Best Airsoft Guns

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What are the Best Airsoft Guns?

​Having been into Airsoft for a few years now, I have a pretty nice collection of Airsoft guns. It’s something I’m proud of and enjoy since I now have something which is right for just about every role I could be called upon to play and just about every tactic I’d want to use.  Read below for my selection of best airsoft guns!

A friend recently decided to join our local club for a few games. He knew very little about guns and was overwhelmed by the terminology, but he had a blast and is now shopping for his first Airsoft gun.

I’d forgotten how daunting that can be for a beginner, so I decided to put together a guide to choosing the best Airsoft guns.

In this guide, I’ll teach you about the features to look for in quality guns and introduce you to some of the top Airsoft guns in different categories (handguns, assault rifles, etc.). Let’s get started!

Features To Look for in a High-Quality Airsoft Gun

Ideal for your purpose. First of all, there are a lot of different reasons to shop for Airsoft guns. The most obvious is to play Airsoft games either recreationally or competitively. But you might also want them for game hunting, target practice, costume props, or so forth. Have your intended use in mind while you are shopping so you can pick a gun that will suit your purpose.

Right for your role. What role do you plan to play on your team? Will you be running and gunning in close quarters? Or will you be perched in a nest sniping? Different roles require different weapons. You can’t efficiently snipe with a handgun, and a sniper rifle isn’t the best choice in close quarters.

Works with the pellets you want to use. Just as there are different types of ammo for real guns, the pellets used in Airsoft guns also come in different sizes.

Magazine capacity. How much ammo can the gun hold before you need to reload? How complicated is the reloading process?

Feet per second (FPS). A higher FPS means more speed and accuracy, but also more pain for the target. Be aware that at 500 FPS and above, pellets may break through the skin. A very high FPS also will cause more wear and tear on the gun. So the key here is moderation.

Weight. Bigger guns may look appealing, but just imagine lugging it around for an entire Airsoft session? The dense weight will fatigue you, and it will hamper your enjoyment as well as your performance.

Grip. Look for a textured grip which will prevent the weapon from slipping in your hand.

Gas vs. Spring vs. AEG/AEP.  refers to how a weapon is powered to shoot. You cock a spring gun by hand. They are cheap, but you usually can only take a single shot at a time. Battery powers electric guns. Both semi and full automatic electric guns are available in the market. A gas gun works using compressed CO2 or propane gas (green gas). Gas guns are usually handguns and feature recoil.

Blowback (kick). Some people like this feature for its realism. Others dislike it. Decide for yourself if you want it or not.

Hop-up. With this feature, you can adjust the backspin and modify the accuracy and distance of your shots.

Quality gear box. ​The gearbox is a vital part of the inner workings of an electric gun. If the quality is poor, performance suffers.

R.I.S. ​This stands for “Rail Integration System.” You can use the R.I.S. to mount accessories (scopes, etc.).

A fit for your style and skills. ​Everyone has their personal preferences. Chose a gun that caters to your play style.

The right price and value. The best Airsoft gun is not necessarily the cheapest or the most expensive. Pick a gun which fits your budget and provides excellent features for the price point.

Top Airsoft Guns for 2018

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Name

Type

Price

Elite Force H8R Revolver - Black Airsoft Pistol

Handguns

Umarex Walther 2262020 15 Rounds P99 Blowback Air Soft Pistol

Handguns

Soft Air Colt 1911 CO2 Airsoft Pistol

Handguns

Wingun 701s 4 Revolver

Handguns

Marines Airsoft SR01 Spring Powered Rifle by Crosman

General Purpose Rifles

Lancer Tactical Interceptor SPR

General Purpose Rifles

Soft Air Kalishnikov Tactical AK47 Electric Powered Airsoft Rifle

General Purpose Rifles

 

Heckler & Koch 2279042 H and K 416 AEG Black Electric Power Adv Air Soft
G&G Combat Machine 16 Raider

