Airsoft has been around since the 1970s after being invented in Japan. Since then many models and platforms have come and go, but some jewels have stayed around for several decades and have yet to be unseated from their thrones. Here we take a look at the Best Airsoft Pistols available today - in our 2020 guide. Keep in mind that this is not a Top 12 Pistols Released in 2020, but rather a list of all the pistols that you can buy in 2020. While there have been other amazing pistols out there in the past, some are sadly no longer available so will not be included here. Here are our 12 picks for Best Airsoft Pistols for all airsofters from beginners to advanced players in the year 2020.
How To Find YOUR Best Airsoft Pistol?
Before we begin, we must first ask ourselves "what is the 'best' airsoft pistol"? Often times airsofters are constantly searching for the best airsoft pistols for their personal use. However, since every user is a little different, the definition of "best" differs for every individual. Throughout the years, quite a few good gas blowback pistols were released from various manufacturers, so today we are going to list out 12 airsoft pistols that we think are best, whilst listing each one's pros and cons so airsofters can find their personal "best airsoft pistol."
12 Best Airsoft Pistols
1. Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 GBB Pistol (including all variants)
The Hi-Capa has been known to be the best airsoft pistol for years for its reliability, upgradability, and performance. It is the "go-to" pistol for all competitive shooters for its high round count, reliability, and accuracy. Comes in a variety of configurations in 5.1-inch slide, 4.3-inch slide, in full auto and semi-auto versions. For style-conscious shooters, the Hi Capa Gold Match takes the cake with both performance and looks to boot. With a huge (not an overstatement by any measure) aftermarket parts market, there are infinite ways that you can upgrade and customize the Hi Capa to make it yours. Full metal kits, steel barrels, triggers, barrels, hammers, safety, grip, sights - the list just goes on and on. If you like to tinker and tune, then the Tokyo Marui Hi Capa is really the best choice. But if you want to use it out-of-the-box, it offers the most reliable and stable performance compared to ANY pistol on the market, bar none.
2. Umarex Glock 17 Gen 3 GBB Pistol
Glock is probably the most well-known pistol in the world right now. Many real steel companies offer modifications and upgrades for the real Glock 17 Gen 3. Its popularity is due to how many law enforcement agencies are using this pistol. Hence this is a good airsoft pistol for both competitive shooters and milsim airsofters.
3. Umarex Glock 17 Gen 5 GBB Pistol
The Glock 17 Gen 5 is the newest and most advance real steel pistol from Glock. The Airsoft version is not just a re-skinned Glock 17 Gen 3 and Gen 4, but in fact, has many functional improvements that make it perform better than its earlier cousins. With the improved blowback unit and ambidextrous controls, this Glock is the most advanced Airsoft Glock today. So far as of this writing, it has only been released in Asia and Europe but is not available in the USA. The good news is RedWolf ships to the US if you want the latest version Glock 17.
4. KJ Work CZ Shadow 2 ASG Licensed
The CZ Shadow 2 is a very popular pistol among the real steel competitive shooting community. Known for its low bore axis, this airsoft pistol allows users to intuitively shoot with ease. With customizable grip panels and other accessories, this is easily one of the most aesthetically appealing airsoft pistols. Really great build quality and strong recoil impulse for a good shooting experience
5. RWA Nighthawk Custom AGENT 1
The Agent 1 is a cross-collaboration between Nighthawk Custom and Agency Arms with additional support from Rail Scales and Hillbilly 223 Cerakote Finish. This is one of the few Commander-sized 1911 pistols available in airsoft. With everything crafted from CNC aluminum with amazing attention to detail, full Tokyo Marui compatibility, and uniquely Cerakoted finishing, this is basically a pre-upgraded 1911 airsoft pistol out of the box. Solid build and tight tolerances make for a good shooting experience. Limited edition to 95 pieces worldwide.
