Magpul sues airsoft company for piggybacking on its name

Magpul Industries filed suit against an airsoft company for patent and trademark violations.

In the complaint filed in a Colorado federal court on Jan. 8, the popular firearm accessory maker alleges Command Airsoft Technologies infringed on three Magpul-branded airsoft designs: an angled fore grip, vertical fore grip, and a adjustable stock.

Also, Magpul alleges four counts of trademark infringement, claiming Command tried to piggyback on of Magpul’s reputation. The company says Command created consumer confusion by using trademarked materials.

It’s common for airsoft companies to sell toys that use aesthetic features of popular gun designs, which they either license or stop producing after getting sued. It’s also common for major gun companies to partner with Magpul to create variants of already popular models.

Magpul, headquartered in Texas but has a facility in Wyoming and an office still in Colorado, says it wrote several cease and desist letters to Command before filing suit.

Command describes itself on its website as a wholesaler, distributor and retailer of airsoft guns and gear and is based out of Ball Ground, Georgia.

For relief, Magpul asks the court to order Command to stop using the designs, have the current stock of the items destroyed, and three times the amount of damages and legal fees. Magpul says it’s eligible for up to $2 million per use of counterfeit mark.

Latest Reviews

  • Four Years Later: IWI Tavor SAR Revisited

    Though IWI's X95, released in 2016, usurps the SAR, my Tavor SAR is still part of the family. For those just now coming across this model, how has it stood up over the years? Let's find out.

    Read More
  • Scope Review: Leupold VX-Freedom FireDot Twilight Hunter

    The budget-friendly line of American-made Leupold VX-Freedom riflescopes found a welcome audience last year, but 2020 sees even more interesting additions to the family, with our hands-down favorite being the illuminated-reticle FireDot line.

    Read More
  • Ruger AR-556: An Outstanding Gateway AR

    It should come as no surprise the Ruger name is synonymous with value, and its’ AR-556 looks to fit this mold as an entry-level AR-15 with a reasonable MSRP. So how does the no-frills Ruger AR-556 perform when put to the test? Read on to find out.

    Read More
  • A Look at the Sig P238, A Year Later

    The Sig Sauer P238 was the first .380 ACP BUG to grace my gun safe, a welcomed addition to the 9mm polymers, .38 SPL revolvers, and .45 ACP 1911s. After more than a year's worth of use, where do I stand on the P238? Let's find out.

    Read More

Loading