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Goofynose

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    VFC Colt M4, CyberGun CO2 SigSauer P226 E2, StarkArms S17 CO2.
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    BA Mk6 Kevlar Helmet, BA MTP uniform, Tac-vest, 4 Stanag, 2 S17 mags, Radio, Hiking boots.
  1. Goofynose

    Importing RIFs from Europe

    Quick update. I contacted the Police National Legal Database (excellent service by the way, they replied within 15 minutes to my email) and they told me to phone 101. So I phoned 101 and asked to speak to an operator, I then explained to him that I would have liked to import my RIFs from Italy and that if he could explain me the legislation regarding that process. Basically what I was told was that it would be perfectly fine and there shouldn't be any problems, however the package will go through X-Ray so he advised that I put markings on the boxes saying they are airsoft guns and he added that the package would probably be opened anyway. Note that no mention was made of the VCRA or UKARA or anything like that so I'm not too sure what to make of this.
  2. Goofynose

    Kydex Holster

    Yeah I'm not using a press and the shape isn't as good as I would have liked it to be. However the retention is perfect. I can flip the holster around and wiggle it, or try and throw out the gun but it doesn't move at all. Yet drawing is really fast and easy. I'd say that the retention comes mainly from the trigger guard, the slide and the ejection port. Yours do look really nice however, especially the finished one with the beretta 92? I'll definitely be getting a press if I'm making another one!
  3. Goofynose

    Kydex Holster

    Thank you I'm sure you could mount it on your leg drop panel, either by bolting it into place (rivets maybe?) or you could come up with some kind of attach/detach system. I'm personally not a fan of drop leg holsters, mine used to wiggle around while I was running and it became quite annoying. You should go for it though! Overall, it took me maybe four hours over two days and that's without having any of the "proper" tools for the job!
  4. Goofynose

    Kydex Holster

    I'm sure many of us have been temped by one these beautiful Kydex pistol holsters, but just as many probably have been put off by the non-negligible prices. Well at the very least it is what I experienced. One thing kept bugging me, however. How come a "plastic" holster like that costs so much, surely putting it together isn't that expensive. So I went on the internet to look up what these holster were made of; well unsurprisingly they were made out of Kydex - a thermoplastic material (it can be modelled by applying heat) - but surprisingly enough the Kydex itself is widely available and quite cheap. I immediately thought to myself: "How do I go about making one of these holsters myself?" So I headed on Youtube and long story short it looked like you needed a hell of a lot of expensive machinery and tools to craft one of these holsters, and I'm talking belt sanders, heat treatment oven, drill press, rivet gun, press and so on. However, all of these fancy tools - of which I had none - didn't discourage me and I thought, this thing is quite cheap so why not give it a shot anyway? So here is the story of how I managed to make my first Kydex Holster with almost no tools at all. For only a few pounds. First thing you'll need is a Kydex sheet, these are widely available in the UK - ebay will be a good place to get some - bear in mind when ordering some Kydex that you don't want to order a really thin sheet as it'll just break, the one I got was roughly 2mm thick. And...that's about it really, you might find it easier if you have a hand-held drill and a cheap rivet gun but you can do without. Once you got your Kydex sheet you'll simply have to draw on it the shape of your holster, use your gun to give you a rough idea of the outlines, and remember to leave plenty of excess material - you can always remove material later but you can't add material back. Now, most "professional" Kydex holsters use proper belt loops to secure on your belt but I simply left out two strips of material coming out of the holster that I later bended to make the belt loops. You might be thinking: "What the hell is he even talking about?" and to be fair you'd probably be right, if you check the video at the end of this post you'll know what I mean! When your drawing is done you'll have to cut it out, scissors are good enough, you'll need a cutter or something like that. If your design is done now your next step is to heat up the Kydex. Your home oven should do the trick. Pre-heat at 175° (more or less) and once it's ready put your Kydex on a tray and shove the tray in the oven (make sure you put the Kydex smooth side down). Don't go anywhere yet, you need to keep a sharp eye on that, it'll "cook" quickly. It'll take the Kydex roughly one or two minutes to reach the moulding temperature, if you see an edge starting to fold up it means it's good to go so take it out quickly. Here's the part where you have to act fast, ideally you have a foam press but I didn't so I made it happen with whatever I could find that was close enough to a press....two pillows. Wrap the Kydex around your gun, that's how it'll make the shape of your holster, and don't bother too much with matching the edges you can sand them later, just make sure it's wrapped around tightly. Immediately put your Kydex and gun in the press, or as I did it - put it in-between two pillows and place a few dozens books (or anything really heavy) on top of the pillows. Basically you're making a sandwich, your pillows are the buns, your gun is the burger, your Kydex is the cheese dribbling around the meat and your books are the sesame seeds on top of your bun. You're going to want to leave the Kydex under there for 10-15 minutes, basically the Kydex has to cool down completely or it will return to it's original shape. If you want to you can sit on top of the whole thing while it's cooling. Two tips, if you don't want to burn your pillows put a tin foil sheet in-between pillows and Kydex, if you don't want to burn your hands use gloves and if you don't want to damage your pistol then put an empty magazine in the pistol. Once it's cooled down you're halfway done! Get yourself a piece of sandpaper and sand down every excess materials on your new holster, make the edges match and smooth out all of the edges. If like me you made belt loops out of Kydex heat them using your gas or electric cooker and bend them the way you want. Make sure you don't touch the cooker with your Kydex and that you only apply heat to the parts you want to change (if you still have no idea what I'm talking about check the video below). Next is the easiest bit, get your drill, make two or three holes along the edges, and tie up the two halves with rivets. I simply got myself a cheap rivet gun and put in three rivet but I'm sure you can use something else than rivets and I'm also sure you can make three holes with something else than a drill too! That's it, you're done, your marvellous Kydex holster is finished. It fits perfectly your gun, offers fast draws and retains perfectly. No? Did you screw up? Well the good thing about Kydex is that you can heat is back up two or three times and mould it again so don't worry too much! Here is a look at my project: And here is the video tutorial I used to teach myself how to make this holster. All credit goes to this guy: Again, you do not necessarily need all the tools he used. I had none. Use your imagination! Hopefully you found this post interesting/informative and I wish you luck in attempting yourself! PS: I do not take responsibility for any house fire/skin burns resulting from following this post. You do so at your own risk And never leave hot things unattended!
  5. Goofynose

