Welcome to the club. You've got the bug and don't want to get your butt kicked on the field but ALSO don't want to spend alot of money before you know what you like. With over a dozen different manufacturers out there making pistols, rifles and shotguns, figuring out what the heck to spend your $$ on can get daunting quickly. That's where I (Chris) have you covered!
Airsoft guns are awesome....I remember getting my first gun when I was a kid and having it fall apart after about 10 uses. Now, as an adult, the number of airsoft guns available has increased 10 times and if you don't know what to look for...you can get lost quickly OR end up spending WAY too many hours on the internet trying to figure it out.
Fortunately for you, I'm an airsoft NUT and am happy to do the research for you 🙂
Here's my top 5 (for now) pellet guns for beginners that won't break the bank. Like my mission to find the best paintball gun, this guide is designed to give you as much detail as you need to help you decide which of these to spring for...
The table below summarizes the top 5 and more detail on each is below. Happy hunting folks!
I am going to start with a pistol because it is one of the best weapons a CQB beginner could have. While an advanced player would use this as a second weapon, as a beginner, this will teach you how to aim and shoot right and it won’t weigh heavily on you.
The Umarex Beretta is equipped with a metallic slider and barrel, which makes it feel a bit more realistic, and the body is ABS plastic. So, it won’t feel too heavy, but it is quite durable. The shooting system is based on spring action, meaning you don’t have to worry about batteries or gas. Also, it feels nice when you cock it.
From the weight and construction to the awesome sounds it makes, even to the disassembly, it’s about as close to the real thing as you’re gonna get! In my opinion it is powerful (328 FPS with .12 BBs) and it’s a fantastic airsoft gun for target practice. Not to mention, it looks pretty bad ass for a pistol that affordable. This is a really well made airsoft weapon. For a slightly more expensive option consider the Umarex Elite Force Pistol. Read a full Umarex airsoft review here.
There is NOTHING like blasting off an airsoft shotgun at your opponents on the battlefield. These things may not have the greatest range but they are FIRE in the close-quarters game. Airsoft shotguns can get pretty pricey but if you need an all-around great value for your money, the Evike is your best option.
This is a pump action shotgun with metallic internals (meaning durability), that feels pretty heavy when you lift it. The body is ABS composite and I love the full rear stock that allows the shooter to use their shoulder as a support point.
It is also powerful (340- 380 FPS) and works in both indoor and outdoor CQB games. Another good point is that it has a magazine instead of shells, which makes it easier to load. I know, it’s not as cool, but for a beginner, a magazine is the best choice.
This is a 2020 update to our list for one reason...This. Gun. Spanks. Like the real AK-47, this airsoft version is an all-around badass and basically a must-have addition for your arsenal as soon as you start any kind of milsim games. Soft Air makes some of the most popular airsoft weapons because they are easy to use, powerful, and can shoot rapid shots in bursts. This AK47 version has full and semi-automatic modes and is capable of firing up to 600 rounds per minute and can obtain velocities of up to 475 feet per second. You can fire off a large number of rounds one after another with impressive accuracy. You'll be able to hit a target the size of a quarter from up to forty feet away. This electric-powered rifle is suited for shooters of all skill levels.
Another Soft Air option because they just make awesome guns...plain and simple. The Colt M4 cqb-r AEG is a great two-tone Desert tan and black airsoft M4 gun. Fully licensed Colt trademarks/logo M4 airsoft carbine with rails.Gun is primarily polymer built with some metal components. The rail system, upper/lower body, furniture, stock sights, and Buffer tube are all plastic. The outer barrel, sling attachments, magazine, and other moveable parts are metal. This gun is a work-horse: shooting roughly 385 with .20g bbs and shooting around the 350-360fps with .25g bbs. Don't spend 300 dollars for a gun that you can buy the same one for way cheaper.
I started with a pistol, so it’s only appropriate to end the list with a pistol. This one is a blowback design that runs on CO2, meaning that you’ll feel the kick out of every shot (strong recoil). It’s also loud so you have to be prepared for it.
This is so close to the real thing it'll blow your mind. Textured grip, drop-free 15-shot magazine and an integrated Weaver Rail for mounting a laser sight (like this one). This pistol packs a MASSIVE punch at an AWESOME price.
This is by no means the end-all, be-all for lists of airsoft guns...in fact there are some notable mentions on our list that make other people's list of best beginner airsoft guns such as the Lancer Tactical Interceptor or the Elite Force 1911 TAC review. There are many options for beginners on the market, but you definitely can't go wrong with any of the ones we laid out here 🙂