Introduction

Airsoft rifles are one of the most popular categories of airsoft guns by a significant degree and their library encompasses an immense range of different models with both AEGs and GBB included. This huge range of guns is naturally a daunting prospect for any player wishing to purchase their new gun, but rest assured we at Redwolf have you covered by presenting you with our carefully curated rifle recommendations for this year, so in no particular order; here are our top 20 picks for best airsoft rifle for 2024.

HOW WE CHOOSE THE BEST AIRSOFT GUN

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



Best Airsoft Rifles

1. ASG CZ SCORPION EVO 3 AEG 

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FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★

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

2. UMAREX HK53 GBBR (BY VFC)

FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★

The Umarex HK53 gas airsoft rifle is a faithful replica of the German Cold War classic. Just like their real steel counterparts, as well as the Umarex (Elite Force) H&K G3 and MP5s, the HK53 gas airsoft rifle, is made of stamped sheet steel and high-quality polymers, giving it the same robustness you could expect from the real deal itself.

Internally, VFC has beefed up the Umarex HK53 by giving it a big bore bolt system and heavy recoil buffer with heavy recoil springs to give the HK53 gas airsoft rifle more felt recoil yet having realistic cycling and rate of fire. The HK53 gas airsoft rifle also features VFC's new Hop-up adjustment system, meaning you could adjust the hop-up by simply removing the handguard and rotating the dial, allowing you to adjust the hop without the need to remove the magazine.

Pros

  • Fully licensed by Umarex
  • Excellent quality full steel externals
  • Excellent performance
  • Highly realistic operation

Cons

  • Steel body means heavy weight
  • Expensive

3. RWA BATTLE ARMS DEVELOPMENT 556-LW AEG AIRSOFT RIFLE

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FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★

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

4. EMG LANCER SYSTEMS LICENSED L15 DEFENSE AEG BY KING ARMS

FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★

The EMG Lancer Systems Licensed L15 Defense electric airsoft rifle is a fully licensed replica of the L15 Defense rifle. Similar to its real steel counterpart, the receiver is made of aluminum alloy, the handguard however is made of actual carbon fiber, how cool is that! Lancer licensed LCH7 handguard is a M-Lok-compatible handguard and it will take all sorts of M-Lok compatible accessories.

Unlike most AR-15 / M4 style electric airsoft rifles, this gun does not have a monolithic Picatinny rail up top, and only the upper receiver features a Picatinny top rail.

Other than the Lancer Licensed and featureful externals, the EMG Lancer Systems Licensed L15 Defense series M4 / AR-15 style electric airsoft rifles come with EMG Alpha stock, EMG Slimline polymer pistols grip as well as an enlarged magwell that helps you in reloads.

Pros

  • Fully Licensed by EMG & Lancer
  • Carbon Fiber Constructed Lancer Licensed LCH7 Handguard
  • Neodymium High Torque Motor, CNC High Strength Gears, Full Steel Rack Piston
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • Expensive

5. VFC FAL (LAR) Airsoft GBBR

FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★

The VFC FAL (LAR) Standard Type I GBB is a faithful replica of the FN FAL, also known as the Right Arm of the Free World and it is also the first ever gas blowback FAL style rifle, not to mention that the FAL is also quite rare as an AEG. The VFC LAR is a replica of the metric version of the FAL which features meters as measurement in the sighting system instead of yards which the inch pattern L1A1 that Britain and Commonwealth countries adopted. This rifle is very similar to that of the early Belgium made FALs (Model 50.00). The gun has a very realistic and robust built, being made out of metal with some steel parts which includes the outer barrel, bolt carrier, carry handle. Yes, this baby has a carry handle!

Pros

  • Gorgeous Design that is a Faithful Replica of the FN FAL
  • Excellent accuracy
  • Strong recoil
  • Excellent gas efficiency
  • Full-Metal and polymer construction

Cons

  • A Little Pricy


6. NOVRITSCH SSR-4 GEN 2 AIRSOFT AEG RIFLE (METAL RECEIVER)

FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★★

The Novritsch SSR-4 Gen 2 is Novritsch's upgrade over the original SSR-4 M4/AR-15 style AEG. This gun comes in 2 different versions, a full metal receiver version and a lightweight polymer receiver version.

