Airsoft Guns or Realistic Imitation Firearms (RIF) are designed to look like real world guns, there are a variety of different types of RIF including
AEG - Automatic Electric Gun
Spring - Single shot spring operated
Gas - Powered by compressed gas
CO2 - Powered by CO2 capsules
HPA - Powered by air from a tank
All RIF's are non lethal and designed to fire 6mm or 8mm BB's. To purchase a RIF you must be able to demonstrate a defence to own one. If you do not have a defence then the RIF must be two toned for sale. This means over 50% of the RIF must be painted in a colour approved by the home office.