Since Airsoft's emergence as a hobby in Japan during the early 70s, Airsoft guns have gone through numerous transformations both in types of models produced, their power source and materials used, yet some models continue to be in production for years if not decades due to their stellar performance, endless upgradeability and timeless design.

In this blog we take an updated look at some of the Best Airsoft Pistols available today - in our 2022 guide. Now keep in mind that this is not the top pistols released this year, but rather a list of all the best pistols that you can buy right now. While there have been plenty other stellar pistols out there in the past, many are no longer in production and will not be included in this list. So, sit back, relax and check out our top 16 picks for Best Airsoft Pistol today for all players, beginner to advance.

Methodology: How We Determined the Best Pistols

There are a number of important factors we considered when compiling our list of best airsoft pistols, these include:

  • Shooting Performance – FPS and accuracy at various ranges are the key metrics we use to determine the best airsoft pistol. 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.
  • Reliability – An airsoft pistol needs to demonstrate precision construction to offer optimum reliability across range of conditions whether it’s at the range or out on the field.
  • Internal Build Quality – Internal build quality considers the quality of the gun's internal components, from its trigger to its inner barrel and everything in-between.
  • External Build Quality – External build quality considers the quality of the gun's external components, such as its iron sights, grip, slide, tactical rail and shooting comfort.
  • Value – Affordable airsoft pistols that rank highly in all the above categories are prioritized over more expensive airsoft pistols that offer the same as "bang for your buck" is an important consideration for most airsoft players. For more information on how to determine the value of an airsoft pistol, check out this article on what goes into the cost of an airsoft gun.
  • Immutability – Sometimes an Airsoft pistol stands out simply because it is unique either because it’s not produced by anyone else or holds enough of a cultural or collectible value to make you want to have a piece of history.

16 Best Airsoft Pistols

1. Tokyo Marui MEU AIRSOFT PISTOL (1911)

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Power: 240 FPS

Model: 1911

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 staple for any serious 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.

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

2. UMAREX GLOCK 17 GEN 3 GAS AIRSOFT PISTOL (CNC STEEL SLIDE) (GHK)

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: G Series

A crop above pedestrian models, this steel slide Umarex Gen 3 Glock from GHK is widely considered the best airsoft Glock that money can buy. The gun features some "firsts" for airsoft, including over-molding, a realistic 5 lb trigger pull and a blowback cylinder that is molded into the slide itself, producing a greater but realistic recoil impulse. Combined with the heavy trigger, the strong blowback of the Umarex Gen 3 Glock from GHK delivers a very realistic shooting experience, although it may pose challenges for newer shooters. In addition to accurate trademarks, the dimensions of this airsoft gun are exactly the same as the real Glock allowing it to fit real Glock holsters and equip accessories like flashlights and lasers, making it the perfect training weapon. 

Pros

  • Realistic trigger pull
  • Groundbreaking recoil impulse
  • Steel slide out of the box

Cons

  • Close to the price of a real Glock
  • Double taps will require practice
  • Gen 3 is not the most current version of the real Glock 17

3. SIG SAUER P320 M17 AIRSOFT PISTOL (BY VFC)

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: P320 M17/M18

The SIG AIR P320 M17 is a full 1:1 replica of the P320 M17 which is also the  current service pistol used by the U.S. military. Its tan coloring and snappy recoil are great attributes for players that want something different from a modern pistol and its grip angle offers a great purchase on the gun.

Additionally, the P320 M17 is compatible with both Co2 and green gas magazines, making it an excellent choice for those who can't decide between a Co2 or green gas pistol.

Pros

  • Not merely a licensed product, this gun comes straight from Sig Sauer
  • Superior performance in this price range
  • Available in both green gas and CO2 configurations
  • RMR ready for red dot scope attachment
  • Growing library of aftermarket upgrade parts

Cons

  • Blowback not as crisp as some of the other pistols in its class
  • A bit more expensive than other pistols in this class

4. RWA AGENCY ARMS EXA AIRSOFT PISTOL

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: G Series

If you are looking for a custom Glock airsoft pistol, you cannot do better than the RWA Agency Arms EXA. A combination of two top-tier firearm licenses, Agency Arms and Lone Wolf Manufacturing, the RWA Agency Arms EXA Gas Pistol is a stunning handgun that features multi-magazine compatibility, a stippled frame for optimum grip, an ambidextrous magazine release button, fiber optic front sight, integrated low profile magazine well, and excellent performance across a variety of environments and conditions. It also fits Glock accessories including holsters and lighting options.  The RWA Agency Arms EXA was nominated as Best Pistol of 2021 by the Players Choice Awards.

