Choosing the best airsoft gun can be a mind-boggling experience since there are so many models and platforms to choose from. If you are just starting out in Airsoft, then this task becomes even more insurmountable with so many different opinions out there. To help both new players and experienced collectors filter out the noise, we wanted to give recognition to the Best Airsoft Guns of 2022. From reliable rifles, unique pistols, long-range snipers, room-clearing shotguns, and awe-inspiring machine guns, we look in-depth at every category to identify the winners that are worth your consideration. Do note that this isn’t a list of the best airsoft guns of all time, but a ranking of the best guns available right now that you can buy. So sit back and read on for our picks of the 50 Best Airsoft Guns of 2022.



How We Choose the Best Airsoft Gun

There are a number of important factors we considered when compiling our list of Best Airsoft Guns, 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 makes 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 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.


OUR TOP PICKS


1. Tokyo Marui Hi Capa 5.1 GBB Airsoft Pistol - Best Pistol

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★★
Crisp fast action makes it a blast to shoot but it's not based on a real gun so may not appeal to some.
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY
Very well built with tight engineering tolerances and amazing value for what you get. But like a Toyota Camry, it won't turn any heads.

Best performing and category-defining all-around airsoft pistol that all other brands aspire to beat, making it a staple for anyone's armory if you can overlook the plastic slide. Good cold-weather performance thanks to its light plastic slide, making the Tokyo Marui Hi Capa 5.1 an all-season performer. Don't be fooled by the plastic construction which is required by Japanese law. We find the plastic slide and grip to be very high quality, and the primary components are all housed within the metal mid-frame. While based on the real double stack 2011, the Hi Capa 5.1 is actually a fictional model. However, there are numerous metal upgrade slide options and grips can turn this into something much more realistic. People who choose the Tokyo Marui Hi Capa 5.1 take the approach of starting with a very good engine and then customizing the external parts around it to end up with an amazing pistol. Numerous options to upgrade by exploring the huge aftermarket parts market that can make this the perfect pistol for IPCS competition or skirmishing. If upgrading parts seems like too much trouble, then consider its more dressed up sibling, the Tokyo Marui Hi Capa 5.1 Gold Match.

Pros

  • Gold standard of airsoft pistols
  • Most popular competitive shooting pistol
  • Very high accuracy and stability
  • Large gas and BB capacity
  • Unlimited upgrade options


Cons

  • Plastic slide
  • Not based on an existing real pistol model

2. Tokyo Marui VSR-10 Airsoft Sniper - Best Entry Level Sniper

FUN ★★★★
REALISM ★★
PERFORMANCE ★★★★
Best beginner sniper rifle that can run with the best of them once upgraded with the vast library of aftermarket parts, but not based on a real gun so might be less appealing to some.
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY
Fantastic build quality and great value for what you get but everyone else has one too.

Best all-around airsoft sniper rifle for most people. Amazing hop-up makes it the most accurate bolt action sniper rifle with modest factory power that can and should be upgraded with aftermarket parts to make it one of the most formidable airsoft rifles on the field.

Pros

  • Gold standard of airsoft snipers
  • Most popular sniper rifle in airsoft thanks to high price-performance ratio
  • Very high accuracy and stability
  • Unlimited upgrade options


Cons

  • Plastic construction
  • Japanese market regulations limit power out of the box
  • Classic design may not appeal to everyone

3. Umarex Glock 17 GEN 5 GBB Airsoft Pistol (BY VFC) - Best Airsoft Glock

FUN ★★★★
REALISM ★★★★★
PERFORMANCE ★★★
Looks and feels fantastic, although the hop-up adjustment guide-rod detracts a bit from realism.
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY
Widely popular and available which means limited collector value, but a Glock 17 is the bread and butter of any armory.

The most popular model in both the real steel and airsoft community, the Glock 17 is one of the most popular Airsoft pistols hands down. The pistol is rugged and does the job with the most recognizable form factor that has become a staple of any serious tactical loadout. If you're looking for something smaller, then consider the equally good Umarex Glock 19 Gen 4, or the beefier Umarex Glock 45.

Pros

  • Snappy shooting experience
  • Innovative & convenient hop-up adjustment design
  • High-quality construction


Cons

  • Few available upgrade parts
  • Innovative hop-up can detract from realism

4. ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3 AEG - Best AEG Rifle

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★★
Responsive trigger and built from the same kind of polymer as the real EVO, with high accuracy and rate of fire.
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★
It won Best AEG in Popular Airsoft's Players Choice Awards for many years running, which speaks to its quality and wide appeal.

Positioning itself as an affordable alternative to the much more expensive Systema PTWs, and the only airsoft gun designed & made in the EU (Denmark), the EVO's compact form factor and impressive electronic trigger won it the Best AEG category in the Players Choice Awards for many years running. One of, if not, the best SMG AEGs available.