6. Action Army AAP-01 Assassin GBB Pistol
The AAP-01 might be one of the most innovative pistols in the airsoft market to this date. Drawing inspiration from Ruger while accepting airsoft Glock magazines; this pistol is the most budget yet user-friendly pistol for airsoft. Not modeled after any real gun, the AAP-01 offers lots of thrills for an affordable price. Action Army has released a full spectrum of parts so you can customize the AAP-01 like Lego to your liking. Bolt-only blowback makes for very crisp and fast cycling. Available in FDE and black color
7. Gun Heaven ASG Dan Wesson 715 6 inch 6mm Co2 Revolver
Though revolvers may not be very practical, there is a certain charm in single-action wheel guns, especially during reloads. Amongst all the existing airsoft revolvers now in the market, the Dan Wesson Revolver by ASG is probably the most robust yet beautiful wheel pistol. Finished in brilliant silver, this long barrel revolver is visually formidable and intimidating. Aesthetically appealing yet without compromising in performance, this definitely is one of the best airsoft pistols for revolver enthusiasts. CO2 revolvers generally deliver impressive power because there is no gas wasted on cycling a slide. All the gas is used to propel the BB out of the gun with a big bang.
8. RWA Nighthawk Custom GRP
It's widely known that buying a CNC Steel kit and fully upgrading a 1911 could be very expensive. Even so, the internal dimensions can be a little off that requires after purchasing teching/ fitment. The RWA GRP is basically a pre-upgraded airsoft pistol out of the factory with all the right trades and guaranteed functionality. For buyers that seek a very strong blowback and accuracy of a TM pistol, the Nighthawk Custom GRP would be the best blowback airsoft pistol for them.
9. Umarex Glock 18c GBB Pistol
Though rare, there are airsofters that would like to have a full-auto feature on their pistols. Although there is only a handful of them available, we feel the Umarex Glock 18C would be the superior choice among others. Fully licensed, has a real steel counterpart, made with the latest technology, and has the ability to switch between semi-automatic and full-automatic; we believe this is the best airsoft pistol for full-auto lovers.
10. SIG AIR P320 M17 6mm Gas Version GBB Pistol
With US Armed Forces and Law enforcement beginning to switch from Glock to P320, this airsoft variant P320 is quickly gaining popularity as well within the airsoft community. Some may argue that the P320 provides better ergonomics and is much easier to implement red dot onto the pistol (as this is a growing trend), it is logical for us to include the SIG AIR P320 into the top 12 rosters.
11. EMG/ TTI Licensed John Wick 3 2011 Combat Master GBB Pistol
With Hi-Capa/ 2011 being one of the most popular airsoft pistol platforms and the recent popularity of the John Wick franchise, gun enthusiasts and airsofters naturally start seeking the weapons that were used in these movies. One of the most recent models is the Taran Tactical Innovation (TTI) 2011 Combat Master. Though the dimensions aren't exactly the same as the real pistol, this model is heavily featured in the 3rd movie. For airsofters that like 1911 style manipulation with a modern twist, the Combat Master is a great choice.
12. Cybergun FNX-45 Tactical GBB
Though this pistol was released a couple of years back, this is one of the first airsoft pistols that was released with an optic-ready cut built into the slide. The gigantic gas reservoir in FNX-45's magazine makes this one of the strongest blowback and gas efficient pistols using green gas, though the drawback will be the enormous pistol grip. Airsofters with relatively large hands, be sure to check this airsoft pistol out!
Honorable Mention: Umarex Glock 17 Gen 3 By GHK
Over 2 years in the making, this Umarex Glock 17 made by GHK is arguably the most anticipated pistol for the past 3 years. However, production got delayed for over a year during COVID, and all of a sudden GHK and Umarex announced the release of this pistol in September took the world by surprise. This pistol is by no means an entry-level price airsoft pistol, but the build quality is 2nd to none. The slide is made out of CNC steel with a completely new redesigned internal, this airsoft pistol provides one of the most satisfying recoil impulses to this date. The initial launch is only limited to Asia with very limited quantity hence it isn't being compared equally with the rest of the pistols above yet. But this pistol is released in the year 2021 so we felt it is necessary to mention it in this blog post.
Though the video is dated 2020, the content and reference of this video are still relatable to this day. Watch the video below to learn about why we picked these Top 12 Airsoft Pistols!