Regardless of the season, one should exercise a bit, maybe mix working out with an indoor or outdoor fun game. Airsoft is one of those games that can be played throughout the year and that does not only require physical effort, but it is also challenging for the brain.
For most of the shooters, airsoft is not just a hobby, it is more of a desire for adventure manifested in a game with no limits in terms of guns or military scenarios.
Airsoft is one of the most exciting action sports game in which players simulate a conflict or go on a mission using real guns replicas that launch round non-metallic missiles.
Given that players must wear specific gear and make use of real military tactics, the game intensifies and becomes very realistic. Oh, the adrenaline rush!
Whether you are already a professional airsoft player or you are about to step into this completely new and immersive experience, you’re going to need to upgrade your player’s kit with a powerful rifle. After all, who goes to war unarmed?!
In this buyer’s guide we have put together the most relevant information about airsoft rifles that hopefully will simplify the purchase process for you. After we go into details about the features of a good airsoft gun, you will also find a top seven of the best airsoft rifles on the market, so stay with us!
Types Of Airsoft Guns
Airsoft gun producers have created replicas for nearly all real guns, so you can find a wide variety on the market, coming in different shapes and sizes. Still, there are four main categories of airsoft guns that we have listed below:
1). Automatic Electronic Guns (AEGs)
Known as the most popular gun replicas in airsoft, AEGs only work with rechargeable batteries. Although batteries are reusable, they need to be completely replaced after a while.
Automatic electronic guns have won the popular vote due to their impressive performance, range, and fire rate, plus a system that allows continuous shooting since pulling the trigger.
With a good extra battery at hand, you got yourself a quick and handy AEG with a single fire or burst at your choice. Similar to the real assault rifle, AEG fires multiple BBs with a single trigger pull.
Electric guns tend to be more popular than those on gas because they can shoot up to more than 500 FPS and are more low-maintenance, at least those that use rechargeable batteries.
2). CO2 guns
Unlike automatic electronic guns, gas guns can shoot up to 400 FPS and might suffer some malfunctions when you play in cold weather.
CO2 airsoft guns launch BBs towards the target using gas. Shooters may experience the feeling of recoil similar to the real blowback in a real weapon. The blowback feature is given by releasing the slider while the trigger is pressed.
CO2 guns are equipped with a refillable gas container that, for safety reasons, needs to be replaced after a while.
3). Spring-Powered Guns
Spring-powered guns are less powerful than AEGs or CO2s and cannot shoot automatically. Although players will have to reset the gun after every shot, spring-powered guns do not depend on gas nor batteries, so shooters won’t have to stop in the middle of the game in order to refill the gas tank or swipe batteries. The only limit here is your number of BBs. So make sure to have some additional BBs in your bag to recharge the gun.
Also, they are low-maintenance, very affordable, and user-friendly, so they seem to be the perfect fit for a newbie.
4). High-Pressure Air Guns
HPAs are definitely high-quality, the highest, we might dear to say. Their price reflects their unique features that not all users can make use of. In other words, HPAs require some experience with airsoft guns.
Similar to paintball guns, high-end HPAs run off of compressed air tanks.
Features To Consider Before Buying The Best Airsoft Rifle
1. Quality-Price Ratio
Now with so many options on the market, one might find it hard to decide upon the best airsoft rifle. The cheapest airsoft guns are available for less than 20 USD, but we can assure you that if you pick the cheapest when you’ll be out there on the field, you’re going to be sorry for not choosing something more advanced.
As a new-joiner, we would recommend a mid-price rifle that will grant you with enough features to make this new experience worth it.
On the other hand, experienced players are always in for an upgrade, so they will rather delve into the performance of a gun rather than its price.
Even though metal guns might be considered better than plastic guns, it is not necessarily true, not always. As a matter of fact, in some cases, the plastic body is more recommended than metal.
The metal body makes the gun heavier and thus more ‘real’. Also, the trigger and barrel should ideally be made up of metal. But the plastic body is lighter, so the gun is easier to manipulate, especially by beginners.
3. The Types Of Games You Are About To Try
Another important criterion to consider when buying yourself an airsoft gun is the games that you are about to try.
Close Quarter Battle and woodland games would require a lighter, easier to manipulate weapon.
While regular rifles work very well for CBQs, woodland games need a gun with better shooting range, for instance, sniper rifles. Still, don’t dig too deep into your pocket, standard rifles or cheaper sniper rifles are good enough for both types of game.
