Best Airsoft Guns for Beginners in 2021

In this article we will be taking a look at the best Airsoft Guns for the money and the best Airsoft Guns for Beginners. We will also mention our picks for the best Airsoft guns for Training.

Understandably, different players prefer different playstyles and need different equipment to suit their needs. On top of that, everybody has a different budget. If you’re just starting out, it’s not unusual that you are looking for cheaper Airsoft Guns to see if you even like the sport. However, if you are already a seasoned player into the sport, it’s not unusual you will be looking for better equipment if you have the budget for it.

Best starter Airsoft Gun?

It is important to note that going down the cheapest route may not be a wise choice if you are going up against seasoned, well-geared players. The guns we will talk about are, in our opinion, the best of the best in their price range, but we would advise you to always think about your specific needs as well, and take that into consideration.

We will begin with the cheaper options and move up from there. To get straight to the point, you can use the table of contents below to skip to your budget right away.


The best Airsoft Guns for the Money

Depending on the kind of beginner you are, you should be able to see something you like in one of the lists below. 


Best Airsoft Guns under $50

#1: Umarex H&K Licensed HK45

A gun licensed by the maker of the real thing, H&K, this Co2 pistol will not disappoint. The Airsoft version maker Umarex holds the exclusive trademark and design license for use with this model, so you won’t be seeing any replicas either.

Features include:
  • A more gas efficient non-blowback design
  • Integrated rail for accessories such as lasers or flashlights
  • Safety Switch
  • Full metal slide coupled with a polymer frame assembly
  • Rated at 345 FPS

If I had to describe this gun in one sentence, it would be: A fairly realistic no-nonsence pistol. Sturdy enough to use without worrying about it breaking, strong enough for almost any situation, and should last you quite a while. Since it does not come with a Co2 cartrige, you will need to get some right away as well. Not to worry, a pack of 5 will only set you back $5.

This model is non-blowback, meaning you will not get the kind of kick a real gun makes. While a bit less realistic, it conserves gas and is better for aiming, especially when putting shots down the range rapidly.

The 15 round magazine should be enough for you to hit your target, although a few extra spare mags never hurt in an airsoft game.

Here are our conclusions

  • Solid power at 345 FPS
  • Accurate, especially with 0.25g BBs
  • Quality Build w/ metal slide
  • Integrated Rail
  • 15 Round Mag
  • Less Realistic, non-blowback
  • Longer Trigger pull


#2: FABARM STF12 Pump Action Tri-Shot Shotgun

In my opinion, the only solid gun you can get in the $50 segment is either a gas pistol or a solid multi-shot shotgun. This one fires 3 BBs every time you pull the trigger, so while it is still a spring-powered gun, it can put 3 times more BBs down the range than regular spring rifles or pistols.

Features include:
  • Tri shot design
  • 2 integrated rails for accessories or optics
  • Pump action, quicker for many people compared to rifles
  • Rated at 310 FPS
  • Fully Compatible with all Marui style BB magazine shells

Since this gun fires 3 BBs at once, it makes it much easier to take out targets when you don’t have time to line up a perfect shot. It’s great for close quarter indoor Airsoft matches, as well as for short-mid range gunfights in an open-air airsoft field. It comes with a 30 round shell style magazine, which are easy to switch out and reload, making it better than just a pistol. A pack of 6 extra 30-round shell mags will only set you back around $15, and that really should be more than enough for one round.

This Airsoft Shotgun is also very compact. This is a real advantage in tactical indoor arena matches where some players will be peeking corners with full-sized M4s.

Here are our conclusions

  • Solid power at 310 FPS (range 70-100 feet)
  • Tri Shot design
  • Ergonomic polymer build
  • Integrated Rails
  • 30 Round Shotgun Shell Magazine
  • Shotguns are not good at longer ranges

That does it for our Best Airsoft Guns under $50 segment. Next, we’ll move up to $100.


Best Airsoft Guns under $100

The first segment where you can actually get a solid rifle.

#1: ASG McMillan USMC M40A3

Anyone even remotely familiar with weapons will recognize the gun this is based on, the legendary USMC M40, in service since 1966. Like the real thing, this airsoft sniper rifle is bolt action as well. This gun offers very good performance and quality for the price and is not going to be vastly outperformed by even $200 + snipers. As good as it may be, we would still like to note that snipers are usually recommended for players with some experience in the game, and are usually not the best fit for players without any experience.

Features include:
  • 1:1 Authentic replica
  • Aluminium receiver and barrel
  • Bipod rail and optic rail included
  • Rated at 410-420 FPS
  • 20 Round magazine

With a rating of 420 FPS, all this airsoft sniper needs to take out opponents at long range is some optics and maybe a bipod as well. We went for a gun under $80 on purpose, as this gun just isn’t complete without a scope. Fairly solid scopes start at $25, so even if you picked a better option at $35 you would still be around the $100-$110 mark. Since recon players play in wooded areas often, it is important to go for a sturdy design, as bumping your gun often is not unexpected. Luckily, the vital parts of this one are all made out of aluminum, so the gun should hold up well.

Here are our conclusions

  • Adequate power for a sniper: 410-420 FPS
  • 1:1 realistic Replica
  • Aluminum Barrel and Receiver
  • Integrated Optic and Bipod Rail
  • Adjustable trigger pull and hop-up
  • Slightly over $100 with scope


#2: WE-USA Hi-Cap Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol

So, what’s up with the second pistol entry under $100? Well, this is one is a bit different than the $50 one. Made by WE-Tech, this is an airsoft pistol based on the well-known 1911 family. This is a top of the line gun, meaning that going for a more expensive pistol won’t get you much more than this thing offers. All this means that this isn’t just a gun for beginners, but also a gun suited for seasoned players looking to upgrade their sidearm.

