What to Know about 1911 Airsoft Pistols

The Colt M1911 is easily one of, if not the most iconic handguns made in the past two centuries, First issued in 1911 and serving as the US Armed Forces’ standard sidearm for an astonishing 74 years, the M1911 was used in every American armed conflict ranging from World War 1 and 2, the Korean War and the Vietnam War until 1985.

It shouldnt be surprising that the airsoft 1911 is a popular choice for many players who want the classic feel of this legend, but what makes one the best airsoft pistol 1911 depends on a multitude of factors that we have outlined below. It’s also important to note that the airsoft pistol 1911 is often confused with the similarly designed but double stacked 2011, also commonly known as the Hi-capa which will be detailed in its own separate blog. So without further ado and in no particular order, here are our top picks for the best airsoft 1911 .



HOW WE CHOOSE THE BEST AIRSOFT 1911

There are a number of important factors we considered when compiling our list of Best Airsoft 1911 , these include:

FUN FACTOR – Airsoft is a hobby so airsoft guns must be able to generate joy. We look at recoil, sound, design, optional accessories, and overall awesomeness that make the gun interesting. Non-shooting models can also be fun, like a beautiful revolver with realistic ammo that you can load into a rotating cylinder. We rate each of our picks on how much pleasure you can derive from ownership.

REALISM – What makes Airsoft guns attractive for so many is that they replicate real guns. While many manufacturers try their best to recreate the details and feel of a real gun, some succeed while others fail horribly and end up with something more akin to a toy. We rate how real each of our top picks feels and looks.

PERFORMANCE – Power measured in feet-per-second (FPS), range and accuracy are the key metrics we use to determine the best airsoft gun. From there, we also prioritize airsoft guns with an adjustable hop-up and high-quality buckings to ensure that they give the consistency and accuracy you need. All FPS ratings are universally based on 0.2 gram BBs.

BUILD QUALITY – We look for good quality construction, materials and refinement not only in the external components but also internally. The fit tolerances, discernable wobbles and rattles, smoothness of operation, durability of components, etc are all considered.

VALUE – Affordably priced airsoft guns that rank highly in all the above categories are prioritized over more expensive airsoft guns that offer the same, as "bang for your buck" is an important consideration for most airsoft players.  This criteria rates if you are getting more for your money compared to similar guns in the same class, meaning is it a good deal. For more information on how to determine the value of an airsoft gun, check out this article on what goes into the cost of an airsoft gun.

COLLECTABILITY – Sometimes an Airsoft gun stands out simply because it is unique either because it’s not produced by anyone else or holds enough of a cultural or collectable value to make you want to have a piece of history regardless of its utility. This criteria in particular rates whether the gun is a must-have for collectors. Some rare or limited edition Airsoft guns even appreciate in value in the secondary market and we rate their investment value where applicable.


1. RWA NIGHTHAWK CUSTOM WAR HAWK GREEN GAS AIRSOFT PISTOL

SPECIFICATIONS
PlatformGAS
BrandRWA
ColorBlack
Originating ArmoryNIGHTHAWK CUSTOM
Replica TypePISTOL
Model1911
Capacity (rds)21
Power (fps)280
Power SourceGreen Gas / HFC134A / CO2
Shooting ModeSemi Auto
BlowbackYes
Hop-upADJUSTABLE
Net Weight (kg)0.93
Length (mm)250.0
Content IncludedRWA Nighthawk Custom War Hawk GBB Pistol (Special Edition)
MaterialMetal
FUN★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★

We start off with one of the best all-rounder 1911s around, the RWA Nighthawk Custom War Hawk 1911 pistol is the latest in the long line of licensed pistols from RWA. Created originally as a collaborative project between famed shooter Chris Costa and Nighthawk Custom, the War Hawk features the Nighthawk Custom "Tri-Cut" design which gives your traditional 1911 a futuristic, modernized look by removing the rounded top of the slide in place for hard edges.

The slide features serrations on the front and rear as well as on the top. The top serrations form a point that leads your eyes to the front sight post which boasts a red fiber optic sight. To finish the look, mounted on the pistol are signature GATOR grips, which are the same premium grips found on the Steel and Stainless Steel GRP (The grips are not interchangeable due to screw positioning).

