House Bill 3426 confuses Airsofters

A bill proposed by Congressman Rufus Rodriguez (PMP-UNO Cagayan de Oro) created confusion around the Philippine airsoft community lately. The Press Release made by Rowena Bundang, totally contradicts the real purpose of the bill. Please read …

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Solon wants production and sale of imitation firearms banned

19 February 2008 09:41:14 AM
Writer: Rowena B. Bundang, PRID

A Mindanao lawmaker is seeking to prohibit the manufacture and sale of toy look-alike or imitation firearms, which he claimed have contributed to the rising criminality in the country.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez said there is no law prohibiting the manufacture or production of imitation firearms, which can be used by lawless elements in the commission of crimes against persons.

Rodriguez said his proposal embodied in House Bill 3426 would protect the welfare of citizens.

The proposal defines “toy-alike or imitation firearm” as any imitation of any original firearm which was manufactured, designed and produced since 1898, including toy guns, water guns, replica non-guns and air soft guns firing non-metallic projectiles.

Under the proposal, it shall be unlawful for any person to produce, manufacture, sell, use, ship, transport, give or receive any toy look-alike or imitation firearm unless such firearm contains, or has affixed to it, a marking approved by the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry.

The required DTI’s distinctive marking for imitation firearms shall have as an integral part, a permanently affixed, blaze orange pulp inserted in their barrel. Such plug shall be recessed no more than 6 millimeters from the muzzle end of the barrel.

The proposal further provides that the DTI chief may provide for an alternative marking or device for any imitation firearm not capable of being marked and may waive the requirement of any such marking or device for any imitation firearm that will only be used in the theatrical, film or television industry.

Any offenders shall be fined with P50,000 or imprisoned for at least six months, or both at the discretion of the court. The Philippine National Police director-general shall be directed to conduct a study of the criminal misuse of imitation firearms, the bill provides.

http://www.congress.gov.ph/press/details.php?pressid=2105

Analysis:

If you read closely the Bill proposed by Congress Rufus Rodriguez, it does NOT state that he is against/prohibits airsoft gaming and/or gun replicas. He only wants to regulate its manufacture, sale and use. It further removes the responsibility from the PNP to the DTI (Paragraph 4 of the said article), since it is not a firearm. This bill if passed, it would put us in a better position simply because, rules will be fixed thus easier to abide.

It is therefore erroneous to interpret the act of the good congressman as a “prohibition” on the manufacture, sale and use of replicas as stated in the first two paragraphs of the article written by Rowena Bundang which contradicts the paragrah 5 of the same article which states … it shall be unlawful for any person to produce, manufacture, sell, use, ship, transport, give or receive any toy look-alike or imitation firearm unless such firearm contains, or has affixed to it, a marking approved by the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry. This would instead work to our advantage.

We would therefore suggest that before we make any conclusions we’d better read and review the real text of the proposed bill. We feel this is no cause for alarm.

We further propose that all airsoft enthusiast throughout the country must unite and have one umbrella organization for us to be able to protect our rights and that our voice will be heard.

-Admin

Full Teeth and Half-Teeth Pistons plus Helical Gears

My “Happy Gun” (my guinea-pig M4A1 Rifle ) went again to the operating table today. As Myself, Bobby, Kurt and the “Man of Steel” went through the process of cleaning and upgrading the rifle’s gearbox, we came to a point where we discussed the difference between a “full-teeth” and “half-teeth” piston. What exactly is the point of a half teeth or full teeth piston? I don’t really see the point of them. What about the Helical and Standard gears? What’s the difference?

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Helical Gears


Pros:
Increased load-carrying capacity (compared to normal straight tooth gears) due to several sets of teeth meshing simultaneously.
Smoother, quieter operation due to less backlash related to several sets of teeth meshing simultaneously.

Cons:
Helical Gears experience axial thrust (I.e., gears push themselves apart axially), this can be minimized by using metal bushings (not bearings).

Helical gears are more expensive, but given the pros are worth it.

Helical gears are weaker in terms of taking abuse but runs much quieter. This has been the same reason in automotive transmissions for years, in the road cars you find helical gears are used to reduce gear noise while on race cars where the box is often abused and have to pull heavy loads they use standard type of gears as they hold up much more to the stress.

Full-Teeth versus Half-Teeth Pistons


Full-Teeth pistons are utilized for gearsets under an Infinite Torque-Up set as the sector gear driven teeth are smaller in diameter than the piston pinion teeth.

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Half-Teeth pistons are utilized for Infinite Torque-up sets as the sector gear driven teeth are the nearly the same size or the same size as the sector gear pinion teeth (I.e., the sector gear pinion teeth are as half-as wide as a normal sector gear).

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