    Importing RIFs from Europe

    Okay, good to know So I'm assuming ,if I somehow manage to import my RIFs in the UK, I only need the booking/ticket to the event I'm attending, even though I'm not part of a club?
  6. Goofynose

    Importing RIFs from Europe

    Well I'm assuming the field on which I will be playing already has some kind of insurance but to be on the safe side of things I was actually looking at purchasing an insurance cover for myself, basically same as your standard car insurance but for airsoft (covering damages to others and such). That way, I'm assuming, I should be completely covered?
  7. Goofynose

    Importing RIFs from Europe

    Yeah I'm not sure what that person was going for suggesting UKARA...I have anyway attempted to email UKARA to get membership but as you pointed out, it's only for UK clubs. I'm sure many people do fly to the UK for events so I'm not sure why that person would think that by having a booking I don meet defence requirements... It also turns out the Home Office firearms department haven't been provided with phones yet so I'm stuck emailing them. I emailed Police Scotland too but apparently they simply don't reply to emails. I'll keep trying to get a clear answer from Home Office and I'll go have a chat with the police once I'm back in the UK so hopefully it'll help future airsoft players.
  8. Goofynose

    Importing RIFs from Europe

    Just wanted to give an update to everyone. I emailed the Home Office firearms department and they were kind enough to email me back. Here is what I sent: And this is the reply I got: I am a bit puzzled at this point. I find myself in the position where I am in fact an airsoft skirmisher but I can't properly prove it, I am guilty until proven innocent... I have abandoned the idea of taking the RIFs on the plane with me since Ryanair wants nothing to do with any type of firearms. Would it be easier to have the RIFs shipped to the UK with say, inside the box a copy of my booking and my airsoft insurance? Or if they seize the parcel I would simply provide a copy of the booking? Thanks again to anyone who helps and helped.
  9. Goofynose

    Importing RIFs from Europe

    This is what the VCRA gov.uk page says about airsoft: The regulations provide for two new defences. The first is for the organisation and holding of airsoft skirmishing. This is defined by reference to “permitted activities” and the defence applies only where third party liability insurance is held in respect of the activities. So if I understand this correctly, if I was to book ticket to an airsoft event and bought airsoft third party insurance then I would meet the criteria outlined above. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
  10. Goofynose

    Importing RIFs from Europe

    I was able to find a Border Force pdf on the BASC website regarding the Import of RIF. Of course the whole thing is very vague...but here is what it says. 3. Import Defences The VCRA sets out a number of defences to prosecution which although do not technically apply at the point of import it is UK Border Agency policy to apply them to private individuals as if they did. 4. Defences applicable: Realistic Imitation Firearms • the organisation and holding of permitted activities for which public liability insurance is held in relation to liabilities to third parties arising from or in connection with the organisation and holding of those activities; [...] the purposes of organising or taking part in certain “permitted activities” relates generally to “airsoft” events but can also include paintballing. Airsoft is a growing modern combat sport that involves the use of realistic imitation firearms in military type scenarios for recreational purposes. Nothing specific is mentioned, so unless you have a UKARA number it really is up to the them to decide if your defence is good enough or not.
  11. Goofynose

    Importing RIFs from Europe

    Thank you for the reply everyone! So I'm assuming if I post it or show up at the airport without a UKARA number the weapons will simply end up being destroyed? I wouldn't be able to attempt to take them into the UK and if it fails just ship them back to Europe? Unfortunately none of my friends have a UKARA number. I was also thinking. Foreign players probably bring in their weapons regularly and as Dechande said if I managed to get a ticket for an airsoft even in october or december for example I could then use the ticket as defence if I am questioned about the guns?
  12. Goofynose

    Importing RIFs from Europe

    Hello everyone, I am currently trying to figure out how not to get arrested by Border Force once I step foot in the UK, any help would be greatly appreciated! This is the scenario: I have been living in the UK(Scotland) for two years as I am going to university here. However I am originally from Italy. I have been playing airsoft for many years now and it really wasn't hard to get into because there are no restrictions on the purchase of RIFs in Italy. I still spend summer and christmas holidays back in Italy and that is when I play because my gear is still there. For the past two years I have been trying to get to play airsoft in the UK but the whole UKARA thing and having to spend extra money to hire RIFs has kind of discouraged me....until now. I am flying back to the UK in september and I would like to bring back my airsoft gear with me. I am aware that importing without defence/valid reason is an offence and if there's one thing I would not like to do it's to spend five years in one of Her Majesty's Prisons. However I have been playing airsoft for a long time and I want to import the guns to play more airsoft, so that should be a valid defence right? As far as proof goes, I can only provide a couple of pictures, a helmet cam video and maybe written testimonies from friends saying that I attended airsoft sessions. Would this be enough? The weapons I would like to import are a VFC Colt M4A1 and a Stark Arms S17, both completly black. I could put a red flash hider on the rifle. What would I need to do to take the weapons onto a passenger flight? do I need to contact Border Force? If so, how? I wasn't able to find phone number or email for them. Do I need to put some extra markings on the rifle? And do I need to inform the airline I am flying with? Sorry for the long post guys. Thank you in advance to anyone who will help!
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