The SSR-4 is targeted towards new Airsoft players in mind, as it is essentially a M4/AR-15 style electric Airsoft rifle that anyone can get their hands on. The gun comes pre-upgraded out of the box with the new Gen 2 internals, allowing you to compete with more expensive builds. Exterior-wise, the gun is simple yet modular, as it has Picatinny rails and M-LOK slots for mounting different accessories, and it has QD sling points on the gun for setting up your sling attachments. The gun also features a 14mm CCW thread, giving you the ability to mount muzzle attachments like tracer units and/or suppressors for that tactical look.

Pros

  • Solid functional externals
  • Excellent performance
  • Programmable ETU
  • Extremely affordable

Cons

  • Unrealistic markings

7. KJ WORKS 10 22 KC-02 CARBINE GBB AIRSOFT RIFLE

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FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★★

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

8. UMAREX G36C AIRSOFT GBBR (BY VFC)

FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY★★★

The Umarex G36C airsoft gas blowback rifle by VFC is a beautifully designed rifle with an entire polymer body designed to be robust for extended use. The blowback on the Umarex G36C airsoft rifle is one of the best for the airsoft G36 GBBRs out there. It is crisp and snappy and really packs a punch with every shot.

The Umarex G36C airsoft rifle is one of the best gas blowback guns on the market, and we might even say that this replica would be an ideal choice to simulate a genuine H&K G36C for training or theatrical purposes. The high cycle rate and reliable performance make the airsoft G36C rifle by Umarex quite the shooter and is bound to be a conversation starter at any airsoft field or event.

Pros

  • Fully licensed H&K markings by Umarex
  • Excellent quality solid polymer externals
  • Highly realistic operation
  • Excellent performance and gas efficiency

Cons

  • A bit expensive compared to most G36s

9. EMG NOVESKE N4 GBBR (MWS SYSTEM) BY DOUBLE EAGLE

FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY★★★

Double eagle is well known for its robust and well-made mid/entry-level Airsoft electric guns and for its innovation and quality control. This is Double Eagles first Gas Blowback airsoft M4, so you can expect this airsoft Noveske N4 to boast the same great quality as the rest of Double Eagles' line of products. The EMG Noveske N4 GBBR by Double Eagle is fully licensed by EMG and Noveske. The rifle utilizes the famous MWS ZET system that is used in the Tokyo Marui MWS M4 / AR-15 series of gas airsoft rifles that are renowned for their robust build quality in the airsoft world.

Pros

  • Fully licensed by noveske
  • Excellent performance
  • Fully compatible with Marui MWS parts and upgrades
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not made of steel

10. UMAREX G28 GBB AIRSOFT RIFLE (BY VFC)

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FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★★
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY★★★

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

11. VFC AVALON SAMURAI EDGE CQB AEG AIRSOFT RIFLE

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FUN
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY★★

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 re

12. CYMA METAL AKS74M AEG AIRSOFT RIFLE

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FUN
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE
BUILD QUALITY
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY★★

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

13. TOKYO MARUI MK18 MOD 1 GBB AIRSOFT RIFLE 

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FUN
REALISM★★★
PERFORMANCE
BUILD QUALITY
VALUE★★
COLLECTABILITY★★

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-strip

14. GHK G5 GAS BLOW BACK RIFLE (GBBR)

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FUN
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY★★

The legendary GHK G5 was a watershed moment for GBBRs when it was first released, it proved the efficacy of the open bolt GBB design for rifles and showed its potential by demonstrating a hard enough kick to take airsoft immersion to new heights. The G5 is incredibly slim and compact and as it is made of a solid ABS polymer it's also very light weighing in at just 2kg with the magazine inserted. This plastic construction also gives it some of the best recoil of any GBB in the market, in short, this is probably the closest you can come to firing a real gun in airsoft. Some say it looks incredibly like a Scorpion EVO, which is not available in the gas blowback version. So this is a sort of Scorpion EVO GBBR alternative.

Pros

  • Extremely light polymer construction
  • Powerful felt recoil
  • Excellent shooting performance

Cons

  • Plastic might be a turnoff for some users
  • Design isn't strictly based on a real firearm.