Pros

  • Superior out of the box shooting performance
  • Multiple color options
  • Ambidextrous magazine release button
  • Stipple effect frame for optimum grip
  • Blacked out inner barrel for added realism

Cons

  • Aggressive styling may not suit all tastes

5. TOKYO MARUI MK23 SOCOM FIXED SLIDE FULL SET AIRSOFT PISTOL

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Power: 330 FPS

Model: MK23

The SOCOM MK23 was designed with input from Special Forces operators and was considered one of the earliest modern special operator pistols. It packed many cutting-edge designs and technologies of the times and was extremely accurate. Though it was never adopted fully by the military, it gained something of a cult following after prominently featuring in the hit video game Metal Gear Solid.

This exceptional offering from Tokyo Marui features an included silencer and flashlight/simulated laser attachment in addition to offering high FPS and plenty of value for its cost. While some may be turned off by its lack of recoil, the lack of blowback makes the MK23 nearly silent when shooting, an ideal choice for snipers or players that enjoy sneaking around the field.

Pros

  • Near silent shooting
  • High FPS
  • Includes suppressor and flashlight/simulated laser module
  • Reliable Tokyo Marui firing mechanism and build quality
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Non blowback offers a less engaging shooting experience
  • Polymer slide due to Japanese legal requirements
  • Neither flashlight nor laser is bright enough for tactical use

6. UMAREX GLOCK 17 GEN 5 AIRSOFT PISTOL (BY VFC)

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Power: 345 FPS

Model: G Series

The Glock 17 Gen 5 is the latest generation bringing several small improvements over the previous versions to make this the best so far. As for the airsoft version, the pistol has great recoil and one of the best pistol triggers in the market today. If you are looking for an affordable yet high-quality Glock replica, you cannot go wrong with the Umarex Glock 17 Gen 5 since it is the most popular Airsoft pistol in its class. This attractively priced handgun also features a metal slide, licensed Glock markings and shoots at a competitive 345 FPS.  If you are looking for something a notch up, then consider the Umarex Glock 17 GEN 3 Gas Airsoft Pistol with a steel slide made by GHK also on this list.

Pros

  • Metal construction
  • High FPS
  • Licensed Glock markings
  • Affordably priced

Cons

  • Limited aftermarket upgrade options
  • Everyone else has one

7. ACTION ARMY AAP-01 ASSASSIN AIRSOFT PISTOL

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: Ruger Mark IV

Based off the popular Ruger MK4 22LR pistol, this unique-looking handgun features fiber-optic sights, an adjustable hop-up and exceptional performance across a variety of tests and conditions. Action Army not only released a great pistol but along with it, they released a whole ecosystem of products that allowed you to customize it how you want. This in turn inspired many other manufacturers to do the same, making the AAP-01 a pistol with numerous possibilities. However, perhaps the most interesting thing about this model, though, is the fact that it is one of the few airsoft pistols on the market today that includes a selector switch that allows you to seamlessly switch between semi-auto and full-auto fire. Best of all, the Action Army AAP-01 Assassin Pistol costs less than $100 to own, making it one of the most affordable entries on our list.

Pros

  • Very affordable price
  • Full auto/semi-auto fire
  • Fiber optic sights
  • Growing list of aftermarket parts and conversion kits

Cons

  • Polymer construction
  • Modeled after a civilian firearm that was not designed for combat

8. TOKYO MARUI HI CAPA 5.1 AIRSOFT PISTOL

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: Hi Capa

Widely considered to be one of, if not the best Tokyo Marui guns and the go-to benchmark for all airsoft gas pistols on the market today, the Tokyo Marui Hi Capa 5.1 GBB pistol is the go-to choice of Action Air (Airsoft IPSC) shooters thanks to its fast cycling, exceptional FPS stability, and near-perfect internal gas system construction. The Hi Capa is by far one of the best pistols on the market to this day even though it's not new. In addition to all of this, the Hi Capa has access to the widest selection of airsoft upgrade parts out of any gun on the market, making it a truly great pistol.

