Although I can understand why some people would want working replicas of real firearms ( I own two replica pistols), things like replica AR15s, Uzi sub machine guns and other military rifles don’t really do anything for me....but each to their own....as long as they are kept away from public view and locked away securely when not in use. As for camouflage, I don’t think it is necessary to dress up like a Royal Marine Commando to go out shooting rabbits etc, especially when orange camouflage has proved itself to be effective. I’ve never seen a member of the armed services wearing orange. I remember my cousin back in the 1960s going out to shoot rabbits with his Webley Falcon air rifle, his camouflage consisted of a pair of blue jeans and a woolly jumper....and he always came home with a bag of rabbits! I think it’s far too easy for idiots, as Paul calls them, to go into a shop and legally buy a replica firearm and full camouflage kit when there is so much crime around. It can only push the authorities to bring in licensing for airguns, which wouldn’t be good for us law abiding people. CYRIL BENN
Hello Cyril I’m a little confused by the point you’re making about replicas. You say that you own them, but that ‘ idiots’ should not be allowed to buy them. Who will decide who is an idiot and who is not? Defining ‘ idiot’ is going to be very tricky! I’m also confused about your camouflage comments. Orange camouflage works because our quarry does not see colours in the way we do, and the bright tone becomes just another shade in their view. The point of orange is that we humans see it very well and it can help to reduce the chance of a shooting accident when several hunters are in the same area. You’re right that camouflage clothing is not necessary to be a successful hunter, but it can help, and I’ll take all the help I can get! Finally, I fail to see the connection between camouflage and crime. You might not like the look, but as far as I know it’s not illegal … yet. Ed.
Camouflage isn’t a crime as far as I know