however due to their realism they are legally restricted, the law currently states that even if you have a class 1 firearms licence you cannot legally own an airsoft gun or "replica imitation firearm" as they're known. UK law, nuff said. with the exception of clear plastic or 50% painted bright colours to show it is in fact fake
That's not actually quite correct - the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 allows for various lawful types of possession of what it classes "realistic imitation firearms" ( ie, those which do not have clear or bright coloured parts ) and one of these is specifically for airsoft although you do require to jump through certain hoops of conditions - you have to be a 'registered' airsofter with membership of an insured skirmish site. To be registered, you must attend a properly organised and insured airsoft site and play for at least three days over a period of no less than two months. Even if you attend and play the three days in your first week, the law requires that two months pass from the first day you attended before you can legally be registered.