General Questions and Answers

This guide has been compiled over a number of months, some of the information may no longer be valid or accurate, though we do try and update regularly. Please read thoroughly.


Why is this an advantage?

New System

If a player registers as a member of a game site though the online portal his game site can add him to the database so he becomes a registered player. This then means that he can then order from any UKARA member retailer and providing he includes his UKARA game site numbers he can be verified, and thus sold to.

Old System

If the player downloads a paper version Player application form from the UKARA web site he can have this confirmed by his UKARA registered game site and then send it to any UKARA retailer with his first order, who will then enter the players details on the UKARA Database. This then means that he can then order from any UKARA member retailer and providing he includes his UKARA game site, numbers he can be verified and thus sold to.

What do I do with my players application form?

Once you are a member of a UKARA game site and have been a regular there for more than two months, having played at least 3 times, last game being 56 day or more from the first you can get your application verified and added by the game site or if a paper form send it off with your next order to a UKARA retailer.

If it is a paper form you will have to do this by post, and if your actual order is via the net or phone make sure you reference the two together, posting several days in advance of your order would probably also help. Your form can also be sent to a Core or Associate retailer without an order as it should still be registered, please do not post directly to the UKARA Admin as it will not be processed.

If a paper form they can process your order adding you to the Database, and once this has been done you can order from any UKARA retailer quoting your UKARA site membership number. Please remember RiF's will only be sent to your registered address.

Clarification of what UKARA is

We have nothing directly to do with the government, the drafting or application of the regulations concerning the purchase or sale of realistic imitation firearms.

We do not issue licenses or permits to buy or own Airsoft guns. None are required.

UKARA is a retailers association who keep a list of current player members of insured airsoft sites who are over 18, this is basically the group permitted to purchase realistic imitation firearms.

We do this for self protection to make sure we, as retailers, are not prosecuted for illegal sales as the act made us the responsible party, e.g. the onus is on the seller.

The people you need to contact are the Home Office they are responsible for interpreting the application of the VCR Act and if you feel you are suffering injustices they are the ones you should contact.


I am a member of the Armed Forces can I buy a RiF?

There are no exceptions to the legislation for members of any of the services, the crown servant section refers to purchase for the crown by crown servants, not individuals. Service personnel are still required to become a member of an insured Airsoft Site or Club to be eligible to purchase RiFs.

Due to service commitments I cannot play enough times when at home on leave to qualify.

The time period over which you have to play your 3 games is at the discretion of the participating game site providing the 3 games are not played in a time that is less than 2 months, the maximum time period is 12 months.

I am under 18, can my parents buy me a RiF?

Not unless they are members of one the approved purchasing groups, it would appear that there is no problem of a gift from an eligible purchaser to a minor.

I am under 18, can I buy an Imitation Firearm or "Two Tone "?

No you cannot, an IF cannot be purchased by a person under 18 years of age.

Who are UKARA ?

UKARA are a group of Airsoft retailers who have formed an association to protect their businesses and enable the sale of Realistic Imitation Firearms ( RiF's), to the newly restricted recognised and approved customers resulting from the Violent Crime Reduction Act (VCRA).

Why have they set up the UKARA Scheme ?

Under the new act it is the responsibility of the seller to verify that the purchaser is approved, and they may be prosecuted if they fail to do this with due diligence.

How will the UKARA scheme do this?

UKARA has set up an Independent Data Base which will be used to list eligible purchasers and allow UKARA retailer members to check sale recipients are bona fidi.

Who are the eligible purchasers?

The only groups of persons now allowed to purchase RiF's are Film,TV, Museums, Theatres, Crown Servants, and persons engaged in Re-enactment activities, and airsoft skirmishing. All these purchasers must be over 18 years of age.

What must Re-enactment people and Airsoft players do to show the are bona fidi?

Both these groups must show that their activities are covered by third party liability insurance and that they are over 18, in the case of Airsoft Players they must also show that they are regular players at an accredited game site. Which means they must be a member of a game site with the appropriate Airsoft Insurance cover.

How do players become members of an approved game site and eligible to buy RiF's?

The games site has to record you as a member and preferably issue you with a membership card. To qualify as an "airsoft skirmisher" you must be a regular player at that game site, having attended 3 games in a period which exceeds 2 months. Identification will also be required, such as passport and drivers license.

Why the UKARA scheme ?

The UKARA scheme allows certified game sites to join a list on the UKARA web site to show they are participating in the UKARA scheme, this then means that they can approve UKARA player application forms, the game site having been registered and issued with a validating stamp and recognised signature.

Why is this an advantage?

If the player downloads a Player application form from the UKARA web site he can have this confirmed by his UKARA registered game site and then send it to any UKARA retailer with his first order, who will then enter the players details on the UKARA Database. This then means that he can then order from any UKARA member retailer and providing he includes his UKARA game site, numbers he can be verified and thus sold to.

My game site is not on the UKARA game site list, can I still register with UKARA ?

No, if your game site is not on the UKARA list then you cannot get your player form validated, you would need to wait till your site joins, or go to a UKARA approved game site.

Will UKARA use my personal information for other purposes?

No, your information is protected under the Data Protection Act and may not be divulged to any third party unless authorised by you, if you are at any time unhappy you may have your details expunged from the record. It is only there to allow retailers to confirm you are eligible to purchase.

Can I have my RiF sent to a different address?

No, Rifs must be sent to the registered postal address of the player.

How do I purchase from a UKARA dealer at their shop premises?

If you take suitable ID such as a drivers license passport etc. along with your UKARA Players number the retailer can check that you are the registered buyer by checking the Data system.

What do I do with my players application form?

Once you are a member of a UKARA game site and have been a regular there for more than two months, having played at least 3 times, you can get your form verified and then send it off with your next order to a UKARA retailer.

You will have to do this by post, and if your actual order is via the net or phone make sure you reference the two together, posting a day in advance of your order would probably also help. Your form can also be sent to a Core or Associate retailer as it makes no difference, though please do not post directly to the UKARA Admin.

When they process your order they can add you to the Database, and once this has been done you can order from any UKARA retailer quoting your UKARA site membership number. Please remember RiF's will only be sent to your registered address.