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Gunslingers of Hong Kong

Posted By Thuy Ho, Saturday, October 14, 2017
Updated: Saturday, October 14, 2017

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eHobby Asia Showroom at Cheung Sha Wan in Kowloon looks like a typical Hollywood action movie arsenal. Handguns, assault rifles, shiny bullet belts that feed automatic firearms – you name it, they have it. However, the arms described above are all replicas. In Hong Kong, where carrying even a switchblade is illegal, this is a thriving business.

There are about 20 stores in Hong Kong – and more coming soon – selling replica guns, which enthusiasts call “airsoft guns”. Unlike airguns, which use steel pellets to fire, airsoft guns are designed to use electricity or compressed gas to shoot tiny plastic beads. The uninitiated dismiss them as toys, but most of them are almost exact copies – in size, weight and material – of real steel.

There are shooting clubs that provide training for aspirants, clubs that stage war games in the hills of New Territories and there are collectors who buy replicas at pre-release rates crossing HK$10,000. From gunsmiths to retailers and scores of shooting enthusiasts, the world of airsoft in Hong Kong is varied and large. ‘Gunslingers of Hong Kong’ provides a glimpse of that. By

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