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11 Aug 2007 - 02:57138
Cheap Guns
With October drawing closer and my need to find a replica MP7 (http://mgdb.himitsukichi.com/pukiwiki/?plugin=ref&page=HK%20MP7&src=mp7.jpg) increasing, I have been fruitlessly searching the internet trying to find one, and have found a horrible pattern...If you want a gun that looks remotely realistic, you have 3 choices:

1. Buy a real gun (though I think we can rule this one out)
2. Buy an airsoft gun from a UK website (if you're willing to spend £40 plus)
3. Find a cheap yet realistic looking toy gun from a US shop.

The problem is, I don't have £40 to spend on an airsoft gun, nor would I, as it would be unlikely that I would ever use it again, and all the US places I've found refuse to deliver outside of the US.

anyways...my question is, is there a place in the UK where I can buy a cheap replica gun, or a place in the US that will deliver to the UK, if you can refer me to a place that you've ever bought from before (or just a place you find when browsing the web) then that'd be great, my budget for this item would be £20 (including postage), or as a last resort I'd have to make it myself, and believe me, with my design skills that would end in tears.

Sorry to draw this out to essay length, and thanks for your time! ^^



Last edited by Zonaphobe (11 Aug 2007 - 02:58)
18 Aug 2007 - 19:48198
>.<;
I had a look for you around ebay and net, and I'm probably had just as much luck as you. I'm no pro at guns (much prefer casting magic and mobs myself but each to his own)

I had an idea though, if you look at some toy stores they will have very cheap toy machine guns, since you still have some time, why not try buying a very cheap child's noise maker and modify it with the modeling foam, or even papier mache, if you need to add detail "funky foam" sheets are good tyo use to cut things out with and add details.

(oh the delights of having a younger brother >.>;;;



Last edited by Jenivix (18 Aug 2007 - 19:49) Reason: comment
18 Aug 2007 - 21:39200
Quote Zonaphobe:
With October drawing closer and my need to find a replica MP7 (http://mgdb.himitsukichi.com/pukiwiki/?plugin=ref&page=HK%20MP7&src=mp7.jpg) increasing, I have been fruitlessly searching the internet trying to find one, and have found a horrible pattern...If you want a gun that looks remotely realistic, you have 3 choices:

1. Buy a real gun (though I think we can rule this one out)
2. Buy an airsoft gun from a UK website (if you're willing to spend £40 plus)
3. Find a cheap yet realistic looking toy gun from a US shop.

The problem is, I don't have £40 to spend on an airsoft gun, nor would I, as it would be unlikely that I would ever use it again, and all the US places I've found refuse to deliver outside of the US.

anyways...my question is, is there a place in the UK where I can buy a cheap replica gun, or a place in the US that will deliver to the UK, if you can refer me to a place that you've ever bought from before (or just a place you find when browsing the web) then that'd be great, my budget for this item would be £20 (including postage), or as a last resort I'd have to make it myself, and believe me, with my design skills that would end in tears.

Sorry to draw this out to essay length, and thanks for your time! ^^


For £20 you want a toy gun. Please also be aware that if you walk around with a realistic looking gun then it's a crime. You will want a red tip to the gun or some other way to make it seem unreal. Nobody wants to be shot by Al Powell. ^_^


18 Aug 2007 - 23:22201
The problem with trying to get an Airsoft gun is that you wouldn't be able to take it to the expo or even carry it around because although it might not be dangerous because you won't load it, it's still potentially dangerous because it can fire.

And you'd never even get a real gun out of your house. If you don't own a license for it, then it's a crime to even carry it.

My advice is to make it yourself and just spend lots of time trying to get the colour and feel right. To be honest, I think that's the only way you'll get it into any expo or convention without it being confiscated.


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27 Aug 2007 - 16:53285
As part of the colonial marine costuming group we've been to a few cons all over. We all carry airsoft guns, But with no ammo or batteries in them.

As long as you carry it covered up until you get to the venue your OK. The police if they stop you on the way only need to ask if you have a valid reason for carrying it. Use in a 'fancy dress party' is fine as long as your act responsibly with it.

At the con go straight to the con security staff and explain who you are and why you have it. Be sure to emphasis the replica is not loaded and can't fire. What security say's goes.

Last weekend at Glasgow we could carry inside the arena as it was a non-public event. If we wanted to go out to the food court armour and weapons had to be left behind.

As long as you act responsibly security staff are pretty decent types.. Although there can be jobsworths. If you get one.. Chances are you friends carboard katana will be peacebonded as well.


27 Aug 2007 - 23:16288
Just a warning, the purchasing of any imitation gun, as of the 1st of October will be made illegal. No matter their cost.

So if you want a gun, i'd suggest you get one quick


28 Aug 2007 - 14:05293
Main problem is the act is very imprecise in the language used. It draws no distinction between a pistol shaped water gun or a ultra realistic full-metal blank firer.

Although the VCRB bill does indeed come into force 1st October any replicas you already own are still legal.
It's only getting more that will be difficult.

If you are an airsoft skirmisher you can register and still buy and import airsoft and replica guns. If your under 18 though you won't have much luck.

Toy guns *should be* unaffected although if you paint them to look more realistic you might be in trouble. Bit of a grey area, although if you keep them covered in transit and only bring them out at the con away from the general public after talking to security you should be ok.

For example in Glasgow at the weekend one of the stormtroopers went out into the food hall and one of the general public called in a Firearm alert. Luckily it was caught by the mall security staff before the armed response team was called out.

Lots of costuming groups are watching this new law very carefully. Soon as there's any 'official' guidelines I'll let you know.


29 Aug 2007 - 16:28301
Here you go, this might help


29 Aug 2007 - 21:44303
Thank you so much Spunky, and everyone else for your advice <3


29 Aug 2007 - 21:55304
No problemo


03 Sep 2007 - 00:59328
would it be necessary to paint a blaze tip onto the gun from that link?



Last edited by Zonaphobe (03 Sep 2007 - 00:59)
03 Sep 2007 - 02:04329
Not unless you're heading to America ^^


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