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There is an on going discussion about a leaked email. This is the UKAPU’s response:
UKAPU Response to recent events
I think it fair to say that the recent events have been well publicised. I am of course referring to the leaked email from Frank Bothamley to other UKARA members containing ideas on how to rework the VCRA.
I hope to address the issues raised in the email from a UKAPU perspective but also I want to avoid casting aspersions and name calling as it is counterproductive.
Firstly, I want to deal with the manner in which it was brought to light. Whilst I have a huge amount of respect for ‘Yossers airsoft oddesy’ I believe the manner in which the story was broken was guaranteed to result in a vitriolic outrage in the online airsoft community. This could have been as counterproductive and as damaging as the contents of the email itself. I hope that ‘Yosser’ can take something from this experience as well as the retailers, Mr. Bothamley and the wider airsoft community.
Secondly; we should bear in mind that the email contained ideas. These were not proposals that had been submitted to the Home office and accepted, they were not new laws they were just ideas. It is important that this is remembered.
If these are submitted to the HO or the ACPO as they stand purely through others inaction as Mr. Bothamly alludes to then that would be another matter and one that UKAPU would fight as we do not agree with the recommendations in their entirety.
So let’s deal with the email
1. Mr. Bothamley approached the HO and the ACPO over 12 months ago. As Chairman of UKARA and dealing with issues relating around the VCRA then that is his prerogative to do so as the breaches of the VCRA he was reporting were not being dealt with. Due to the nature of these discussions, a heads up and some feedback to the other associations (and to the UKARA members) would have been a matter of common courtesy, and would be in line with the coordinated approach that we have agreed upon.
2. Any proposal that further limits the rights of players to purchase RIF’s places the control of second hand sales and personal imports into the hands of retailers is not something we would condone and would fight against it. There is no evidence that private imports and second hand sales are causing a problem.
3. Mr. Bothamley’s call for RIF’s to be sold through airgun weapon RFD’s is just that. It is not asking for reclassification of airsoft guns to airgun status just that they be sold via a checkable source. This isn’t necessarily the end of the world as it would do away with some of the less than honest retailers. It could have an impact on some of the smaller shops but it is for them to decide if gaining RFD status is worthwhile. It makes checking a whole lot easier for both the police and trading standards however.
4. UKARA would be defunct. Whilst the database and the association have been proven to be less than perfect and there are persistent accusations of new retailers being denied fair access, it has worked for the most part. It’s not perfect, and I believe that the database should be controlled independently, probably by sites, and with free access for all, in line with the original assertions that “it would not be a closed system”. With the system proposed by Mr. Bothamley, all that would be required would be proof of age. This would I think put us back to pre VCRA days, with RIFs available to all and thus all the problems that were perceived to exist prior to he VCRA would In effect exist once more.
5. The proposals for the withdrawal of second hand sales and personal imports as outlined in Mr. Bothamley’s Email concern us the most. If he wishes to follow the model for airgun sales then these should remain unregulated and UKAPU would fight for this right to remain.
The result of this rather negative situation is that it has promoted discussion. Let’s hope that the outcome is more interest from players, sites and retailers in how they are represented. Bear in mind that, at the moment, we are doubtful that changes to these law are on the table.
–The main point of UKAPU is that it’s a way to get your voice heard. As we will be speaking to ACPO and the Home Office in the near future, would members want us to support changes to the VCRA or not? Would you prefer to see reforms from within the community? If you do want to see changes in the VCRA and specific defence, what would you like to change? Do you feel that the VCRA is fundamentally working? Is it workable and enforceable and are problems with enforcement even an issue for the airsoft community, or the duty of the Police and Government? Please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the discussion on our forum if this has made you think about our hobby’s future.
UKAPU Chairman (UKAPU)
Here is the latest news from Thumpy:
This will be the next shoe to drop….along with more developing from MAGPUL’s real-steel magazines lawsuit, and their "whatever" with PTS, so far unconfirmed.
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Thumpy has some new from Elite Force:
WOW, look what is inside the front cover of ELITE FORCE Airsoft’s First Edition Catalog cover…a still shot from the video posted by EF on YouTube today shows their superior GBB M1911 TAC is going to be branded by Red Jacket Firearms, from TV’s "Sons of Guns" as their first official Airsoft Gun! We’re expecting to hear details from the Elite Force guys leading up to the SHOT Show 2013 in Las Vegas this January! THUMPY….OVER! (Thumpy’s 3-D House of Airsoft)
Evike have sent over two new videos and some news on the HK lawsuit:
Sneak peak RPG Prop
Propper promo short
According to the lawsuit upheld by H&K, all guns that are not licensed under Umarex will be discontinued starting 2013. Because of that, almost all H&K replica airsoft guns are on sale here:
These guns won’t be here for long as specials. They are selling fast. If you want to complete your collection and are missing a G36 or USP, you might want to get it now. I mean, heck, it’s on SALE!
This is not to say we won’t be seeing your favorite H&K styled guns anymore. As long as the licensing is present, it’s properly authorized.
