Airsoft World Ltd. 4 Main Street, Crossgates, Cowdenbeath, Fife, KY4 8AJ
Airsoft World believe it or not started from the back of a Land Rover Defender! The founder and current CEO/Director Steve Madley started playing airsoft at one of the TWO airsoft sites in Scotland at that time (2002?). The site was not commercialy run but was a very small and finely packaged private site and as such, there were no BB's, pyros or ANYTHING available to the players. Everyone had to buy mail order from England because there were no airsoft shops in Scotland. So, Steve started to buy bulk shipments of BB's and sell them on at a very small profit. This was the birth of what is now Airsoft World Ltd.
Stephen Pringle (AKA Frenchie) was another player at the aforementioned site. When he and Steve met, their friendship was immediate and approximately one year later became the first employee of Airsoft Scotland as it was known at the time. Frenchie is now a world renowned Airsoft Technician, press contributor and founding Chairman of UKARA who joined forces with Tim Wyborne to convince the Home Office not to ban replica guns but instead provide a justifiable reason for certain groups who 'required' them. The fact we are still here says it all!
Airsoft Scotland changed their name to Airsoft World to demonstrate their coverage and stop the emails asking "Do you post to England?" !. We still get them.... :)
The growth of Airsoft World is equally as interesting (?!) Steve and his wife Susan owned a Deli/Restuarant in the seaside town of Burntisland in Fife. Steve also had a video shop on the first floor where he made space in the back corner of the shop and the first official airsoft shop in Scotland was created. At the onset of the VCRA in 2005, Steve decided to buy an existing RFD (Registered Firearms Dealer) shop in Crossgates, 5 miles inland. After almost two years there, working from the shop and four shipping containers half a mile away in a farmyard, the decision was made to move to much larger commercial warehousing facilities 5 miles North. We then moved the showroom back to the Crossgates shop because it proved too busy at the warehouse to treat customers professionally.
Airsoft World Ltd now operates from approx. 22,000 sq.ft of warehouses with seperate offices, showroom, technicians workshop, spray paint/custom shop, RFD Armoury and custom built explosives storage magazines. It is without a doubt the largest and fully stocked airsoft retail and wholesale distribution point in the UK, possibly even Europe. Airsoft World Ltd's buying power and direct links with the manufacturers enables us to pass on great deals and level of backup service previously unavailable elsewhere.
So, where do we go from here? Airsoft World are nothing without our customers. We aim to continue our award winning customer focus and service. We will continue to listen to you and do our best to provide your wishes in the most professional manner. If you think we are doing something wrong or could do something else better, please let us know!
We would also like to thank all our customers and other friends who have stuck by us and helped Airsoft World get where it is today. We love this sport and will continue to play our part in making it stronger!
Thank you for taking the time to read our history.
To all of you, from all of us at Airsoft World Ltd - Thank you and Happy Airsoft!
Airsoft World Ltd.
A crazy but friendly bunch!