The Latest and the Best Airsoft Guns for Your Successful Play

Best Airsoft Guns

In 1970s Japan, gun and shooting enthusiasts were frustrated by their inability to shoot and hunt with standard firearms, because of the strict gun control laws in that country. Their solution to this concern was the development of airsoft guns.

These guns, powered by various sources, shoot small pellets or BBs with relatively low velocity. The result of this is that you can hunt and shoot with extremely low risk of injury to yourself or others. The propellants used in airsoft guns (more on this later) are much weaker than the gunpowder in standard firearms and can be used with virtually no injury risk.

Our Personal Best Choice

Best Airsoft Pistols

Best Overall Model

Umarex Walther 2262020

Best Value Model

H&K P30

Best Honorable

Mention Model

Umarex Glock 19

Best Airsoft Shotguns

Best Overall & Best Value Model

Double Eagle Pump Airsoft Shotgun

Best Honorable Mention Model

Smith & Wesson M3000

Best Airsoft Automatic Rifles

Best Overall Model

COLT CQBR-RIS

Best Value Model

Marines Airsoft SR01 Spring Powered Rifle by Crosman

Best Honorable

Mention Model

Crosman DSBR Co2 Powered

At first, the airsoft guns in Japan were made by private operators and hobbyists. As these guns, and the sport itself, became more popular in Japan, manufacturing companies there began producing these guns on a much larger scale.

Shortly thereafter, the manufacturers began exporting them to other Asian countries, such as Korea, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. From there the sport caught on and spread to Europe and the Americas.

Comparison Table

As we noted earlier, the focus of this article will be on three different types of airsoft firearms – pistols, shotguns, and rifles.

Learn more on how we came up with the table?

We’ll start out with a brief overview of each of the eighteen individual guns, six from each weapon type. This review will include a high-level overview of the gun, a user rating, and the current price of the firearm.

The user ratings will be from the Amazon.com web site, and we’ll sort the guns from top to bottom for each type based on these ratings.

The prices shown in the table are for the standard gun only, with no options, additional warranties, non-standard items, etc. They are based on the Amazon catalog current at the time of this writing. No attempt has been made to check the price from other sites.

ProductBest FeaturesRating (No. of Reviews)Price RangeView on Amazon

Best Airsoft Pistols

Umarex Glock 19 Gen3

Umarex Glock 19

  • green gas-powered Glock replica,
  • shorter grip and slide for quick handling and easy to carry

4.7 out of 5
(21)

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H&K P30 with Metal Slide Pistol

H&K P30

  • sring-powered H&K replica firearm,
  • metal slide,
  • fixed front and rear sights

4.1 out of 5
(109)

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Umarex Walther 2262020 15 Rounds P99 Blowback Airsoft Pistol

Umarex Walther 2262020

  • CO2 powered Walther replica,
  • fixed sights,
  • metal slide and barrel,
  • realistic blowback

4.1 out of 5
(195)

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Desert Eagle Spring Powered Airsoft Pistol

Desert Eagle

  • spring-powered,
  • proprietary accuracy system,
  • lightweight,
  • made by Kalashnikov

4.0 out of 5
(199)

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Combat Zone Umarex Enforcer

Combat Zone Umarex Enforcer

  • CO2 powered,
  • polymer construction,
  • fixed sights,
  • semi-automatic action,
  • lightweight

4.0 out of 5
(303)

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Soft Air Colt 1911 CO2 Airsoft Pistol

Soft Air Colt 1911

  • CO2 powered,
  • full metal body,
  • textured grips,
  • semi-automatic action,
  • made by Colt Handguns

4.0 out of 5
(250)

$$

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Best Airsoft Shotguns

Smith & Wesson M3000 Spring-powered Airsoft Shotgun

Smith & Wesson M3000

  • spring-powered,
  • shipped with light and scope,
  • uses smaller BBs for higher muzzle velocity,
  • sawed-off look

4.6 out of 5
(4)

$

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Double Eagle Pump Airsoft Shotgun

Double Eagle Pump Airsoft Shotgun

  • spring-compression,
  • sawed-off look,
  • metal barrel,
  • high muzzle velocity with 6mm shot

4.5 out of 5
(12)

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Mossberg Tactical Long Shotgun

Mossberg Tactical Long Shotgun

  • spring-powered,
  • lightweight,
  • full stock,
  • comes with a compact pistol and 2500 BBs

3.8 out of 5
(223)

$

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Double Eagle Heavy Weight Shotgun

Double Eagle Heavy Weight Shotgun

  • tri-burst sawed-off shotgun,
  • spring-powered,
  • realistic pump action

3.8 out of 5
(30)

$

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Crosman Voodoo Spring Power Shotgun

Crosman Voodoo Spring Power Shotgun

  • spring-powered,
  • front and rear sights,
  • rail system for light, laser, etc.,
  • metal barrel,
  • polymer body

3.7 out of 5
(32)

