Kingdom: The Policing and Crime Bill is now in the House of Lords. Part of the Bill will specify a 1 Joule threshold for barrelled weapon lethality. Through hard lobbying airsoft had secured an exemption, based on forensic lab testing, of 1.3J for full auto replicas and 2.5J for semi and single shot. The Law Commission and government recognised that this exception is essential for airsoft activities to continue. Shockingly, the head of the Gun Trade Association (a member of the House of Lords) has submitted an amendment to delete the airsoft exception.

Limiting airsoft to 1 Joule (330fps on a .20) will have many severe effects on the airsoft hobby including;

· An end to airsoft snipers- airsoft sniper rifles will be legally regarded as lethal air rifles

· Will become impossible for anyone to safely import AEGs- if found to be over 1J you could face 5 years imprisonment for possessing a section 5 firearm. It will not be legal to downgrade an AEG once it has become a section 5 firearm.

· Will become illegal to own fully auto GBB and HPA airsoft replicas- if they are tested they will be tested with maximum gas power and be found to exceed 1J. Again, they will be section 5 firearms.

Some registered firearms dealers (RFDs) aim to sell airsoft replicas as air rifles. Some have speculated that this is Lord Shrewsbury’s reason for submitting the amendment, to push airsoft sales to non-airsoft specialists that hold power in the GTA.

ATB“There’s about 800 Lords and we’ve got till the 14th September to win over enough of them to defeat Lord Shrewsbury’s anti-airsoft amendment. Nothing else in UK airsoft matters right now compared to this.

UKAPU banner v3Get the word out to absolutely everyone in the airsoft community. UKARA, ATB and UKAPU are doing all they can behind the scenes. However, if we lose this vote there is no coming back from the consequences, and we cannot win the vote without all of you writing in to a Lord. Together we beat the 2016 EU attack on airsoft, we beat the VCRA together in 2006, and we can win this too.

UKARAWe are in the right and the evidence supports our position. We are up against people with vast wealth and power but if we can use the voice of every single one of the 60,000 UK airsoft players, we absolutely can win, so read the infographic, visit http://www.ukapu.org.uk/saveairsoft/ and get writing.

Matt Furey-King, Chair UK Airsoft Players Union”

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About UKAPU: UKAPU is an unincorporated non-profit association formed by a dedicated group of Airsoft skirmishers to help protect and strengthen our hobby. By providing a united and official organisation that represents players, we can far more effectively engage in discussion with the government, other organisations, and the press when skirmishing comes under threat.

(UKAPU)

EU Firearms Directive vote & airsoft

EAA-Logo-blueHere is an update from the European Airsoft Association regarding the EU Firearms Directive vote:

Hello,  With my European Airsoft Association (EAA) hat on I’d like to relay to you some fantastic news from Joachim Dekkers, President of the European Airsoft Association. This concerns the future of airsoft in Europe and includes a letter from Vicky Ford MEP addressed to the airsoft community.

Regards,

Matt Furey-King, EAA & UKAPU

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Dear Airsoftsport enthusiasts,

As you know on July 13th there was an important vote on the Firearm Directive proposal 91/477, which also included Airsoft Devices (for example replicas and blank firing grenades).The part of the vote which actually dealt with our beloved sport, took approximately 1 minute. It was fast and hectic to say the least.

The result of the vote was in favour of the Airsoftsport, because a large majority of the IMCO Committee members, voted to have replicas placed outside the scope of the directive.

Still, it took us some time to actually confirm this, because the documents released on the vote are difficult to understand.

This result is a small victory but we are not there yet. More negotiations will follow after the EU Parliament recess (ends August 21st).

I know that many of you have been asking about the blank firing grenades. We are working on this and will give you an answer as soon as possible. Please be patient due to the holiday season and the much needed rest. We were not able to have achieved this if it was not for others too. The industry (http://www.airsoft-european-call.com/) who came together for this united cause, the IMCO Committee members who voted against having replicas placed inside the scope, colleagues from other sport shooting organizations and individual players.