Pros

  • Voted best AEG by Players Choice Awards for many years
  • Available in several variants
  • Same polymer material as a real gun
  • Most sophisticated ECU when it was first released
  • Well thought out usability features including quick-change spring


Cons

  • Ageing design but still up to the job Small battery compartment
  • Some minor mid-life QC issues

5. RWA Agency Arms EXA GBB Airsoft Pistol - Best Custom Glock

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Sometimes referred to as the "new SAI", Agency Arms founders were actually designers and machinists for Salient Arms International.

BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★
Solid construction with texturing that feels expensive. Contemporary styling beats a utilitarian Glock. Voted top 5 best pistols in Popular Airsoft's Players Choice Award 2021.

The best-looking out-of-the-box custom Glock for the same price as a standard Glock. Voted as the top 5 best pistols of the year by Players Choice Awards, this striking design from Agency Arms and custom Timberwolf lower frame comes with a handful of premium features that are usually found on more expensive pistols, including adjustable trigger, metal mag well, stippling effect and fibre optic sights. The adjustable trigger, which is a rare feature in this price range, can remove all slack from the trigger and make it as responsive as a high-performance race gun for uber-fast double-taps. Blacked out inner barrel adds to the realism. The EXA fits standard Glock 17 holsters and has a compatible accessory rail for lights and lasers. If you already own a Umarex Glock 17 with spare magazines, they all fit in the EXA making this pistol a no-brainer for Glock fans.

Pros

  • Best "Custom Glock" pistol in its price range
  • Adjustable trigger for faster response
  • Only pistol in its price range to offer stipppled grips
  • Standard fiber optic front sight
  • Very gas efficient
  • Compatibility with Umarex / VFC parts
  • Fits real Glock holsters and lights


Cons

  • Non-threaded barrel
  • Lacks optics cut

6. Northeast STEN - Most Unique WW2 Gun

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★
Shoots hot with solid recoil that puts a grin on your face. Very realistic appearance that brings you back to an era long forgotten. Accuracy and range are average but counting that against the STEN would be missing the point here.
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
Build quality is not bad at all for a boutique brand, with good quality steel and wood. A must-have for any WW2 collector.

Modelled after the iconic British STEN gun from World War 2, the Northeast STEN GBB is an extremely faithful replica made out of full steel with operation and disassembly being practically identical to the real thing. With the weight and performance to match, this unique gun is essential to any WW2 British loadout and with six different models to choose from, you can be confident that one of them will be the right STEN for you.

Pros

  • Full steel construction
  • Six different models to choose from
  • Excellent performance
  • Satisfying recoil


Cons

  • Heavy
  • Awkward ergonomics from side loading magazine

7. Silverback TAC41P Bolt Action Rifle - Best Mid-Range Sniper

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★★
Sharp and tight. Not being a replica of a real sniper works in its favor to unleash any design limitations that would otherwise hamper airsoft performance.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★
Excellent fit and finish with wobble-free constructions. Materials are top-notch. Beautifully proportioned and looks great; even better with a fat suppressor attached.

Silverback's more affordable Tact41P sniper rifle is widely viewed as the little brother to their SRS bullpup sniper rifle, and yet still boasts a lot of great features at a fraction of the price. Based on their own design and not a replica of a real gun, Silverback was able to do all the things required to make a sniper rifle that was good for airsoft without being limited by real gun aesthetics. Serious snipers who care about performance should give the Tac41P a good hard look.

Pros

  • Same performance but more affordable than its sibling the SRS
  • Extremely high accuracy
  • High power upgrade potential
  • Well thought out design with versatile features


Cons

  • Few third party parts
  • Not patterned after any real steel rifle

8. GHK M4 GBBR - Most Realistic Gas AR 15

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Fun to shoot with very strong recoil, a very real external appearance with solid selector switches. It's as close to owning a real AR 15 rifle as you can get in airsoft.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★
Good quality materials with good fit and finish. GHK guns are pricy but offer great quality. Only gas blowback AR 15 that works with CO2.

The GHK M4 GBBR is the most realistic airsoft M4 gas blowback rifle for many years counting and still reigns supreme with authentic field-stripping and attention to the smallest details, although VFC is closing the gap in recent years and Marui's MWS might have a slight edge in cold weather use. GHK's ability to use both green gas and CO2 magazines still puts it a step above the rest for use in places with distinct seasons and large temperature differences. Very strong recoil and lots of accessories for upgrades.

Pros

  • Extremely stable and reliable blowback system
  • Very realistic construction & field stripping
  • Can use CO2 magazines which is perfect for cold weather


Cons

  • Hard to find magazines
  • Hop-Up bucking requires more break in time than many others

9. RWA Battle Arms Development 556-LW AEG Airsoft Rifle - Most Gucci AR 15

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Aggressive weight-saving cuts throughout the receiver translates into an eye-catching rifle. Faithfully replicates the details of the real BAD rifle Programmable ECU trigger even offers a binary mode for ultra-fast semi-auto for CQB fields.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★
Good fit and finish with sharp and clean cuts. Unique look makes for a worthy collector piece, although it comes at a price.

