If you play airsoft a lot, you should know how to remove the orange tip from an airsoft gun. The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) requires that all airsoft guns and paintball markers have this mark to show that they are not real guns. In this article, we are giving you some tips on how to remove the orange tip from an airsoft gun.
What Is The Orange Tip On An Airsoft Gun?
Have you ever looked at an orange flash hider on an airsoft gun and wondered why someone would want it that way? The strange paint job is meant to show that it’s a fake and not the real thing.
Federal law says that companies that make toy guns have to do this before shipping or selling their products. If someone bought a toy gun for a child but wanted to make it look more real, they couldn’t change the orange tip.
But why is it orange? The orange tips on these guns show that they’re fake and that they’re just toys. But it’s important to know that this is not required by law.
Under US laws and rules, all airsoft guns must have a tip that is at least six millimeters wide and is colored orange. This is done for safety, to make it clear that this isn’t a real gun.
How To Remove the Orange Tip?
How do I get the orange tip off the end of my airsoft gun? It’s depends to the gun.
With some guns, you just have to pull a little, and the tip will pop off. However, this is more common with pistols. On others, you’ll have to turn the tip to get it out. Some guns even have a pin or screw that you have to push down or loosen before you can start unscrewing or pulling. Last but not least, the orange tip on some guns is painted on, so you can’t just take it off without breaking the gun.
In general, start by looking at the orange tip. Look for signs that the tip is held in place by screws or pins. There could be none, or there could be two. Then, get a pair of pliers and a piece of cloth. Cover the flash hider with the cloth, and then use the pliers to take it apart. Keep in mind that flash hiders screw in the opposite way that most bottle tops do: righty-loosey, lefty-tight.
The flash hider is probably stuck in place with glue, so you may have to use some force. A plastic flash hider will break before your barrel does. If you’re unscrewing the flash hider and you don’t see any threads, and it doesn’t seem to be moving, you might want to give it a pull. It might not be threaded but rather just glued.
If you really don’t want to use a flash hider, you can also put it in a pot of hot water for a few minutes to loosen the glue. You can also use a blow dryer instead.
Here are the three most common ways to take off your airsoft gun’s orange tip:
- Polish remover
How To Remove Orange Tip From Airsoft Gun Tip with Pliers
This is a good way to take off orange tips that are screwed on or stuck to the end of the barrel. Just turn the orange tip with a pair of pliers (regular or vise grip) to get it out.
Depending on the type of airsoft gun you have, you may need to turn the tip clockwise to loosen it. If you don’t know which way the orange tip goes on, you should look it up online, so you don’t strip the threads.
Once you’ve taken off the orange tip, make sure to clean any glue or plastic off the threads so you can attach a mock suppressor, flash hider, or any other accessories.
How To Remove Orange Tip From Airsoft Gun with Polish Remover
This can be done either after the orange tip has been taken off or (very carefully) while it is still on the airsoft gun.
Before you start, make sure the tip has a black base. This is because you will use this method to get the orange paint off of it.
If the gun still has the orange tip on it, start by:
- Taking out the barrel, the magazine, the slide, and the spring that makes the gun shoot back.
- Next, soak paper towels and Q-tips in polish remover or a paint remover that won’t damage the paint, such as Goo Gone.
- The orange paint can be rubbed.
This can take some time and patience to take off and reveal the black base underneath.
How To Remove Orange Tip From Airsoft Gun with Paint
You might not have been able to get the orange tip off the airsoft gun, or you might just want to cover it up with paint. In that case, you could cover the bright orange color with spray paint that matches the color of your airsoft gun.
Remember that spray paint will work, but it will lose its effect over time. If you choose this option, make sure to cover the parts of the gun you don’t want to be painted with masking tape. This includes the inside of the tip.
People who say that all airsoft guns must have an orange tip are not telling the truth. In the US, the orange tip is only needed for the first taxed sale and when the item is brought into the country. After that, the owner can do what he or she wants with the gun.
Some owners want to take off a flash hider so they can put on another one, others want to put on mock suppressors, and still, others want to put on barrel extensions. Most of the time, the original flash hider needs to be taken off in order to do this.
When it comes to safety, it’s up to the owner. Whether it has an orange tip or not, if you carry something that looks like a gun and point it at someone, you will probably get shot. We hope this has helped you understand how to remove the orange tip from airsoft gun.