Internally, the gun is Tokyo Marui spec and allows for further upgrades and to the user's content. In addition, the War Hawk's customizability is further enhanced by the fact its lower is directly swappable with Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa allowing for supercharged performance with the latter's magazines. All in all this makes the RWA War Hawk easily one of the best airsoft 1911 pistols out there.

Pros

  • Striking design
  • Excellent craftsmanship and refinement
  • Marui compatibility
  • Strong performance and accuracy


Cons

  • Lacks optics cut on the slide for RMR sights.

2. TOKYO MARUI MEU AIRSOFT PISTOL (1911)

SPECIFICATIONS
PlatformGAS
BrandTokyo Marui
ColorBlack
Replica TypePISTOL
Model1911
Capacity (rds)28
Power (fps)240
Power SourceGreen Gas / Top Gas
Shooting ModeSemi Auto
BlowbackYes
Hop-upADJUSTABLE
Net Weight (kg)0.80
Length (mm)220.0
MaterialPlastic
FUN★★★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE★★★
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★

The Colt 1911 is one of the most recognizable pistols of all time; a classic American icon spanning over a century of use from WWI all the way through present day and has since evolved into many different variations to include modern ergonomics. The M45 MEU has been the standard-issue sidearm for the USMC Force Recon since 1985 and the Tokyo Marui MEU should be a standard sidearm for any serious USMC player’s loadout.

Featuring an attractive design, impressive performance, and quality Novak sights, this pistol certainly offers a lot of value considering its sub-$200 price. In the same vein, the internals are just as well done as the externals, and the Tokyo Marui 1911 platform enjoys a large library of aftermarket upgrade parts to increase power and accuracy making up for its primary shortfall being the Japanese spec polymer slide.

Pros

  • Novak sights offer superior target acquisition
  • Proven and reliable gas blowback system
  • Affordable


Cons

  • Polymer slide due to Japanese legal requirements
  • Lower FPS out of the box due to Japanese power restrictions
  • Low gas capacity disadvantages the MEU in cold weather

3. CYBERGUN COLT 1911 RAIL CO2 GBB PISTOL-SILVER

SPECIFICATIONS
PlatformGas
BrandCyber Gun
ColorSilver
Originating ArmoryCOLT
Replica TypePISTOL
Model1911
Capacity (rds)16
Power (fps)400
Power SourceCO2
Shooting ModeSemi Auto
BlowbackYes
Hop-upADJUSTABLE
Net Weight (kg)0.88
Length (mm)220.0
MaterialMetal
FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★

The Cybergun Colt 1911 is a quality full metal replica of this classic legend; however its most notable feature is it features all the correct markings as Cybergun are license holders of Colt.

The 16+1 round magazine feeds 6mm BBs and takes a standard 12g CO2 capsule for power. Each capsule provides a VERY hard and loud crack when fired, a strong cycle action that clocks 390-400 FPS at 0.2g BBs. The adjustable hop-up makes it able to shoot extended ranges to take full advantage of its expanded power. The most impressive feat of engineering with this is the Cybergun 1911 is able to fit a 12g CO2 capsule completely inside this single stack grip with zero protusion in the form of an extended magazine.

An all metal pistol that cycles very hard, shoots well and handles great is a steal at a fraction of the cost of high-end replicas and the fact it is CO2 means it is capable of working well in cooler temperatures.

Pros

  • Picatinny rail mount
  • Amazing and accurate hop-up system
  • Realistic
  • Metal slide
  • Licensed by Colt


Cons

  • Not many aftermarket parts
  • Depending on the climate, the slide cycle can get sluggish
  • Uses Co2, can only remove capsule after completely depleted

4. RWA NIGHTHAWK GRP RECON-CNC STEEL LIMITED EDITION

SPECIFICATIONS
PlatformCO2
BrandRWA
ColorBlack
Originating ArmoryNIGHTHAWK CUSTOM
Replica TypePISTOL
Model1911
Capacity (rds)26
Power (fps)340
Power SourceCO2
Shooting ModeSemi Auto
BlowbackYes
Hop-upADJUSTABLE
Net Weight (kg)1.19
Length (mm)225.0
MaterialMetal
FUN★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★

Billed as the most realistic 1911 airsoft replicas ever made, the RWA Nighthawk Custom GRP takes quality construction and a dedication to exquisite detail to the extreme. 

