This is a discussion on Converting an Airsoft Rifle into a Real Machine Gun? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by SIGP250 I do give ATF much credit. They are the poor step children of our government now under the jurisdiction of the ...
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We all like to bash the BATFE because they have lived up to their nickname of "jack-booted-thugs" too many time.
However, I tend to agree with Hotguns here.
First: There's a lot not being said in the story we've been told. We don't KNOW that the airsoft guns won't accept M-16 internals. We just ASSUME that they won't. Does any here know if the airsoft guns that were seized have the controllers & motors in the lower? Or is that stuff housed in the upper?
Secondly: We don't KNOW that the uppers can't be removed and a "real" M4 upper attached. IF the lower will accept a "real" upper then the whole issue that an airsoft upper won't fire real ammo is a non-starter.
So, it looks to me like IT IS POSSIBLE that someone wanted to import "fake weapons" that could easily be made full-auto by attaching a new upper and dropping in a lower parts group. Since we don't know the whole story, I'm going to go out on the limb here and say that maybe BATFE knew/knows something we don't and acted properly.
I don't know about the exact specific ones the ATF took but I do know that some M4/16 style airsoft I have seen house the motor assembly in the lower and it doesn't just come apart with 2 pins like an M16. Cheap ones don't even come apart at all.
There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Alex Jones covered this last week on his radio show and interviewed the plaintiff against the BATF.
It seems like a ton of work for a lower receiver. I actually think it would be easier to find a student somewhere learning to use a CNC machine. They would have access to the perfect tool to make an exact specification lower receiver. When I was going to school I knew some kids who had access to them without being supervised so they could make whatever they wanted.