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Originally posted by txinfidel
For example here is an airsoft AK47 metal reciever cover.
I can guarantee you if I ordered that part, it would fit my AK. Then I could order pistol grips, selector. furniture, sights and all other components. (not sure about the gas chamber)
But everything else is damn near identical.
Personally, its not the route I would take, but in a pinch if I needed to replace parts on a working AK. I would just spend the $150 bucks for an airsoft.
Actually yes....yes they are.
And its 100% legal too...
Sure buy the parts kit for around 450 bucks. Buy the flat receiver that needs to be shaped for 30 bucks. then throw out the receiver cover and use the 9 dollar airsoft part that might withstand the pressure of an actual round and you have a gun. Thats no where near the bull crap your trying to sell saying an airsoft gun can be made to fire real ammunition. stick to one argument.
It's not everyone's cup of Tea, to be sure, but it's an important sport to plenty. Now this genius at ATF claims ....actually, to listen to the end of the news report, he represents an agency which insists, they've tested these and proven they CAN be converted to fire live ammunition and become "military grade" weapons.
I have a DPMS Airsoft. Same weight and feel of a AR. It's made of metal for the most part. The thing is, the lower is a actual AR lower. Give me some parts and I drill one hole in it and I have a actual AR15.
Here's the kicker. DPMS included within the box specific warnings not to do this as the lower apparently did not meet their QC standards and they imply that to make a real weapon out of it would be dangerous and that they would not be held liable.
Originally posted by YouAreLiedTo
Blatant lies like this should be punishable.
I'll believe an air-soft gun can fire live ammo just as soon as they find someone stupid enough to test fire that plastic toy with it.
But if they insist these can be converted to fire live ammo enough times, people will start to believe it.
edit on 1-2-2013 by YouAreLiedTo because: (no reason given)
ETA: any IDIOT out there that THINKS you can convert an airsoft gun into a real firearm, you're exactly that, an IDIOT.
The metal it's made from is alot softer then what's used in a live firearm, the internals are not te same, NOTHING CAN CONVERT AN AIRSOFT TO A LIVE WEAPON.
I don't care what you read online or in the papers or anything, it can NOT be doe
If i needed to replace parts on any of my weapons they damn sure wouldn't be coming off a toy regardless of the situation. The parts may be similar but i doubt they are to they same grade as actual firearms, otherwise they wouldn't be so much cheaper. It may or may not be possible to convert a airsoft gun but i wouldn't want to be around anyone trying to fire it.
tbh I was ALMOST tempted to TRY to put a 9mm round into the "magazine" that came with my quasi beretta looking airsoft pistol... then i realized i would have a hard time with that since the magazine is really designed to only hold 5.93mm rounds, that don't have casings.
Square peg Round hole kinda problem...
then I considered that perhaps maybe i could put a .22 into the alleged "chamber" that this pistol has, and it occurred that if somehow i could pull that off (the slot for the magazine is really small, and the gun has no slide mechanism of which to speak) that maaaaaaaaaaybe the spring inside would be strong enough to set off the primer in a rim fire round.
Then i realized that if I did in fact get as far as pulling this off 2 things would happen 1. there is no extractor, so its a 1 shot and toss kinda deal...
2. the gun is made almost entirely of plastic, and this would likely result in serious damage to my hand, and possibly exploding/melting of the "barrel".
So then I thought "hey my buddy has a replica walther (james bond style and its almost entirely made of metal) airsoft gun with a working slide...
the slide is gas powered by the CO2 canister that fires the pellets. of course if you pull the slide back there is no chamber, because if there was a big bullet sized opening in the receiver (like on a real gun) the pellets would fall out the side and not be shot out the front.
I suppose its possible to get a barrel and drill it out, and size it to fit inside, and then make sure that the integrity of all the other parts is enough to withstand firing a bullet, and possibly add a proper receiver to the gun and make it into a weapon... but at that point why not just buy a weapon?
after all the work it would take to modify and reinforce an airsoft gun one might as well start from scratch and have less headaches.