Eye-catching "custom AR 15" with superior attention to detail, and offering a feature-packed electronic trigger control unit that offers a binary mode for ultra-fast CQB semi-auto shooting Special stock design to accommodate Titan Lithium-Ion batteries is also very forward-looking. The BAD AEG is not cheap and comes in either standard length or the SBR compact version, but if you want an AR 15 that is a bit edgier with an incredibly fast binary trigger for CQB game sites, this should be on your list.

Pros

  • Striking aesthetics Available in Carbine & SMG lengths
  • Sophisticated ECU trigger with ultra-responsive binary mode for CQB
  • Modular stock that can take a variety of batteries including TITAN Li-Ion


Cons

  • Racy styling might not be for everyone
  • The PDW style stock might not be for everyone

10. Krytac Trident MK2 CRB AEG (M-LOK) - Best Mid-Range AEG Rifle

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★★
Sharp trigger action, superior accuracy and range compared to other rifles in its class.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★
Not the most good looking AR 15 available, and the unsightly stock doesn't help. But solid internals and excellent build quality make this top choice for people who prioritize practicality over looks.

The Krytac Trident line is probably one of the most robust out of the box electric airsoft guns available, with the approach that they are pre-tuned and pre-upgraded for better than average performance. Combining modern design with tried and tested robust internals, these airsoft guns are fantastic for both in and outdoor airsoft games.

Pros

  • Modern AR design
  • Robust internals
  • Compatible with many standard Version 2 gearbox parts
  • Category leading performance


Cons

  • Slightly pricier than other non-blowback AEGs in its class

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11. Umarex H&K MP5 GBB Airsoft Rifle (by VFC) - Most Iconic SMG

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Hugely fun to shoot with strong recoil and realistic rate of fire. Faithful representation of the stamped receiver and weld points make this gun feel extremely real. True mechanical burst mode is a hoot to shoot.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
Limited in production numbers, this iconic and most recognized SMG is not particularly cheap, but it's a must-have for any serious collector. A no-brainer in our books if you can get your hands on one because they usually sell out fast.

The most recognizable submachine gun ever, the MP5 has long been synonymous with SWAT, and elite branches of the police and military all over the world. Compact, ergonomic, and very versatile for many kinds of situations, the MP5 is still the best SMG to get. This blowback version is extremely realistic with excellent recoil impulse, rate of fire, and accuracy. The stamped receiver is built just like the real MP5 and you can even do the famous MP5 slap on the cocking lever. You can get the optional VFC Forend Weaponlight for Umarex MP5 to add to its tactical appeal.

Pros

  • Compatible with many real steel accessories
  • Satisfying "MP5 slap"
  • Realistic operation
  • Strong and snappy recoil


Cons

  • Not as gas efficient as other gas blowback SMGs with larger gas reservoirs
  • Few upgrade parts

12. G&G ARP-9 AEG - Best AEG Sub Gun

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Good clean fun in an all-polymer package that does not replicate a real gun.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★
Perfect for beginners and intermediate players who want a light, nimble, and reliable SMG AEG for all-day shooting.

The ARP-9 defined the 9mm pistol carbine category in Airsoft and is one of the most popular AEGs around. A solid mid-priced pistol carbine AEG that is compact to carry and manoeuvre yet performs solidly in both CQB and outdoor environments. Missing the bells and whistles of more expensive rifles but it does a fantastic job of firing BBs with fair accuracy and a good rate of fire.

Pros

  • The gold standard for the 9mm AR category
  • Compact, light and highly manoeuvrable
  • Very reliable and durable operation
  • High accuracy and rate of fire


Cons

  • Only uses G&G 9mm style electric airsoft gun magazines
  • Not based on a real AR pistol carbine
  • Small battery compartment
  • Mostly made out of polymer

13. SIG Sauer M17 (P320) Green Gas GBB Airsoft Pistol (by SIG AIR & VFC) - Best Mid-Range Pistol

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Realistic appearance and available with CO2 or green gas magazines, the M17 delivers strong performance.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★
Excellent build quality with quality materials, the M17 is the official sidearm of the US Military which earns it a spot on any gun wall.

An Airsoft pistol manufactured by real gun company SIG SAUER, the M17 is the designated sidearm of the US military and if history is any indication, the M17 will enjoy the same iconic following as its predecessor the Beretta M9. Strong performance, solid build construction and quality materials make this one of the best gas blowback pistols that VFC has ever made. Available in both black and tan.

