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UKARA RULES,UK laws and buying a two tone or RIF guns

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There has been a lot of misunderstanding of the UKARA rules on two tone guns and RIF's (Realistic Immitation Firearms) and who can purchase them. I hope this post will help clear things up a bit. I am going to start with an extract straight from UKARA and how to register with them.





Player registration


To become a UKARA registered airsoft player you are required to take part in three games in no less than two months at your local registered gamesite. You must be over 18 years of age and able to provide some form of identification such as Passport, Drivers License or Bank Statement.

Please download and fill in the PDF form at the bottom of the page, and present to your local gamesite to be stamped with the sites UKARA verification stamp.

As soon as its been completed the player should then post it to there preferred UKARA retailer.

You will then be added to the database - once this has been done any future orders to a registered UKARA retailer can be checked for compliance to the VCR Act. The "Player" will remain on the Database for 12 months until it will need a renewal update by the players game site. Or unless there has been a substantiated claim that they should be removed due to misconduct.

Once you have been registered you should receive an email from the UKARA database when your registration has been successfully entered ( providing you supplied a legible current email address), please allow a period of time for retailer to process your application form.


What does this mean?

  • You must play on 3rd party liability insurance / UKARA registered game sites for at minimum of 3 games in no less that 2months. You can not play 3 games in 3 weeks and expect to gain a UKARA. You must also hold a membership


  • Play at UKARA registered game sites
  • Play a minimum of 3 games spread out over more than 2 months


  • play 3 games in 3 weeks then register to UKARA
  • play on an non UKARA registered site to gain UKARA membership (this is the link to see which site are eligible ).
  • Play on an un-insured game site to gain UKARA membership

How does one register with UKARA?

  • Once you have gained the minimum requirements to UKARA (this is the above rule and the fact you must be over 18). You need to do the following.
    1. Print out a UKARA form and fill it in.
    2. Take the form to the UKARA registered site at which you have been playing, and are a member, with 2 forms of Identification to prove you are over 18 and live at the address you registered with. An example of ID could be a driving licence, passport or bank statement.
      The Site official will then check your elligibility and then sign and stamp the form.
    3. You then take or post the form to an approved UKARA retailer. ( this is a link to see which retailers are approved )
    4. The retailer will process the form and add you to the UKARA online national database, this process could take up to two weeks depending on postage and the retailers schedule.
    5. Once all that is completed, you are then registered to UKARA for a period of 12months.
    6. After the period of 12months, you and the game site you are registered at will recieve an email from UKARA reminding you to renew your membership. If you have renewed your membership with the game site then the game site official should renew this for you.



What is RIF?


RIF stands for Real Imitation firearm and all that means is firearms/guns that look realistic but are not actually firearms/guns

For example:




How does one get a RIF?
  • You need to be over 18
  • You need some sort of defence under the VCRA for owning a RIF
  • Most Retailers require you to be UKARA registered to purchase a RIF

Anything I need to know once I own a RIF?
  • Your UKARA can be revoked temporarily or permanently if you break any rule stated under the VCRA (The Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006).
    • Do not use the gun to perform a criminal act ( i.e. doing a bank job or to settle a fight).
    • Do not point the gun at any member of the public.
    • Do not fire the gun near any member of the public .
    • Do not have the gun in view of the public (even if it is with in your own home or in a car)- This is where gun bags are useful or a lot of bin bags ^_^.
    • Do not modify the firearms to a point that it is no longer legal. (hence the FPS rule and the importance of chronoing your weapon).

What is Two Tone?

A two tone weapon is a weapon which has been made obvious that it is not a real firearm/gun and is in compliance to the VCRA law. This literally means the majority of the gun's Surface (51% or greater) needs to be in a Bright colour or transparent plastic (bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright blue, bright green, bright pink, bright purple).



How does one get a Two Tone Gun?
  • You simply need to be over 18 to purchase a two tone gun, you do not require UKARA or any other form of defence under the VCRA.

Anything i need to know once I own a two tone gun?
  • The VCRA law is more relaxed with a two tone gun but they still apply.
    • Do not use the gun to perform a criminal act ( i.e. doing a bank job or to settle a fight).
    • Do not point the gun at any member of the public.
    • Do not fire the gun near any member of the public .
    • Do not modify the firearms to a point it is no longer legal. (hence the FPS rule and the importance of chronoing your weapon).

    [*]If the gun is misused, VCRA and UKARA databases are linked and can provent you from gaining UKARA.

Example of a two tone gun: -



I am under 18 can i buy a gun?

The answer is no, you cannot purchase a gun from anyone and it is illegal for anyone to sell a gun to a person under the age of 18. (section 24 of VCRA).


HOWEVER! there seems to be nothing stated under the VCRA that you cannot be given one as a gift. Here is an extract from the UKARA Q&A section: -

I am under 18, can my parents buy me a RiF?


Not unless they are members of one the approved purchasing groups, it would appear that there is no problem of a gift from an eligible purchaser to a minor.


I am under 18, can I buy an Imitation Firearm or "Two Tone "?


No you cannot, an IF cannot be purchased by a person under 18 years of age.


To clarify this: -

  • Can under 18's buy a gun from anyone? the answer is no
  • Can Under 18's own a RIF or Two Tone? the answer is yes as long it was a gift from people who are eligible to purchase the gun in the first place.(THIS MEANS NO MONEY IS EXCHANGED FOR THE ITEM AT ANY TIME)
  • The adult who gave the weapon as a gift is therefore Liable for any misuse of the weapon given to the Under 18.


This is the UK law which ties our hands and protects the citizens of the UK. The act started in 2006 and is the reason why UKARA is around. this is the link to see the specific page on Imitation firearms with in the act http://www.legislati...tation-firearms . This is the specific page on people whom carry any weapon http://www.legislati...ngerous-weapons



Reference and disclaimer


Disclaimer: All the information above is subject to change and was correct as the time of publishing 10th April 2012. The subject is full to my knowledge and research, anything I have missed or misunderstood I am happy to hear from comments and will re-edit as time goes by. I am only the messenger and not law therefore I am not liable for any misunderstanding made from the use of this post.


Reference used:

UKARA 9th April 2012

VCRA http://www.legislati...006/38/contents 9th April 2012

Airsoft UK Info. http://www.airsoftuk...rsoft-laws.html 9th April 2012

1st Commando http://forum.firstan...1-1st-commando/ 10th April 2012

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