Widely acclaimed by reviewers and opinion leaders, the GRP delivers one of the most impressive recoil experiences in airsoft, with a kick that will ripple shock waves up your entire arm.  To achieve this, the pistol is powered by CO2 as the added gas pressure is needed to cycle the steel slide and the added tension of the recoil spring enhances the shooting experience of the pistol as the strong recoil can rival that of some .22lr pistols. The pistol is also compatible with green gas using the Tokyo Marui 1911 magazines though it is advised to use the longer magazines to ensure adequate gas capacity.

While buying a CNC Steel kit and fully upgrading a 1911 could be expensive. The RWA GRP is basically a pre-upgraded airsoft pistol out of the factory with guaranteed functionality and an excellent candidate for best Airsoft pistol 1911.

Pros

  • Licensed by Nighthawk Custom
  • Full CNC Steel Construction
  • Base on Marui system for reliability and accuracy
  • Weight almost 1:1 with the real counterpart
  • Will take Green Gas magazine (modification is required)
  • Extremely robust
  • Strongest blowback in any out of the box airsoft pistol thus far


Cons

  • Uses Co2, can only remove capsule after completely depleted
  • Relatively expensive for skirmishing
  • Not for beginners


5. VFC KIMBER 1911 ULTRA CARRY II TYPE GREEN GAS AIRSOFT PISTOL

SPECIFICATIONS
PlatformGas
BrandVFC
ColorBlack
Originating ArmoryKIMBER
Replica TypePISTOL
Model1911
Capacity (rds)18
Power (fps)280
Power SourceGreen Gas / Top Gas
Shooting ModeSemi Auto
BlowbackYes
Hop-upADJUSTABLE
Net Weight (kg)0.71
Length (mm)176.0
MaterialMetal
FUN★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★

For those with a perchance for subtlety, the VFC Kimber 1911 ultra carry Type 2 takes concealability to the next level.

In addition to its quality metal construction, it’s significantly shortened barrel and slide set results in a compact and extremely gas efficient 1911 that also has VFC's guide-hop system, meaning you can adjust the hop from the guide rod, without removing your slide. The grip however is slightly shorter than a standard 1911 meaning you will have 2 rounds less compared to the full-size VFC 1911.

While conceal carry is not a big deal in airsoft considering the fact that you would want your sidearm to be easily accessible in a skirmish at all times, this 1911 would be great for those with smaller hands but would still want to enjoy running comfortably with one of the best 1911 airsoft pistol models around.

Pros

  • Compact profile perfect for conceal carry and backup sidearm
  • High gas efficiency
  • Proven and reliable gas blowback system
  • Robust metal construction


Cons

  • No accessory rails or attachment points
  • Quite expensive

6. TOKYO MARUI VORPAL BUNNY AM.45 LLENN VERSION GREEN GAS AIRSOFT PISTOL

SPECIFICATIONS
PlatformGas
BrandTokyo Marui
ColorPink
Replica TypePISTOL
Model1911
Capacity (rds)18
Power (fps)280
Power SourceGreen Gas / HFC134A
Shooting ModeSemi Auto
BlowbackYes
Hop-upADJUSTABLE
Net Weight (kg)0.55
Length (mm)180.0
MaterialPlastic
FUN
REALISM
PERFORMANCE★★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★

For those with certain unique… tastes, the Tokyo Marui Vorpal Bunny AM45 pistol is 1:1 functional replica based off the same gun used by the character Llenn in the popular anime series Gun Gale Online.

The base of the pistol is the Tokyo Marui DT.45 compact pistol ensuring great function and compatibility with other Marui spec parts and its compact frame allows for quick and easy manipulation and maximum speed and effectiveness ingame even with the futuristic cosmetic addons.  The finish is in an eye catching, head turning hot pink and its design is highly futuristic and the pistol also features a compensator up front and extended magazine lip for better grip.

Granted the design is a love/hate aesthetic and the coloration is certain to create divisions amongst anime fans and players who prefer realism, we feel this airsoft 1911 deserves a place on this list simply because it brings something extremely unique to this tried and tested platform.