15. G&G SGR 556 AEG AIRSOFT RIFLE

FUN★★
REALISM
PERFORMANCE
BUILD QUALITY
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY★★

The G&G SGR 556 is not just a new airsoft rifle, but it also introduces the brand new G&G G3 gearbox system. The G3 gearbox by G&G is a revolutionary step for airsoft as we know it, the G3 gearbox is a split gearbox design, allowing you to take the G&G SGR 556 as you would on a Systema PTW or a real steel firearm as the upper and lower receiver can be separated completely. Speaking of PTW similarities, the G&G SGR 556 has a last-round cut-off function, thanks to the IR sensor in the chamber, allowing it to detect any BBs that could be in the chamber, once all BBs are fired, the gun will stop firing and you will need to insert a new magazine then pushing on the functional bolt release to "chamber" a round for it to continue to fire. Do note that you do not need a proprietary magazine to have access to the bolt release and the last round cut-off feature like the Tokyo Marui NGRS system, any M4 / AR-15 style magazine will work just as well.

Pros

  • Uses the revolutionary G3 gearbox
  • Quick change barrel and hopup
  • Quick change spring
  • Last round magazine cutoff compatible with standard AEG magazines
  • Fully customizable ETU
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • Unrealistic externals

16. GHK AK105 GBB RIFLE

FUN★★
REALISM
PERFORMANCE
BUILD QUALITY★★
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY

The most realistic gas blowback AK based rifle in airsoft. The GHK AK series is the definitive GBB AKs on the market, having the best combination of realism, functionality and performance available. Coming in various models with many parts fully interchangeable with each other, the GHK AK series allows you to customise your AK into whatever version you want with the realistic shooting experience of firing an AK allowing you to dominate the field.

Pros

  • Arguably the best performing GBB AK around
  • Full metal
  • Good recoil and realistic operation
  • Wide variety of aftermarket parts

Cons

  • Half travel bolt
  • Difficult to mount accessories without purchasing aftermarket rails

17. UMAREX PSG-1 GBB AIRSOFT RIFLE (BY VFC)

FUN★★
REALISM★★
PERFORMANCE
BUILD QUALITY
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY

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

18. VFC BCM MCMR GBBR AIRSOFT (CQB 11.5 INCH)

FUN★★
REALISM
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY

Renowned for their simple yet robust designs, BCM rifles have been used by many well-known shooters in the firearms industry such as Travis Haley, the GBRS Group, and Larry Vickers, to name a few. It is to no surprise, BCM stands for quality and reliability.

With this rich history, BCM partnered with VFC to bring the airsoft community a fully licensed product sporting the latest BCM externals and VFC internals, pushing this airsoft gun to maximum performance.

Externally, the rifle is exquisitely crafted and an incredible amount of detail has been paid to each surface. Everything you see on the airsoft gun transfers extremely well to its real steel counterpart, making this rifle an ideal choice for those that might consider using it as a training platform.

Pros

  • Eight fully licensed BCM parts
  • Snappy and satisfying recoil impulse
  • New performance improvements result in consistent FPS

Cons

  • Expensive

19. UMAREX HK416A5 AEG (by VFC)

FUN★★
REALISM
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY

If you are looking for an all-around great M4-style AEG that won't break the bank, you'd be hard-pressed to find one better than the Umarex HK416A5. This rifle features tried and tested VFC AEG internals and a solid, sturdy construction that is truly built to last. The flexibility of the platform ensures you can run your favorite H&K rifle in colder weather conditions without having to worry about some of the downsides of a gas operating system. In addition, the internals are the tried and proven internals found in other VFC AEGs. The gun features a MOSFET like all modern AEGs and parts are compatible with other standard version 2 parts.

Pros

  • High FPS
  • Sturdy, Durable Construction
  • One of the most Reliable Internal Assemblies on the Market



Cons

  • Asia Edition Means that the Rifle Lacks EU F and 6mm Markings

20. VFC COLT M733 GBB Rifle (COLT LICENSED)

FUN★★
REALISM
PERFORMANCE ★★
BUILD QUALITY
VALUE
COLLECTABILITY

The M733 is probably a rifle that is instantly recognizable my many movie buffs and firearms enthusiasts. The rifle is the precursor to the rifle that we now know today as the M4. However, its biggest claim to fame is its prominent featuring in the hit movie HEAT starring Robert De Niro and a variant being used by Delta Force in Black Hawk Down. The M733 is an excellently made rifle and comes with strong, snappy recoil with an ideal retro feel straight from the 80s and 90s.

Pros

  • Fully Licensed Product
  • Iconic Design
  • Strong recoil
  • Excellent gas efficiency
  • Compatible with VFC M4 magazines

Cons

  • Not Ideal for Long Range Engagements
  • Does Not Feature Picatinny Rail


Conclusion

In conclusion to this, I will remind you that “best” is usually very subjective. However, I hope that you can use some of the points I have made to help you make a decision on what might be good for you.

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