16 Best Airsoft Gun Brands for 2018

by Liam | Last updated 28th March, 2018 | Posted in Gun Guides

We’ve spent a huge amount of time recently researching the very best airsoft brands on the planet. We’ve come up with a list of the 16 most reliable, high quality and well loved brands.

Are you looking for a new airsoft gun but you’re confused about the multitude of brands and designs? Or maybe you’re just starting and you feel discouraged by the prices you see on high-end products.

Regardless of your situation, I know how you feel – I once was you!

Still, I believe that learning a bit about the best brands for both budget and high-end products will clarify things for most players. If you continue reading, below you’ll find the brands I consider the best and a few reasons why.

Best Brands for Airsofters on a Budget

These brands target mostly beginners and airsofters whose budget is not always on its best days. Still, it doesn’t always mean the products are low in quality; they’re just not as advanced as the more expensive ones.

CYMA

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Innovative and affordable airsoft guns. This is the motto of CYMA Airsoft.

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They come from China, but their products are some of the best for players on a budget!

CYMA is specialized in making cheaper copies of high-end models from brands like Tokyo Marui, but some of their products are quite good. I especially love their AK AEG models with full metal gearbox, metal receivers, and a design that’s easily upgradeable.

They also feature a line of AEGs with full metal body (if you want something a bit more advanced). Besides the AK line, they also produce M14s, M4s, and M5s – and they all cost a fraction of the price of a high-end AEG. Still, don’t expect too much durability, since this is indeed a budget brand.

CYMA is also in the market with accessories and parts, and I’m sure you appreciate the fact that their guns come ready to be used (with batteries and chargers). They may not always be the best in quality, but you can get in the game as soon as you have the gun.

Pros
  • Wide range of models and copies of high-end designs
  • Good AK line with solid gearbox
  • Parts and accessories widely available
  • Great prices
  • Ready to use from the box
Cons
  • Models are not super-durable
  • Most designs are for beginners

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Lancer Tactical

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I dare say Lancer Tactical offers better quality products, in comparison with CYMA, but it’s also a matter of preferences. So, if you like other budget airsoft brands better, it’s totally understandable.

I like their line of rifles with licenses, the Bolt Action Springs, and the Heavy Machine Guns. But there’s more to the brand, as you can get M4s, AKs (not as good as CYMA’s but still great), and a great collection of protective and tactical gear.

In my opinion, Lancer Tactical is the brand to choose when you’re not ready to buy an advanced weapon, but you’re not looking for an entry-level model either. They are indeed a bit costly, but many good players enjoy their products.

Pros
  • Good quality & internals
  • Wide range of models and gear
  • Good speed and durability
Cons
  • A bit more expensive than most budget brands

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CYBERGUN

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Cybergun is based in France, which is a change of landscape when you consider that most of the brands come from Asia. Furthermore, they have licensing agreements with several firearms manufacturers, so many of their models are real steel replicas. And, even if they’re not replicas, the trademarks and logos of real steel guns make airsoft products look more authentic.

Most of their weapons are made of ABS plastic but the overall quality is good, and the wide variety of products and low prices do open the doors for beginners. You’ll also find some interesting accessories including targets and optics on their list of products, which allows beginners to improve their game.  

Pros
  • Wide range of models & accessories
  • Most of their models are licensed with real steel trademarks
  • Great for beginners
  • Great prices
Cons
  • Most designs are ABS plastic
  • Not extremely durable
  • Not the best quality

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UMAREX

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Just like Cybergun, Umarex is also focused on using real steel logos and trademarks on replicas of real steel weapons. In my opinion, they make some nice-looking replicas and I definitely love the Smith &Wesson replicas, Beretta’s, Ruger’s, Colt’s, or Walther’s.  

Actually, their designs are so life-like (so to speak), that many collectors own several Umarex models. It’s also interesting that their offer includes a wide range of airsoft guns starting with spring rifles and moving on to AEGs and gas powered weapons.