Pros

  • Official sidearm of the US Military
  • Feature-packed pistol with high-quality construction
  • Strong recoil and high accuracy
  • Available in both green gas and CO2 models


Cons

  • The heavy slide is a tad sluggish in cooler weather
  • Lacks substantial aftermarket parts but growing by the day

14. Ares Amoeba Tactical 'Striker' AST-01 Sniper Rifle - Best Budget Sniper

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Looks good and familiar at first glance but not based on a real sniper. Trigger is also a bit far from grip making this unsuitable for small hands.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★
Great value for the price and looks much more expensive than other rifles in this price range.

A serious challenger to the Tokyo Marui VSR-10 that falls just short of the VSR-10's class-leading accuracy. But it makes up for that in heaps with modern tactical looks and solid build quality, and a portfolio of optional plug and play parts for easy customization. Also, consider the more compact Striker AST-02 and the even more compact AST-03.

Pros

  • A solid alternative to the Tokyo Marui VSR-10
  • Beautiful tactical design inspired by Magpul's design language
  • Based on the proven platform of the Striker AS01, AS02 and AS03.


Cons

  • Does not match the Marui VSR-10 in sheer number of upgrade options
  • Not as accurate as the class-leading VSR-10
  • Awkward grip position for small hands

15. Umarex G3A3 GBB Airsoft Rifle (by VFC) - Best Cold War Battle Rifle

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Huge blowback recoil impulse and loud too, thanks to the huge gas reservoir in the large magazine. Very realistic finishing. Loads of fun.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
Really rigid and solid with a stamped steel receiver, the G3 is beautiful yet understated. Super limited production numbers mean they are super rare.

The legendary German rifle was long delayed by Umarex and VFC, but despite a lukewarm reception by the player community, it is one of the most realistic and solid gas blowback rifles ever made. Doomed to be a collector gun, these are rare and hard to find but if you collect, this should be on your list. Many rare airsoft guns appreciate in value but it remains to be seen whether the G3A3 is sought after enough to be of investment value.

Pros

  • Very rigid, solid and heavy
  • Jaw-dropping blowback recoil and sound
  • Collector grade - ultra-realistic build allowing the use of many real parts


Cons

  • Very heavy and not suited for long skirmishes
  • Limited availability and rare to come by
  • No aftermarket parts
  • Perhaps was a transient model leading ultimately to the Umarex VFC PSG-1 so it's been out of production for some time

16. Umarex Glock 17 Gen 3 GBB Airsoft Pistol (by GHK) - Most Realistic Airsoft Glock

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★★
Feels more realistic than any other airsoft gas blowback pistol thanks to its innovative design that is derived from GHK's gas blowback rifle.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★
Solid gun with no shakes or wobbles, and a must for any Glock fan who wants to use this as a training tool. Not cheap though.

GHK's first-ever pistol, this is the most realistic out-of-the-box Glock 17 you can buy, with a game-changing blowback system, steel slide, over-molding manufacturing techniques, and realistically weighted trigger. Hard to upgrade other ordinary gas blowback pistols to feel like this no matter how hard you try. The heavy 5lb trigger imitates the real gun, and the trigger break combined with the strong recoil created the same sense of anticipation as when shooting a real Glock. f you dream about owning a real Glock but can't, then this is the one for you.

Pros

  • The most realistic Glock ever made
  • Innovative blowback mechanism for strong recoil
  • Realistically weighted trigger for training
  • Steel slide out of the box
  • Can use green gas or CO2 magazines
  • Overmolding construction just like the real Glock


Cons

  • Costs almost as much as a real Glock 17
  • Love or Hate the trigger feel, it breaks a little funny
  • Limited aftermarket parts as of this writing
FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Solid performance and strong recoil. Rounded edges from mass production molding and black paint finish detract a bit from realism, but it's still a handsome pistol.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★
Proven KJ system is reliable and trouble-free, sold at a very reasonable price. IPSC fans won't be able to resist owning one.

Highly popular in the Airsoft Action Air IPSC community, the Shadow 2 is not a simple refresh of the original CZ Shadow, but a redesign of the original with modern techniques and shooting in mind. With features such as a lowered bore access, an ergonomic grip, and an extended beavertail, the pistol points exceptionally well and naturally wants to guide the shooter to their target. One of the best blowback pistols that KJ Works has ever made.

Pros

  • IPSC Competition pistol of choice
  • Strong blowback and recoil
  • Stable performance
  • Solid build & quality construction
  • Can use green gas and CO2 magazines


Cons

  • Frequently in short supply
  • Limited upgrade parts available

18. Tokyo Marui MK23 SOCOM Fixed Slide Full Set Gas Airsoft Pistol - Most Silent Pistol

FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★★
NBB fixed slide pistol is rather numb to shoot with absolutely no feeling and a heavy double-action trigger, but its amazing range and accuracy more than makeup for this.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY
Good quality construction but it's all plastic, and the LAM unit is a toy. But you will reign in the field and for some, that's all that matters.