$

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BBTac Airsoft Pump Action Shotgun

  • pump-action,
  • sawed-off look,
  • comes with sling and speed loader,
  • metal and ABS plastic construction

3.3 out of 5
(209)

$

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Best Airsoft Automatic Rifles

Soft Air COLT CQBR-RIS Automatic Electric Airsoft Gun

COLT CQBR-RIS

  • Electric-powered spring,
  • licensed by Colt,
  • metal trigger and mechanism,
  • polymer body,
  • rail system for scope or other optics

4.5 out of 5
(48)

$$$

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DPMS Co2 Air Rifle Crosman DSBR Co2 Powered

Crosman DSBR

  • CO2 powered rifle,
  • fully automatic firing,
  • flip-up sights,
  • uses steel BBs only

4.3 out of 5
(70)

$$$$

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Marines Airsoft SR01 Spring Powered Rifle by Crosman

Marines Airsoft SR01 Rifle by Crosman

  • spring-powered,
  • removable flip-up sights,
  • folding stock,
  • lightweight

3.7 out of 5
(102)

$$

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Game Face GF76 Carbine Airsoft Rifle

Game Face GF76

  • Battery-powered spring system,
  • full or semi-automatic,
  • adjustable hop up system

3.8 out of 5
(39)

$$

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FN Soft Air Scar

  • electric powered spring system,
  • flip-up sights front and rear,
  • foldable and extendable stock

3.6 out of 5
(473)

$$

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BBTac Airsoft Electric Gun M83

BBTac Airsoft Electric Gun M83

  • electric powered fully automatic rifle,
  • uses lower weight pellets,
  • tactical flashlight and red dot sight included

3.7 out of 5
(173)

$

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Quick Walk-Through Airsoft Guns Basics

While these guns can be used in several activities, such as target shooting, deterring pests, and tactical training, their primary use is in airsoft hunting games. Airsoft games are a simulation of military action, using military tactics, and look-alike, replica airsoft guns.

Most airsoft guns are a 1:1 copy of existing military or law enforcement actual firearms. In these competitive games, two teams use various types of airsoft guns to shoot small plastic pellets or BBs at their opponents.

Airsoft games are very similar to paintball competitions, with two exceptions – they feature lower velocity shooting, leaving no visible marks or injuries where paintball can leave painful welts from the force of the shot.

In paintball competitions, you can see someone has been shot, and therefore out of the game by the paint stains. Airsoft uses an honor system, where people admit having been shot and remove themselves from the competition.

While airsoft started in Japan, the games have rapidly spread. Airsoft is now played virtually everywhere around the globe. While there are many different airsoft organizations and game venues, there are a few general rules that are common to all. These include:

  • ANSI standard eye protection is mandatory. Since the eyes are one of the few places where permanent injury from an airsoft pellet could occur, safety glasses, goggles, or face shields must be worn. Standard prescription eyeglasses are not allowed, as the lens could shatter if hit by a pellet and cause serious eye injury. Many sites also recommend wearing protective vests to avoid bruising from the pellets.

  • Even though the airsoft guns have a relatively low muzzle velocity, most organizations do not allow shooting at an opponent within a minimum safety range, typically about ten feet. Players within that range cannot be actually shot but can be called out of the game as if they had been.

  • Overall, gun safety is paramount, and virtually all venues have a “safe zone” where no guns may be used, or players shot. This safe zone allows players to rest, hydrate, etc. without fear of being shot.

There are many more rules to airsoft competitions, and, for a complete listing, you can visit the following source.

On an airsoft team, every player is assigned a specific role. These roles are usually assigned by a team leader, and can include, depending on the size of the team and competition, can include a tactical officer, riflemen, snipers, scouts, infantry, recon patrol, marksman, and even more.

The website gives an excellent overview of the roles and responsibilities of various airsoft teams. Based on the role, different types of airsoft weapons may be needed, or even a combination of weapons.

As you would expect, given these different roles within an airsoft team, different types of airsoft guns may be desired and used. Typical models available include airsoft sniper rifles, pistols, automatic or semi-automatic rifles, and shotguns. In this article, we will focus on the pistols, shotguns, and automatic or semi-automatic rifles.

In most cases, airsoft guns discharge the pellets or BBs by compression. There are two major types of compression used in these guns – spring compression and gas compression. Spring compression may be either manual, through cocking the gun, or electric, typically battery-powered cocking.

These guns have a coil spring in the shooting mechanism, and, by cocking the gun, you compress the spring. As you pull the trigger, this compression releases, and forces out the BB from the barrel of the gun. Compression-type guns are typically single shot, meaning that you have to either cock or re-compress the spring before firing another shot.

Gas compression airsoft firearms use canisters of pressurized gas to power the pellets. There are four primary types of gasses used – CO2, or carbon dioxide; HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) gasses; propane, similar to that used in gas grills and home heating; and “green gas”, made from biodegradable materials and environmentally friendly.