One cool thing I like about them is that there is actually a Umarex USA subsidiary (they are originally based in Germany). This means they make the products locally and you can get in touch with the Company if you need to.

Still, I have to mention that I listed them as a budget brand only for their smaller guns (mostly pistols). The bigger guns are quite expensive and usually fit the high-end brands better.

Pros
  • Realistic replicas
  • Cool-looking licenses
  • Good quality for entry-level guns
  • Wide range of products
Cons
  • Only smaller weapons are entry-level

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UK ARMS

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They are mostly known for producing cheap spring airsoft guns, but their pistols get the most attention. Still, contrary to all expectations, their products are quite durable (even if they are made of plastic) but it’s not necessarily a high quality trait. As it seems, spring weapons are durable in general, because there are no moving parts (such as motors).

So, if you’re just starting and want to test out your abilities, UK Arms is a good choice. They also produce protective gear, which may come in handy during your first games. However, I wouldn’t advise anyone to participate in a game with a $10 pistol!

Pros
  • Amazing prices
  • Durable guns
  • Great line of protective gear
Cons
  • Plastic body and internals
  • Not fantastic quality

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AGM

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This Chinese producer has a rich offer of guns and parts, but also features some unique models (a few cool examples are the MP44, the German MP40, or the British MKII Stem SMG).

They are somehow at the line between budget and high-end since their offer also includes full-metal AEGs with impressive performance, bolt action sniper rifles that are surprisingly powerful, shotguns, and rifles.

I love their full metal M4s and M16s, but they also have weapons that should only be used for plinking in your backyard.

In conclusion, they come with a different, more diverse offer, but you should not buy on impulse. Do a thorough review of the products you want to purchase and make sure they are indeed durable and of good quality.

Pros
  • Diverse offer
  • Lots of unique, cool designs
  • Impressive power on bolt action sniper rifles
  • Good prices
  • Some full metal designs
Cons
  • Not all products feature good quality so do your research!

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APS

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The last on my list is a budget-friendly producer that I would only recommend for beginners who want to test their skills with plinking. I wouldn’t recommend any of the APS guns in a game, but some of the accessories are quite interesting.

If I were to choose an APS airsoft gun to recommend, it would be the M4s as these are better from a qualitative point of view. They also have a line of AKs, but the rate of failure is too high to make them recommendable.

Pros
  • Super affordable prices
  • Somewhat food M4s
  • Superior accessories
Cons
  • Most designs have a high rate of failure
  • Only for backyard practice

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Redwolf Airsoft

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While it’s not an airsoft gun producer, Redwolf is one of the most well-known airsoft brands and general retailers in the world. I included them in the budget brands section because they practice good prices, but as you can expect, some of the high-end guns will also be in their shop.

The idea is that they have a rich offer and most players will find something to buy from them, regardless of the budget. Redwolf base is overseas (Hong Kong), but they also have a branch in the UK, servicing Europe and the USA. However, when you order, you have the possibility to choose the location of the warehouse.

Overall, they practice low prices, but depending on your location, the shipping fee may be quite large, so pay attention to this aspect when you order. In terms of quality, the guns they sell follow the best standards, and they are always looking to introduce new products in their offer, which is nice.

Pros
  • Large guns variety
  • Lots of accessories
  • Good prices
  • Easy to use platform
Cons
  • Shipping fees can be high
  • They are not producing the weapons
  • Some complaints about customer service

High-End Brands

In this category I included popular brands that are known to produce high-end weapons, with impressive features and realistic looks (please keep in mind that the order is not important).

Systema

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Systema Professional Training Weapons is one of the most high-end brands on the market! They work with AEGs and use computerized optical technology to create airsoft guns that feel extremely real. Not to mention, the dimensions are indeed real steel, which means you can use accessories for real guns (from slings to holsters to optics).

As you can expect, the guns produced by them are used in real training exercises, and if you want one for your collection, you should be prepared for a high price tag. They make some great M90 models, but their specialty is with MAX and SUPER MAX designs. The cool thing is that Systema also offers challenge kits, for players who want to save some money. The kits require some tools and assembly skills though.