A sniper in a pistol body. Very silent and deadly, this non-blowback version of the MK23 even comes with a replica LAM unit. Most people use this for sniping thanks to its high accuracy and long-range. With huge gas efficiency and a large magazine, you can shoot longer before needing to reload. If realism and shooting experience is not important to you, then the MK23 should be on your list.

Pros

  • Ultra-quiet for stealth
  • Extremely accurate and long-range for its size
  • Extremely gas efficient
  • Works well even in cold weather
  • Very lightweight


Cons

  • All plastic construction
  • Fixed slide design lacks realism
  • LAM unit flashlight is toy-like and unusable
  • Japanese market regulations limit power out of the box
FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
As with all SIG SAUER rifles produced by SIG AIR, the details are spot on and make the gun look very realistic compared to the real rifle. Good performance but without the bells and whistles of an ECU trigger found on guns in this price range.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★
Top-notch construction and materials, but SIG SAUER rifles do not come cheap.

The MCX is touted as an evolution of the AR-15 platform. Used by many special operations forces around the world, the MCX is highly modular, compact, and uses modern technologies designed to keep the weapon system usable far into the future. The airsoft version manufactured by SIG SAUER employs robust internals and dutifully replicates all details of its real steel counterpart!

Pros

  • New modern design that challenges the age-old AR platform
  • Highly modular
  • Quick Change Spring
  • Fully licensed product
  • Picatinny rail adaptor for stock mounting


Cons

  • Low base FPS
  • Relatively vanilla internals compared to other AEGs in its class
  • Small battery compartment
FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Much like the SIG SAUER MCX AEG rifle, the MPX was developed with a similar mindset, offering solid performance with a standard gearbox and trigger. Good enough for most except the most demanding players.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★
With good quality construction and materials, SIG's MPX is not available everywhere in the world as of this writing, so picking one up if you find it isn't a bad idea.

The MPX is the modern reimagining of the legendary MP5. It looks familiar and feels familiar but that's where the similarities end. The MPX features AR-15 / M4 style controls and enlarged magazine wells for faster reloads and a more robust pistol grip. Made by SIG SAUER, this airsoft version does feature a small battery compartment but does still enjoy the same amount of modularity found with the MCX. A solid AEG SMG in a highly desirable body that gives the MP5 a run for its money.

Pros

  • Modern design
  • SMG package, AR-15 Style controls
  • M-LOK Rail
  • Picatinny rail adaptor for stock mounting


Cons

  • Low base FPS
  • Relatively vanilla internals compared to other AEGs in its class
  • Small battery compartment

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21. Silverback SRS A2 Licensed by Desert Tech - Best Sniper

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★★
One of the best, if not the best, sniper rifles regardless of price range.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★
The designer and engineer behind the SRS are passionate and have not skimped on materials and build quality. Unique bullpup sniper design is worth adding to any collection.

As the winner of the Popular Airsoft Players Choice Awards 2021 for Best Airsoft Sniper, the Silverback SRS A2 certainly lives up to the accolades. Featuring a monolithic receiver made from aeronautical grade aluminum, the A2 is 25% lighter than the previous A1 models with the handguard using numerous M-LOK slots and QD points for the fast attachment of accessories and slings as well as modular attachment points for bipods, tripods, cheek rests and a 14mm CCW thread on the barrel. Internally, the SRS is a class leader when it comes to air displacement. The cylinder holds up to 41cc of air which is only second to its bigger brother the HTI, combining this with its buttery smooth action, 6.05 tight bore inner barrel, and adjustable trigger box, the SRS A2 is a marksman's dream rifle. To ensure the most flexibility, the SRS A2s come standard with a fast hop-up adjusting system that is compatible with standard AEG hop-up buckings.

Pros

  • Fully licensed from Desert Tech
  • Solid construction and extremely modular design
  • High volume air cylinder
  • Smooth bolt pull
  • Compatible with existing Silverback parts


Cons

  • Bullpup design for bolt action might not be for everyone's tastes

22. RWA Nighthawk Custom AGENT 2 GBB Airsoft Pistol - Best High End 1911

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Crisp and strong blowback thanks to Marui compliant design that has been upgraded. High attention to detail replicates real AGENT 2 faithfully.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
100% CNC construction means sharp straight edges that are clean and crisp. Very tight tolerances mean no shakes or rattles. Limited production numbers across a spectrum of special Cerakote colors make it a rare piece.

