What are the FPS Limits for airsoft at most UK game sites?
In the United Kingdom, the limits for airsoft FPS (Feet Per Second) tend to vary between different game sites. However, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, general FPS limits can be roughly as follows:
– For AEGs (Automatic Electric Guns), the typical limit is around 350 FPS.
– For DMRs (Designated Marksman Rifles), the limit is generally around 400-450 FPS. These guns are usually semi-automatic only.
– For bolt-action sniper rifles, the limit can go up to 500 FPS.
These figures are based on using 0.20g BBs (the standard weight for testing FPS in airsoft).
Always remember that these numbers are not absolute and can differ depending on the specific site. It’s always best to check the rules of the site you’re planning to play at before you go. They will have their limits clearly stated, usually on their website or available upon request.
Also note that UK law requires an “airsoft exemption” for guns shooting over 1 Joule (around 328 FPS with a 0.20g BB) to not be considered firearms. This exemption is given for fully automatic airsoft guns up to 1.3 Joules (around 375 FPS with a 0.20g BB) and semi-automatic or single shot airsoft guns up to 2.5 Joules (around 519 FPS with a 0.20g BB). These limits are for the guns when they’re shooting at their maximum, not when they’re set to a lower power for a specific game site.
Furthermore, this doesn’t mean game sites will allow guns up to these limits – most have lower limits for safety reasons.