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FBI Investigating Calif. Airsoft Shooting

The FBI is launching its own investigation into the shooting last week of Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy killed by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who mistook the airsoft AK-47 replica Lopez was holding for an assault rifle.FBI officials notified command staff for Sheriff Steve Freitas and Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm of the move Friday

Proposed Calif. Law Would Ban Sale of Realistic Toy/Pellet Guns

Proposed Calif. Law Would Ban Sale of Realistic Toy/Pellet Guns

Press. The new bill would require that BB, pellet and airsoft guns sold in the state be painted bright colors or be made transparent to distinguish them from real weapons.Related Stories: Calif. Deputy Kills Boy who Brandished Airsoft

Airsoft: Toy or Training Tool?

My first experience with Airsoft guns wasn’t good. I wanted to use them at the 1994 World Freefall Convention to create an indoor shooting arcade to give bored skydivers something to do when it got cloudy. So I rented a booth, bought Airsoft models of an M16, a CAR15, and an MP5. Then I set up a firing range in a tent and started counting the money I was going to make at five bucks

Family Files Suit Over Calif. Airsoft Shooting

The family of a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Sonoma County, Calif., sheriff's deputy who mistook the teen's airsoft rifle for a real AK-47 has filed a legal claim against the county, alleging negligence and excessive force, the San Francisco Chronicle reports

Calif. Deputy Who Shot Airsoft-Carrying Teen Identified

The Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who fired the shots that killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez who was carrying an airsoft AK-47 replica last week is a firearms expert, Iraq War veteran and prolific contributor to magazines and online forums dealing with guns and police use of force. Sheriff's officials had previously declined to release the deputy's name, citing threats to his safety

Calif. Deputy Kills Boy who Brandished Airsoft AK-47

Calif. Deputy Kills Boy who Brandished Airsoft AK-47

's deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying an Airsoft replica of an AK-47 Tuesday afternoon during an encounter in a southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood. At 3 p.m., two sheriff's deputies patrolling in the area of Moorland and West Robles avenues observed Andy Lopez walking with what sheriff

Airsoft Tragedy in Sonoma County

Airsoft Tragedy in Sonoma County

Last month in Sonoma County, Calif., in an area known as Southwest Santa Rosa, a 13-year-old boy walked down the street. He was carrying a friend’s airsoft gun. At about 3:15 p.m., the boy was spotted by deputies of the Sonoma County

Dangerous Lookalikes

Dangerous Lookalikes

will prove it. Let’s take a big step back from the headlines that tug at the heartstrings for a second. Last month I wrote an in-depth feature for Police about the benefits of training with Airsoft weapons. One of the things that makes Airsoft guns good training tools is the uncanny resemblance of these pellet-firing replica weapons to real firearms. They are so real looking that many have

Jury Awards $24M To Paralyzed Boy In LAPD Shooting

A jury has awarded $24 million to a boy who was paralyzed in a shooting with a Los Angeles Police Department officer who mistook his airsoft gun for a firearm, reports the Los Angeles Times. The case

Real Action Paintball Tactical Vest

Real Action Paintball’s RAP4 Tactical Vest is designed for Airsoft, paintball, and tactical training. The new vest’s multiple pouches can be rearranged to accommodate paintball pods, standard AR magazines, standard MP5 magazines, and all sizes of CO2 cylinders and air tanks. Each pouch is secured with Velcro and steel buttons for added support. Internal zippered map pockets

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