Toy gun sold in U.S. can easily be converted to the “real thing.”

Felons, illegal immigrants and all others banned from buying a…

Felons, illegal immigrants and all others banned from buying a gun in the United States have a new alternative if they’re looking to get their hands on a firearm: Just buy a toy.

A FoxNews.com investigation reveals that a popular recreational pellet gun can be converted easily to a real semi-automatic weapon. And while the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is already aware of the issue, these “toys” — new, top-of-the-line airsoft rifles — continue to be sold throughout the country.

Like paintball without the paint, the propane-powered airsoft guns are designed to shoot quarter-inch plastic pellets and are generally used for recreation or in military and law enforcement training.

When the ATF seized a shipment of 30 of these guns in October from a port in Tacoma, Wash., it said they could be “readily convertible” to machine guns. But gun experts called that claim absurd and said the ATF was overstepping its bounds.

Now one of those critics is reversing his position, saying at least one airsoft manufacturer has taken the quest to be authentic a little too far.

“The airsoft can be converted to an AR-15,” firearms manufacturer Leo Gonnuscio told FoxNews.com after testing the make and model of airsoft guns seized by the ATF.

Having concluded that several other airsoft guns could not be converted to fire real ammunition, Gonnuscio said he was surprised to find that he was able to to transform this particular gun to the real thing — and with “minimal work,” because its bottom half, or “receiver,” is so similar to an AR-15’s.

To make the airsoft receiver function just like an AR-15’s, Gonnuscio said, “All you have to do is drill one hole.”

And once that’s out of the way, the rest is even easier. The AR-15 receiver is the only part of the semi-automatic rifle that is given a serial number, and is the only part that is regulated. All the remaining parts of the real thing can be purchased by anyone – any kid, criminal or terrorist.

The cost of buying the Taiwan-made airsoft gun and all the parts needed to convert it to an AR-15 comes to roughly $1,100 — more than the cost of some real AR-15s. But someone who can’t clear a background check or has been refused a gun for any other reason could use this method to make his own lethal weapon, Gonnuscio said.

Making it into a machine gun, he said, would require yet another conversion, and the makeshift gun would likely be able to fire only 15-20 rounds before it stopped working due to the pressure it would have to withstand while firing in an automatic fashion.

But as semi-automatic weapon, Gonnuscio said, “It may not last forever, but they’ve got a gun to get the job done that they were assigned to do, and nobody knows the wiser.”

Source: Diane Macedo Fox News.

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  • CodyS

    They need to punish the people who do convert these ‘toys’ into weapons. Thats the peoblem right there, not the airsoft gun itself. Then if they use it to commit a crime, they blame the gun, but the gun is just a tool, you can set it in the corner and it doesn’t hurt anybody, only people kill people.

  • jason

    Excellent post Jeff,I don’t have anything to add,because you pretty much covered what I was thinking!These people need to get a clue!

  • i know what these folks are talking about.while it is posible to configure the lower to hold real steel parts it will not work. one shot will cause the lower contort resulting in one or two shots before ftf due to head spaceing or even worse could result in injury due to the cheap,and i mean cheeeaaappp! zinc alloy. this is just a way for DC to try to curve the fact that they cant pull any fast one on americans due to the fact they have all been sporting with sim. guns in airsoft tactical tournys just like top swat or staged events for combative training

    the truth is that americans rep. freedom and while there is no plan to do anything rash the use of force is not real,because americans are prepared. a army of 400,000,00 is just not enuff.
    and the armmed forces are with us.

    check mate the tea party is here and were taking our country back 2012 so deal with it.

    obama and his globle empire is going to be traded for bigger stonger more united america where commi scum is not welcome…see ya at the polls 2012 and its RADICAL ISLAM Holder you punk