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UKARA? Importing to Ireland.

  • 12-06-2018 3:53pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1

    Found a really good deal for a gun I've been looking at for a while. I live in Dublin and the store is in England, on the website its mandatory for me to have a UKARA but as I live in Ireland I dont have one. What am I supposed to do?


  • Registered Users Posts: 108 ✭✭MichaelDevers

    Tried e-mailing the store? Might be able to sort the UKARA if you discuss it with one of the sales representatives / store owner.

    RIF / AEG would probably have to be downgraded as well. Not 100% when it comes to airsoft in the U.K., but I believe there joule limit is a lot higher than one joules.

  • Registered Users Posts: 399 ✭✭J-W

    Just pop them an email for clarification.
    If they are shipping abroad they will be used to dealing with non UKARA orders.
    I ordered an AEG from last year and it was hassle free.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,149 ✭✭✭✭Lemming

    UKARA doesn't apply in this case as the RIF (in UKARA paralance) is being sold and exported out of the country; i.e. its intended destination is not within UK borders. It's annoying that you can't just place an online order, but you will need to contact the company as they wont know you from adam-in-the-UK until the order has been placed. Easier to stop it and have you contact them, then to faff about with refunds & cancellations and the like for a wider number of UK-based customers (if the company is UK based).

    As for the UK power limits; legally 367fps is the absolute hard-limit for "self-loading" RIFs (stray above that and it's into section 5 firearms offense territory, but I digress ...), with a bit of a loop-hole existing for bolt-action and gas-fed pistols. Many sites have AEG limits at 350fps which is a play on 328fps +10%, so it is likely that any imported AEG or bolt-action rifle may require a downgrade first.

    I can also attest to fire-support being hassle-free from my experiences.