General Purpose Rifles

​​​​BBTac M42F Airsoft SMG Folding Wire Stock 200 FPS Spring Gun

Sub-Machine Guns

GameFace ASRGTH GFSMG Airsoft Submachine Gun

Sub-Machine Guns

​​​​A&K M249 PARA Full Metal Airsoft AEG Machine Gun w/ Bipod

Machine Guns

Jing Gong 366a Bar-10 Sniper Rifle with 3-9x Scope

Sniper Rifles

Crosman ASGM47 Voodoo Spring Powered Single Shot Pump Action Shotgun

Shotguns

BBTac Airsoft Gun Package

Combo Kits

Crosman 50030 Elite Front Line Force Airsoft Rifle and Pistol Kit

Combo Kits

Handguns

Elite Force H8R Revolver - Black Airsoft Pistol

Highlights

•Powered by CO2
•Durable, lightweight polymer construction
•Lower and upper tactical rails are included for attachments
•Works with .25g BBs
•10 rounds per reusable refill disk
•320 FPS
•CQB legal

Solid Build

The polymer used in the construction of this revolver keeps it light in your hand to reduce fatigue, but is durable enough to hold up to wear and tear.  It also is inexpensive, keeping the cost of this handgun low.

Unique Loading System

The loading system of the Elite Force H8R holds 10 rounds for every refill disk.  You can reuse the refill disks, but you have the option of buying more in the form of refill packs. 

Pros

  • Even over time, the CO2 cartridge seal continues to hold tight.  That means that the gun should continue to perform well even between cartridge replacements.
  • 320 FPS means you get nice straight shots.
  • The value is excellent.

Cons

  • Accuracy past 30 feet isn’t great, but this is a handgun, not a rifle.  If you are using it as it is intended, this should not be a major issue.
  • It can be a bit of a hassle to deal with the pin which holds the clip.

Overall Assessment

When it comes to finding a good price on an Airsoft revolver, you will be hard-pressed to find another deal this solid.  Even though the gun does have a couple drawbacks, its durable build and strong, reliable performance are a surprise at this price point.

Umarex Walther 2262020 15 Rounds P99 Blowback Air Soft Pistol

Highlights

  • 380 FPS
  • 120+ feet of accuracy
  • 15 round magazine capacity
  • 6 mm .20 g caliber
  • CO2 powered
  • Semi-automatic
  • Accessory rail included
  • Manual safety
  • Realistic Blowback

    This gun was designed to offer a satisfying kick when you fire.  For those in search of realistic blowback, it is an excellent choice.

    Fast and Easy Reloading

    Just push down on the paddle style mag release.  This will drop out the magazine for fast reloading. 

    Pros

    • The kick is good and the gun has a realistic look and feel, offering an immersive experience.
    • The gas goes a long way and does not leak.  Accuracy holds up well.
    • The FPS is great considering this is a gun which features blowback.

    Cons

    • At times, the slide may lock.  If you have this problem, you may be able to fix it using a bit of silicon lube. 

    Overall Assessment

    Consider this gun if you are looking for a realistic semi-automatic pistol which features great accuracy, a satisfying kick, and which doesn’t leak gas.

    Soft Air Colt 1911 CO2 Airsoft Pistol

    Highlights

  • Semi-automatic
  • 6mm .20 gram caliber
  • Features blowback
  • Body is metal
  • Textured grip
  • 344 FPS
  • Excellent Replica Gun

    This is a high-quality Airsoft replica of the Colt 1911 which was used in World War II.  The metal used for the entire body of the gun keeps it looking, feeling, sounding and functioning realistically. 

    Holds Up Great to Repeated Use

    Not only is this gun outstanding in its realism, but it also shoots accurately and delivers great performance through a lot of use.  This is one of my favorite handguns, and it’s working as well today as it was when I bought it more than a year back.

    Pros

    • Amazing accuracy and detail makes this a wonderful piece for any replica gun collection.
    • The gun is powerful, accurate, and reliable.
    • The weight is around 2.15 pounds, which is just about perfect.
    • The blowback makes this gun a real joy to fire.

