Best Cheap Airsoft Guns – 2019’s Buying Guide for Budget Friendly Guns
What are the best cheap airsoft guns?
The solution is to know how to find good weapons that fit your budget. I know it sounds more like a unicorn hunt, but have a look at the guide I put together for you. The weapons below are of good quality and would make even some advanced players happy.
In my guide, I selected weapons that fit any budget in the range of $25 to $200, so you can have your pick. So, stop worrying about your next game, and start looking for your next weapon! If you’re in a hurry, the table below shows my 3 favorite pistols for various price ranges.
|Elite Force 1911 Pistol||Umarex Walther P99||Combat Zone Enforcer|
|Popular 1911 CO2 blowback pistol||Made famous by the James Bond movies||Small and lightweight CO2 pistol|
You might also want to read our guide on the best airsoft guns.
Best Guns under $200
I selected the top three guns in the $100 – $200 price range that you should try.
Type: Co2 Blowback
Power: 345-370 FPS
I couldn’t have done a top ‘best airsoft guns under $200’ without including a cool backup pistol, could I? The Elite Force 1911 Tac is a fantastic addition to your arsenal and I recommend it to anyone looking to have a realistic shooting experience.
The pistol is full-metal so you can imagine it is pretty heavy, but it feels amazing in your hand. I’m not too crazy about the grip – it has some texture, but the front side is straight. Still, it feels comfortable in your hand and you have easy access to the ambidextrous controls.
I like the 14mm CCW threaded barrel tip as it allows you to add a suppressor and the fact that the barrel follows the 6mm standard. I use it with .20g BBs and the accuracy and power are amazing. For improved accuracy, the pistol is equipped with white dotted front and rear sights and adjustable Hop up system. Also, the powerful recoil spring makes every shot feel amazing!
In terms of design, the pistol comes in several variations of color (black, grey, stainless, and black/ dark earth brown) and has authentic Elite Force 1911 trademarks engraved on each side of the barrel. It also allows for accessories to be added due to the bottom rail.
Finally, the pistol is effective in a 10 to 90 feet range and comes with a 14 rounds Co2 magazine. In my opinion, this is a solid backup airsoft gun, with a solid build, that will offer you some amazing moments on the field!
- Full metal body and good weight
- Great accuracy and range
- 6mm barrel, .20g BBs
- Adjustable Hop-up and powerful recoil spring
- Solid build
- Not effective in cold weather
- Doesn’t come with CO2 cartridge
- Powerful blowback (problematic for beginners)
Type: Gas Blowback
Power: 300 FPS
This gun looks and feels amazing in your hands since it is a realistic replica of the real-steel design. Moreover, it comes with authentic Glock trademarks, which make it even more impressive.
The Gen 4 G17 Glock comes with a very comfortable grip that fits well in most player’s hands and ensures the pistol won’t slip away from your hands. Next, the slide release is easy to operate and the slider moves back with every shot you take, creating a strong blowback effect.
Under the barrel, you’ll find an accessory rail that allows for a flashlight or a laser, to improve your aim and visibility.
Overall the G17 pistol is a nice addition to any player’s collection since it is durable (due to the metallic elements) and can shoot in semi-automatic mode.
- Metal slide that’s smooth
- Full-sized metallic magazine (20 rounds)
- Small accessory rail underneath the barrel
- It works with Green Gas and propane
- Realistic blowback action
- Blowback action may not be best for beginners
- The performance can be affected by ambient temperature
Power: 350 FPS
If you’re looking for a high-quality AEG that will support your CQB efforts, the CM16 Raider is a fantastic option!
Starting from the barrel and moving back to the collapsible crane stock (that also houses the battery), this rifle is built on a nylon-composite polymer frame with a metallic barrel assembly. As a result, the AEG is lightweight, easy to maneuver, and durable. The high-capacity metallic magazine (450 rounds), large trigger guard and comfortable pistol grip are also features that promote this rifle to both beginners and advanced players.
Lastly, the CM16 rifle can be improved by using the 7-inch free-float handguard fitted with 20mm Picatinny rail sections on the sides and one full-length rail at the top.
- Easy to use in skirmishes
- There is plenty of space for accessories
- The magazine is large
- It shoots in semi and full-auto firing modes
- Adjustable hop-up unit
- It’s a fantastic rifle for the money
- Firing mode and safety selector are not ambidextrous
- The front triangle sight is fixed
- The barrel and hop-up should be upgraded
Power: 380 FPS
Designed for CQB action, the CM028 AK47 features metallic internals with a polymer build (the faux-wood areas and some of the elements) and metallic barrel assembly. As a result, the rifle feels nice in your hands and it is easy to move with it on the field.
The rifle supports both semi and full-auto firing modes and comes with a nice high-capacity magazine that can hold up to 600 BBs. Furthermore, the entire action is smooth and everything sounds nice due to the metal bushings and gears in the gearbox.
While it may not promote the best-looking body (some of the elements are easily scratchable), this rifle comes with plenty of cool features. Overall, you get a lot of bang for your buck!