The Nighthawk Custom Agent 2 is a perfect marriage between two of the premier real steel weapon manufacturers, Nighthawk Custom and Agency Arms. The Agent two features 1911 heritage with a Custom Glock design. With aspects such as aggressive serrations, custom frame work, and exceptional craftsmanship, the Agent 2 is a cut above many modern pistols. It's also Cerakoted by Hillbilly_223, who does the coating for the real Agent 2. Internally the airsoft pistol features TM compatible parts and can even take Tokyo Marui 1911 gas airsoft magazines! Very high-quality workmanship with details that you come to expect from an airsoft pistol in this price range, the AGENT 2 is a collector piece for those who have the money to spend on the best 1911 airsoft pistol.

Pros

  • Striking design
  • Excellent craftsmanship and refinement
  • Marui compatibility (except blowback housing)
  • Strong performance and accuracy
  • A variety of Cerakote finishing options by Hilbilly_223


Cons

  • Expensive
  • Lacks optics cut on the slide for RMR scope.

23. KJ Works 10 22 KC-02 Carbine GBB Airsoft Rifle - Best Entry Level Gas Blowback Rifle

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Blowback is weak but crisp, and performance has been proven over two decades.
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★
Great value for money compared to other guns in this price range, but the look might not appeal to everyone.

Best performance for the buck, the KC-02's semi-auto blowback system remains unbeaten after nearly two decades since its original launch. Designed by legendary Airsoft engineer, Tanio Koba, the KC-02 offers crisp and stable blowback action in a compact no-frills design making this gun ripe for customization and upgrades to eye-watering power levels.

Pros

  • Super efficient gas system designed by legendary Tanio Koba
  • Uses by green gas & CO2 magazines
  • High upgrade potential
  • Small & versatile form factor


Cons

  • Light recoil
  • Non-tactical form factor based on 22 caliber real gun

24. GHK AUG A2 GBBR - Most Solid Gas Blowback Rifle

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Solid and strong recoil, with very high-quality finishing. We love this bullpup GBBR for its thrills and exclusivity.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
Rock-solid and super rare. Grab it if you find one.

One of the two all-time favorites we've seen come from GHK is this AUG and the SIG553. Priced for collectors and rare as always, the AUG comes in a couple colors and variants. Delivers very solid blowback and performance, and will surely turn heads. But this head-turner is not always available so grab one when you see it.

Pros

  • Authentic replica with superior build quality
  • A bargain at this price given what you get
  • Smile inducing recoil and sound
  • Collectors choice


Cons

  • Rare and hard to find
  • Lack of aftermarket parts

25. GHK 553 GBBR - Most Rare Gas Blowback Rifle

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Amazing fun to shoot with strong recoil sensation. We absolutely love this gun.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
One of the best rifles that GHK has ever built, but rare and hard to find.

GHK is one of the most courageous companies out there that try to recreate iconic pieces instead of chasing popular models for financial gain. Beautifully recreated replica of the SG553 with a stamped receiver and fantastic blowback, this is such a rare gas blowback rifle that you know you're holding something special as soon as you pick it up. Collectors should not miss a chance to own a gun this special and rare.

Pros

  • Most realistic recreation of the 553
  • Three firing modes: Semi, three-round burst, full auto.
  • Cerakoted receiver
  • Interlockable magazines


Cons

  • Rare and hard to find
  • Lack of aftermarket parts

26. Umarex PSG-1 GBB Airsoft Rifle (by VFC) - Most Iconic Semi-Auto Sniper

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Big-time fun with big-time recoil that will rattle your bones. Beautiful and realistic finish.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★
The mother of snipers, the iconic PSG-1 was long-awaited in GBBR form and does not disappoint.

The best and most awe-inspiring semi-auto sniper rifle after the now-defunct SOCOM GEAR M82. An epic collector rifle in the making for a decade, this rifle doesn't disappoint when it comes to the blowback and recoil. Construction is top-notch and solid with no creaks. Not coming with the scope and bipod is rather disappointing so it loses marks on realism, but collectors determined to own this amazing sniper rifle will surely find ways to make do with a similar scope or find a Marui PSG-1 scope.

Pros

  • First gas blowback rifle ever of this Iconic sniper rifle
  • Huge blowback and recoil effect
  • Beautiful build quality with realistic stamped receiver
  • Powerful


Cons

  • Does not come with a scope or bipod
  • Semi-auto only just like the real rifle
  • Expensive

27. KRYTAC KRISS Vector AEG SMG - Coolest SMG

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★
Innovative ergonomics and shape take some getting used to but that is part of the fun.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
Futuristic styling as used by the droids in the movie Total Recall (remake) makes it a must-have.

Krytac is the airsoft division of KRISS, the real steel company that makes the Vector SMG - a gun so futuristic that it has been featured in many Hollywood blockbusters. The Krytac Kriss Vector is a faithful replica of the real steel version and seasoned collectors will invariably be drawn to its unique style, although comparisons to the more high performing but long-defunct gas blowback version will be hard to avoid. Great build quality but a slightly sluggish trigger gets points off on performance. If you want a Kriss Vector, then this is your only option since the gas version is unlikely ever to be made again.