Gas-powered guns tend to be more powerful than spring compression guns, resulting in greater distance and accuracy. Additionally, these guns tend to be semi- or fully automatic, so more rapid firing is possible.

Airsoft guns are frequently confused with BB guns or pellet guns. They are not the same, and using them interchangeably could have serious consequences. BB guns fire small, .177 caliber metal projectiles at muzzle velocities from 350 FPS all the way up to 1000 FPS.

Airsoft guns are firing softer plastic pellets at velocities that might approach 400 FPS in gas propelled guns. Wither their higher power, BB guns are suitable for hunting small game and target shooting. They are not suitable for war games as in airsoft, nor indoor shooting other than confined shooting ranges.

You will often see a series of icons on various web sites selling airsoft equipment, and even on the packaging of the guns. These icons are used to identify the unique features of the gun, such as materials, magazine type, gameplay style, and many others. To get a good summary of the various icons and their meaning, please check here.

One last point to consider before we move off to the comparison table is gun safety. Almost all airsoft guns are made to look like replicas of actual firearms. Because of this, there have been tragic accidents, where police have mistaken these airsoft guns for real firearms, and have shot airsoft users in error.

All these guns feature a blaze orange tip, which serves as instant identification to law enforcement that they are not real guns. Therefore, these tips should not be removed – they are an extremely important safety feature and help protect the user. “Any person who changes, alters, removes, or obliterates any coloration or markings that are required by any applicable state or federal law or regulation, for any imitation firearm (replica firearm), or device in any way that makes the imitation firearm (replica firearm) or device look more like a firearm is guilty of violating the state or federal law (Removing the orange tip may also void the manufacturer’s warranties).

In all other safety aspects, airsoft guns should be treated exactly the same as standard firearms to protect both the user and those around the user. When not in use, the safety should be set to prevent accidental firing of the weapon. They should not be aimed unless you plan on shooting them.

When carrying them outside the course, they should remain in a protective case. You may know it is an airsoft gun, but other people around you may not realize that is the case. It should also be noted that some of these guns, particularly the rifles, are restricted from shipping into certain states and municipalities; the purchaser should verify legality prior to purchase. You must be eighteen or older to purchase most of these guns. You can find a list of some known restrictions here.

Buying Guide

In this section, we’ll be describing various specifications, features, and performance criteria related to airsoft guns. You will make a more informed purchasing decision if you have a better idea on the relative importance of each of these features, not only to the performance of the gun, but also toward meeting your needs and expectations.

Most of the items we will cover in this section have relevance to all three types of guns reviewed here – pistols, shotguns, and rifles. If the terms are specific to only one or two of the guns, we will make a note in the discussion point.

As you read through this, we recommend making a list of which of these features that are absolutely critical to you in a gun’s performance and use. You can also track those that are nice to have, where you don’t really need them, but they are something you might use from time to time.

And there may also be specific features you don’t need at all, and will not consider in your buying decision, particularly if they drive the price up. This should help you determine the best overall value for your specific requirements.

Hop-up system

Hop-up system

A hop-up system puts a reverse spin on the BB as it leaves the barrel. This improves the aerodynamics while in flight, resulting in improved accuracy and distance, and less drop within the shooting range. Some hop-up systems are fixed, and others are capable of being adjusted by the user to get the optimum blend of muzzle velocity, accuracy, and distance.

Muzzle velocity

Muzzle velocity

And, speaking of muzzle velocity… Muzzle velocity is the speed of the pellet as it leaves the barrel. It is measured in feet per second or FPS and typically measured using a 6mm, .2g BB. The greater the muzzle velocity, the more power, and the distance the shot is capable of.

Muzzle velocity will increase with smaller pellets, and decrease with larger BBs. Conversely, accuracy will decrease with the smaller pellets, and increase with the larger ones.

BB or pellet size

BB or pellet size

The standard pellet size in airsoft guns is 6mm, or just under ¼ inch. Most guns use a pellet weight of either .2g or .25g, but weight ranges may run from just over 10g to over 30g. For reference, 25g is about .9 ounces or about 18 BBs per pound. Your specific use may dictate the trade-offs by changing sizes.

Lighter pellets will fly farther, but not as accurately. Heavier pellets will maintain a more dependable flight line but sacrifice distance and velocity.

Most testing and quoted ranges are calculated using .2g pellets. Most manufacturers will recommend using high-quality BBs. They more closely match the inside bore dimensions of the gun barrel, resulting in a truer flight and reducing the possibility of jams within the mechanisms.

Power source

Power source

As we discussed earlier, these guns are spring compression-powered or gas-powered. Manual compression guns gain the spring tension necessary to fire them by the cocking action. Some spring guns are electric-powered, using a battery to drive compression of the spring.

You may see these referred to as AEG guns or auto electric guns. The type and life of the batteries are, therefore, factors to be investigated.

Gas-powered guns are generally more powerful than spring-powered guns.

