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Hi There Not only am I new to this Forum, I have never been on a forum before (took me 30 minuets to find the "start new topic" button) but as i enjoy airsoft a lot I am trying to start.

 

My first Question is:

is it a good idea to let me local police office know that I have a RIF.

 

Question two:

I have seen some people say its ok and some say its not ok to fire your gun in your garden that is next to a alley/footpath and i cant find a .gov page on it. Here is a google map marker to give you an idea of the type of alley (it is not my house but the garden is laid out very simerly in my area).

 

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/52.0482453,1.1547163//@52.0484057,1.1553097,309a,20y,144.79h/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

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Just gonna try answer this short and clearly.

 

My opinion: NO

 

I don't know the law on this, so not gonna pretend I do. But to save you lots of hassle and grief, don't fire your rifs in your garden. Especially if you don't get on with your neighbours. Or you might get the police smashing down your front door.

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As long as no BB gets out of your property, it's perfectly fine and legal to shoot in your garden.

No need to tell the police about your RIF, it's legal to own one if you are 18+.

 

It is sensible to talk about it with the neighbours so they won't get scared and call the police on you.

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1. You don't have to tell the police about them , however if you want to use them in your garden then might be worth whie giving your neighbours a heads up about them so they don't phone the police if they see you in the garden.

 

2. It's legal to shoot on your own property however the bbs cannot leave the garden if they do then you are breaking the law also I wouldn't do it if the general public can see you as that would be asking for trouble.

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As above - I'd say just don't. Even if you tell your neighbours that you own Airsoft toys and use them out back, one day their visiting granny, or a joiner doing the skirting, or a new neighbour who hasn't been briefed is going to see you walking about with a gun... What happens next is on you.

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Agree with Skarra on this one. Most of us joe bloggs from the public can't tell the difference. As someone who works on construction, there was a large job I worked on for a long period of time in which a Plummer worked in a clients house where he had put a lot of time and effort to create very realistic looking objects such as knives, swords etc etc. Needless to say, as creative, realistic and crafty they were, he got a bit of a fright, police were notified and the door went around an hour later.

 

I imagine it's the same for RIFs, especially in the state of the world at the moment.

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Agree with Skarra on this one. Most of us joe bloggs from the public can't tell the difference. As someone who works on construction, there was a large job I worked on for a long period of time in which a Plummer worked in a clients house where he had put a lot of time and effort to create very realistic looking objects such as knives, swords etc etc. Needless to say, as creative, realistic and crafty they were, he got a bit of a fright, police were notified and the door went around an hour later.

 

I imagine it's the same for RIFs, especially in the state of the world at the moment.

 

Oh I was just on about the neighbour's joiner looking out the back window and seeing a dude with a machine-gun next door... If anybody invited trades folk into their place and doesn't take at least reasonable effort to not freak them out, that's no better than accidentally on-purpose letting your dressing gown tumble open and expose your twig and berries to them - it's just not on.

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Oh I was just on about the neighbour's joiner looking out the back window and seeing a dude with a machine-gun next door... If anybody invited trades folk into their place and doesn't take at least reasonable effort to not freak them out, that's no better than accidentally on-purpose letting your dressing gown tumble open and expose your twig and berries to them - it's just not on.

Believe me, the twig and berries statement isn't far off, some of the sights we've seen will haunt me into the next life..

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thanks for the reply's i think i will just not use it in my garden say the hassle.

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Just a though, but if you need to test fire your RIF, try doing so in your loft if it's big enough to get up into and you can put something up there to catch any BBs.

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Our house layout is a bit crap but has a straight run into yard from living room with about 40 feet of room I stand inside and shoot targets in the yard. Thankfully tho back of our house is well covered.

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Our house layout is a bit crap but has a straight run into yard from living room with about 40 feet of room I stand inside and shoot targets in the yard. Thankfully tho back of our house is well covered.

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This is saddening. Folk too afraid to play with their toys in their own home. No wonder the lawmakers are able to trample on everyones fun.

 

Adhere to the law and use your common sense, at least while you are still allowed.

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Serious question, has anyone ran into problems with lawn mowers picking up airsoft BBs and accelerating them?

 

Last time I used mine in my garden I picked up 300 BBs from a 16 sq m area for this very reason.

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Hi There Not only am I new to this Forum, I have never been on a forum before (took me 30 minuets to find the "start new topic" button) but as i enjoy airsoft a lot I am trying to start.

 

My first Question is:

is it a good idea to let me local police office know that I have a RIF.

 

Question two:

I have seen some people say its ok and some say its not ok to fire your gun in your garden that is next to a alley/footpath and i cant find a .gov page on it. Here is a google map marker to give you an idea of the type of alley (it is not my house but the garden is laid out very simerly in my area).

 

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/52.0482453,1.1547163//@52.0484057,1.1553097,309a,20y,144.79h/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

 

 

In regards to shooting next to an alley or footpath, you might be thinking of the law in which it is an offence to fire a firearm - including air weapons - within 50 feet of the center of a public highway, if someone is injured as a result, even accidentally.

 

https://basc.org.uk/airgunning/advice/basc-air-rifle-code-of-practice/

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id buy a crap suppressor and paint it orange or something, to let them know its fake.

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I've used a two tone in mine and ive been fine but then again its two tone and not a RIF

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How would that actually work though? :ph34r:

idk, just an idea because when they see the orange tip they know its fake

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idk, just an idea because when they see the orange tip they know its fake

 

Sure, but how would they know?

 

Think about it for a moment. Also, all those toy guns with orange tips are imports.

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Sure, but how would they know?

 

Think about it for a moment. Also, all those toy guns with orange tips are imports.

i'd say the best thing to do would go into the country and shoot, thats what i do, ask for permission to shoot in a field from a farmer or something

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