    Cons

    • I don’t find this to be the easiest gun to reload.  I ended up replacing the magazine (which had a finicky opening), and was happier from that point on.
    • This gun goes through CO2 faster than I would like.

    Overall Assessment

    For a beautiful Colt 1911 which is fun to fire, it is hard to beat this gun.  I highly recommend it to anyone who searches for great replicas.

    Wingun 701s 4 Revolver

    Highlights

  • Barrel and frame are metal
  • Grip is simulated wood
  • Includes mount rails for a scope
  • Adjustable rear sight
  • Comes with a Rotary Speed Loader
  • 400 FPS
  • 0.2 g BB
  • Magazine holds 6 rounds
  • Stunning Realism

    This is a beautiful gun with solid metal parts that both looks and feels highly realistic.

    Fast and Accurate

    400 FPS is quite fast, so these shots are straight and accurate.  They are also pretty painful on the receiving end.

    Pros

    • The design is very realistic and feels very sturdy in your hand.  The simulated wood grip is a nice touch, and the weight is about what you would expect from a real gun.
    • The accuracy is incredible, thanks to the high FPS.
    • This gun uses CO2 rather than green gas, which is a lot more convenient.

    Cons

    • It only holds 6 rounds.  But it is a revolver which was built to be realistic, so this should be expected. 

    Overall Assessment

    If you are looking for a realistic and accurate Airsoft revolver, this one should be very satisfying. 

    General Purpose Rifles

    Marines Airsoft SR01 Spring Powered Rifle by Crosman

    Highlights

  • Spring-powered
  • Removable flip-up sights
  • Accessory rails
  • 325 FPS
  • Magazine capacity is 350 BBs
  • Adjustable hop-up
  • 6 mm
  • Great Accuracy

    The 325 FPS gun features great accuracy, particularly since it includes a flip-up sight.  It is sturdy and handles well despite being made of plastic.

    Cost-Effective

    For an Airsoft gun which is high in quality, this one is surprisingly inexpensive. 

    Pros

    • The plastic may not look realistic, but it isn’t flimsy at all.  I didn’t expect the kind of durability I got at this price, so that is a pleasant surprise.
    • The large magazine capacity is convenient.
    • The accuracy is outstanding, as just mentioned.

    Cons

    • This is neither semi-automatic nor automatic.  If you are up against players who are using weapons which are, you will be at a disadvantage. 

    Overall Assessment

    I would recommend this as one of your first Airsoft guns if you are looking for something you can use in your backyard to practice fundamentals and increase your accuracy.  It’d work okay on the field too, though there are better choices for competitive play.

    LANCER TACTICAL INTERCEPTOR SPR

    Highlights

  • The outside of the gun is made out of high-quality polymer
  • Metal gear box
  • Semi-automatic and automatic modes included
  • Comes with a Muzzle Brake

    For some reason this feature wasn’t even advertised when I bought this gun, but it is included, and it rocks.  If for whatever reason you don’t want it, you can remove it just by taking out a couple of screws. 

    Lightweight But Sturdy Build

    This gun is tough and durable, but it is also lightweight, so it won’t fatigue you on the field. 

    Pros

    • The polymer build keeps the weight down, reducing fatigue.
    • Accuracy is fantastic.
    • Removable muzzle brake is included.
    • Being as this gun comes with everything you need, it is perfect for beginners.  It is also easy to maintain.

    Cons

    • There is no bottom rail on this gun.
    • The battery is not the best.  Upgrade it and you’ll get much better performance.

    Overall Assessment

    This is a fabulous all-purpose assault rifle for Airsoft games.  You can carry it around without getting tired, and it is hard to beat for accuracy and ease-of-use.

