2020’s Best 8 Airsoft Guns. Assault, Sniper Rifle, Pistol & Shotgun. Budget vs Pro.
Here at AirsoftCore, we are all about helping you to find the best airsoft gun. We have put together a plethora of different buying guides elsewhere on this website, but before we start diving into the eight airsoft guns that we think are going to be amazing for you, we figured that we would give you an ‘overview’ of why you can trust us.
As we mentioned previously; a lot of the reviews of these products were put together based upon good old-fashioned ‘hard work’. We went out into the field and fired off these weapons, putting them through their paces.
The amount of knowledge we have about airsoft guns means that this was dreadfully simple. We were able to eliminate the majority of potential guns from our list simply by firing them.
As you go through this page, you will find that we have put a lot of focus on to find the best airsoft guns which really do feel like the real thing. If they have been modelled on a real life weapon, then there is a greater chance that it will be included on our list.
Why? Because gun manufacturers tend not to want to have shoddy licensed airsoft guns on the market. If something is based off of their design, then you can be sure that it will have been checked over and over again to ensure that it is as close to the real life design as it possibly can be.
We will also make sure that you are getting ‘bang for your buck’ when you buy an airsoft gun. This means these guns were rated based upon their accuracy and firing rate. We will even give you a rough idea about the best situations to use each of the airsoft guns on this list.
How to choose an airsoft gun
We have put together several buying guides on this website already, so we are not going to go into too much depth on this section. However, we do want to give you a quick overview, just to ensure that you know you are getting the right one for you.
As you will probably notice; we have split this page down into categories. You will find the following:
- Best Airsoft Pistols
- Best Airsoft Assault Rifles
- Best Airsoft Sniper Rifles
- Best Airsoft Shotguns
- Best Airsoft Revolvers
Of course, each type of gun is going to be used for a completely different purpose. Often, you may want to have several different guns in your arsenal. You will almost certainly want to have a pistol and one of the others at the absolute minimum (you should never try skirmishing without a pistol!).
Your first job will be to choose which gun is right for you. Each of the section is kick-started by a brief overview of the situations where that gun is most appropriate. So, this part should be simple.
Airsoft Gun Velocity / Power
You will also want to ensure that you choose a gun based on how it fires. This means:
Often the cheapest form of airsoft guns are sprung. With this, you will need to ‘cock’ the gun each time you want to fire a bullet. It is incredibly slow, and often best-suited to the airsoft guns which do not need to be rapidly fired e.g. sniper rifles.
This is the most common form of airgun. Rather than a spring forcing the pellet out of the chamber, it will be gas. You will need to purchase gas for your weapon, but the firing rate is going to be so much better than spring loaded airguns. They will also tend to have a bit more power behind them.
If you want the highest firing rate possible, and we are talking up to one thousand rounds per minute, then AEG airsoft guns are the way to go. There is no fiddly gas to play about with here, although do bear in mind that these air guns are often the most expensive that are available.
You will also need to consider the overall velocity, or FPS of the airsoft gun. This is especially important if you are planning to skirmish, because if the velocity is too high, you will not be allowed to take part. However, you do still need a bit of power behind the pellet, otherwise it is pointless firing it. This means that you do not want to go too low in terms of velocity either.
You will uncover a little bit more about how to choose the best airsoft gun for you, as read through this page, although you are still encouraged to check out our individual buying guides if you need more information.
Budget & Pro Airsoft Pistols
If you are skirmishing, then you absolutely need to get your hands on an airsoft pistol. It is these weapons which are going to provide you with the protection that you need if your main weapon is out of action, or you are in an incredibly tight space. For example; if you tend to be using airsoft sniper rifles a lot in skirmish environments, you probably do not want to be using one of those in CQC. You need a pistol.
Pistols tend not to hold a lot of ammunition at once, so you probably are not going to want to be using them a lot. It is more for those who need something which they are refilling their other weapon, which will probably take a whole lot longer.
Most airsoft pistols on the market are pretty lightweight, so you have no excuse not to be carrying one around with you.
If you want a bit more information on the best airsoft pistols, we have also put together a guide with a greater selection of them.
