U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Tacoma seize 30 toy M-4 rifles.

Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at…

Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Tacoma seized a shipment of 30 toy M-4 automatic rifles that had arrived on Oct. 20 in a 40-foot ocean container.

The shipment’s manifest listed the contents as “Toys and Parts” and was shipped from a manufacturer in Taiwan, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release. The rifles were the same size, weight and look of an M-4 automatic rifle, which is used by the U.S. military. The rifles had no serial numbers and did not have an orange-blaze tip which is required for all imported of toy guns.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tested the files and determined they were tooled to shoot plastic balls. However, ATF also found that the internal components could easily be refitted with original machine gun components, making the rifles capable of firing live ammunition. ATF lab results indicated the rifle to be a WE-Tech, Model AWSS M4CQBR, Airsoft M-4 copy.

ATF also confirmed the shipment did not arrive with the proper permits to enter the U.S.

The machine guns were turned over to the ATF to be destroyed.

“These rifles could have had far-reaching and potentially devastating ramifications if they had gotten into the hands of individuals who wanted to do harm in the American population”, Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Rolando Suliveras Jr. said in a news release.

Source: Seattle Times

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  • This is just about US customs police wanting to make themselves look good- by capturing toys! Increasing their stats by basically lying to the press and public. US customs have already tested these rifles from the very same manufacturer and failed after several weeks to convert them to fire real ammo. It’s totally absurd to think that these toys made of monkey metal could be converted. US customs in Tacoma must be getting very very desperate!

    I should also add, I own one these very same M4’s by WE. They fire plastic BBs through an aluminium tube. the tube will shatter with a real 5.56mm round along with the magwell receiver. To get the 5.56mm round to fire you’d need a new receiver and trigger assembly – i.e. a new real steal rifle! The description by Tacoma customs is totally absurd and misleading.

  • Tony

    My Airsoft WE M4 fell off my workbench and the D-ring thread cracked! It’s a toy. To suggest anyone would go to the effort to make this fire real ammo to only get one round off is silly- they would end up with shrapnel all over themselves. You can get just about any toy airsoft rifle from Walmart to fire off one round.- what you will be left with will be in lots of bits! The media should also inform themselves more about these toys- if they did then perhaps US customs would not be able to get away with gross misinformation and media manipulation.

  • Tony

    This is just about US customs police wanting to make themselves look good- by capturing toys! Increasing their stats by basically lying to the press and public. US customs have already tested these rifles from the very same manufacturer and failed after several weeks to convert them to fire real ammo. It’s totally absurd to think that these toys made of monkey metal could be converted. US customs in Tacoma must be getting very very desperate!

    I should also add, I own one these very same M4’s by WE. They fire plastic BBs through an aluminium tube. the tube will shatter with a real 5.56mm round along with the magwell receiver. To get the 5.56mm round to fire you’d need a new receiver and trigger assembly – i.e. a new real steal rifle! The description by Tacoma customs is totally absurd and misleading.