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Old June 1st, 2010, 09:19   #1
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Exclamation Bringing home the gun

Hi,
I'm going to be coming back to Canada from Scotland after a NATO exchange in 2 years, while being here I've started an airsoft club of my own and, I'd like to bring my own airsoft gun back home with me when I return. So I went about the proper thing, and called up the Canadian Forces Service Unit in London, and requested information concerning me bringing in an airsoft rifle. I just got off the phone with him, according to what he said he called up the moving company and they said I can bring it back with me with no problems, so long as it's a normal spring powered gun, and not a gas powered one. I'm just double checking here to make sure I was informed correctly.
I assume it'd be fine since the moving company knows their stuff, but does any one else here have any experience with a similar scenario?
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Old June 1st, 2010, 09:22   #2
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what goes on in the military stays in the military, for us civies it's almost a No, No to bring anything back through borders and customs unless you have the proper paper work, unless this person you talked to willing to issue you the proper paperwork then don't trust it. Customs here can be really picky at times especially concerning airsoft guns so unless you have the proper papers issued by your CO and the approval of CBSA here then you might as well sell it, unless you will be travelling by military transport and everything been approved.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 09:26   #3
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long as civilian customs stay away from it then i guess what the military tells you is what you should expect. Though its about a 99% chance it'll be taken if civilian customs officers look at your stuff.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 10:42   #4
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I chalk it up to the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. Ie. it's legal to have an airsoft gun in Canada however importation is tricky and according to CBSA is not allowed (I'm referring to full black ones (spring or gas) not the clear ones that Walmart/CT sells).

Being mil you might be able to expect less problems if it's all done internally in the military. I guess the MP's or someone would act as customs and inspect your stuff for entry however for the most part airsoft guns are prohibited for entry according to the CBSA (doesn't matter gas or spring). So if at any point it passes through the CBSA then it's probably going to get taken.

Just don't ask how they get into Canada, they just seem to appear randomly it's probably magic or something :wink: :wink: . Either that or they're "prototypes from 1998" (when there was a law that was passed banning certain airsoft that fit certain definitions) and have been grandfathered in or sometimes they are classifieds as uncontrolled firearms much like pellet guns that fire .177 cal at 495 FPS. That uhhh 2008 SystemA PTW you see? yeah.... totally imported before 1998, it was an early prototype...
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Old June 1st, 2010, 11:16   #5
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CF or not, same rules on importation applies, especially difficult if you are using commercial moving or air.
And ASU London will be in no position to get your gun back when it is confiscated.
That said, there are some fascinating stories of cold warriors one upping Customs at Trenton when returning home from Lahr when it closed.
But yeah, don't do it.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 11:42   #6
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Having served 2 tours in Europe with NATO. I can tell you that CBSA is CBSA for everybody. There is no special treatment for military personnel.
This is how it went for me: I had to submit a complete inventory of everything my family and I owned. All of my belonging were loaded into a small container by civilian local movers. We had 5000 lbs worth of stuff and 47 pages of inventory. The custom officer looked at and stamped all 47 pages and the way we went. I have no idea if he looked inside the container.
After my first tour, I brought back a RS M1911a1. I had no problems with CBSA. The pistol was sent separately and was kept by police in Canada until I took the proper courses and got the proper papers. I had 6 months to do so.
So, the only thing that differs from the laws of imports here is that the airgun already belongs to you and that you've been in Europe for 2 yrs. Personally, I would show it on my inventory as a BB gun and shove it in the container.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 11:53   #7
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Thanks for the info everyone.
Apparently the CFSU guy phoned up the moving company, and the moving company said they can take spring airsoft guns, just not gas ones because the gas might explode during the transport. From the sounds of it it'll go fine. But again, thanks for the quick reply.

I'd also like to note that this is a full metal gun that pumps out at 450 fps I'm referring to, it seems there might be some problem with it being metal from what little I've read so far. Are metal frame airsoft guns illegal in Canada?

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Old June 1st, 2010, 12:21   #8
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Apparently the CFSU guy phoned up the moving company, and the moving company said they can take spring airsoft guns, just not gas ones because the gas might explode during the transport. From the sounds of it it'll go fine. But again, thanks for the quick reply.

I'd also like to note that this is a full metal gun that pumps out at 450 fps I'm referring to, it seems there might be some problem with it being metal from what little I've read so far. Are metal frame airsoft guns illegal in Canada?
In that case, it's fine to take gas pistols just make sure there is nothing in the mags that might explode (ie. fire until dry and use dump valves to ensure no gas in the mags). You can always buy "green gas" (AKA Propane) and an adaptor here in Canada.