Pros

  • Unmatched performance
  • Affordably priced
  • Extremely wide variety of aftermarket parts

Cons

  • Polymer slide due to Japanese legal requirements
  • Fictional design that does not replicate an actual real pistol

9. NOVRITSCH SSP-1 AIRSOFT PISTOL

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: Hi-Capa

The Novritsch SSP1 is the first pistol released by renowned airsoft sniper Novritsch, built from a proven Hi-Capa design and featuring an all-metal construction with a CNC aluminum slide for rapid shooting, the SSP-1 is a solid evolution of a dependable design with the performance to match.

Serrations on the back and front of the slide make for easier racking while also giving it an aggressive appearance and the SSP-1 also features an accessory rail and an 11mm internal CW thread to mount numerous accessories with an extended beavertail, thumb safety and slide release making it quite comfortable to shoot.

Furthermore, thanks to its solid all-metal construction, the SSP-1 is a pistol that can take both gas and CO2 right out of the box, giving you an option to run this pistol in different climates.

Pros

  • Solid all-metal construction
  • Good reliability from proven platform
  • Excellent performance pre-upgraded out the box

Cons

  • More expensive than other pistols in its class

10. ASG CZ P-09 DUTY AIRSOFT PISTOL (BY KJ WORKS)

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Power: 340 FPS

Model: P09

With its origins in the legendary CZ 75, the P09 is the latest step in an ongoing evolution that stretches back to 1975. Not only does the KJ Works P-09 ‘Duty’ look amazing, the feel of it from the materials and the way it shoots is just as brilliant. Featuring a polymer frame with a metallic slide and an accessory rail for all your needs, the grip also has comfortable texture to handle the substantial recoil from its snappy report. You can also expect all the correct markings to be there as this P09 is fully licensed by ASG.

The P09 cycles very smoothly and clocks in at around 340 fps due to the relative light weight of the slide, so we recommend this CO2 version be used only for outdoor skirmishes. The P09 also comes in a gas version, but the magazines are neither compatible with the CO2 or the previous CZ-75 so it is recommended to double check. In addition, the KJ Works P-09 Duty was voted as Best Pistol of 2021 by the Players Choice Awards.

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

11. ASG CZ SHADOW 2 AIRSOFT PISTOL (BY KJ WORKS)

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: CZ75

The ASG CZ Shadow 2 is the highly anticipated follow up to the renowned CZ Shadow 1 (SP-01) and is a culmination of gunsmithing know-how and competition pedigree, all of which is apparent in the ergonomics and shooting experience of the pistol.

The airsoft version is an extremely faithful replica of the real steel version. The weight is extremely close to the real gun and all the ergonomics translate perfectly. The weight of the gun softens the recoil impulse of the pistol which in turn can help with added accuracy during rapid shooting. The new slide profile adds more surface area for manipulation and the more aggressive slide serrations offer a better purchase for your hand.

Pros

  • Extremely faithful Replica
  • Very comfortable ergonomics
  • Solid shooting performance
  • Unique platform

Cons

  • Surprisingly heavy for its size
  • Feels a bit sluggish at times

12. KWC DESERT EAGLE L6 CO2 AIRSOFT PISTOL

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Power: 340 FPS

Model: Desert Eagle

A big, heavy pistol most comfortable in large hands, this modern take on a cultural classic is not for the faint of heart or limp of wrist. The KWC Desert Eagle runs on CO2 so while it clocks in at a very reasonable 330 fps, it kicks like a mule and is probably as loud as one too.

Built with a metal upper and polymer frame the KWC Desert Eagle has the mass and weight distribution to feel and move right in your hands, it has nice crisp switches, trigger pull and magazine release to make it perform with the best and while the rail top is indeed 20mm, the curved beveling around the edges means that may not necessarily fit all rail optics.

At 340 fps it’s not the most powerful gun around but will be about as powerful as a pistol can be for indoor use before you start to get complaints about excessive force. With CO2, it hardly chokes on gas flow either with the ability to shoot clean strait lines over close range. The fixed iron sight is good enough but if you do manage to put a red dot on the Desert Eagle then you will have yourself a corridor clearing compact cannon.