I was in touch with Vicky Ford who is the chair of the IMCO committee and I thanked her and her team on behalf of the Airsoftsport community for the common sense and hard work. She send me an open letter for the Airsoftsport community;


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UKAPU: Last minute update on EU firearms directive vote

Here is a last minute update on the EU firearms directive vote from the UKAPU:

On Wednesday the 13th July the IMCO committee will vote on the proposal 2015/0269 to amend the European firearms directive. Allot of work has been done by airsoft players, the airsoft industry and airsoft groups to get the proposal changed, notably by the European Airsoft Association (EAA, which UKAPU is a core member of). The first draft of the proposal would have stamped out airsoft in Europe by classing all replicas as firearms. The amendments that we have helped write will be voted on during Wednesday’s meeting, and should serve to remove the sections about classifying of replicas as firearms.

EAA-Logo-blueThe airsoft community did a great job of lobbying and showing airsoft in a positive light, so our amendments have been well received and we are heading towards a win on Wednesday. We also hope BFGs aren’t banned (EAA did what they could to stop that happening) but that remains to be seen.

europarlIn November there will be a yes/no vote on accepting the finalised proposal. We can’t relax until then but if things go our way on Wednesday we will almost be out of the woods. Live shooting sports are still in danger of being devastated, quite intentionally, and there’s still very little focus on removing from circulation the weapons used by criminals and terrorists.

It wouldn’t hurt if everyone sent a last minute email to their MEPs asking them to vote in favour of the rapporteurs amendments to remove airsoft and replicas from the scope of the proposal.

Contact details for UK MEPs- https://www.mysociety.org/wehelpyou/contact-your-meps/

Courtesy of the EAA, here are links to the Agenda and live feed for the meeting.

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&reference=IMCO-OJ-20160713-1&format=XML&language=EN&secondRef=02

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/nl/committees/video?event=20160713-1500-COMMITTEE-IMCO

Fingers crossed!

Kind Regards,

Matt Furey-King, Chair UK Airsoft Players Union

(UKAPU)

UKARA player system update

UKARA are making some changes to their player registration system:

Dear Arnie, there has been a substantial update to the UKARA player system, we are now allowing players, as from nominally 05.07.16,  to register their intent to join a UKARA affiliated airsoft game site in an on-line system which will automatically transfer the application to the appropriate game site, who can then deal directly with the registration requirements, and actually register appropriate player’s. The games site can also add a link to their own web site with a dedicated application form.

So although the original paper system will be there in parallel, it will become redundant to most players.

No more posting of forms and virtually no mistakes in email and other information which can causes problems in player registration and validation. The player will know exactly who is involved in their registration process.
The system has active monitoring by the database provider, to make sure the registration process is  fulfilling the parameters, and checks are being made on and during the roll out.

UKARA retailers will no longer be directly involved in non paper applications, levelling the playing field and taking away the perception that a RiF order is a prerequisite to a registration being promptly dealt with, relieving Retailers of a great deal of extra responsibility, work and mail.

UKARA database is registered with the data protection agency Data Protection ICO Registration ZA031959

UKARA is used and signed up to by UK Boarder Agency who have their own portal with access only to verify players eligibility to import.

best regards
Graham (UKARA)

Official Lion Claws statement concerning meme

Operation Lion Claws have released a statement in response to an inflammatory meme currently circulating:

It has come to our attention that the attacks against our organization have started once again. We chose to ignore the propaganda in the recent past rather than feed into it, but unfortunately the attacks made against us earlier in the week in the form of a photoshopped meme was done in poor taste, and was something that we could not simply ignore. We pride ourselves in honoring our nations heroes of the armed forces, and do as much as we can to support them through our charitable donations generated from our events.

    Although our organization is blessed to have men like Col.(RET) Danny McKnight, Ranger Hall of Fame inductee MSG.(RET) Howard "Mad Max” Mullen, Delta Force Command Sergeant Major (RET) Mark Collazos & many other staff members who are actual heroes of this great nation, we would never grant that title to airsofters who have never earned it, let alone create a meme saying that playing airsoft makes them heroes.

    The worst part of this recent attack, is that just three weeks ago, our nation observed Memorial Day, a day that we remember our fallen men and women of the armed forces who are real heroes. The parties involved in creating this meme, and started circulating it should be ashamed of their actions, and should be condemned for their disrespect to our service members.

We do not condone this type of behavior and apologize that our name and logo was used to create this tasteless image, but we assure everyone that our organization had absolutely nothing to do with it, other than being the focus of the attacks.