4. Frames Per Second (FPS) and Accuracy
As you can imagine, a faster rifle will shoot more opponents in a shorter while, so if you choose a quick and powerful rifle, your chances of winning the game become real.
Most of the airsoft rifles can shoot at fairly consistent distances of about 200 to 400 FPS. If you were wondering why some shoot at 200 FPS while others are more powerful, then you should know that speed depends on the internal parts of the gun. In other words, if you are willing to upgrade your airsoft rifle’s internal system, then you will be able to aim for long shots.
An internal update might increase your rifle’s speed with 500 – 550 FPS and even more.
The quickest and most accurate airsoft rifle is the sniper rifle that can shoot to a distance of 100 to 300 yards. Not bad, huh?!
Just a quick note to those who are about to experience airsoft for the first time: do not worry about getting hit too hard or causing anybody any serious injury, all airsoft fields have an FPS policy that has to be respected by every player involved in the game, so you and your friends are free from any risk.
Accuracy is directly linked to FPS. For good accuracy, remember to always adjust sight. Also, if your rifle is packed with Hop-Up (High Operation Power Up), an easy to adjust system that enhances the use of the rifle at great distances, with great accuracy, then you are ready to roll. The Hop-Up gives BBs a backspin after pulling the trigger, making the BBs travel longer and faster towards the target.
You cannot compare the accuracy of a real gun with that of an airsoft rifle though. Even the priciest rifles might run out of smooth bore barrels and thus the farthest distance they could reach would be 50 yards max. So, if there is something that might need improvements, airsoft gun producers should work on the accuracy of the products before selling them. And test, test, test, and test some more.
For beginners, it is recommended that you practice aiming and shooting before engaging in the game.
5. The Best BBs
Packed in sets of 100 and even more, BBs are very alike in their design, but they can be distinguished by their different weight. The most common and also the cheapest guns on the market function with BBs weighing only 0.12g. We would say that this type of BBs is good for beginners, but given their lightness, do not expect them to aim at great distances.
BBS weighing 0.20 to 0.25g are much more powerful and aim at longer distances. So those seem to be the real deal.
In order to keep the match going, you need to consider buying some extras for your airsoft kit. Accessories are as important as the gun itself.
Slings help the player to easily carry the rifle when not in use. Also, if you wear an extra weapon on the battlefield, for instance, a pistol, in case your rifle runs out of ammunition, you can easily carry your rifle with you without being tangled up by it. Your arms remain completely free, so you can continue the game with no reloading pause.
b). Extra magazines
You might need at least 8 extra magazines with you unless you don’t want to stop every time you need to do a refill on your BBs. Remember, airsoft is a fast-paced game and you have to adapt quickly.
c). Speed loaders
Picture yourself during the game, having to use an extra magazine at that precise moment. You’re going to need a speed loader to speed up your refill. But make sure you wear it in a sealed bag to keep it away from mud or dust.
d). Repairing kit
In case any accident occurs to your rifle, you’re not going to want to step out of the battlefield and just give up the game. So you should consider adding to your gaming kit some important mini-accessories to help you intervene immediately: silicone spray, duct tape, electrical tape, spare screws, gun grease, paracord, anti-fog wipes, a spare battery, and paper towels for cleaning, cotton rags, and compressed air.
e). Extra batteries
An AEG rifle that is dependent on batteries is limited to a 2.5 hour-game. So some safety batteries and a LiPo specific charger will keep you on the battlefield for much longer.
Top Seven Best Airsoft Rifles On The Market
If you want to impress your friends with a top-performing airsoft rifle that works for both newbies and pros, then go for G&G Combat 16 Raider Machine. Not only G&G is one of the most famous brands on the market, but the Combat 16 Raider Machine is also great value for money.
Made up of excellent durable materials, mainly metal, G&G Combat 16 Raider Machine comes with M4 platforms, a set of sights, negatively-threaded 14mm barrel, retractable crane-stock with 6 adjustable positions, and a collapsible stock.
This AEG rifle is equipped with an adjustable Hop-Up system that enhances the rifle to shoot at impressive distances – at least 50 meters.
G&G Combat 16 Raider Machine is extremely adaptable and due to its high-end features it can be used in different games.
With an FPS of 330 to 350w, 450Rd magazine, full metal lightweight gear and gearbox, 1000 BBs, an upgraded pistol grip, and flip-up sights, G&G Combat 16 Raider Machine seems to have it all and some extras.