Features include:
  • 1:1 Authentic full metal build
  • Railed frame design for laser or flashlight
  • Improved hop-up
  • Rated at 300-310 FPS
  • Hi-Cap Magazine

The most important features of this gun is that it offers a great hop-up and a 30 round magazine. It is Co2 / gas powered, and shoots similar to a real 1911 due to the realistic blowback design. Since it’s a full metal design, you will also be getting the full experience, very similar to the real thing. Most pistols fall far short of the 30 round capacity this pistol offers, which is why that is one of its main advantages over others. With 30 rounds at you finger, you will have no issue taking out multiple opponents without needing to get back into cover and reload. As it’s a fairly powerful pistol, you also won’t be facing any issues at medium range.

Make sure to keep it clean and this gun will keep shooting realiably and accurately, even in harsh and cold weather conditions.

Here are our conclusions


  • Great power: 300-330 FPS
  • 1:1 full metal blowback Replica
  • 30 Round Magazine
  • Integrated Rail for laser or flashlight
  • Improved Hop-up system
  • May be a bit heavy for younger players


Best Airsoft Guns under $150

In the Best Airsoft Guns under $150 section, we will finally be seeing the first solid AEG (Automatic Electric Gun). So let’s get straight to it.

#1: Matrix AK47 Tactical by Cyma

The gun this is based on needs no introduction and the package we are covering not only includes the Gun, but a 9.6v battery and charger pack as well. Usually, some cheaper guns are shipped with “test” batteries includes, which are often weaker and not ideal for the field. This is not the case with this package. The battery is a separate product, and is included in the bundle as a solid battery choice for the field. This means that you will not need have the unpleasant surprise of getting a “Battle ready” $130 gun, only to find out that the included battery is not what’s actually recommended for the field.

Features include:
  • 1:1 Authentic build
  • Sturdy build, part metal
  • V3 Metal Gearbox
  • Rated at 340-390 FPS
  • Hi-Cap 400rd Magazine

There’s a lot to cover about this one. To start off, the top cover, barrel assembly, upper receiver cover, sights, and stock attachment are all metal, making it a fairly sturdy gun ready for use on the field. It features a realiable V3 Metal Gearbox and shoots at around 350 FPS on average, making it a fairly powerful airsoft rifle for game use. In case you are looking to save a bit of cash in the beginning, the hi-cap magazine means you won’t necesarrily need an extra mag right off the bat, even though switching mags is faster and more convenient than reloading the only one you have. That being said, we would recommend bringing at least one extra mid-cap magazine, just in case.

Another important plus is that the railed hand guard makes it possible to attach optics, and two side attachments such as a flashlight and laser right out of the box.

Here are our conclusions

In my opinion, this is a package you can’t go wrong with, as it can hold its own even against guns double the price.

  • Great Power: average 350 FPS
  • Reliable V3 Metal Gearbox
  • Solid 400 Round Magazine
  • Integrated Rails for Optics, Laser and Flashlight
  • Includes great Battery for field use

If I have to think of something…

  • Not a full metal build


Best Airsoft Guns for Training / Target practice

One of the more common questions I get is:

What is the best Airsoft Gun for Training?, or What is the best Airsoft Gun for Target Practice?

If you have a backyard or access to some space where you could set up targets, practicing target shooting will help you improve your accuracy, and make you a better player on the field. So here is a personal favorite of mine for target practice.


Win Gun Gas Powered M9

This pistol is cheap, extremely powerful, and accurate as well. Due to its high power, we do not recomment using it in the field, and it will most likely be denied entry anyway. Most field have an FPS limit, usually somewhere around the 400 FPS mark. At 370-500 FPS, most of the time this gun blows past that limit. See our article on Airsoft Rules to make sure your gun is field ready.

That being said, if you are looking for a gun just for training and target practice, getting one with a ton of power will make training more enjoyable, and usually give you much more range and accuracy to try and practice at different distances. This gun is also a non-blowback design, meaning you don’t have to worry about the kickback and can line up your next shot almost instantly.

Features include:
  • Solid weight at 540 g, important for target practice
  • High FPS 370~499
  • Railed frame for laser or flashlight
  • Suitable for heavier BBs (0.25g)
  • 15 Round Magazine and safety feature

The best part of using a gun that shoots hot, i.e. is too powerful, is that you can use heavier BBs which should improve accuracy, while maintaining solid FPS. In case you don’t want to spend money on actual targets, you can improve and use something like cans as well, since this gun shouldn’t have any problem going through cans up to 100 feet.

The gun also features an inbuild safety switch that you should always use when you’re done shooting. Since handling any airsoft gun can result in injury, handling a very powerful one just means you need to take extra steps, and never forget to wear eye protection! This airsoft pistol is available here.

Here are our conclusions


  • Very powerful, up to 500 FPS
  • Reliable Gas System
  • Can achieve great FPS with heavier BBs
  • Railed Frame for Laser or Flashlight
  • Sturdy polymer build

If I have to think of something…

  • Can’t be used on the field. 

Nick L.

Nick has been an outdoor enthusiast since he could walk. A passion which started with Camping and Hiking then led to an Airsoft and Woodball Phase. Nowadays, he does his best to share some of the things he has learned to help other Outdoor enthusiasts like himself!

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