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If I was to buy two tone pistol and the slide was worn and I wanted to buy a replacement, would it be illegal if I brought a black slide replacement or would I need to get it with a two tone finish?

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As far as I am aware this is a grey area. Without a UKARA you cannot purchase a RIF, but I think after purchasing it you can make adjustments as you see fit.

 

On the other hand, modifying it may be classed as manufacturing a RIF, without proper cause, which again is illegal.

 

Hence, big splodgy grey area.

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but the definition of manufacturing is to make on a large scale using machinery, but I would be using manual labour and no machinary to change the component? It is a very confusing topic.

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But on the legal side manufacturing just means "to make", which is all you are doing.

If you want to risk it, and have a potential visit from the police, go ahead. I myself am quite happy inside the law.

 

If I was you, I'd go to 3 games in the 56 days(or 2 months) get yourself UKARA registered, and then voila, no more problems, unless it's firing hot, then be prepared for jail time!

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Aye it'd definately count as manufacturing I guess. Not sure what the legality would be if the old slide was broken and unworking. Just get the defense I guess, easy enough.

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On 03/08/2017 at 4:30 PM, Prisce said:

As far as I am aware this is a grey area.

 

 

There is no grey area.

On 03/08/2017 at 4:30 PM, Prisce said:

Without a UKARA you cannot purchase a RIF,

 

 

This is not true. Substantially not true.

On 03/08/2017 at 4:30 PM, Prisce said:

 but I think after purchasing it you can make adjustments as you see fit.

 

I don't mean to be rude, but not only is this also not true but its very misleading, if you purchase a RIF, you are only able to convert it (relevantly speaking from IF to RIF in terms of manufacturing a RIF) if you are 'still' eligible to purchase a RIF.

 

If I buy a RIF when I am eligible, and if I at some point become ineligible (widely accepted to mean having not played a any insured UK airsoft site for a period of 12 months) I would lose my eligibility to also modify that article or any other article (a'la manufacturing a RIF) until my eligibility to purchase was restored.

 

This is still true of an IF - buying (or eligibility to) a RIF doesn't give you carte blanche to convert your old IFs into RIFs.

 

And in fact manufacturing is a far more dangerous offence than sale because sale places onus on retailers, whereas manufacturing attacks the little guy.

 

On 03/08/2017 at 4:30 PM, Prisce said:

On the other hand, modifying it may be classed as manufacturing a RIF, without proper cause, which again is illegal.

 

If a person is eligible to purchase a RIF, they are eligible to "manufacture a RIF". This is not grey, it's black and white.

 

In fact, they are eligible to manufacture a RIF from parts they do not own - on behalf (if acting without remuneration/contract) of a person ineligible to do the same.

On 03/08/2017 at 4:30 PM, Prisce said:

Hence, big splodgy grey area.

 

I repeat, there is no grey area.

 

/notatroll

 

 

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On 03/08/2017 at 1:26 PM, BradTheBlue said:

If I was to buy two tone pistol and the slide was worn and I wanted to buy a replacement, would it be illegal if I brought a black slide replacement or would I need to get it with a two tone finish?

 

It would not be 'illegal' for you to buy the black part, only against that law if you were to fit it to the gun without a defence. If someone else with (or without depending upon how you read greater firearms law) a defence put it back together you would be in the clear - so long as there was no quid pro quo (exchange).

 

Else every time I take my TM G17 slide off I'd be manufacturing a RIF to put it back together and that would be silly.

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Thanks for clearing that up, I'm not the worlds leading authority on anything, and was only trying to provide enough information that the OP didn't get in trouble with the law. 

 

Id rather be safe than sorry. I, personally, would still get a UKARA before doing any modifications or buying a gun, just so you have that defence.

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On 03/08/2017 at 4:30 PM, Prisce said:

On the other hand, modifying it may be classed as manufacturing a RIF, without proper cause, which again is illegal.

 

Hence, big splodgy grey area.

 

Seems black and white to me, chap.

 

VCRA 2006 S36

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if—

(a) he manufactures a realistic imitation firearm;

(b) he modifies an imitation firearm so that it becomes a realistic imitation firearm;

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I believe we've already clarified that.

 

However, the nuance you're missing is what VCRA deems a 'valid defence' - though UKARA is accepted, there is no precedent for anything else. Some sellers - though I know we're talking about 'manufacturing' here - would accept pictures of you playing, a skirmishing site membership (without UKARA registration) and the like. That's where the grey is.

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The nuance you're missing is that the wibble about "manufacturing" is irrelevant, since there's a crystal clear offence of "modifying".  Fite me IRL, and so on.

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The exclusion for that entire section is still related to a 'valid defence'. I'm not sure what you're talking about. The OP is asking whether any change from 51% bright colours is allowed - it's not without a valid defence. Be it through manufacturing, modifying or anything else. If you do have a valid defence then modify away as you're effectively exempted from all prosecution made through that part of VCRA.

 

What's with the 'Fite me IRL' nonsense?

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A bit of levity, after coming in swinging.  Nothing personal, I appreciate you taking the time to answer this. I'm just salty after my first contact with the inane legislation around RIFs, which seems designed to inconvenience only the most scrupulously law abiding.

 

Quite apart from the "I bought it like that from some geezer" response to the essentially impossible-to-prove accusation of modifying, it looks like I could buy a two-tone, hand it to a kind fellow with a defence, they spray it or strip the day-glo off, hand it straight back, and no laws are broken or kittens harmed.  That's a pointless exercise even by Whitehall standards.

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