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I think this is the bad boy I want for my zombie hunter costume: http://www.hobbytron.com/SpringSpecOpsAK47AssaultRifleFlashlightForeGripCollapsibleStockAirsoftGun.html

But what do they mean in the description when they say "it's powered by a spring and must be cocked for each shot." You have to manually cock the thing between each and every shot!? The darn thing holds 300 BB's. You have to cock it 300 times to shoot them all!?


Correct. Once cocked, the gun will fire one pellet before needing to be cocked again.

In some airsoft guns, the energy given to the pellet comes from batteries (the ones in your video were electric). In some guns the energy comes from compressed gas - CO2 cartridges (these will probably sound better than the electric guns, but won't be any cheaper, and will require replacement cartridges). In some guns (like the one you're looking at) the energy comes from your arm. These cocked-spring guns are cheaper, and if you duct-tape a (blunted or non-metal) meat cleaver on to the gun like a makeshift post-apocalyptic anti-zombie bayonet, then not only is the gun even better for zombie hunting, but you can do all sorts of cool combat moves with it without needing to pull the trigger, so without needing the gun to make sound effects :)

Incidentally, I sell a line of zombie survival gear online. I think the teddy bear would look good strapped to your back (provided you first made it a bit dirty and threadbare) - that kind of random mix of something soft thrown in with the hard and serious stuff of this kind of outfit makes me think of tank girl :-)
Uh, that last sentence was intended to be about costume ideas to evoke tank-girl, not about suggesting you should buy my bear. Use any bear. One eye should be missing :-)

Edited at 2010-02-23 10:03 am (UTC)
Hmmm... Although, come to think of it, if the anti-zombie logo I made is one that you like, it only takes a few mouse clicks to make it available on a tank top at the store. If you want something like that, or would like a specific wording (your name?) I'll throw one up for you - I know you'd make it look great ;)

Edited at 2010-02-23 10:12 am (UTC)
I want one that makes those machine gun sounds. Does this mean I'll have to pay the $100 range for the battery powered ones?

And I'm all over your zombie gear once I get a gun!


I'm under the impression you can get used ones on ebay. I'm not sure how loud the sound is. Probably not loud enough to be very audible in a a nightclub. But then again, you'd probably need a real machinegun to be audible in a nightclub, and the security guys might not be ok with that :-)
Oops. The screened reply was from me, I forgot to log on :)
Yep, you have to cock that gun for every shot.

This is typical for the cheaper Airsoft guns. If you want semi-auto or full-auto, you have to spend more money. Not sure if you want to do that for a costume prop.
You might want to double check the "weapons" regulations at Norwescon. The Cons I go to are very picky about any gun-type weapons that look even remotely real in a hotel environment. It would suck to shell out money for a feature on your prop that you're not even allowed to use.
What part of my post made you think I was going to take the gun to Norwescon!?
Sorry, you mentioned Zombie Night at Norwescon in an earlier post, so I assumed the prop was for that. Apologies for misreading.
And I see by re-reading that you won't even be there for Zombie Night. I got distracted by all the cool pictures and reading comprehension fell by the wayside.

At any rate, have fun tracking down all your costume pieces. That's usually the best part of putting it together.
Thanks! :)
If you are going to a club that serves alcohol there are no guns allowed by law.
I saw Michelle at the last Zombie event at the Vogue (pictures anyway) with a baseball bat chasing zombies. If they are going to let her have a deadly weopon like a baseball bat in the bar I'm pretty certain they aren't going to object to a completely harmless toy plastic gun.
I thought you said it was a bb gun. If it is a toy gun then that is different. Sorry if I misunderstood.
I haven't really chosen a gun yet. But if it was a BB gun I wouldn't bother actually purchasing BB's for it.
I am pretty sure that a BB gun would be illegal whether or not you had it loaded. You might want to look further into it, but I know you can not bring an unloaded pistol into a bar. Just don't want to see you get arrested, or 86'ed, or totally embarrassed. You better find out.
Here is what confuses me. A toy gun has that bright orange tip to let everyone know it is fake fake fake. The guns I'm looking at online, I guess some of them shoot BB's, also have that bring orange tip. If the BB guns are illegal, why bother putting the orange tip on them that makes them appear legal?

I did a quick search that makes it sound like in Seattle an airsoft gun is subject to firearms laws, but this article does not say specifically Seattle. You should do some research if you want to carry this gun:

"Under Federal Law, airsoft guns are not classified as firearms and are legal for all ages. This is also the case for the laws in each state. However, in some major cities and population centers the definition of a firearm within their respected ordinances includes propulsion by spring or compressed air, thus making airsoft subject to applicable laws."