It has semi-automatic and fully automatic fire modes, it allows updates and upgrades of different parts, 8-inc M-LOK handguard that lets the user adjust rail segments and sights. It dissembles easily, it is low-maintenance, easy to clean, and easily adjustable.
So if you decide to put G&G Combat 16 Raider Machine on your shopping list, it is definitely worth it.
- It has adjustable sights
- It adds an adjustable Hop-Up system
- It is beginner-friendly
- It is equipped with a high-torque motor
- It is great value for money
- It is pretty lightweight
- It has an ambidextrous magazine
- Its firing mode is not for lefties
Built on the A1 design, with a solid body, and a length similar to M4s, EVO 3 BET is packed with M-LOK handguard, front and rear sights, ambidextrous fire controls, and a longer replaceable barrel. Its interior is 100% metal, so it’s a bit heavier, but still pretty easy to carry.
As for its speed power, it can get to 446 FPS and its easily adjustable Hop-Up system allows shooters to reach about 50 meters, which is pretty awesome.
Made out of nylon-fiber and metal, ASG Scorpion EVO 3 BET Carbine features actual 3-round burst and automated internal failure detection that prevents you from shooting when the internal system of the rifle is not working well.
ASG Scorpion EVO 3 BET Carbine has great accuracy and uses a 75-round magazine. The MOSFET system makes the trigger extremely responsive to the user’s command and stops firing when the magazine runs empty. You have to activate the bolt catch after inserting the loaded magazine to start firing again.
ASG Scorpion EVO 3 BET Carbine includes semi-auto, 3-round burst, and full-auto fire modes.
- It is fast and accurate
- Its fire selector is ambidextrous
- Its charging handler is ambidextrous
- It is easily customizable
- It adds handguard
- It can accommodate a bigger battery
- It carries an ASG MOSFET fire control unit
- It has a high-torque motor
- It carries a compartment for a bigger battery
It is a bit heavy
The third rifle on our list today is a JG 366a sniper, with high 4-500 FSP output, great accuracy, and stability.
It is one of the best airsoft sniper rifles on the market and its features make it perfect for those of you who want to take airsoft to a new level – the pro level.
If you wouldn’t know it is an airsoft rifle, you would think it’s the real sniper, and that is due to its bolt-action design that gives the user a very realistic feel.
With a magazine capacity of 30 rounds, JG Bar-10 Airsoft Sniper Rifle works fine with 0.20g BBs. The light 3-9 X40 illumination and the great accuracy of the rifle make it easy to use by beginners too.
Here’s a good chance to getting used to long shots, whether you’re a more experienced shooter or a newbie.
- It works well with 0.20g BBs
- It has good 400-500 FPS output
- It shoots with high accuracy
- It is durable
- It has a cool design
- It is beginner-friendly
- It is perfect for long-distance shots
- It is a bit heavy, especially for beginners
The Krytac Kriss Vector is packed with Defiance style 14mm CCW flash hider, rear sights with an opening that allows long-distance and CBQ shots.
Its modern look and the cutting edge interior design makes Krytac Kriss Vector one of the best-looking AEG rifles on the marketplace.
The metallic rail on the front is easily swappable by removing its pins.
It works at about 330 FPS on 0.2g. If you want to go wild, you can put a suppressor in the place of the Defiance. The only condition is that the suppressor will not surpass 14mm, the maximum allowed by the CCW thread.
Krytac Kriss Vector adds up the MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny top and bottom rail systems.
With three firing modes – semi, two-round burst, and full-auto, plus an electronic trigger you can definitely dare for a longer and more powerful shot.
Krytac Kriss Vector comes with an easily adjustable Hop-Up that allows settings to change and adjust accordingly.
It has a 155mm long interior barrel and an 8mm VECTOR gearbox.
When you are done with the shooting, after pulling the safety, the gun automatically releases the spring tension, ensuring the durability of the rifle.
The spring can be changed by removing the two pins of the Quick Change Spring System.
Krytac Kriss Vector works with 11.1v 1400mAh or even lower LiPo battery, with one condition: length shouldn’t surpass 116mm.
It adds up 30K battery torque and a short engine with neodymium magnets.
Krytac Kriss Vector AEG rifle is equipped with a pair of 95-round magazines and due to its weather-resistant bucking, it can easily be used during wintertime.