    Soft Air Kalishnikov Tactical AK47 Electric Powered Airsoft Rifle

    Highlights

    • Electric powered
    • Automatic
    • Integrated tactical rails
    • Barrel and upper receiver are metal
    • Gearbox and gears are metal
    • 330-380 FPS
    • 600 RPM
    • .20 g BB
    • 66-yard accuracy
    • Adjustable Spin-Up Shooting System

    Sturdy and Powerful Replica Gun

    This is an Airsoft replica of the famous Kalishnikov Tactical AK47.  It is well-built out of quality materials and is stamped with the official Kalishnikov logo and trademarks. 

    You will be blown away by the accuracy and power of this weapon, which is fully automatic.  It is advertised as being able to strike a target the size of a quarter standing 40 feet back.  It works—I should know, because I tried it.

    Pros

    • Great for a range of combat situations.  This weapon shoots accurately from a distance, but is also ideal for shooting in tight quarters.
    • I found this gun to be comfortable and ergonomic.  This reduces fatigue and makes it a great weapon to use through long Airsoft sessions.
    • The value is just amazing.  You could pay around double for this gun and still be getting a great deal.  So the price is phenomenal. 

    Cons

    • The stock on this weapon started to wobble after a while for me.  I ended up removing it.  This was just a minor annoyance considering all of this gun’s strengths.

    Overall Assessment

    If you are a beginner looking for a solid weapon of choice for a variety of situations you might encounter on the field, the Soft Air Kalishnikov Tactical AK47 makes for an excellent purchase. 

    Heckler & Koch 2279042 H and K 416 AEG Black Electric Power Adv Air Soft
    G&G Combat Machine 16 Raider

    Highlights

  • Includes semi and full automatic modes
  • The stock is adjustable
  • Flip-up rear and front sights are included
  • 330-340 FPS with .12 g BBs
  • Magazine capacity is 250 rounds
  • Made of plastic and metal
  • Quad Weaver/Picatinny rail & monolithic top rail
  • Full-Scale Replica

    This gun is a full-scale replica of the Heckler & Koch HK416 rifle.  Despite having a lot of plastic parts, it is pretty nice to look at, and is even licensed by HK, making it an authentic choice. 

    Includes Some Metal Parts

    At first glance, you might think this is an entirely plastic rifle, especially since it is weighs so little.  But it actually has a number of metal parts, including the sights ad magazine.  The gear box is plastic, but at this price point, this is not a huge surprise.

    Pros

    • While this is not the sturdiest gun on the planet and the plastic can get scuffed, it is more durable than you might expect.
    • The price is quite reasonable.
    • The realistic size and workings are a big plus.

    Cons

    • It would be great if there were less plastic used in the gun’s body, even though it keeps the weight down.

    Overall Assessment

    This is a good rifle for beginners, especially those who are looking for a gun that isn’t going to be a heavy burden to carry.

    Sub-Machine Guns

    BBTac M42F Airsoft SMG Folding Wire Stock 200 FPS Spring Gun

    Highlights

    • Made of high-impact plastic
    • Magazine holds 26 rounds
    • 210 FPS
    • 6 mm 0.12 g BBs
    • Spring action

    Cost-Effective, But Gets the Job Done

    This is one of the cheapest Airsoft guns I have seen which still garners good feedback from buyers.  Is it ever going to be your primary gun?  No, but it works great as a backup or auxiliary weapon.

    Pros

    • This gun is compact and lightweight.  This makes it great to use pretty much anywhere.
    • The BBTac M42F Airsoft SMG is easy to handle and fire.

    Cons

    • Unlike the stock on a genuine MAC-10, the wire stock on this one does not fold out all the way.
    • The build is not very sturdy, but this is what you should expect at such a cheap price.

    Overall Assessment

    I would recommend this gun as a cheap but effective secondary weapon on the field, or for backyard fun.

    GameFace ASRGTH GFSMG Airsoft Submachine Gun

    Highlights

  • Up to 320 FPS with 6 mm pellets
  • 300 rounds per minute
  • Electric
  • Semi and full automatic modes
  • 800 round magazine capacity
  • Amazing Ammo Capacity

    If you have been paying attention to magazine capacity throughout this article, you probably took note of the 800-round capacity mentioned in the specs for this gun.  This is a very high capacity, making it an excellent gun if you do not want to be thinking about reloading all the time.