Pros

  • So different that it is a must-have for any serious collector
  • Compact SMG great for CQB
  • Customization kits available from Laylax


Cons

  • Hard not to compare with the far superior GBB version that is now defunct
  • Slightly sluggish trigger

28. Cybergun Desert Eagle .50AE GBB Airsoft Pistol (by WE) - Best Hand Cannon

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Big loud and brash with an impressive kick.
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★
Decent build but a bit more expensive than other GBB pistols in its class.

Matrix fans who want to play Agent Smith will undoubtedly have looked at this fully licensed Desert Eagle from Cybergun, which offers size, sound and great performance. It's one of the biggest Airsoft pistols available but shooters with small hands might find the trigger might be a bit of a reach. Super strong blowback on green gas puts a smile on your face, but so-so build quality from WE detracts a bit from an otherwise beautiful package. With full metal construction and the associated weight, it shoots loud, shoots hard and has a very strong kick, just like the real thing. If you're on a budget, consider the CO2 powered KWC Desert Eagle airsoft pistols.

Pros

  • Huge blowback recoil with a loud report
  • Full metal construction
  • A lot of gun for the money


Cons

  • Its huge so smaller hands should beware
  • Pricier than other pistols in its class

29. Tokyo Marui AA-12 AEG Airsoft Shotgun - The Only Full Auto Shotgun

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★★
Massive firepower will send them running for the hills. Evil grin included.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
Excellent build quality despite mostly polymer construction. Novelty makes it worth collecting.

If you want the best room-clearing tool, look no further than this. The Tokyo Marui AA-12 holds the record as being the first Airsoft Automatic Electric Shotgun (AES) in the world with the ability to pump out three bbs per shot with 3 inner barrels at FULL AUTO for a blistering 30 rounds a second! Each inner barrel’s hop-up can be individually adjusted allowing you to control the spread of how the BBs come out. Weighing in at about 4 kg the AA-12 is heavier than it looks and the quality polymer finish on it makes it feel authentic to the real thing with its sheer firepower, is the closest you will feel to firing the real thing too.

Pros

  • Huge firepower
  • Adjustable hop-up for each barrel
  • Legendary Marui accuracy


Cons

  • All polymer construction
  • Not many upgrade options

30. Umarex G28 GBB Airsoft Rifle (by VFC) - Strongest Kicking Gas Blowback Rifle

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
So loud that you need earplugs when firing from a shouldered position. Shoots rather hot.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
Solid but perhaps a bit too heavy. Limited production numbers make it sought after.

Loud and massive blowback recoil that embarrasses most blowback rifles, with eye-watering power out of the box. It's so loud that your ears may ring if you're aiming with your cheek to the stock. The VFC G28 GBBR, fully licensed by Umarex, is a full metal licensed replica this time in GBB form, stretching to just under a meter in length and weighing in at 5kgs, this absolute unit of a weapon is not known for its lightweight and mobility. If you plan to be out in the field all day, think twice about carrying this beast out. Thankfully at 440 FPS the G28’s lack of mobility is negated by its ability to reach out to your intended target as a fully capable DMR. Featuring a quad rail system, collapsible stock, its own foregrip, Harris bipod and scope rings for a magnified scope and red dot sight, the G28 has almost everything you would need for a DMR setup right from the get-go and is ideal for any aspiring squad marksman.

Pros

  • Huge recoil impulse and loud
  • Large magazine means more shots between gas recharges
  • Solid build quality


Cons

  • Heavy
  • GBB may not have the best consistency for marksmanship compared to AEGs
  • Might be too powerful for some fields

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31. VFC Avalon Samurai Edge CQB AEG Airsoft Rifle - Best Under The Radar AEG Rifle

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Really good performance but does not truly replicate a real gun despite being based on an AR 15.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★
The best that VFC has to offer with excellent quality and value.

High-performance AEGs with the best that VFC has to offer. While not technically an accurate replica of a real AR 15 variant, the gun is designed beautifully with billet style receivers and even sports a silver Samurai motif on the lower receiver giving it a modern and sleek look. Internally, the Samurai Edge features the latest Version 2.1 ECS and trigger unit that is programmable o add burst mode to the standard safe, semi, and auto. The gun is also fully ambidextrous. This is essentially VFC's showcase of its superior AEG abilities for people looking for an alternative to Krytac AEGs.

Pros

  • Full metal modern construction with eye-catching design
  • Numerous M-LOK slots for attachments
  • Programmable ECS allows for different fire modes
  • Relatively affordable


Cons

  • Design may be divisive
  • Not modelled after any particular real AR 15 rifle

32. CYMA Metal AKS74M AEG Airsoft Rifle - Best Value AK Rifle

FUN★★★
REALISM
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Does everything you expect from an AEG rifle.
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★
Cyma's Type 3 gearbox is mature and reliable. Great value thanks to its budget price.