1. KWA NS2 M93R 3-Round Burst GBB Airsoft Pistol
This gun is going to be a bit on the heavier side of things, owing to its metal slide. However, this also ensures that you have something which is ‘built to last’. It really does feel like the real thing too. Pair it with some quality gas, and you have a weapon which just feels ‘right’ when you are firing it.
|Action:||Blowback / 3 Round Burst|
|Material:||Metal slide & composite polymer (plastic)|
What we love about this airsoft pistol is the ability to quickly switch between firing modes. You can have it on semi-auto or in 3-round burst firing modes. However, do bear in mind that this is a pistol, so you probably don’t want to be using the 3-round burst firing mode that often, mostly because you are going to be blowing through your ammo like there is no tomorrow. When we use this, we mostly have it set to semi-auto unless we are in a bit of a pickle.
The muzzle velocity is somewhere between the 340 and 350 fps mark, which means it should be fine for the majority of skirmish sessions. The magazine capacity is rather large offering 32 rounds, though you can quickly get through this with burst mode.
- This is not a listing for an individual Airsoft part or component. NO parts or components are designed for real weapons....
- Newest and most updated production
- Multiple firing modes
- Solid build-quality
- Fantastic muzzle velocity
- At a bit over 1kg in weight, it may be a touch too heavy for some people.
- Bit too expensive for beginners.
2. WG M1911 CO2 Gas Powered Special Combat Airsoft Pistol
With a metal rail and a polymer construction, this is an airsoft gun which is unlikely to fail on you any time soon.
What we loved about the WG M1911 is just how efficient the gas is. Assuming you are not going to be using your pistol often, the gas is going to last you an age. You should be able to fire 60 pellets using one cylinder of gas, and with 15 pellets fitting in the magazine at any one time, this is a whopping 4 full magazines, which means that you are going to get huge bang for your buck.
|Ammo:||0.25g – 0.30g 6MM BB|
This isn’t a gun which skimps on the FPS either. In ideal conditions, you should be able to get around 450 FPS from this airsoft pistol. However, do bear in mind that there are some pistol-only skirmishes which will ban airsoft pistols with an FPS this high, particularly if they involve a lot of CQC, so this is something that you are going to need to look into.
It is probably one of the coolest looking airguns too, although do remember that this is a cheap item, and that means it is going to feel a little bit ‘plasticy’ if you look too closely.
- Powerful CO2: 400-450 FPS with .20g ammo
- Ready to play: Semi-automatic shoots 6 millimeter ammo. Magazine holds 12 rounds
- REPLICA: Made with high strength ABS polymer for a realistic feel. Weighs 4.6 pounds
- Able to accommodate different types of ammo
- Relatively inexpensive for a 500 FPS airsoft pistol
- Good grip and handling
- Annoying looking orange-colored (though safety conscious) muzzle
- A little too loud
Airsoft Assault Rifles
Now we can start talking about Airsoft Rifles, a staple in the world of airsoft. There are so many different options out there on the market, we do encourage you to check out our airsoft assault rifle buying guide, mostly because it is very difficult to narrow this category down to just two.
The problem is that each airsoft assault rifle will serve a different purpose. Some are going to be ideal for keeping your distance, while others are designed for close quarters combat. This means that there is no ‘right’ airsoft assault rifle for everybody. However, the two featured in this category are going to be a brilliant place for you to start.
If you are looking for a bigger selection, take a look through our review of the 7 Best Airsoft Assaults Rifles here.
3. KWA Full Metal AKG-74 AK74M GBB Airsoft Rifle
The AK is probably one of the most ‘famous’ assault rifles on the market. It is easily recognizable. It is even being used around the globe to this very day. However, it suffers from several different issues. This re-imagining of the AK series of rifles in airsoft form aims to correct many of these ‘mistakes’.
|Action:||Semi / Full-Auto|
|FPS:||360 AVG / 380 Max|
|Range:||Long & Accurate|
For starters, this airsoft rifle has been altered slightly to reduce the amount of recoil. It may not be ideal for those who want the most authentic feel possible, but reduced recoil does mean that you are going to be able to enjoy far more accurate shots. In addition to this, the handle has been modified to make it a little bit easier to switch between firing modes, which results in an all-round ‘better to use’ airsoft rifle.
The velocity caps out somewhere around the 380 FPS mark if you are using green gas.
