How to Purchase an Airsoft Gun - Choosing the Right Airsoft Gun for You
Professional Airsoft Player
What is Airsoft?
Airsoft started in Japan around the 70's as a way to get around Japan's
weapons ban. Hobbyists purchases realistic looking spring-loaded guns that fired
small plastic or rubber BBs that were around 6-8 mm in size. Later the
Airsoft hobby spread like wildfire to North America and Europe. Here these springloaded guns came to be known as Airsoft.
Types of Airsoft Guns
There are many types of Airsoft guns. Airsoft makes replicas of almost all famous guns. Some airsoft guns include the AK series, G36 series, M4's, M16's, M249's, UMP's, Revolvers, Glock series, 1911 pistols, MP5s, MP7s, and many other historical makes including various airsoft snipers and airsoft shotguns.
Spring-loaded Airsoft Guns
Spring loaded airsoft guns also known as springers are the cheapest of all Airsoft guns. The good springers are usually bolt action sniper rifles which can cost over 200 dollars for a decent one and more for upgrades. Shotguns are also usually spring powered, good ok shotguns can start at 50 dollars. Spring powered pistols and rifles are cheaper than airsoft shotguns and sniper rifles. They can start very cheap around 5 dollars but break very easily and I would never reccomend them only if you fool around with them.
Gas Powered Airsoft Guns
Gas powered airsoft guns are usually pistols or grenade launchers. Its rare if you see GBB(gas blow back) m4's, shotguns, or snipers. Gas powered airsoft guns last the most of all airsoft guns since they dont require gearboxes. Some widley used GBB pistols can cost 100 - 200 at the most. GBB airsoft guns are powered either by C02 cartridges, green gas, red gas, or propane.
Battery Operated (AEG and LPEG) Airsoft Guns
AEGs, also widely known as automatic electric airsoft guns, are the most common and best type of airsoft gun. Some high quality AEGs can have a ROF (rate of fire) of 20 rps (rounds per second) and higher! AEGs are the strongest type of Airsoft gun. The power of an Airsoft gun is measured in fps (feet per second). 250 - 350 fps is usually the limit for most CQB (close quarters battlefield) fields. Woodland fields can be 250 - 450 fps. LPEG airsoft guns are worse than springers, they may be cheap, but are a total waste of your money and are only worth it if you just use them in backyard games.
Airsoft Gun Manufacturers
Some common Airsoft Manafacture:
One of the most common known high quality airsoft gun company. Almost all there guns are 250 - 300 fps which makes them last so long. The internals are good, and externals are good as well. The cheapest gun they make starts at 250.00 USD, so this is not a good for people who have a tight budget. Tokyo Mauri makes their guns in Japan.
Another high quality airsoft gun company. Classic Army also known as CA has good externals and internals. Their guns are expensive but are still good for starters.
Echo 1 is a decent airsoft gun company. They rebrand the Chinese Manafacturer Jing Gong. This airsoft company attracts many new comers cause of their high FPS and low prices. I would recommend this company to all beginner airsoft players and pros.
OK, this is probably the most expensive airsoft gun company. There most expensive gun is 1650.00 USD. All their guns have very good quality internals and externals. Systema is used for traning in the Military since their guns are very similar to the real steel version. But, many noobs overrate this Airsoft gun company as the best but they think all airsoft guns are good if they cost over 700 dollars LOL.
This company is good for newcomers and novice players, nuff said.
Well is the worst AEG airsoft company, but they are still better than your run of the mill LPEG airsoft gun. :) Very good for the price if you are on a tight, 50-70 dollar budget.
Where to Play Airsoft and Airsoft Safety
There are two types of airsoft competition fields, woodland and close combat battle fields.
If you play at a CQB field I would advise you get full face mask, or goggles at the very minimum.
Woodland airsoft fields are different, you just require strong safety glasses, goggles, or a full face mask if desired.
Where to Buy Your Airsoft Gun
Ok, so now you are ready to purchase your first airsoft gun. Before looking online, however, let me recommend some quality sites to buy from.
Airsoftgi is probably the best airsoft store in the US, they have free shipping over a 100$ and you can use coupons to get 10% off. Some current coupons for airsoft guns are "GITV".
Red Wolf Airsoft is the best airsoft retailer for those not living in the continental United States. It is located in Asia and serves the airsoft needs for the rest of the world.
Evike, Airsplat, and Hobbytron
These three websites have very low prices, but terrible customer service. I have heard of airsoft guns taking months to reach their destination and arriving in pieces!!!!! :-(
Go Out and Airsoft!
With the information provided herein this article, you are now armed with the proper knowledge to purchase a quality, long lasting airsoft gun! Have fun selecting and buying an airsoft gun and encourage your friends to purchase airsoft guns of their own! Buying and playing airsoft is a fun hobby that I love!
This Hub was guest-written by my wonderful younger brother, an avid airsoft player who is passionate about the sport.