Is it Possible to get a solid, high-quality airsoft gun for cheap?
A low price on an airsoft gun does not always mean the gun is cheaply made or has bad quality.
If you do your homework you can find cheap but good airsoft guns, you just need to do a little investigation and educate yourself on A. What you want in a gun, and B. What makes a gun ‘good’.
What to look for before you buy an airsoft gun?
How Tough is Your Gun? – Rifle Resilience
Unless you play a position that requires you to stay under cover at all times, you will be moving around a lot. You may need to get to the floor quickly, jump, run and even slide, all with gun in tow.
You may hit things with the gun inadvertently in close quarter battle, and at times, you may even need to drop your gun to quickly get into position.
This means durability is an important factor when deciding on a gun. It stands to reason that metal is stronger than plastic, but for a gun under 300 dollars, you can expect it will have some plastic parts.
Airsoft guns for recreational play are usually replicas of real firearms, but they are often much lighter, and have plastic parts.
If you are using the airsoft gun for military or law enforcement training the gun will mimic the real deal as closely as possible.
This guide is for recreational airsoft game guns, not military or law enforcement training.
Some plastics, such as polymers and composite material can be very strong and completely acceptable for recreational play. The craftsmanship, performance and accuracy are JUST as important when choosing the best cheap airsoft guns.
A gun that performs well and is accurate, but has a lot of plastic can be a better choice than a gun with all metal internals but amd shoots inconsistently.
Hitting Your Mark- Precision of the Gun
Barrel length can play a role in accuracy of the rifle to a point. The ideal length is around 450 mm for the most accurate airsoft gun, but going longer does not increase accuracy.
The bore size is important too because a more precise bore will not allow as much air to pass the bb. Air passing can distort the bbs trajectory. The issue is that a tight bore on a barrel is more likely to jam and means more maintenance.
Bore consistency is just as important as bore diameter when it comes to accuracy.
Bore consistency affects the performance of the gun because it affects the gun’s accuracy.
You can get a good cheap airsoft gun that has a high degree of accuracy if you research your options and choose carefully.
Range- How far can it shoot?
The hop up, which is a rubber nub installed on the top of the barrel puts a spin on the bb. The bb grazes the hop up as it exits the barrel and this spins the bb.
This spin causes the bb to shoot higher and therefore allows it to fly longer distances.
Good cheap airsoft guns will allow you to adjust the hop up, so you can adjust the range and spin, controlling the bb height as it flies. At a minimum, look for an adjustable hop-up.
Ammo- Magazines and Capacity
The airsoft guns magazine capacity has the potential to limit or extend your play, depending on how many bbs it can hold.
If you spend a lot of time on the field reloading, hat is time wasted, and time you are open to being hit without being able to return fire. Look for a magazine with at least 150 round capacity.
Best guns under $300 Dollars
KWA AKR-74M Airsoft Rifle
The KWA AKR-74M airsoft rifle is modeled after the AK-74, a 1970’s era assault rifle from the USSR.
The gun features realistic recoil and stops shooting when the mag is emptied. This gun does have some plastic and composite pieces such as the hand guard, grip and stock. The receiver and barrel are metal.
The gun is easy to use and easy to maintain. This gun is very realistic in look and feel to an actual AK47.
- Electric recoil system for user feedback.
- Front and rear site.
- Optic side mount.
- Folding stock.
- Side rail for attachments.
- From 380 to 410 FPS.
- Does not include battery, must purchase a battery separately.
JG M16a1 AEG Airsoft Rifle Vietnam
This JG M16A1 is an AEG airsoft rifle modeled after the M16 used in Vietnam.
This gun is accurate and has a a high capacity mag that will keep you focused on the game, not on refilling your mag. This gun is well made, performs well, and feels balanced while holding and shooting.
- FPS from 350 to 360.
- Semi and automatic firing mode.
- Metal gear box, magazine and barrel, adjustable hop-up.
- The hop up does not adjust properly all the time.
Best guns under $200 Dollars
Lancer Tactical Airsoft Interceptor AEG M4 Rifle
This AEG airsoft rifle shoots between 400 to 420 FPS. The gun has a metal high capacity magazine. The body is plastic polymer, the barrel and gearbox are metal.
The hop up is adjustable. Comes in black or tan. The range, high FPS and accuracy of this gun make it an excellent outdoor gun.
- Battery and charger included.
- Mag is included.
- Link cable and cleaning rod included.
- Front and rear sights are installed on the gun.
- Semi and full automatic.
- Muzzle break included.
- Plastic mounting rails and sling clip.
Lancer Tactical LT-0 4B M16 RIS AEG Airsoft Gun
This AEG airsoft rifle modeled after the M16 assult rifle includes a high capacity metal magazine, battery and charger and manual. Full metal gear box. The barrel is lined with copper on the inside for a precision finish that leads to excellent performance.
An affordable accurate and well performing gun that comes in at under 200 dollars.
Accurate at 150 to 200 feet, making it great for outdoor games.
- Metal sling clips.
- Semi and auto firing modes.
- Adjustable ho up.
- Front and rear sights.
- Copper inner barrel precision machined to 6.03mm.
- Retractable stock.
- Mostly plastic construction, externally
Best guns under $100 Dollars
Some of the best cheap airsoft guns and best cheap airsoft pistols are under 100 dollars. They may have a lot of plastic components, but plastic technology has improved over the years and composites or polymers are very durable.
The under 100 dollar category is a great place for a new player to start searching.
Velocity 614 Airsoft Rifle Red Dot Version 2012
This AEG airsoft M4 replica rifle was designed for close quarter combat with a 315 FPS, it will fit right in for close range shooting.
It is a plastic composite gun with a metal gear box and has an accurate red dot sight, ideal for close quarter games.
- This rifle has an adjustable hop up and collapsible stock.
- The rifle has ghilli rail system for add on accessories, and upgrades.
- 250 bb high capacity magazine included.
- Semi automatic and full auto firing modes.
- This gun is made mostly from plastic.
Soft Air FN SCAR-L Rifle
This authentic looking Herstal SCAR-L airsoft rifle looks like the real thing. Much attention was given to the details of the gun, including the color, weight balance, engraved details and more.
This gun includes a grip pod in the front grip. Brass inter-barrel, metal gear box. This review is for the electric AEG rifle, but be aware, there is a spring loaded model available. This gun is accurate and performs well.
- Front and rear metal sights.
- Full rail.
- Side and bottom metal rails.
- 6 position side fold stock.
- 260 FPS.
- 200 bb mag is included.
- Includes battery, charger and red dot site.
- Adjustable hop up.
- This gun can go semi automatic and full automatic (for the AEG version).
- Battery can be challenging to remove.
- Maintenance is a challenge.
400 FPS Dragunov SVD-S Airsoft Sniper Rifle
This Dragunov sniper rifle is nearly all metal with a composite grip and plastic stock. It has a metal bolt, and an all metal long length barrel.
The gun has iron sights. This high FPS gun is a steal at under 100 dollars. It is well suited to an outdoor field. This gun has a folding stock.
This is a SPRING loaded sniper rifle, so don’t expect to blast your opponent with a rainstorm of BBs. A sniper takes one careful shot, and this gun will do just that.
- Adjustable hop-up.
- The rifle has small accessories rails.
- 400 FPS.
- High capacity 200 round magazine.
- You can damage the gun if you do not lad the bbs correctly in the magazine.
- The front lip must be inserted first. If you feel like you need to force it, stop, its not in correctly.
This concludes our reviews of the best cheap airsoft guns. Whatever you finally decide on, what matters most is getting out there and seeing some action, so what are you waiting for?