The bright side of this is that; A)all our un-licensed H&K guns are on sale now and you have less than 30 days to get a hold of a great deal. B) All future H&K replicas will all have proper trademarks for those of you who love seeing trades on an airsoft gun.
Yosser has some exciting news about a new versatile training device:
Arnies, Airsoft Odyssey has come into possession of SECRET INTEL regarding the much anticipated new DELAY type Blank Firing Grenade – known as a V.T.G. – Versatile Training Device.
The video smuggled out by operatives from SWAT TRAINING DEVICES shows the make up of the cases and the ‘end caps’ being used:
Each VTG will come as standard ready for both 12gauge & 9mm blanks, a totally re-designed custom loading tool, which will be much safer to use, a carabineer, a special VTG patch, and a flat spring ring ready for your grenade pins.
The V.T.G. is due for a 4th August 2012 release at the North West Airsoft Community Swap & Shoot EVENT to be held at Area51, Shotton, Deeside, North Wales. See Facebook group for more details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nwacswapnsell/
Thumpy has some exciting news from Iszmash:
THIS IS HUGE NEWS, ARNIE! They needed to do something with the MILLIONS of real AK’s that are being replaced/stockpiled…although they will likely be modified so that they can NOT fire or be easily modified into working firearms….as KWA just went through those hassles here in the US with the BATF, with both M4 AND AK-Gbb’s coming to market, it will be interesting to see if this takes off. SCOOPED over at the SCOOP.IT news site right now…we will be adding details as we get them!
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Thumpy has spotted a story in the Daily Mail which he thinks might have a Cyber Gun connection:
THE BIGGEST AIR STUPID EVER??? And a Paris Connection to Cyber-G?
Could the Pippa gun incident be the biggest AIR STUPID ever?
"Prince William’s new sister-in-law is expected to be questioned by police after her companion pointed the realistic-looking weapon at a photographer who was following them."
From the Dailymail.co.uk story…link here…even if the gun was a fake/airsoft pistol, the penalities under French law are severe!
"If the gun was real, those involved in the incident face up to seven years in prison. If it is a fake, they could be jailed for two years."
And, an interesting twist: If the pistol came from a French retail source, it is more than likely that it ORIGINALLY came from the trademark holder in France…and you know who THAT is, Thumpy followers….Cybergun. Take a look at the photos, and decide for yourself…
"Sources indicated that the weapon looked similar to a Sig Sauer P226, used by numerous law enforcement and military organizations worldwide as well as by personal bodyguards."
Airsoft Outlet NW have sent over a couple of pieces of news:
This may not be applicable to those in the UK, but Portland, Oregon is considering a ban like the one in place in Beaverton. It gave us a chance to get airsoft on the news in a professional light. Hopefully people will start to see the reasonable side of the sport instead of
In addition, Nike is expanding their SFB to another color, as well as specialized socks. Next year they will be expanding into a full line of Combat Gear, including more footwear, gear, and apparel. The Special Forces Systems line will focus on lightweight, durable, high performance gear for the tactical athlete.
Here is the latest from Thumpy’s Cyber-G watch:
Cybergun’s USA "reality gaming location concept" is now OUT IN THE OPEN
We’ve heard about it for months, we’ve seen SOME of the concept art…now HERE IT IS!
Tom Cole is the BizDevelopment Chief for Cybergun’s STORE AND GAMER’S LOCATION in the USA.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK..>In the comments tab below, on Thumpy’s Facebook….or on WordPress.com!
“Interview of Tom Cole from B4S (brains for solutions). A new concept of “battle zone” between the real and the virtual. Association of Airsoft and the video …”
Thumpy has found a new favourite video and he’s got some news about Cybergun too:
And it’s from the Homeland of all things Arnie! Check out this very VERY cool video posted yesterday over on VIMEO!
Direct link is here: http://vimeo.com/38701043
And, Dragon Valley’s link is here: http://www.dragonvalley.co.uk/
Cheers…hope you "got some" this weekend!
Apparently, the Cybergun/Blackwater video game ‘genre’ has not worked out too well….information at the link above, and GOOGLE Translate is your friend, non-Francophones!
Jerome Marsac : “As we indicated at the end of last year, the commercial results of the game Blackwater proved below our expectations.”
Monsieur Marsac is also quoted in other places as pushing the blame off to the slow adoption of Kinect for the XBox as a contributor to the sell-off….hmmm, really? It might not have something to do with the OTHER two brands involved, and not the most popular console gaming system on EARTH???
Thumpy has some exciting news about Real Sword at the IWA show:
After a strong showing at the SHOT Show and IWA shows in 2011, Hong Kong based Real Sword Airsoft all-but dropped off the scene for more than a year. No-Show on the floor at this years’ SHOT Show in Las Vegas, and not answering ANY correspondence with the airsoft media world…some had speculated that RS was shut down in a sweep of factories inside CHINA. There were some sightings from HK ‘softers of a Real Sword store on various forums….but…where was the mysterious Helen Lin and the RS gang…and those delicious teasing goodies they promised to us in 2011?
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Gunfire have sent over some information about a new AEG being developed in Bulgaria:
New idea of AEGs construction from EU!