    We would like to thank our supporters and sponsors for recognizing what is fact, and what is not. We will continue doing all we can to help our service members, while hosting some of the nations best airsoft events.

    Keep airsoft positive.

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Our heroes at Op:LC-XV, Memorial Day Weekend 2016.
( Left to right) Delta Force Command Sergeant Major(RET) Mark Collazos, US Army Ranger Sean Menches, Col.(RET) Danny McKnight & Ranger Hall of Hame inductee MSG(RET) Howard "Mad Max" Mullen

(Operation Lion Claws)

UKAPU Regional Representatives

UKAPU have appointed two regional representatives but they are still looking for more:

United Kingdom: Matthew Furey-King, Chairman of United Kingdom Airsoft Players Union (UKAPU), announced that UKAPU have filled two regional positions in the United Kingdom. The new representatives, alongside UKAPU’s committee, will allow the organisation to communicate more effectively with players around the country.

Paul Cook, owner of Armour Defence Group Ltd & Armour Tech Airsoft, has been named the UKAPU Representative for Scotland. A regular attendee at Section 8 Airsoft, Paul will be the voice of UKAPU in Scotland and is ready to answer any questions players have.

“I am looking forward to taking UKAPU in Scotland to the players, making sure they have the right representation for our sport,” said Paul Cook. “Bringing all the players into one organisation, as the more voices there are, the stronger we are as a group. Better that than individuals or small groups, it will be a challenge but I look forward to uniting Scottish players for one goal: keep airsoft our sport.”

Ben Simmons, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, has been named the UKAPU Representative for North England.

“I joined UKAPU to see if I could make a difference when it came to airsoft and player representation,” said Ben Simmons. “We have been a hugely underrepresented sport and that has shown in the legislative efforts of various bodies when it comes to our exemption.
“I am also hoping to bring university airsofters together and get them some real support, as they are some of the most persecuted of our players due to the nature of Students Unions. I came through the uni airsoft and I know how bad it can be for those students.”

Steven ‘Wallace’ Morley, owner of Skirmish the Stan, Skirmish Airsoft Sherwood Forest, and Skirmish Airsoft CQB, has also joined the organisation.

“I joined UKAPU as I firmly believe in what the organisation stands for,” said Steven Morley. “I also intend to help in any way possible to support their mission to strengthen and defend both the sport and its players from criticism and attack at every level. I hope to help move the organisation forward by helping raise its profile wherever possible.”

Positions still available in UKAPU:

  • UKAPU Representative for Wales

  • UKAPU Representative for Northern Ireland

  • UKAPU Representative for the Midlands

  • UKAPU Representative for East England

  • UKAPU Representative for the South West

  • UKAPU Representative for the South East

(UKAPU)

UKAPU website re-launch

UKAPU have been updating their website including their membership system:

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UKAPU Re-Launch Website & Membership System

United Kingdom: Matthew Furey-King, Chairman of United Kingdom Airsoft Players Union (UKAPU), today announced that UKAPU will introduce an enhanced and re-designed website. The new website, alongside UKAPU’s Facebook and Twitter, will allow the organisation to directly communicate with airsoft players around the United Kingdom.

The website will also include an updated membership system, allowing players to sign up for free and become a member of UKAPU. Included in the membership system is the ability to donate to UKAPU, giving players the chance to claim up to two UKAPU patches, as well as other membership benefits.

"I’m very proud to announce that UKAPU’s new membership system is now open,” said Chairman Matthew Furey-King. “Our volunteers have had to build a completely new membership system and website over the past month, and as you’ll see, they have done a cracking job. Membership is now free, so there’s no reason not to sign up, and tell your friends to do the same. Every extra member gives us a little more strength when we need to stand up for airsoft."

  • Bronze UKAPU Membership is free, includes a UKAPU membership number.
  • Silver UKAPU Membership has a donation fee of 5GBP, includes the choice of a tan or green patch.
  • Gold UKAPU Membership has a donation fee of 10GBP, includes both the tan and green patches.
  • Membership lasts for 12 months from the date of sign-up.

About UKAPU: UKAPU is an unincorporated non-profit association formed by a dedicated group of airsoft skirmishers to help protect and strengthen our hobby. By providing a united and official organisation that represents players, we can far more effectively engage in discussion with the government, other organisations, and the press when skirmishing comes under threat.

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