There are pros and cons to each type of gas that is commonly used, including operating temperatures, canister sizes, and lubricative properties.

Since most gas-powered guns are either semi- or full-automatic, a key consideration is the number of rounds per canister. This should be noted in most specifications for gas guns. You can find details about the various types of gasses, and the pros and cons of each, here.

Note that gas types are normally specific to a gun; you can’t usually change from one type to another because of canister size, fittings, etc.

Materials of construction

Materials of construction

Materials of construction will affect not only the weight of the gun but also the durability. Some of these guns will be constructed of lightweight plastics, others with a combination of metal for some parts and plastic for others. Metal parts will wear better than plastics and are best suited for trigger and cocking mechanisms.

Metal parts, however, are also susceptible to rust and may have special maintenance requirements. Engineered polymers such as ABS plastics will offer good durability with lightweight. You will typically find these in the stock and non-moving parts of the guns.

Magazine size

Magazine size

Each of these guns needs a system to hold the pellets waiting to be fired, called a magazine. The capacity of this magazine will tell you how many shots you can fire without reloading the gun. This can be especially important for semi- and full-automatic weapons.

Many airsoft players will buy additional magazines to avoid reloading in the field. You can usually find reviews about the ease of loading pellets into the magazine.

Speedloaders are often used to reduce the time for this task.

Weight/size

Weight/size

This can be a factor for all three of the gun types reviewed here but is likely more relevant for the shotguns and rifles from our list. Pistols are normally going to be lighter, and most likely will be carried life and ready to use, or holstered.

Shotguns and rifles, on the other hand, will either be carried by hand or with a sling. Weight is important to maintaining endurance and comfort, and size and length can affect your ability to maneuver in tight circumstances.

Range

Range

Range refers to how far the gun can shoot with a reasonable level of accuracy. As discussed earlier, the range will be a factor of the pellet mass and the muzzle velocity, potentially impacted by hop-up system adjustments. In general, rifles will have a longer range than shotguns or pistols.

Accessory rails

Accessory rails

These are not really a factor in a choice of the pistol but are somewhat more common in shotguns, and almost a necessity in rifles. Accessory rails are used to mount additional equipment to your gun, most commonly scopes, night vision scopes, lights or lasers, and bipod stand, few if any of which are used with pistols.

Safety

Safety

Each of these guns should have a safety mechanism to stop it from being fired accidentally. These are typically in the form of a small lever, which is manually moved to lock or unlock the firing mechanism. Location of the safety and ease of operation are factors to be considered when evaluating a firearm.

As we noted earlier, the orange tip at the end of the barrel is also an important piece of safety equipment and should never be removed.

Firing rate

Firing-rate

This measure is specific to rifles and refers to the number of rounds per minute that can be pushed through the gun.

Fully automatic rifles will have a higher firing rate than semi-automatic rifles.

You may occasionally run across this term when looking at shotguns, where it will refer to the number of BBs discharged. This will be affected by whether the discharge is single or multiple pellets, and how quickly the gun can be pumped or recocked.

Semi- vs. full-automatic

Semi- vs. full-automatic

This is also primarily a rifle issue, although the capabilities can be found in shotguns and pistols occasionally. Semi-automatic rifles can be fired each time the trigger is pulled, so the limitation is pulling the trigger.

There is a mechanism in the gun that blocks the propellants from entering the chamber unless the trigger is pulled again. Full-automatic rifles will continue to fire for as long as the trigger is held down; there is no need to re-pull the trigger for each round.

Shot burst

Shot burst

This feature relates to shotguns and refers to the number of pellets fired per trigger pull. In a regular shotgun, one shell contains hundreds of individual pellets that exit the gun. In an airsoft shotgun, many will fire only a single pellet per shot, the same as a rifle or pistol. However, some are set up to fire multi-pellet bursts in one trigger pull.

Blowback

Blowback

Blowback isn’t really a feature or specification, as much as it is an aesthetic consideration for the user. Blowback simulates the recoil and kickback of a real weapon in an airsoft gun. Simply put, it’s a “feel good” feature, not a performance feature.

Scope optics

Scope optics

Some of these rifles will feature a scope, and virtually all of them are set up with a rail system to equip them with a scope. Because of this, it’s worth taking a minute to talk about scope optics. A basic non-magnified scope will give the user a pattern, called a reticle, to center on his target.

The reticle is in the shape of a cross, and the intersecting point is used for aiming. Other scopes offer magnification capabilities, usually expressed in the manner of 2X or 5X. A 5X scope will make an object fifty yards away appear as if it were ten yards away (50 divided by 5 equals 10).

A 2X scope at the same distance would make the object appear 25 yards away (50 divided by 2 equals 25). You will also see scope optics in a format such as 5X30, where the “30” refers to the size of the objective lens in millimeters. The larger the objective lens, the greater the clarity and focus of the image in the scope.

Options

Options

As you are deciding which gun to purchase, you may also want to consider what options might be available as enhancements. We’ve already talked about scopes above, which are a common option for rifles.

