The orange tip is a marking that is required by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on all airsoft guns and paintball markers* to indicate they are not real firearms. BUT…if you are an avid airsoft player, you need to know how to remove the orange tip from an airsoft gun. The orange tip is meant to indicate to others that you are not pointing a real weapon at them and is a requirement by law. However, there are a number of steps you can take in order to remove the orange tip from your gun. There will come a time when you have to remove the orange tip in order to replace a broken barrel or to apply a muzzle brake (or…:-).
So, how to remove the orange tip from an airsoft gun? Here are the 3 most common ways to remove the orange tip from your airsoft gun:
- Paint/polish remover
Under current U.S. laws and regulations, all airsoft guns must be equipped with an orange tip which measures at least six millimeters wide. The purpose of this is, of course, for safety, to make it clear that this piece of equipment isn’t an actual firearm.
*A note from the author- while the orange tip is required for manufacturers of airsoft guns or replicas and not technically illegal for the end user to utilize their gun without it, it is advisable to check your local laws as these can vary from state to state.
That being said…
There are many reasons why you may want to remove the orange tip. Perhaps you would like to use it as a film prop and the orange tip is a giveaway that your hero (or villain) isn’t using a real gun. Or – more likely- you just think your airsoft gun looks better without it and don’t want to take the chance that this bright color will give away your position on the field.
3 Ways to Remove the Orange Tip from an Airsoft Gun
Whatever the reason, there are a few different ways to remove this bright tip.
Option 1: Pliers
This is an effective removal method for orange tips that are either screwed on or glued to the end of the barrel. Simply take a pair of pliers (regular or vise grip) and rotate the orange tip to dislodge it.
Depending on the type of airsoft gun you have, you may have to rotate the tip clockwise to loosen it. If you’re unsure which way your orange tip threads on, be sure to do some research online so as to avoid stripping the threads.
Once you’ve removed the orange tip, make sure to clean out any remaining glue or plastic pieces from the threads so that you can attach a mock suppressor, flash hider or any other accessories.
Option 2: Paint/Polish Remover
This is an option that can be done either once the orange tip has been removed or (very carefully) if it is still attached to the airsoft gun.
Before you begin, make sure that the tip has a black base, as you will use this method to remove the orange paint which covers it.
If the orange tip is still attached to the gun, begin by:
- Removing the barrel, the magazine, the slide and the recoil spring from inside the gun.
- Next, soak paper towels and Q tips with polish remover or a non-corrosive paint remover like Goo Gone.
- Rub at the orange paint.
This can take several minutes and some patience to remove and expose the black base beneath.
Option 3: Paint Over It!
Perhaps you were unable to remove the orange tip from the airsoft gun, or would just prefer to paint over it. In that case, one option is using a spray paint which matches the color of your airsoft gun to cover the bright orange color.
Keep in mind that spray paint will be effective, but will wear off over time.
If this is the option you choose, be sure to use masking tape to cover the parts of the gun you don’t want painted- this includes the inner part of the tip.
Another, more durable option is something called Plasti Dip. This multi-purpose rubber coating is as easy to use as spray paint, but comes with the added bonus of being flexible, protecting against corrosion, and it can be removed by simply peeling it off.