Spring pistols are often forgotten these days among the more exciting GBB pistols . However they still have a lot to offer to the airsoft world . They can offer a more affordable entry into the hobby , act as great placeholders for collectors and also give gamers a reliable , simple sidearm that is far less affected by weather , dirt , water etc.
There are still many options available in 2021 and we are going to look at some of the best right here.....
TOKYO MARUI SPRING P228 (HIGH GRADE)
First up is a personal favourite of mine , the TM P228 !
This compact little pistol is made by Tokyo Marui of Japan so oozes quality despite being constructed from ABS and being a "high grade" version it sports a full sized magazine which holds around 24 rounds. It comes with a very effective fixed hop and is surprisingly accurate. Being a P228 it will fit in most holsters designed for the P228/229 platform and is a very reasonable price.
Next up is a very popular pistol in thanks largely to it's appearance in bond movies but also thanks to it's great ergonomics !
This time the slide is made from metal while the lower is made from ABS. It has a hefty , realistic magazine holding 14 rounds and being fully licensed by Umarex it has all the markings you would expect to find on this model.
To finish off the PPQ is also very much on the cheaper end for those very budget minded.
TOKYO MARUI SPRING M92F (HIGH GRADE)
My next pick is a classic pistol with a huge history of use in conflicts , police forces , tv shows and films. Probably made most famous by 80s action films such as Die Hard and Lethal Weapon as well as appearances in many military films.
This full frame pistol is an all ABS replica from Tokyo Marui in Japan. It features a full sized magazine and a fixed hop. Being a good replica also means it fits inside commonly available holsters for the real pistol.
KTW FLINTLOCK PISTOL (AIR COCKING GUN)
So this one is most certainly not on the budget end , however it's on this list because it quirky , unique and it's the only option for a flintlock pistol in airsoft.
Great for collectors or those creating a role play or re-enactment kit. It would also be good for someone wanting to turn heads at the game field.
It holds 12 rounds but otherwise lacks in most areas of practicality. However it looks cool and that's often most of the battle right ?
TOKYO MARUI SPRING GOVERNMENT (HIGH GRADE)
My final pick for the list is one that I think most of you would be familiar with . The Classic 1911 has been around for over 100 years and has served in some way or another in pretty much every conflict in that time. It has seen use in a huge list of films , tv shows and computer games.
The example we have here is another made by Tokyo Marui in Japan . This model features a full ABS construction , fixed hop up and full sized magazine.
There is an endless list of holster options at all budgets and the pistol it's is extremely affordable for most.
The examples I have given are barely scratching the surface as spring pistols have been available from many manufacturers and in many models for over 40 years. However my advice would be to stick to Tokyo Marui or other well established brands to ensure the best user experience possible.