Other optional equipment could include bipod stands (again for rifles), holsters (pistols), slings (rifles and shotguns), tactical lights or lasers (rifles and shotguns), additional magazines (all), and speed loaders (all). In some cases, optional extended warranties are also available.

Price

Price

Even those these guns are relatively inexpensive, it’s still your money, and price does matter. The price ranges are fairly tight for each of the three gun types, but there are still some significant differences from top to bottom in each class.

As we noted earlier, it’s more important to buy based on value rather than on price alone. Having an airsoft gun that meets your needs and expectations, and your level of expertise (beginner, intermediate, professional) is more important than just having a gun.

In the next section we’ll look at each gun in greater detail, with general impressions of the gun, features, and specifications for each, and the pros and cons of that particular model.

Best Airsofr Pistols Review

Umarex Glock 19 Gen3 6mm BB Airsoft Pistol – Honorable Mention

This pistol is by far the most expensive from our list, but you get arguably the most famous name in pistols with this replica – the Glock, used by military and law enforcement personnel all over the world.

The gun is powered by environmentally friendly third generation green gas and shoots standard 6mm pellets at a velocity of up to 290 feet per second (FPS). The shorter grip and barrel make it easier to handle, and it features a realistic blowback.

Glock 19 Gen3 6mm BB

Airsoft Pistol

Features and specifications:

- magazine holds nineteen rounds, and gun weighs about 1-1/2 pounds

- can be taken apart, cleaned, and reassembled just like the original

- speedloader available for purchase separately, along with extra magazines

- metal slide, plastic lower body, internal components some of each

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Pros

Pros
  • Handling and blowback just like an original Glock
  • Realistic size and shape allow it to be used for training purposes
  • Highest rated pistol with a 4.7 review

Cons

Cons
  • Over double the price of the next most expensive pistol
  • Customers report user documentation not complete

H&K P30 with Metal Slide Pistol – Best Value

This is an entry-level pistol modeled after the H&K P30. It features spring compression, a metal slide, and fixed front and rear sights. Just over seven inches long, it weighs less than a pound.

It comes with an accessory rail, unusual for a pistol, but could be used to mount a light or laser sight. The magazine holds 15 rounds, and while .12g pellets are recommended, users report good results with .2g BBs.

H&K P30

Features and specifications:

- built-in adjustable hop up system to adjust flight pattern of pellets

- rated at 240 FPS muzzle velocity

- box of 400 BBs included with purchase

- metal slide, most other parts polymer plastic

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Pros

Pros
  • Reasonable quality rating at 4.1 overall, entry-level price of $26
  • Also rated highly for value (4.5) and accuracy (4.4)

Cons

Cons
  • Several customer complaints about durability
  • Comments are that .2g BBs improve accuracy, but will decrease FPS velocity

Umarex Walther 2262020 15 Rounds P99 Blowback Airsoft Pistol – Best Overall

This is another replica from Umarex, based on the Walther P99 pistol. This pistol is CO2 powered, with a metal slide that blows back to create a realistic “kick” when firing. The CO2 power delivers a higher muzzle velocity, even with .2g pellets. This is a larger pistol, at over ten inches long, weighing in at 1.6 pounds.

Umarex Walther 2262020

Features and specifications:

- muzzle velocity rated at up to 320 FPS

- has an accessory rail and manual safety mechanism

- metal barrel and slide; other components are plastic

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Pros

Pros
  • Reasonably priced at $60, with a corresponding 4.1 rating
  • Good ratings for ergonomics (4.5) and value (4.3)
  • Designed for .2g pellets, 15 round capacity

Cons

Cons
  • Rating of 3.9 for accuracy, no hop up adjustment on pistol
  • Some complaints of high CO2 usage

Desert Eagle Spring Powered Airsoft Pistol

This is the lowest priced pistol of our group, coming in at just $19, but still brings in a 4.0 rating. It’s a spring-powered pistol, and boasts a proprietary accuracy system that purports to hit a quarter at 25 feet distance. It’s very lightweight at one pound, and is a true replica of the Kalashnikov Double Eagle pistol.

Desert Eagle

Spring Powered Airsoft Pistol

Features and specifications:

- available in silver, black, or two-tone colors. Silver is standard; black and two-tone are extra charge

- muzzle velocity is 175 FPS, which is the lowest of the pistols from this group

- magazine capacity is 25 rounds, which is the largest capacity of these pistols

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Pros

Pros
  • Large magazine capacity reduces the need to reload
  • Entry level price with reasonable quality rating
  • Ratings for durability, accuracy, and value all 4.0 and above

Cons

Cons
  • Low muzzle velocity will limit range and power
  • Customers complained about durability of gun, and frequent jamming

Combat Zone Umarex Enforcer

Another gun from the Umarex family, featuring a high strength polymer construction and semi-automatic firing (meaning you don’t have to cock or pull the slide back each time, just pull the trigger). The polymer construction brings this pistol in at under one pound, and uses CO2 propellants, rated for up to 200 rounds per cartridge.