Pros
  • High-end, powerful weapons
  • Guns used in real training
  • Real steel size and feel
  • Kits for players who want to save money
  • Most weapons allow upgrades
Cons
  • Quite expensive (but you get what you pay for!)

Tokyo Marui

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I have to admit, Tokyo Marui is my personal favorite brand, but it’s also the first brand most advanced players think of when they want a high-end airsoft gun.

The producer is in Japan, but they ship worldwide and their weapons are in most known airsoft stores, including huge retailers such as Amazon or eBay. Their collection includes powerful AEGs, GBBs (which are phenomenal), spring weapons, and even gear for snipers.

Overall, the guns produced by Tokyo Marui are well-designed, even when they feature ABS bodies. Still, most of their high-quality weapons are designed with ABS and metal or an all-metal body. In any of the cases, their guns are durable and can withstand a lot of abuse on the field.

Another feature that’s characteristic of this brand is accuracy. Yes, the price tag is higher, but it pays to have a good gearbox that won’t bail on you during the first skirmish. Even more, Tokyo Marui gearboxes support improvements, which is extremely helpful for a driven player.

Pros
  • High diversity of products
  • High manufacturing standards
  • Durable, accurate, and advanced guns
  • Fantastic GBBs
Cons
  • Their AEGs are not all the hype anymore (you can find the same quality at lower prices)
  • Pricey products

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Classic Army

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When you want a high-quality AEG, with good internals, impressive performance, and plenty of power, your best brand is Classic Army.

They produce guns with both ABS and full-metal bodies but the aspect that’s most impressive is the internals. CA is meticulous in implementing above average gearboxes and well-designed motors that won’t fail you in the field.

They produce M16s, M4s, AKs, and more on this line, but I’m also completely taken by their M132 microgun, which is a beast in disguise. So yes, CA is also good at producing gas powered guns, but they like to go all in when it comes to this category.

Overall, CA is a CQB player’s brand that produces durable airsoft weapons, that won’t let you down when the fight gets heated.

Pros
  • High-quality internals
  • Great AEGs
  • Easy to handle and carry around CQB weapons
  • Powerful GBBs
  • Sturdy, solid bodies (even for ABS formats)
Cons
  • The best products are pricey
  • Some mid-quality products can be overpriced

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ICS

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Short for I Chih Shivan Co. this airsoft guns manufacturer is based in Taiwan. They produce great AEGs and most of their success is based on a constant seek for innovation. Airsofters like their split gearbox design because it makes gun maintenance so much easier, but I also admire the general durability and power (most weapons are capable of firing at 350+ FPS).  

Another cool thing is that they ship weapons with all the needed accessories (in most cases) so you don’t have to shop around for a complete gear. On the downside, ICS parts don’t play well with other producers. As a result, you can’t mix and match with the weapons you already have; you’ll have to always buy parts from ICS.

Pros
  • High-end AEGs
  • Good power and durability
  • Split gearbox design for easy maintenance
  • Most guns come with accessories
Cons
  • Pretty high prices
  • ICS guns don’t accept other producers’ parts

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G&G

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Another fantastic AEG producer that comes from Taiwan, Guay and Guay impressed me and the airsoft community with a highly performing gearbox (V2 gearbox, completely redesigned).

Of course, the durable ABS or metal bodies that keep the internals safe and tight bore barrels are also an indicator of advanced quality.

Most of their weapons have a bad-ass design, with good pistol grip, retractable stock and rails or handguards that allow you to install plenty of accessories. In true CQB fashion, most of their guns feature a compact design and solid body.

I honestly love their M16 for the level of accuracy (straight from the box), but you shouldn’t expect that all their weapons will perform perfectly. Still, their Combat Machine series is one of the best on the market right now.