Pros

  • Extremely unique futuristic design from the anime Gun Gale Online
  • Compact profile perfect for conceal carry and backup sidearm
  • High gas efficiency
  • Proven and reliable gas blowback system


Cons

  • No accessory rails or attachment points
  • Potentially divisive color scheme and futuristic design

7. ICS KORTH PRS 4 INCH GBB AIRSOFT PISTOL - BLACK (LICENSED BY KORTH)

SPECIFICATIONS
PlatformGas
BrandICS
ColorBlack
Replica TypePISTOL
Model1911
Capacity (rds)14
Power (fps)300
Power SourceGreen Gas / Top Gas
Shooting ModeSemi Auto
BlowbackYes
Hop-upADJUSTABLE
Net Weight (kg)0.78
Length (mm)210.0
MaterialMetal
FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★

Korth is regarded by many as one of the most exclusive firearm brands in the world, with each of their custom designed and made pistols regularly retailing at over 4000 Euros or more. The Korth PRS is easily one of the rarest and expensive examples of the 1911 in existence with each one being handmade to exact customer specifications making each PRS unique.

While this fully licensed replica by ICS might not be individually hand crafted like the real thing, ICS captures the essence of the PRS in both form and function making it an excellent and unique airsoft 1911. This unique airsoft pistol 1911 is a smooth operating compact 4" pistol that comes with a thread adapter and an underslung rail for accessories allowing it to be fully skirmishable as well.

Pros

  • Fully licensed by Korth with correct markings
  • Unique design based in one of the most exclusive 1911 styled pistol models.
  • Smooth operation


Cons

  • Exclusive rarity of the Korth brand may not be recognizable to most airsofters.

8. KJ WORKS 1911 KP-16 GBB AIRSOFT PISTOL

SPECIFICATIONS
PlatformGas / CO2
BrandKJ Works
ColorBrown
Originating ArmoryCOLT
Replica TypePISTOL
Model1911
Capacity (rds)16
Power (fps)300
Power SourceGreen Gas / Top Gas / CO2
Shooting ModeSemi Auto
BlowbackYes
Hop-upADJUSTABLE
Net Weight (kg)0.99
Length (mm)255.0
MaterialMetal
FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★

The KJ Works KP-16 is a compensated 1911 pistol in FDE with a modernized design and plenty of aggressive indentations for the most effective grip possible . Inspired by the futuristic design of the 1911 in the famous Hitman games, the KP-16 features relief cuts up front for lightening of the slide and an accessory rail on the bottom for the mounting of lights and lasers.

Internally the pistol is designed to handle prolonged use under green gas and CO2 which gives you very satisfying recoil impulse and snappy cycling as well as a well earned reputation for reliability that ensures your pistol will continue functioning for years to come.

Pros

  • Reliable and well performing KJW internals.
  • Can handlke green gas and CO2
  • Full metal externals


Cons

  • Potentially divisive color scheme and futuristic design

9. ARMY ARMAMENT X SP SYSTEM 1911 GOVERNMENT GBB AIRSOFT PISTOL

SPECIFICATIONS
PlatformGas
BrandARMY
ColorBlack
Originating ArmoryCOLT
Replica TypePISTOL
Model1911
Capacity (rds)26
Power (fps)280
Power SourceGreen Gas / Top Gas
Shooting ModeSemi Auto
BlowbackYes
Hop-upADJUSTABLE
Net Weight (kg)0.87
Length (mm)250.0
MaterialMetal
FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE★★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★

The Army Armament pistols have long been considered a great entry-level option for players looking for an inexpensive sidearm. The pistol is full metal and boasts great recoil impulses. Being patterned after 1911s, this particular version is modeled after the 1911A1 famously seen used by US servicemen during World War II.

Internally the pistol is robust and is designed to work under the rigors of green gas. As an added benefit, the pistol works with other magazines from Tokyo Marui and other TM Spec magazines.

This particular Army 1911 has been modified internally by SP System using T8 aftermarket parts, allowing this gun to be more gas efficient and accurate compared to the stock Army 1911, effectively making this a pre-upgraded gas airsoft pistol.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • T8 aftermarket parts ensures superior performance
  • Full metal externals


Cons

  • Not licensed by Colt
  • Lack of any accessories