Combat Zone Umarex Enforcer

Features and specifications:

- muzzle velocity is 400 FPS using .12mm pellets

- fixed front and rear sights, 15 round all-metal magazine

- rail included for light or laser mounting

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Pros

Pros
  • Good combination of price and rating for a semi-automatic pistol
  • Strong ratings for value, accuracy, and durability – all 4.3 – 4.6
  • Semi-automatic action for faster shooting

Cons

Cons
  • Several complaints about CO2 seals leaking and magazine jamming
  • Not able to purchase additional magazines for the pistol – not sold separately

Soft Air Colt 1911 CO2 Airsoft Pistol

This pistol is modeled after the legendary Colt handguns. It offers both blowback functionality but is a semi-automatic pistol, so you get the best of both. It has a metal body, and textured handgrips, and weighs just over two pounds, and 8.6 inches long. It carries the second-highest price of the eight pistols but has a good 4.0 quality rating.

Soft Air Colt 1911

Features and specifications:

- muzzle velocity is 344 FPS using .2g BBs

- adjustable hop up system

- fifteen to seventeen round magazine

- delivered with 2000 BBs and spare magazine (two total)

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Pros

Pros
  • Semi-automatic firing with high muzzle velocity for distance and accuracy
  • Metal construction for durability
  • Fairly compact 8” x 6” size

Cons

Cons
  • Customers complain of high CO2 usage – sometimes only 50 rounds per cartridge
  • Low rating for accuracy (3.6)

Before we move over to reviewing the shotguns, let’s summarize the overall recommendations for the pistols:

Best Overall Model

Umarex Walther 2262020

Best Value Model

H&K P30

Best Honorable

Mention Model

Umarex Glock 19

Getting CO2 propellant in a very reasonably priced pistol was the game changer for me in selecting the Best Overall as the Walther. The H&K had good reviews and performance, and the second-lowest price, so obviously the Best Value. I really liked the Glock, but I couldn’t get past the price.

However, if you are a long-time airsoft player, this might be a great gun for you. But I think overall, there is a fairly small audience for a pistol at this price, as evidenced by the low number of reviews (21) for it.

Best Airsoft Shotguns Review

Smith & Wesson M3000 Spring-powered Airsoft Shotgun – Honorable Mention

Smith & Wesson have been making American firearms for over 150 years, and this replica of their M3000 shotgun continues that legacy. It has a sawed-off shotgun look to it, and comes with a working scope. It uses standard 6mm pellets, powered by a spring-loaded mechanism.

Smith & Wesson M3000

Features and specifications:

- comes with standard .12g BBs, and a 180-round magazine plus spare and light

- muzzle velocity is 355 FPS, adjustable hop up unit

- single-shot capability, plastic body

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Pros

Pros
  • Muzzle velocity is among the highest in this grouping
  • Good sized magazine reduces reloading requirements
  • Pump and fire function give a realistic action and feel

Cons

Cons
  • Checked multiple web sites, found only three reviews (all 5.0)

Double Eagle Pump Airsoft Shotgun – Best Overall, Best Value

This is another sawed-off shotgun, spring-loaded, with a 21-inch barrel. With “pump and shoot” functionality, you can shoot up to ten BBs at one time (by pumping the gun ten times). It’s a good entry or intermediate level shotgun. It has a metal barrel for improved accuracy and a wood-grained grip.

Double Eagle Pump

Airsoft Shotgun

Features and specifications:

- fully adjustable hop up system

- nineteen round magazine, 50 rounds of ammo and speed loader included

- 320 FPS, with claimed accuracy up to 100 feet

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Pros

Pros
  • Pump and shoot functionality for multiple rounds per shot
  • Short barrel for easy carrying and use in tight quarters
  • 11 of 12 reviews were 5.0 stars

Cons

Cons
  • Limited number of reviews; none found on other web sites

Mossberg Tactical Long Shotgun

This is a full-sized replica shotgun, with a length just under thirty inches. It’s also a “pump and shoot” style, and comes with 2500 BBs, and a compact pistol and holster. While the rating drops down to 3.8, it has over 200 reviews, so you should know what to expect with this gun.

Mossberg Tactical Long Shotgun

Features and specifications:

- available rail for mounting scope, light, laser, or night vision equipment

- muzzle velocity is 355 FPS, with magazine capacity of 180 rounds

- lightweight at only 1.6 pounds

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Pros

Pros
  • Everything you need to start an airsoft hobby in one package
  • Adjustable hop up system
  • Among the highest in muzzle velocity

Cons

Cons
  • Customer complaints about overall durability and magazine jamming and not feeding properly

Double Eagle Heavy Weight Shotgun

Here, we go back to a sawed-off version of the shotgun, but with the added functionality of firing a three-shot burst. This gun has a pistol grip, and uses a replica shotgun shell as a magazine to give a more realistic touch. It comes with lots of extras, but it is the highest-priced gun of the six reviewed here.