Remember; the KWA AKG-74 AK74M boasts a full metal construction too, which means this won’t be breaking in a hurry.
- Gas-operated recoil blowback
- Realistic construction and field stripping
- Full metal alloy receiver
- Feels fantastic to hold
- Decent velocity
- Multiple fire modes.
- Reduced recoil makes it seem less ‘authentic’
4. Lancer Tactical LT-04B M16 RIS AEG Airsoft Rifle
However, what you need to remember is that when people are shopping at this end of the market, they aren’t looking for something tat they can use for firing every week.
They are looking for something which allows them to do a little bit of skirmishing ‘on occasion’, and for that, this air soft rifle is going to be absolutely perfect.
|Action:||Semi / Full- Auto|
|FPS:||330 / 425|
|Ammo:||0.12g to 0.20g (heavier = lower velocity)|
|Range:||Very Accurate at 50ft|
The body of the Lancer Tactical is made from polymer. This helps to keep both the cost and the weight of the airsoft rifle down. However, what you need to remember is that polymer is not going to be as tough as metal, which means that it is going to be a bit more prone to breaking if you do not treat it with the care and attention it deserves.
However, at under $100, even if you just got a year’s use out of this budget airsoft rifle, you are going to be laughing.
Interestingly, despite the low price, this is an electric airsoft gun, and a pretty decent one at that. It is able to pump out up to 400 FPS, and with a magazine size of 300 rounds, it is going to make the perfect ‘defense’ weapon.
It is even an airsoft rifle which has been ‘built for the future’. You can easily upgrade it with the incorporated rail, so if you really feel as if your airsoft hobby is taking off, you can pick up a sight and make this assault rifle even better!
- GEN II VERSION – Upgraded with a nylon reinforced body, gearbox features metal gears along with the cylinder teeth
- IMPROVED ACCURACY – 6.03 tightbore inner barrel provides more accuracy, 8mm bushings operate gears to rotate smoothly,...
- EASY CHARGE – Comes with a 9.6V 1600 MAH Nunchuck battery and charger with a built-in indicator light; Automatic power...
- Durable Metal Gearbox And Barrel.
- Adjustable Hop Up to improve accuracy.
- Good value for money.
- Would benefit from a smart charger to maintain battery stamina.
- On full auto, gun uses alot of BBs.
Airsoft Sniper Rifles – Pro Vs Budget
Sniper rifles are the perfect companion for those who want to keep their distance. If you want to win an airsoft skirmish, you are going to need to have at least one sniper on your side.
The problem is that choosing an airsoft sniper rifle is easier said than done. Most of the options on the market are terrible. They are inaccurate, and they do not boast enough power to reach your target. We think we have chosen two of the best, to see our definitive best airsoft sniper rifle guide take a look here.
5. G&P M14 Scout/Recon Advanced Airsoft AEG Sniper Rifle
This is because you get nothing included in the box. You will still need to go out and pick up your own battery and your scope. If you have no idea what you are doing, this sniper is not for you.
Weighing in at 3.8kgs, this is very much a sniper built for those who are going to be sticking in one place for long periods of time. We doubt that you are going to be running too much with something this heavy. So, mobile snipers need not apply.
|Action:||Full / Semi-Automatic|
|Power:||AEG Electric (7.4v Lipo)|
|FPS:||350 – 400 (390 AVG)|
|Ammo:||0.20g – 0.30g|
The weight really does help, though. Not only will you get a full metal construction which ensures that this airsoft rifle can easily last years, but the weight will ensure the minimum amount of recoil, which guarantees accurate shots from quite a distance away.
For an airsoft sniper rifle, the magazine capacity is huge too. It is capable 160 rounds. Although, we have no doubt that you are going to be blasting through this sort of quantity rather quickly, because this sniper actually has a fully automatic mode, something which is incredibly rare to find.
With an average FPS of 390, you are sure to be able to find your target no matter how far they are away.
- Incredibly accurate
- Fully customizable to your needs
- Standard tactical rails on both top and bottom
- Large magazine capacity
- Multiple firing modes
- Batteries, optics, and accessories not included
- Slightly heavy due to build quality
- Adjustable Hop-Up can be difficult to alter
6. UTG 96 Black Airsoft Sniper Rifle
|Ammo:||0.20g – 0.25g BBs|
This UTG 96 black airsoft rifle has been designed for those who are completely new to sniping. You get everything that you need inside of the box. Nothing extra needs to be bought.
