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Converting Airsoft Guns to Machine Guns

Remember how ATF and customs said you could convert Airsoft toys to machine guns? And how they were full of it? Well, FoxNews is buying it now:

All you have to do is drill one hole.

Then somebody make one. And go fire it.

8 Responses to “Converting Airsoft Guns to Machine Guns”

  1. Paul Says:

    Fox claimed the Gun Smith that earlier said you can now says you can’t…..with one specific model that is not named……I think suspicious is the order of the day.

    Has any one else seemed to notice a more liberal slant to fox news of late? Like they are trying to get jobs some where else.

  2. bob r Says:

    “Then somebody make one. And go fire it.”

    Said individual should register for the Darwin Award prior to firing it :-).

  3. Jake Says:

    Maybe not so full of it.

    But firearms expert Len Savage said the ATF is taking a “serious look” at the wrong issue — or, more specifically, the wrong part of the gun.

    The reason it’s possible to make these airsoft receivers function as real receivers is that all an AR-15 receiver does is hold the gun together, Savage said. So with enough gun knowledge, almost anything can be made into a receiver.

    “There’s a line of AR-15 firearms out there where the lower (the receiver) is made entirely of injection molded plastic … It could be made of cardboard and scotch tape,” he said.

    The most important part of an AR-15, and the most difficult part to replicate, he said, is the upper half of the gun — which is unmarked, unregulated and readily available for purchase.

    Ignore FauxNews, and this Gonnuscio guy I’ve never heard of – I have heard of Len Savage, with the implication that he knows his stuff. The question is, is he right?

  4. John Says:

    Do those air soft guns have a tube in the stock that holds the bolt recoil buffer spring, or whatever that spring is called in the stock of an AR? I have never handled an air soft gun, so I have no idea. If that tube that holds that spring is not present in the air soft gun, where will the bolt from a real AR upper on an air soft lower go upon firing?

  5. Stan Says:

    “If that tube that holds that spring is not present in the air soft gun, where will the bolt from a real AR upper on an air soft lower go upon firing?”

    Quite possibly into the shooters face.

  6. Justin Buist Says:

    Savage is correct in that the receiver is nothing magical and could be made out of nearly anything. In the CavArms case the ATF duct taped two halves of a receiver together and then fired it to prove that the two halves, even separate, were a receiver because they got it to fire without much effort.

    In the KT Ordnance case they took his “80%” receivers to a machine shop to finish them up. They declared them to be functional firearms.

    We don’t really have any standards for what is and isn’t a complete receiver. It’s all up to the ATF’s discretion.

  7. snoopycomputer Says:

    Can we please just get a volunteer to put a 223 into an airsofty and safely blow it up on video a’la Mythbusters?
    If journalists aren’t doing the job, I suppose its up to the amateurs to do the heavy lifting.

  8. John Says:

    Apparently it might have to come to that to be absolutely sure…

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