Double Eagle

Heavy Weight Shotgun

Features and specifications:

- comes with sling, speed loader, sample BBs, barrel cleaner, and a single shotgun shell magazine with 30 round capacity. Additional magazines can be purchased separately.

- muzzle velocity is 300 – 350 FPS using .2g pellets; can also handle .25g

- pump action, and spring propelled

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Pros

Pros
  • Not a lot of dollars more than the lowest-priced gun, but a lot of extra equipment and features
  • Users rate it as fairly accurate, with a tight grouping of the three BBs
  • Rated well for durability by users

Cons

Cons
  • Slow rate of fire
  • No rail for attachments or options

Crosman Voodoo Spring Power Shotgun

This is a full-sized replica shotgun, with full stock and overall 26.5-inch length, weighing just under two pounds. It has the same “pump and shoot” feature as the Mossberg Tactical reviewed above.

It’s a solid gun, spring-loaded, with a lot of metal parts for strength and durability. It has an adjustable stock, and comes with a rail system and adjustable hop up.

Crosman Voodoo

Spring Power Shotgun

Features and specifications:

- several contradictions in print vs. reader reviews. Text says 250 rounds, box and users say 19 round magazines. Text mentions front and rear sights, but none shown on pictures of gun

- muzzle velocity is up to 390 FPS, with .2g pellets recommended; speed loader included

- allows “slam firing” (hold trigger down and pump as fast as you can) for quicker follow-up shooting

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Pros

Pros
  • Highest muzzle velocity of all the reviewed shotguns, using .2g BBs
  • Adjustable stock for comfort

Cons

Cons
  • Contradictions in advertising vs. customer reports is concerning
  • Fairly small magazine capacity

BBTac Airsoft Pump Action Shotgun

One more sawed-off, pump-action airsoft shotgun. While the price is mid-range, the quality rating drops off to 3.2 on over 200 Amazon ratings. The gun comes with an included speed loader and sling, and the pistol grip is ergonomically sound.

The gun got a higher 8.2 (out of 10) rating on Airsoftcore.com, with a very high rating for build quality, and ended up on their top five list of this year.

BBTac Airsoft

Pump Action Shotgun

Features and specifications:

- 400 FPS muzzle velocity, measured using .12g pellets. .2g or .25g ammo recommended for accuracy.

- magazine capacity is only 14 rounds

- metal alloy with ABS plastic materials of construction

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Pros

Pros
  • Airsoftcore.com rating is very strong
  • Good accuracy at a range up to 50-feet

Cons

Cons
  • The fairly low rating on Amazon
  • Very small magazine capacity would require frequent reloads or extra magazines

So, this gets us to the end of the shotgun reviews. One difficulty in reviewing the shotguns is the very tight range of prices – from a low of $23 to a high of $54. Given this, we really did not use price as an overwhelming factor in our “best of” decisions. Here’s a quick summary of our recommendations:

Best Overall & Best Value Model

Double Eagle Pump Airsoft Shotgun

Best Honorable Mention Model

Smith & Wesson M3000

It’s worth mentioning that the M3000 is a really nice shotgun, and coincidently has the lowest price of any of the six guns.

However, the very limited number of reviews scared me away a little bit; it will definitely be worth looking back at this gun in another six months or so. At the same time, while the Double Eagle only had a dozen reviews, over 90% of them were 5.0. Combining that with the accuracy and the ten-shot capability made it a solid choice for best overall and value.

Best Air Rifles Review

COLT CQBR-RIS Automatic Electric Airsoft Gun – Best Overall

This is a very realistic looking replica of another Colt firearm. It’s electric-powered, using an 8.4V battery, which is also rechargeable and included with a charger. It has an adjustable stock, giving it a length from 27″ to about 31″. While it has the second-highest price of our six rifles, it also has the highest rating, at a solid 4.5.

COLT CQBR-RIS

Features and specifications:

- barrel, magazine, and other moveable parts are metal. Balance of rifle is plastic

- muzzle velocity is 395 FPS using .2g BBs

- magazine holds approximately 300 pellets

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Pros

Pros
  • Large magazine, and substantial velocity, which only drops to about 350 FPS with .25g pellets
  • 81% of reviews are 5.0 stars
  • Battery can be upgraded to 9.6V for longer life

Cons

Cons
  • Price might move this out of the entry level category

Crosman DSBR Co2 Powered – Honorable Mention

This is a gas-powered rifle, using CO2 cartridges as a propellant. This drives the price up to $161, the highest of the six rifles, but it also carries a 4.2 rating. The rifle has both semi-automatic and full-automatic capability and can fire up to 1400 rounds per minute. NOTE that this rifle does not use standard airsoft pellets; it is built to work with metal BBs only.