Also metal bodies are no more illegal than black plastic ones. It's a misconception that most newbies have.

Also keep in mind that most of the field limits here in Canada dictate 400 FPS (~1.41 Joules) MAX for full auto guns (some going up to 425 or 450 such as in the prairies). So you will need to get a downgrade spring. I suggest something like a Modify S110+ spring. For CQB it's 350 and below with some dictating 330 (~1 Joule). Note all FPS values given using .20 gr., joule values given as well as it's not velocity that matters rather it's the amount of energy put into the BB.

PS: Work on getting verified and you can get access to the AV only section as well as the classifieds if you and your father want to join in on a game. AV is not required to attend games rather it's if you want to find more selection of guns ranging from new to used, LNIB to fixer and anything in between (as well as a wider selection of brands and models with various upgrades and accessories).
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Old June 1st, 2010, 13:25   #9
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From my understanding, whatever is in your Barrack box is nothing for them to know about.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 13:42   #10
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From my understanding, whatever is in your Barrack box is nothing for them to know about.
Wrong...Everything you bring in this country is subject to search and seizure if deemed to be illegal.

Unless it is in a Diplomatic Pouch its fair game. Period.

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That said, there are some fascinating stories of cold warriors one upping Customs at Trenton when returning home from Lahr when it closed.
But yeah, don't do it.
I wont mention what we did when we came back from Cyprus LOL.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 14:58   #11
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I'm currently outside of Canada, so I wouldn't know how to get my age verified outside the country. I'll deffo do it after I'm back in Canada. As for buying airsoft guns in Canada, it'm AMAZED to see that airsoft guns cost WAYYYYYYYY more in Canada than they do here, and in the states the prices are even less! I assume that is because of the relatively small quantity of competition? Nice to know full metals are allowed, I read something on some other site selling guns in Canada saying it was made out of some Canadian government approved material? Maybe I mis-read it. On a similar note, is there any sort of legal issue with having an airsoft rifle that appears to be a real one? Here in the UK they paint guns bright colors(which makes it easier to get shot) unless you are registered with the UKARA. Clear guns are also included in that same bright colors category all of which are commonly referred to as IFs (imitation firearms).
I assume similar laws must affect Canadian airsoft as well? Otherwise why do they sell the clear guns?
Thanks for the help everyone

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Old June 1st, 2010, 15:15   #12
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So you noticed the price, eh? Nice, no? Ya its totally sweet to put my $700 gun on top of my $400 amp and say "I play once a week!" to all my friends.

You noticed the funny laws? Well a kid got shot by a cop and now the black has to stop, or some other dumb cop might jump the gun and kill some kids playing in the streets. So now the trades are to be on a clear plastic on every weapon (trades are weapon specific and may be in different spots for different types) unless you are super special like mach1airsoft. The black will be back, and AV is easy if you have free time!
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Old June 1st, 2010, 16:16   #13
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Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I'll toss this out. If you are moving back permanently and your choice is to leave the gun behind or try your luck with CBSA.. Why not try it? You're out a gun either way..

Now for the disclaimer

If they do sieze the gun, you can expect to be red flagged for just about every piece of mail you recieve from out of country.

Don't try to hide the fact that it's there.. Just put it in with your stuff, locked, unloaded would be best, with a battery in the case with it. Just looks a little more respectful. And if you try to hide the fact that you have the gun in your possessions, you are basically smuggling.

That's all. Probably not the best advice though.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 16:26   #14
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I once moved a very nice and respectable US air force major into his new home after comming here from a posting in China (Im not sure what his posting was but it was not with the consulate or embassy).

During the subsequent unloading of the contents of the container we unloaded approximately 80+ liters of alcohol and no less then a half dozen real weapons, non of which was on the shipping manifest.

Sufficed to say we where "tipped" quiet well when the driver pointed out the volume of booze not on the official shipping manifest but I always though it was strange that so much stuff could be brought in without notice.


Not suggesting you do this though just saying.. This was also around 1998 and well before the world was so ansy about international terrorism.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 18:50   #15
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Thanks again, alot of good info, you're right though, either way I'm out a gun if I don't try.
I have a pretty clear idea now as to what I'm going to do, so thanks again for all the info, luckily though I found the same gun I've got now online from a canadian retailer, unfortunately it's 100$ more expensive to buy from the Canadian site. I'm abit clingy when it comes to cash,( odd that I've paid such huge amounts for airsoft despite this) so I'm going to call a higher ranking officer in charge of imports and such, luckily I have a big list of numbers, so at least I'll be able to get a better answer.
Thanks again

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