Luckily, the fire selector and safety are ambidextrous.
- It works well in CBQ
- It enhances 2400 BBs
- It is durable
- It has a 30K torque battery
- It gives a very realistic feel
- It comes with 2400 BBs
- It is equipped with a Quick Change Spring System
- It has a vector gearbox
- The handle is quite fragile
One of the most used shoulder weapons on the market, H&K Elite Series MP5A5″ Patrol Rifle is fully licensed by H&KA and created by Elite Forced.
It is an MP5 scaled to 6mm, packed with handguard that keeps the weapon pretty lightweight and also allows a great handgrip. Its rigid stock makes shooting pretty smooth.
H&K Elite Series MP5A5″ Patrol Rifle is quite compact, featuring a metal-made barrel and upper receiver, a nylon polymer handguard, both fixed and adjustable rear sights, an adjustable Hop-Up system, and a long monitor.
The gun is fairly bulky in hand, so it feels pretty real. Also, due to its sturdiness, it is very resilient. So given its durability it is worth the price.
H&K Elite Series MP5A5″ Patrol Rifle shoots with 340 FPS and includes high capacity 200 round magazine. To swipe batteries, one needs to take off the gunstock.
H&K Elite Series MP5A5″ Patrol Rifle comes packed with an upgraded gearbox, better accuracy, semi, and auto fire modes, which makes it much more performing than its older version. It is not one of the longest-range guns, though, but it is perfect for CQC (close quarters combat).
- It has a compact design
- It give a realistic feel
- It has high accuracy
- It is packed with semi and automatic fire more
- It enhances good propulsion
- It adds Hop-Up system
- It is a bit heavy for beginners
CYMA CM022 is an excellent AEG replica of the well-known AK-47 rifle, the real one, yeah.
It is one of the most affordable airsoft rifles on the market, easy to handle by both experienced players and beginners.
It has a durable body, lightweight, entirely made up of plastic ABS.
CYMA AK-47 CM022 can hold up to 350 BBs and can shoot at 200 to 250 FPS with 0.20g. It works wonders on full auto at 9 rounds per second. It is also packed with semi-automatic firing mode, so you can choose or swipe between semi and auto whenever you want.
With a 6mm caliber, spare magazines, easy to adjust Hop-Up system, electric LPEG, and an adjustable site, CYMA AK-47 CM022 is CE certified and makes a perfect companion for non-experienced airsoft players.
- It is pretty lightweight
- It comes with an adjustable Hop-Up system
- It has semi and auto fire modes
- It can shoot up to 250 FPS
- It can hold up to 350 BBs
- It is made up of plastic, which makes it less durable than a metal-made gun
Last but not least on our list today is the amazingly-looking VFC H&K 416A5. If this rifle won’t impress your airsoft field companions, then we don’t know what else would. Adding up to its looks, it is also one of the most powerful AEG airsoft rifles on the market.
VFC H&K 416A5 does not need any extras or upgrades. It is solid, with a full metal design, quad-rail Picatinny, and looks amazingly real.
As mentioned before, it is one of the most powerful airsoft rifles on the market and speed is its middle name. Yes, sir, this beauty can shoot with over 390 FPS.
Packed with a quick spring change system, and a great fire rate, VFC H&K 416A5 works well in CBQ.
VFC H&K 416A5 comes with front sights lockable in place and easy to adjust. Also, the rear sight can be adjustable in case you will play on a windy day.
Professional players and beginners can enjoy the 320-round high capacity magazine, semi and full auto fire mode, a 300mm inner barrel that makes shooting smoother and more accurate.
VFC H&K 416A5 is very versatile, durable, and one of the most realistic airsoft rifles you are going to find on the marketplace.
- It is powerful
- It is Accurate
- It has a full-metal interior
- It gives the user a realistic feel
- It has an impressive design
- It can shoot over 390 FPS
- It is a bit heavy for beginners
- It does not come with a battery
When it comes down to choosing the best airsoft rifle, remember to consider your skill level, the type of gun that best suits you (AEG, CO2, gas), the game you are about to try, the ideal speed, and then add your extras to make it complete. Also, do not go for the most expensive, but for the most performing, again, depending on your experience.
If you are a newbie, remember to train a bit, maybe watch some videos before joining your crew in a real game. With a little bit of practice and with this handy guide you are all set to go on a new adventure. Ready? Give us your best shot(s)!