Crosman DSBR Co2 Powered

Features and specifications:

- powered by two 12g CO2 cartridges

- adjustable stock up to 30” long, weighing 6.2 pounds

- magazine capacity is 25 rounds

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Pros

Pros
  • No muzzle velocity listed on Amazon, but Pyramidair.com has it at 430 FPS
  • Overall rating is 4.2, with almost 85% of review four or five star

Cons

Cons
  • High price point, which likely would drive new users away
  • 25 round magazine will empty quickly on automatic mode

Marines Airsoft SR01 Spring Powered Rifle by Crosman – Best Value

This rifle checks in with a 3.7 rating on 102 reviews, and the lowest price of the group at $61. It has a foldable stock, a quad rail system for accessories, fold-down sights, and is spring powered with an adjustable hop-up system. The overall length is 28 inches, and the weight is 1.9 pounds.

Marines Airsoft SR01 Spring

Powered Rifle by Crosman

Features and specifications:

- large, 350 round magazine capacity

- muzzle velocity is up to 325 FPS

- quad rail system allows mounting of accessories such as laser, scope, night vision, etc.

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Pros

Pros
  • The solid combination of rating and price point
  • Reviewers cite good accuracy at 100 feet, the overall range at 150 feet or more depending on pellet size
  • Good reviews as a training gun for beginners

Cons

Cons
  • Complaints by customers about durability and accuracy

Game Face GF76 Carbine Airsoft Rifle

This airsoft rifle is spring loaded, electrically powered, with both semi-automatic and full-automatic capabilities. The battery and charger are included, and it also has an adjustable hop-up system. The collapsible stock makes it suitable for easy maneuvering in close quarters.

Game Face GF76

Carbine Airsoft Rifle

Features and specifications:

- muzzle velocity is 375 FPS using .2g pellets

- shooting capacity is about 700 rounds per minute

- rail system for mounting options, adjustable front and rear sights, 4.5 pounds

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Pros

Pros
  • Good features, middle of the range in price
  • Rated 4.4 for accuracy
  • Rechargeable 8.4V battery for good shooting life

Cons

Cons
  • Overall rating below 4.0; 3.9 rating at Dick’s Sporting Goods site
  • Most customer complaints were related to overall durability and quality of magazine

FN Soft Air Scar

This rifle is also electrically powered and is the number one seller in airsoft rifles at Amazon. Despite that, it carries a fairly low 3.6 rating, but the $66 price tag is attractive to beginning buyers. It has a foldable and extendable stock, and a drop-down grip at the front of the rifle for shooting stability.

FN Soft Air Scar

Features and specifications:

- overall BB capacity is about 200 rounds, but with a 15 round magazine frequent reloading will be needed

- muzzle velocity is a fairly low 260 FPS

- front and rear flip-up sights

- rifle measures 21 inches long, weight is just under four pounds

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Pros

Pros
  • Good beginner rifle, with a 4.1 rating for beginners, and a reasonable $66 price tag
  • An Amazon bestseller

Cons

Cons
  • Fairly low ratings for accuracy (3.7) and durability (3.6)
  • Battery can be over-charged and damaged
  • Several complaints about manufacturer’s customer service

BBTac Airsoft Electric Gun M83

The M83 is a fully automatic, electric airsoft rifle. It also has the semi-automatic capability and has a magazine capacity of 25 .12g BBs. It’s made from ABS polymer plastic for durability and comes with a foldable rear stock and a rail system for mounting accessories.

BBTac Airsoft

Electric Gun M83

Features and specifications:

- muzzle velocity is given as a range from 200 – 250 FPS

- length is 27 inches, weight approximately five pounds, and has an adjustable hop up system

- comes with scope, laser targeting system, flashlight, front grip, battery pack and charger

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Pros

Pros
  • Full equipment package for airsoft game mode
  • Second lowest price of the six rifles

Cons

Cons
  • Lowest rating of the six rifles
  • Fairly low muzzle velocity of 200 – 250 FPS even with smaller pellets

And that wraps up the review section for the six rifles. To recap how we see their ratings, here are the top ones:

Best Overall Model

COLT CQBR-RIS

Best Value Model

Marines Airsoft SR01 Spring Powered Rifle by Crosman

Best Honorable

Mention Model

Crosman DSBR Co2 Powered

Both the Colt and the DPMS warranted consideration for the best overall rating, but the deciding factor for me was the requirement that the DPMS can only use metal BBs and not the standard airsoft pellets. It also has relatively low twelve reviews. So, given this apple to orange comparison, the Colt gets the nod as best overall.

The Marines Airsoft SR01 was a pretty easy choice for the best value, with good standard features, an entry-level price, and a good quality rating with a significant number of reviews.

Conclusion

We feel we’ve presented a good cross-section of pistols, shotguns, and rifles here, with airsoft guns meeting the needs of veteran shooters and relative newcomers. As we pointed out earlier, the best selection for you individually will be the gun that best meets your needs and requirements, your budget, and provides you a great value.

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