    Fantastic Reliability

    One of the things I love about the GFSMG Submachine Airsoft Gun is the fact that it almost never jams on me.  You can always count on it when you need it.

    Pros

    • This gun may not be metal, but it looks and feels great.  It also is surprisingly rugged in my experience.
    • Despite subjecting this gun to a lot of use, I have not had any performance issues at all even over an extended period of time.
    • 320 FPS makes this a powerful gun, right up against the limits for a lot of clubs and leagues.  You will have a blast using it on full automatic mode.

    Cons

    • There are more accurate Airsoft guns you can buy.  At a close range, though, this is not an issue.

    Overall Assessment

    For those that like to run and gun and who are more interested in power than in accuracy, the GFSMG is a reliable Airsoft gun.

    Machine Guns

    A&K M249 PARA Full Metal Airsoft AEG Machine Gun w/ Bipod

    Highlights

  • 350-410 FPS
  • Compatible with M4 M16 magazine
  • 2,500 round capacity
  • Automatic
  • Made of metal with a polymer handguard
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    Realistic Design

    This replica gun is built to size and is complete to every detail.  This makes it an excellent option for reenactments. 

    Sturdy Build

    The A&K M249 was constructed with durability in mind.  The gearbox is entirely made of metal and is fully reinforced.  It contains a high-torque motor and an enhanced gear set.  The entire body of the gun is metal, and so is the barrel.  So if your goal is to get away from cheap plastic, this machine gun is hard to beat.

    Pros

    • This machine gun is far more rugged than most Airsoft weapons.
    • All of the metal makes for incredible realism.
    • The accuracy and precision of this weapon are excellent, as is the range.

    Cons

    • Because the gun is built solidly out of metal, it is pretty heavy. 
    • There is no semi-automatic mode.
    • A standard wall charger may overcharge your batteries, so you need to buy a smart charger.

    Overall Assessment

    If you are looking for an Airsoft machine gun which looks and feels phenomenal, you will love the A&K M249.  Just be aware you’ll be carrying around about 20 pounds worth of firepower everywhere you go, so only buy this if you’ve got the strength and endurance to handle it.

    SNIPER RIFLES

    Jing Gong 366a Bar-10 Sniper Rifle with 3-9x Scope

    Highlights

  • 420 FPS when using .20 g 6mm BBs
  • Capacity is 30 BBs
  • Top rail
  • Spring powered
  • Zoom scope
  • Rubberized stock
  • Durable and Flexible Build

    With a metal trigger assembly as well as a metal cylinder assembly, the JG BAR-10 is built to be solid and dependable.  Even with these metal parts however, the overall build is not too heavy.  While the FPS is 420, you can upgrade it to more than 500 with some modifications.  This would increase your effective range significantly.

    Comes With Amazing Scope

    Perhaps the most outstanding feature of this gun is actually its illuminated 3-9x40 scope.  It is more powerful than you would expect, and you can choose between red or green for the illumination.

    Pros

    • The externals are awesome.
    • Range and accuracy are great if you are sticking with BBs that weigh at least 0.20 g.

    Cons

    • The hop-up chamber in mine had a problematic spring.  This resulted in ammo double feeds.
    • A few other parts (namely the barrel and trigger) were a bit dodgy as well.  I ended up replacing them.

    Overall Assessment

    If you are a casual player, I think you will like this gun right out of the box.  But if you are a serious enthusiast, you will probably notice some performance issues with the gear box, trigger, and barrel.  Be ready to replace them and make some upgrades to get this gun to perform at its full potential.

    Shotguns

    Crosman ASGM47 Voodoo Spring Powered Single Shot Pump Action Shotgun

    Highlights

  • Up to 150 FPS
  • 19 round capacity
  • Single shot pump action (no electric)
  • Adjustable hop-up
  • High Fire Rate

    There is some confusion with some of the listings I’ve seen for this shotgun, where it is stated that a “full automatic” mode is available alongside the single shot pump action mode.  I own this gun and can tell you that is most definitely not the case.  This is a manual pump-action gun only, not an electric gun. 

