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Old February 20, 2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Question about the legality of Airsoft "type" Guns

Walmart, and other stores, sell airsoft guns that are semi-auto and full-auto that use co2 cartridges.

If someone were to, hypothetically, take some PVC and build something that would shoot airsoft pellets using compressed air, would that be a problem?
This hypothetical device would not have a trigger, but would be activated by a ball valve.

I've done some research but there is very little of anything resembling a legal document about them. There are blogs and videos that would lead one to believe that the full-auto's for sale are legal but I haven't found anything about building one.

I asked a Mod if this was an acceptable topic, realizing it's not the norm, and got the green light.
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Old February 20, 2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by 18 USC 921
(3) The term “firearm” means
(A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;
(B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon;
(C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
(D) any destructive device. Such term does not include an antique firearm.
So, as far as federal law is concerned, airsoft guns are not firearms.
State and local laws may differ in definitions, but most places do not define airsoft guns as firearms (there are one or two states that do, so look up the law for where you live!)
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Old February 20, 2012, 10:55 PM   #3
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Remember those full-auto BB guns that were powered by a can of R-12 Freon? Environmental issues aside, I wonder what we would have thought at the time if we had known that R-12 would end up going for $30 per 12-ounce can?
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Old February 22, 2012, 08:43 PM   #4
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Well, it's not hypothetical now. I need to paint the tip.

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Old February 22, 2012, 09:00 PM   #5
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I am not sure which part is the tip. But I will submit that will be one hell of a creepy trigger.
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Old February 22, 2012, 09:26 PM   #6
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The end of the barrel.

If the trigger had a meter, it would go from Cool, to Holy Crap, to Are You Kidding Me.
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