AIRSOFT REVOLVER

Airsoft Revolvers

Airsoft revolvers are one of the most interesting type of airsoft guns, and appeals to a special group of players who admire the beautiful lines of a six shooter.  Airsoft revolvers are generally highly realistic replicas of a real revolver, and are constructed from plastic or metal.  Most revolvers, with the exception of the classic Single Action Army S.A.A., have cylinders that can swing out for reloads.  Some are single action while others are double action, with both modern and classic models widely represented.  While airsoft revolvers are available in gas, CO2 and spring models, we have deliberately chosen not to offer airsoft revolver spring models since they struggle to deliver usable power for gaming purposes.

Popular models include the ASG Dan Wesson Airsoft Revolver CO2 line, famous for their hefty full metal construction and high power.  The Colt Python Airsoft Revolver is also widely available in different variations ranging from snub nose airsoft revolvers to 6 inch barrels.  The classic Smith & Wesson airsoft revolvers are represented by the M10 and M19 by Tanaka Works.  One interesting model is the Chiappa Rhino airsoft revolver, which offers a much more contemporary interpretation of the revolver.  For anime fans, the Mateba airsoft revolver from the series Ghost In A Shell is a collectible model that is a must have.  Serious collectors who look for rare and bespoke models should not miss the Airsoft Surgeon revolver collection.

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Airsoft Revolvers

Airsoft revolvers are one of the most interesting type of airsoft guns, and appeals to a special group of players who admire the beautiful lines of a six shooter.  Airsoft revolvers are generally highly realistic replicas of a real revolver, and are constructed from plastic or metal.  Most revolvers, with the exception of the classic Single Action Army S.A.A., have cylinders that can swing out for reloads.  Some are single action while others are double action, with both modern and classic models widely represented.  While airsoft revolvers are available in gas, CO2 and spring models, we have deliberately chosen not to offer airsoft revolver spring models since they struggle to deliver usable power for gaming purposes.

Popular models include the ASG Dan Wesson Airsoft Revolver CO2 line, famous for their hefty full metal construction and high power.  The Colt Python Airsoft Revolver is also widely available in different variations ranging from snub nose airsoft revolvers to 6 inch barrels.  The classic Smith & Wesson airsoft revolvers are represented by the M10 and M19 by Tanaka Works.  One interesting model is the Chiappa Rhino airsoft revolver, which offers a much more contemporary interpretation of the revolver.  For anime fans, the Mateba airsoft revolver from the series Ghost In A Shell is a collectible model that is a must have.  Serious collectors who look for rare and bespoke models should not miss the Airsoft Surgeon revolver collection.

What is an Airsoft Revolver?

An airsoft revolver is a highly realistic replica of a real revolver.  The beauty of a revolver is its cylinder fed ammunition, and most airsoft revolvers recreate this function with cylinders that rotate and pop out just like the real one.   The best airsoft revolvers are powered by airsoft green gas into a gas reservoir inside the pistol grip.  More powerful CO2 airsoft revolvers store a 12g CO2 cartridge inside the grip as well.

Depending on the model of the gun that the airsoft revolver is replicating, the trigger will behave in the same way and be either single action or double action.  A single action hammer requires that you cock the hammer back manually with your thumb, and the trigger pull performs the single action of releasing the hammer.  A double action hammer allows you to perform both of the aforementioned actions with a single trigger pull, and the hammer is cocked back and released in one single motion. 

How To Reload An Airsoft Revolver?

There are several variations on cylinder design in different models of revolvers, with some catering to practicality while others focus on realism.  But while reloading can be considered a chore on most other airsoft guns, reloading a revolver is the main event in terms of the overall experience.

Highly realistic replicas use removable metal shells that can be loaded and ejected from the cylinder just like a real revolver.  BBs are individually loaded into the shells, and when the revolver is fired, a volume of airsoft is pushed through the shell which pushes the BB out and along the inner barrel of the gun before it is fired out.  Once the BB leaves the shell, it is essentially a spent shell and needs to be ejected for reloads, just like a real revolver.  On the most popular airsoft western revolver, the Single Action Army airsoft revolvers, the cylinder does not swing out so shells must be loaded through a designated loading window on the right side of the revolver.  Spare revolver shells can be purchased separately for most shell loading models so be sure to stock up on those.

Airsoft revolvers that focus on the practicality of gaming offers more than six rounds, and allows you to load BBs directly into an embedded magazine within the cylinder.  Tanaka Works airsoft revolvers use this system and offer 8 to 12 rounds capacity.

Are Airsoft Revolvers Practical?

Unlike gas blowback airsoft pistols where gas or CO2 is expended to cycle the slide, leaving less power to propel the BB, Airsoft revolvers are highly efficient in this regard and can focus all of its energy on shooting the BB.  This means that many airsoft revolvers are very powerful.  Six shots or even Tanaka Work’s expanded 8-12 shot capacity may not seem like a lot, but for seasoned players, this adds another dimension to their gameplay where they need to count their shots so they know when to reload.  Limited shots means the player must be much more deliberate and careful with each shot, making hits even more rewarding.  

Airsoft revolvers are also popular with reenactments, where most sidearms from historical events were revolvers.  Cowboy Action Shooting is also a popular competition in some parts of the world, and there are tournaments in Japan where players compete to quickdraw and shoot targets in the shortest amount of time.

What Platforms Are Available For Airsoft Revolvers?

Airsoft revolvers are available in gas, CO2 and spring platforms.  The most popular are gas and CO2 since there is no space inside a revolver to hide a gearbox, spring or piston of any kind.  Spring powered revolvers do exist but they are more akin to toys since they are rely on the impact of the hammer’s striker against the BB to shoot it out.  You can imagine that the power of such a spring powered platform in a revolver is quite low, and it does not create sufficient power for any kind of serious range or accuracy.

How Much Does A Good Airsoft Revolver Cost?

The range of airsoft revolvers is quite large, ranging from some die cast metal models in the sub $!00 range to mid-range airsoft revolvers in the mid hundred dollar range.  You can’t really go wrong with any of these offerings, since the design of airsoft revolvers is much more simple and trouble free than a semi automatic airsoft pistol.

If you have more than $200 to spend, then you start getting into beautiful replicas by Tanaka Works with more refined details, although Japanese revolvers are made by plastic as required by law. Having said that, Japanese airsoft revolvers from Tanaka Works and Marushin have amazing surface finishing, making them look extremely realistic. This price range will also get you some unique, rare and limited edition models that are not always available.

For truly unique and one-of-a-kind collector grade airsoft revolvers, that will set you back over $1000 with custom crafted pieces from Airsoft Surgeon.  Some of these masterpieces sport CNC steel and aluminum components to offer another level of realism and refinement.