    That being said, I suspect these listings are trying to refer to the fact that the gun is capable of a surprisingly high rate of fire.  You can hold down the trigger (like you would with a full automatic) and just pump rapidly.  Every time you do, the gun will fire, with no need to click the trigger again. 

    Speed Loader

    Another feature which makes this gun a real joy to use is the speed loader which is included.  With the lower FPS, you are going to use this gun mainly in closer quarters, which means there are times you are going to need to reload rapidly.  The speed loader makes it easy.

    Pros

    • The Crosman ASGM47 is fast and easy to reload and fire.
    • This shotgun is lightweight and won’t fatigue you.
    • I have never had jamming issues.

    Cons

    • There are some weaknesses in the construction, especially the sling attachment points.
    • A higher magazine capacity would be helpful.
    • The tactical rail makes for a lousy substitute for real sights.  You will need to buy an attachment.

    Overall Assessment

    Overall, this is one of my favorite guns.  It isn’t perfect by any stretch, but it’s fun to use, and delivers reliable performance. 

    Combo Kits

    BBTac Airsoft Gun Package

    Highlights

    •Includes: The Black Ops Airsoft Rifle, Airsoft Shotgun, Airsoft Mini Pistol x2, Airsoft Spring SMG Gun x2, and 2,000 rounds of 6mm Airsoft BB pellets
    •Guns are spring loaded and made of plastic

    Excellent Value for Beginners

    Since these guns feature plastic construction and are hardly top of the line, I would not advise this kit if you are looking for the highest quality. But if what you are hunting for is cost effectiveness and you just want to get started playing Airsoft right away, you will save a lot of money on this kit and get everything you need (aside from protective gear) to get up running and gunning.

    Surprisingly Accurate

    Even though these guns aren’t all that rugged, their accuracy isn’t bad at all. Again, for the price, this kit is a good deal.

    Pros

    •This cheap kit will save you time and money shopping for your first set of Airsoft guns.
    •There is great diversity in the package. You are getting a rifle, a shotgun, SMGs, and handguns. This gives you a chance to discover your play style and try out different roles.

    Cons

    •The guns are made of plastic and are not that high in quality overall.

    Overall Assessment

    Order this kit as a newbie and you will be able to start playing Airsoft immediately when it arrives. After you try out all the different guns, you will have a better idea what roles you want to focus on and what types of guns you want to spend more money on.

    Crosman 50030 Elite Front Line Force Airsoft Rifle and Pistol Kit

    Highlights

  • Includes: Tactical Airsoft rifle and pistol, belt holster, speed loader, and BB package.
  • Rifle shoots up to 300 FPS
  • Pistol shoots up to 275 FPS
  • The rifle magazine holds 400 rounds
  • Spring powered
  • Inexpensive Beginner’s Kit

    You can save even more money with this kit. Keep in mind though that it only comes with two guns, so the kit I previously recommended is still the better value.

    Pros

    • The rifle has some nice features even at this low price point. The stock is adjustable, and there is a quad rail mounting system for your attachments. The pistol is basic but sufficient for starting out.

    Cons

    • The plastic used in the construction of the guns is cheap and breaks quickly. A lot of people had complained that these guns only worked for a few months before they needed replacement
    • The BBs are not the highest quality either.

    Overall Assessment

    Like the BBTac Airsoft Gun Package, this kit is perfect for novices.  It also makes a good purchase for kids who want to get started with Airsoft. 

    Conclusion: Whatever Your Play Style and Needs, There is a Perfect Airsoft Gun For You

    Shopping for Airsoft guns as a beginner may seem complicated and highly technical, but it isn’t that hard—and it can be a lot of fun. You are now familiar with the terminology and the features, and I’ve introduced you to some great choices in a range of categories. Anyone of these Airsoft guns would make an excellent starting purchase. Have fun and good hunting!

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