Best value for money AK electric airsoft rifle hands down, with a proven Type 3 gearbox that rocks with the best of them. Rough around the edges and doesn't quite match the refinement of Tokyo Marui or LCT's external builds, but that's what real AK rifles are like. Ample upgrade parts available for maintenance and upgrades, CYMA AK's have come a long way and matured into one of the best AK rifles you can buy. If you're on a budget and aren't fussed about the details, and just want an AK that can deliver the basics, then you can't beat the price.

Pros

  • Budget price
  • Proven Type 3 gearbox
  • Full metal


Cons

  • Decent build quality but falls short of alternatives from Marui & LCT Basic functionality
  • Rough around the edges

33. KJ Works P-09 CO2 GBB Airsoft Pistol - Best Affordable Pistol

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Great performance and thrills compared to other pistols in this price range.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★
Beautiful pistol at an irresistible price.

Amazing value for money in a beautiful design. Voted best airsoft pistol by Popular Airsoft's Players Choice Awards, this pistol is a handsomely proportioned gun with an angular and modern lower polymer frame and half-height metal slide. Solid dual system performance that runs on CO2 or green gas, this pistol is priced lower than most other guns in its class. Lots of options in black, tan or two-tone with our without threaded barrels make this gun an extremely attractive buy.

Pros

  • Excellent shooting performance
  • Excellent price-performance ratio
  • Solid construction and comfortable modern ergonomics
  • Voted best airsoft pistol at the 11th Player’s Choice Awards


Cons

  • Painted finish instead of anodized coating
  • Limited aftermarket upgrade parts

34. Tokyo Marui MK18 Mod 1 GBB Airsoft Rifle - Best Gas Blowback Rifle

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★★
Hassle-free fun with great accuracy and a class-leading hop-up unit. However, unrealistic internal design disappoints.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★★
VALUE★★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★
Class-leading build quality is worth the price.

Voted best gas blowback rifle by Popular Airsoft's Players Choice Awards, the Tokyo Marui MK18 MOD 1 is the latest from TM using the ZET system as seen in their highly acclaimed MWS guns. The fit and finish of the gun is what you have come to expect from Tokyo Marui, everything is solid and the rifle is also compatible with standard MWS parts making this an incredibly customizable gun right out of the box. Furthermore, the ZET system also gives the MK18 exceptional gas efficiency and consistency which translates into great performance on the field.

Pros

  • Cerakote finish
  • ZET GBB system for superior performance
  • Huge library for aftermarket upgrades and accessories


Cons

  • Expensive
  • Toy-like internals means unrealistic field-stripping

35. Ares M320 40mm Airsoft Grenade Launcher - Best Grenade Launcher

FUN★★★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Eye-catching and fun to operate.
BUILD QUALITY★★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
Solid and affordable. A unique addition to any collection.

The M320 is a modern grenade launcher that can be used either by itself or in conjunction with a rifle. Much like a traditional grenade launcher you can remove the stock and mount it to the bottom of your airsoft gun. However, unlike traditional launchers such as the M203, this side loading design allows for much faster loading or reloading (not to mention you no longer need to push the launcher all the way forward to expose the breach). The M320 is made from polymer is lightweight and even has its own holster options for users that want to use it as a standalone weapon platform. For the money, the M320 launcher is well worth it if you want to get into launching rubber shells or just showering enemies with a blast of BBs.

Pros

  • Solid polymer construction
  • Modern ergonomic design and functionality
  • Compatible with all 40mm airsoft grenades
  • Holster options from Ares


Cons

  • Limited use in-game
  • Only as good as the shells you use in it

36. Snow Wolf M41A Pulse AEG Rifle (Alien Gun) - Most Futuristic Rifle

FUN★★★★
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★
The functional round counter is a blast!
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE★★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★★
Toy-like construction but it's a chance to own a piece of Alien movie history.

A culturally important rifle from the Aliens movie franchise, this electric airsoft gun is so unique that it's a must for any serious collector. Dependable performance and good attention to detail make this a prop gun that can actually shoot, although Snow Wolf internals means you might do good with some internal upgrades to critical components for greater longevity and performance. Ultimately a fantastic collector gun for fans of the Aliens movie.

Pros

  • Huge pop cultural significance
  • Eye-popping design in 4 colors
  • Functional LED round counter
  • Huge cultural significance makes this a must-have collectable


Cons

  • All plastic construction
  • Under-barrel pump shotgun is non-functioning
  • Small battery compartment

37. Ares L1A1 SLR AEG Airsoft Sniper - Most Underappreciated Historical Gun

FUN★★★
REALISM★★★★
PERFORMANCE★★★★
Perfect for people who are looking for something other than an M4.
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