It is for those who are working on their aim. The magazine capacity is only 23, which is a huge difference compared to our ‘pro’ rifle, but as a beginner, it is unlikely that you are going to want to be letting off round after round. You need to work on your accuracy first. 23 shots is more than enough to last a decent skirmish session, and you can always bring some extra pellets with you.
The maximum FPS of 480 is huge too, although at this sort of velocity, it is going to be quite painful to be hit by one, so you will need to stay at range.
- caliber: 6mm
- velocity: 480.00 ft/sec
- Warranty: 30 Day Limited Warranty
- Good Velocity
- Superb accuracy
- Excellent durability
- Smooth working bolt
- 2 magazines included
- The bipod is slightly wobbly
Airsoft Shotguns – Pro & Budget
We are going to round our list off of the best airsoft guns with airsoft shotguns. These are designed for those who are operating in a CQC situation. If you want to ‘win’ in those, you need something which not only pumps out a decent amount of ammo, but can also do so quickly.
Check out our full buyer’s guide to airsoft shotguns for more options.
7. CYMA Full Metal M870 3-Round Burst Multi-Shot Shell Airsoft Shotgun
Each pump of the shotgun is going to let out three pellets. They are shot out by a spring, but there is so much power behind them it is unreal. In fact, it is able to hit about 306 FPS at the max, which is about what you want when you are in a CQC situation.
|Action:||Pump – 3 BBs per shot|
|FPS:||280 – 306FPS|
|Ammo:||0.20 – 0.25g BBs|
We love how fast it is to reload this baby, and the fact that it is an ‘all-metal’ construction means that this is a bit of kit which has been built to last.
I think the only major downside to this airsoft shotgun is that it weighs in over 2kg, but even then, that is not a downside. Sure, you are probably not going to be running about with it constantly, but you do want something with a bit of weight to aid with accuracy, and to ensure the shotgun actually survives to the end of the day.
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- Tri-shot system; fires 3 BBs with one pull of the trigger
- Fully Metal receiver, barrel assembly, and top folding stock
- Replicates the M870 perfectly
- Feels fantastic in your hands
- Three shot burst that looks and feels like a real shotgun
- Decent accuracy around 50ft
- Sturdy yet weighty side arm
- Uses tonnes of BBs
8. BBTac BT-M58A Pump Action Airsoft Shotgun
|Ammo:||0.20g – 0.25g BBs|
Surprisingly, this shotgun is very, very comfortable to use. It just feels ‘right’ when it is sitting against your shoulders, so if you are going to be doing a lot of aiming during your skirmish battles, then this shotgun may be perfect for a beginner. Some people do report that the pump action is a little bit stiff at first, although this is something which you can expect from cheaper air guns. They are not made with the highest quality parts. 350 FPS is right about par for an airsoft shot gun.
- Airsoft Shotgun pump-action repeater 500 model with a single pump shot and a heavy barrel, both added for realism
- Great entry level Airsoft shotgun that can be used as a primary or back up airsoft gun
- Metal heat sink and reinforced internal parts, On-frame Precise Hop-up Adjustment Switch
- Gun is comprised of hard ABS plastic, outside of the barrel and select other components.
- Has good firing power and will shoot single BBs.
- Cocking mechanism is pretty simple to use compared to other options on the market.
- Some users will find that the hop up system can be tough to calibrate at times, because it might fire either too high or too low
- Mag might be a little too small for some.
So which is the Best Airsoft Gun?
Opt for any one of the best airsoft guns on this list, and we promise you that you are not going to be disappointed. However, you must remember that the airsoft world is huge. It can’t really be boiled down to just 2 ‘picks’ per type of air gun.
There is so much else that you are going to need to think about. This is why we actively encourage you to read through the various guides elsewhere at AirsoftCore.com.
Sure, you could walk away with any one of the airsoft guns on this list and be happy, but if you really want to make sure that you end up with the right product for you, then read our individual buying guides.
Enjoy being out in the field!