While it is a high-end brand, G&G doesn’t shine on other aspects such as accessories. Many players complain about accessories being frail or downright low-quality so I’d definitely stay away from them. Another flaw you may notice is the battery – G&G still equips their models with NiCad batteries (if it is included), which are not as effective as their NiMh or LiPo counterparts. Still, this problem is easily solvable: you just need to invest in a good battery.

Pros
  • Easy to maintain gearbox
  • Durable, sturdy body
  • Bad-ass design
  • Great Combat Machines series
  • Highly accurate and fast
Cons
  • Accessories of poor quality
  • They favor NiCad batteries
  • Most mid-level weapons are overpriced

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KWA

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If you’ve ever tried one of their AEGs or Blowbacks, you know KWA is a serious brand. Furthermore, they are the leading company to produce airsoft replica weapons for military and law enforcement training!

I love the fact that they are mostly focused on innovation, which brought us the wonderful 2GX Mechbox and NS2 Blowback system that increases performance and reliability. Their weapons are equipped with high-end gearboxes, state-of-the-art internals, and solid ABS or metal bodies. Not to mention, most of their models are accurate right from the box and shoot at over 400FPS.   

Another huge advantage point is their orientation towards LiPo batteries, when most producers are still deeply committed to NiMh, or worse, NiCad. This proves their models are fast and powerful, and it makes you feel a bit disappointed in their lack of diversity. But, I guess it is a natural consequence of the fact that they care more about quality.

Pros
  • Great durability and reliability
  • High-end designs that are accurate and powerful
  • Impressive internals
  • Used for the army and law enforcement training
  • The company focused on innovation
Cons
  • They only produce classics
  • Prices are a bit steep

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A&K AIRSOFT

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This brand comes from Japan and is well-known for producing LGM AEGs. They favor an all-metal body (but it’s not available for all their models) and high-end internals that provide their weapons with good power and accuracy. Still, the full-metal gearbox on all their models is indeed a nice addition in terms of durability and reliability.

I love their all-metal M4 AEG line that can shoot up to 420FPS out of the box, and the fact that their models are usually shipped with battery, charger, and magazine. However, you should think about A&K airsoft as a brand for beginners in the airsoft art because most of their guns are entry-level.

So, if you want an easy to use product that’s both durable and accurate, one of their machine guns, carbines, or rifles would definitely do the trick!

Pros
  • All-metal gearbox
  • Fantastic M4 AEGs line
  • Great reliability and durability
  • Well-equipped from the box
Cons
  • Mostly entry-level
  • Best used as support weapons

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G&P

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Based in Hong Kong, this manufacturer has a long history of creating beautiful and bad-ass MilSim and training designs. Their main purpose is to provide airsofters everywhere with high-end models and they never sacrifice quality just to produce cheaper weapons.

To follow in their promise, each G&P AEG is assembled by hand and fine-tuned by experienced technicians. So, when you get such an airsoft gun, you can be sure it follows the highest standards of quality and reliability. Even more, their collection is not limited to just AEGs; they also produce shotguns and gas options, so anyone interested has a wide assortment to choose from.

The interesting part is that they also sell grenade launcher attachments – a wonderful addition to any advanced player’s kit.

G&P is a firm believer in CNC precision machining and real-steel coating, which is why most of their products look and feel like real weapons. Overall, G&P is the go-to brand when you want a reliable close or medium-range weapon.

Pros
  • xperience in creating real weapons
  • High-end models that look and feel like real models
  • Good offer with interesting touches
  • Reliable and well-designed products
Cons
  • Few long-range options

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Summary

Of course, the list can be longer, but these are the best airsoft brands that usually stand out in either budget category.

My advice is to start gradually. If you’re a beginner and don’t really know how you feel about airsoft, start with a cheap gun. Do some testing, improve your skills with target practice, and when you’re ready, jump to a gun that is still budget-friendly but can be used in a game.

Finally, if you are truly passionate and want to get better, take a look at high-end brands. It will be a bit of a budget stretch, but it is definitely worth it!  

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