A Gun Collector's Intro to Replica
Sometimes it can
be very difficult, expensive, or even illegal to get your hands on a
particular gun to complement your collection. In many cases, replica
guns are available for a very good price, which are virtually
indistinguishable from the real thing. If you're not planning on ever
firing the gun, it might be worthwhile to look into replica guns to
fill that void in your cabinet.
The price of the
gun may depend on how it's made. Most replica guns that you'll find
will probably be built with lightweight and inexpensive materials,
with the purpose of simply recreating the outward style and appearance
of the real thing. Sometimes, they are made from real firearms which
have had parts modified or removed to make them unusable.
1869 .45 Caliber Schofield Replica Gun
Another type of
gun you may find, though more likely in Asia or Europe than the United
States, is an Airsoft. These are frequently called replica guns
because they are built to resemble real firearms in high detail. This
is misleading, however, because they actually do shoot projectiles
(usually small, plastic BBs or miniature paintballs), and as such,
they're also regulated differently.
It's critical to
know what laws are in place in your area regarding the gun you are
looking to acquire. In some countries, it's necessary to register
replica guns, even if they are completely incapable of being modified
to fire a round.
Malaysia, six people were killed by the police and a large 'gun' cache
was confiscated. It turned out that most of the weapons were actually
AirSoft replica guns! I can't emphasize enough how important it is to
cooperate with authorities, even if the laws are ridiculous.
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