Pros

  • Immense size and extreme recoil makes for a great shooting experience
  • Unique platform with an outsized cultural impact

Cons

  • Smaller hands may find it hard to reach the trigger
  • Limited aftermarket upgrade parts

13. TOKYO MARUI BIOHAZARD ALBERT.W.MODEL 01P (UMBRELLA CORPORATION) GBB

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: 92F M9 93R

The Tokyo Marui Biohazard Albert W. model 01P Umbrella Corporation GBB pistol is modeled after the same pistol used by the character Albert Wesker from the popular Biohazard/Resident Evil video games series. The pistol is a modified M9 style pistol featuring the villainous Umbrella Corporation logo, giving this pistol a degree of collectability that sets it apart from your average airsoft replica. The Biohazard Albert W. model 01P is also a full functioning airsoft gun as you can still take it out to games if you so desire.

Adding to the immersion factor, you will find that there is Umbrella Corporation literature in the box. Along with many of the previous Biohazard/Resident Evil guns, this one is also highly collectible.

Pros

  • A unique and collectible gun for fans of Biohazard/Resident Evil
  • Legendary performance and reliability from Tokyo Marui
  • Lots of aftermarket upgrade parts available

Cons

  • Polymer slide due to Japanese legal requirements
  • Lower FPS out of the box due to Japanese power restrictions
  • Video game-inspired design is not a replica of a real pistol

14. KSC M93R AUTO 9 HEAVY WEIGHT GAS AIRSOFT PISTOL

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: 92F M9 93R

The KSC heavy weight M93R is a high quality and full auto capable pistol like what you saw in the classic Sci-Fi movie "Robo Cop" as his main weapon.

The "heavy weight" version, as mentioned is heavy weight and does feel noticeably heavier than the previous Auto 9 and its rate of fire feels much more realistic. The shooting impulse is solid and feels very consistent, which is different from the previous Auto 9 auto pistol. The extra weight does reduce a little bit of the felt recoil, but it is still a loud and fun gun to shoot none the less.

Pros

  • Collectible value from the Robocop Dci-Fi Franchise
  • Eye popping design
  • Enjoyable shooting experience
  • Selectable Semi and Full Auto shooting modes

Cons

  • Polymer slide due to Japanese legal requirements
  • Lower FPS out of the box due to Japanese power restrictions
  • More expensive than average airsoft pistols
  • Difficult to find holsters
  • Lacks accessory rail for flashlights and lasers

15. UMAREX HK45T AIRSOFT PISTOL - BLACK (BY VFC)

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Power: 300 FPS

Model: HK45

The Umarex HK45T is the tactical version of the original HK45; this gun is fully licensed by Umarex as well as H&K. The HK45 has a 16mm CW threaded barrel similar to the one found on its real steel counterpart, this allows for mounting of suppressors and tracer units to the gun. The gun also has a picatinny accessory rail dust cover for mounting of lasers and lights.

The gun has full ambidextrous controls; the magazine release, slide release as well as the safety can all be actuated on both sides. The safety of the gun also functions as a decocker, so you could decock your pistol as well.

Pros

  • An attractive alternative to the Glock which everyone already has
  • Solid performance and recoil
  • Fully licensed by H&K with authentic trademarks

Cons

  • Large body not suitable for smaller hards
  • Heavier weight might not suit all shooters

16. ARMY ARMAMENT JOHN WICK 3 TARAN TACTICAL COMBAT MASTER AIRSOFT PISTOL

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Power: 330 FPS

Model: Hi-Capa

The Army Armament TTi Combat Master is a fully licensed pistol that is patterned after the famous pistol used in the movie "John Wick". This pistol is a faithful reproduction and offers a satisfying shooting experience. Being designed around speed and competition shooting, the control surfaces are enlarged for faster access and even have ambidextrous safeties.

The gun boasts excellent ergonomics and handling, and it all starts with the high-quality stippling done to the grip itself. Unlike many other pistols that might come with a "stippled" looking that is molded, this one feel rough and grippy, making it very "sticky" to your hand in all conditions. The gun also has a relatively "long" line of sight, making target acquisition much faster and easier.

Pros

  • It’s John Wick’s pistol - enough said
  • Excellent rapid - fire performance
  • Comfortable competition - grade ergonomics
  • Aggressive styling and fantastic grips

Cons

  • Construction a little rough around the edges but as expected in this price range