Manufacturer of the Airsoft Smart Control Unit (ASCU) – Airsoft Systems from Bulgaria is finalizing its project of AEG with a new mechanical and electronic solutions. Development of this product has been kept secret until now. We’ve just reached the first spy photos of the new technology. Will it be the first AEG completely developed in EU? The replica looks promising and we keep our fingers crossed it will bring a fresh air to the airsoft world
Just look at some of the technical specs:
- Completely new split gearbox, four times more stronger than ver. 2
- A new trigger mechanism for reproducing the mechanical sense and reset when shot and released, as real M4
- A new tappet plate provides improved feeding and better air sealing of nozzle with hop-up rubber.
- New electronics that fit entirely in the gearbox, and so the stock tube is completely free to put 1300 mAh battery.
- Changing the spring takes just seconds, without the necessity of another cylinder.
- When magazine is empty the gun stops shooting.
- Functional bolt catch – must be pressed after changing the magazine.
- Uses standard cheap magazines.
- Uses standard: motor, gears, springs, piston, cylinder head, cylinder,cylinder head and nozzle, which means vast availability of parts and cheap and upgrades.
Supposed Retail Europe: 400 -450 USD
It appears that the Cybergun/JAG legal wrangling is continuing, this time it appears that the P90 is a bone of contention with the M249 SAW potentially being named as well:
THUMPY’s CYBER-G Watch has breaking news on the continuing legal fight between Cybergun and JAG Precision…
A source pushed the following along to us this morning….and predicts that yet ANOTHER gun…JAG’s versions of the M249 SAW, also licensed by FN Herstal to CyberG will be next on the “hit list.”
Yosser has some exciting news about the BFGX5:
Airsofters, With second hand prices of the Dynatec ‘Delay’ type BFG’s starting to escalate due to their increasing rarity (and them not being produced anymore). The following must come as great news – the soon to be launched BFGX5.
Airsoft Odyssey (www.airsoftodyssey.blogspot.com) has some vital intel on this soon to be NEW BFG on the block. You can check out the FULL details at this link:
http://www.airsoftodyssey.blogspot.com/2012/02/bfgx5-coming-soon.html to see what the fuss is all about.
BFGX5 also need YOUR help via their Facebook site on the blank adaptors and colours you would like to see this great new product launched in! PLUS you can win ONE of THREE BFGX5 giveaways (when they reach 500 LIKES on their FB page). So ‘Like’ for your chance to WIN!
Yosser – Airsoft Odyssey also on FB as well! www.facebook.com/Airsoftodyssey
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Check out the blog @ http://www.airsoftodyssey.blogspot.com
Thumpy has been ranting about American television and has the latest word from Cybergun Watch:
A MAJOR RANT on YET Another TV news "STUNT" that tries to dump on AIRSOFT in the USA!
For some background, it is THE FEBRUARY TV RATINGS SWEEPS MONTH again., when normally mild and unobtrusive TV stations across the Fruited Plains resort to all kinds of stunts and stupidity to help potential ad buyers choose them as the place with the largest number of TV sets turned on, to spend their car/furniture/lawyer advertising money with for the next year.
Here’s the LINK to WXII TV’s story below: http://www.wxii12.com/video/30392281/detail.html
"WXII chIef meterologist Lanie Pope investigated an airsoft combat facility to get some answers."
I’m going to share what I’ve been saying on Facebook and my SCOOP.IT News Site all day…
Since when does a "CHIEF METEOROLOGIST" "investigate" anything for a TV news room? Oh, right…during FEBRUARY SWEEPS, when, as usual some bright bulb comes up with the concept of sending a "mom of boys" to "look into" this "potentially life threatening" "game."
We’ve played this game long enough. Kyle and the gang from Cool Combat…and every one of their players, tried to get an unbiased story out to their community. And, for the most part, it blew through the "agenda" that WXII sent their "news team" out to the field to bring back.
But, give me a frickin’ break. You guys oughta be mad as hell at this and tell the station all about it.
Oh, and for the record since many don’t know it….I USED TO BE A TV REPORTER/Military Beat…Features…News Bureaus/Assignment Editor AND a News Director for a short period of time…like 22 total years, and I’ve yet to see an Airsoft "STORY" that didn’t go into some anti-war/anti-violence/public safety agenda.
That is BIAS, poor journalism and the reason most Americans are leaving 22.5 minutes of TV news a day and making up their own minds on what is "news" on the miracle that is the INTERNET.
Nice work. Tell me when its going to rain again and leave the journalism to the pros, Mom.
Cybergun Watch…they want to expand into airsoft PARKS in America…and how I got snubbed at SHOT Show…
It is all here….VIDEO of the whole thing will one day come to light, soon I hope, as we are finally back into fighting trim, with $200 in medicine to finally kill this cough and cold.
Use any and everything you need for this one…and please throw in a plug for the SCOOP.IT channels…we now have 2 running, one for ALL AIRSOFT NEWS and the second for Sites and Events, with a new working relationship with AIRBANA.
Hope this finds you fat and sassy! Give the News Fairy a hug for us!
THUMPS….OVER (Thumpy’s 3-D House of Airsoft)