Friday, February 26, 2010
BATFE Believes M4 Airsoft Guns Can Be Converted To Bullet Firing Full Automatic Rifles
United States Customs seized 30 M4 look alike Airsoft rifles pictured left in Tacoma. The Feds claim they can be easily be converted to actually shoot full automatic with live ammunition. BATFE says that parts could be switched out quickly to allow them to fire live ammunition. This is sure to cause differences of opinion over whether the Airsoft gun can actually be converted to fire 5.56mm ammunition on full automatic.
These toy rifles look like M4’s. They do not have the bright orange tips to show they are toys. BATFE Agents say that they felt like and weighed approximately the same as a real M4. They apparently have been available for sale in the USA under the brand name TTI M4 CQBR (WE Tech) Gas Blow Back Airsoft Rifle.
The seized toy guns were labeled as “Toys and Parts” and came from a Taiwan manufacturer. They were designed to shoot Airsoft pellets and had no serial numbers. Of course, toys normally don’t have them. They do look very realistic and they accept detachable Airsoft M4 lookalike magazines, and the user can load the toy with Airsoft pellets.
The government claims that the shipment arrived without the proper shipping documents. They entered the country in October, and there has been an ongoing investigation.
Here’s the sales ad product description for the Toy Rifle that sells for $400.00 in the USA.
"The WE M4 CQBR Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifle from WE TTI is the best airsoft rifle on the Gas Blowback market. WE has taken an existing design from AFC and updated it for a more powerful reliable rifle. The WE M4 is regarded by many as the best GBB M4, and possibly the best GBB airsoft rifle.
The WE TTI M4 CQBR does feature the latest internals and a reinforced steel bolt stop. The steel bolt stop is an upgrade from the original and is much more durable. This model also features a steel CO2 nozzle. The RIS unit on the WE M4 CQB features rail slot markings for simple reattachment of accessories in their correct location.
Operationally, the WE M4 CQBR is identical to a real AR-15 or M4 Carbine. The charging handle pulls back the bolt, which can be locked to the rear with the bolt stop. Pressing the bolt stop or pulling the charging handle will release the bolt stop. Each magazine has a latch which will lock the bolt open when the last round is fired; this latch can be turned off. This function allows for realistic training which mimics the real rifle.
With the advent of the WE M4, SWAT teams, Law Enforcement, and any other individuals who are interested in training in a tactical environment have the perfect tool. The WE M4 is economical to train with compared to .223 rounds, and can be used in dense environments where firearms training is impractical. Due to the similarity of the WE M4 to real AR-15s, they are an ideal training tool, as the muscle memory is identical between the GBB airsoft rifle and a real rifle.
Many military units and law enforcement departments already using the WE M4 GBB for training have remarked that it is the best training rifle they have ever used.
The WE M4 CQBR is shooting between 450fps and 457fps. It also include a 6.03mm tightbore barrel.
The WE TTI M4 CQBR, also known as the AWSS (Advanced Weapon Simulation System), has some confusion regarding 'versions'. Most of the differences regarding versions, editions, etc is mere marketing. The three functional differences are in the hop-up unit, trigger pack, and bolt stop. Almost all WE M4s carry the steel bolt stop, with only the first few off the line using a weaker pot-metal bolt stop. All current WE M4s have the newest hop-up rubber. While some people will talk about the 'older hop-up unit' as compared to the new one, they are the same unit, with the same adjustment; only the rubber piece itself is different. Any rifle with an older hop-up rubber can be converted to the new one simply by installing the 6.02mm WE M4 tightbore barrel we sell, which includes the new hop-up rubber. The trigger pack in the current rifles is reinforced as compared to some older rifles, though the design is identical.
- Anodized Metal Body
- Laser Engraved Rail System
- Realistic Field Stripping
- Metal Bolt Carrier
- Functional Forward Assist Button
- Optional Empty-Firing Mode, does not hold bolt open with empty magazine
- Steel Bolt Stop
- Steel C02 Nozzle
Magazine Capacity: 30 ( 6mm )
Barrel Length: 363mm
System: Gas Blowback, Semi / Full Auto, Hop-Up
Muzzle Velocity: 480 FPS ( with 0.2g BBs & green gas )
Package Includes: Gun, Magazine, Manual, BB Loader"
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