- Metallic barrel assembly
- The inner barrel is longer than usual for increased accuracy
- High-capacity magazine that can hold up to 600 BBs
- Adjustable hop-up unit
- Supports semi and full-auto modes
- Great value for the money
- It comes with battery and charger
- The sling mounts are a bit flimsy
- The body scratches easily
Power: 385 FPS
If you’re new to bullpup designs, you’ll be impressed by the level of accuracy this rifle is capable of delivering in both skirmishes and long-range shooting. Moreover, while it may look a bit bulky, it is lightweight and very easy to maneuver on the field.
The bullpup build allowed the producer to use a long inner barrel (475mm) in the body of a CQB rifle, which is why the FAMAS is so versatile and popular. The 300 round metallic magazine and the fact that it can shoot in semi and full-auto modes are also interesting features that raise the rifle’s value.
Lastly, the FAMAS is lightweight (around 6.3 lbs) even though it has a metallic barrel assembly and an accessory rail that lets players add their favorite optics or red dot sights. Of course, you can always use the included multi-option front and rear sights (which are adjustable) and use the rail for other accessories. Overall, this is the ideal rifle for beginners who want to test the waters with airsoft and identify the best-fitting role for them.
- Bullpup design
- 650-750 BBs per minute ROF
- Accurate at long-range and CQB
- Upgradeable metallic Version 1 gearbox
- Adjustable hop-up unit
- Ambidextrous Fire Selector
- Included frontal bipod
- The battery is rather difficult to install
- The polymer body doesn’t hold too well at drops
- The mag needs to be spun after every 20-30 shots
Price: around $150 on Amazon – Buy it now
Power: 400 FPS
You can’t call yourself a serious airsoft player if you’ve never fired an AK47! The AK47 from BBTac is a nice representation of the classic weapon we all know and love, with a metal gearbox and polymer body.
The body is durable and lightweight, so you won’t have to pick up the pieces if it happens to drop it in a CQB. Even more, the pistol grip and the handguard are texturized so your hands won’t slip when you aim and shoot in a hurry. There’s also plenty of space in the trigger guard, so you can use it with gloves.
The BBTac AK47 is equipped with bottom and top rails so you can mount your accessories and the gun is delivered with a 600 round High cap magazine that is easy to mount. The adjustable rear sights come as a nice touch, and I love the Version 3 metal gearbox that gives a special kick to the weapon.
The battery is located in the ABS stock (with plenty of space to add a bigger one if you want) and it’s easy to reach it – you just have to take the butt plate off. Speaking of the stock, even though it’s not adjustable, the collapsible back makes it easy to move around in different CQB scenarios.
The gun is powerful and accurate, with two shooting modes: semi auto, and full auto. The rate of fire is nice, but you may experience some jamming problems. Also, some users say the range is not that good, but I didn’t have the chance to test it yet.
- Lightweight and durable
- Metal Gear
- Powerful and accurate
- Hi-cap magazine
- Easy to hold and adjust according to needs
- It jams quite frequently
- The internal wiring is fragile
- Range not too good
Black Ops M4 Viper Mk5 Airsoft AEG Rifle
Price: around $140 – Buy it now
Power: 420 FPS
If you’re looking for a cool-looking rifle that works in any CQB scenario, the M4 Viper Mk5 may just be the right one! With a 5th generation M4 design and a polymer boy, the gun is lightweight and easy to maneuver in tight spots, but feels great in your hands due to the solid build. The controls are easy to reach with your thumb and the gun features two fire modes (semi and full auto).
I love the handguard and rail system (there are actually 4 rails) that allows for more accessories (a scope and bipod, for instance) and the pistol grip is solid enough for both adult and young players. The cool thing is that you can upgrade it to a better version by replacing the gearbox, motor, hop-up, and even barrel. But for now, you get upgraded steel gears, which is quite nice.
The 8.4v 1100mAh battery is housed in the stock (it’s quite easy to reach), and powers a motor that allows for 420 FPS (registered with .12g BBs) with long range. I honestly like using .20 or .25 BBs and the gun supports them nicely.
Finally, I like using the low-profile, green fiber optic sights for shorter distance and the flip up sights for longer distance. Of course, the six-positions adjustable crane stock with mil-spec buffer tube is also worth mentioning. Still, you should know there are some durability issues to consider as some players reported the gun broke down quite fast, but it’s not a very common problem. Also, if you remove the high cap magazine (300 rounds) without emptying it, the BBs tend to fall out.
- Good accuracy and range
- ABS body
- Can be upgraded
- Easy to hold due to the handguard and pistol grip
- Allows a wide range of accessories
- Not for MilSim situations
- Internals are not extremely durable
- BBs fall out when you remove the magazine
|BBTac AK47||Black Ops M4 Viper Mk5||Umarex Elite Force 1911 Tac|
|ABS body||ABS body||Full metal body|
|400 FPS||420 FPS||345 FPS|
|600 rounds, High-cap mag||300 rounds, High-cap mag||14 rounds Co2 magazine|
|CQB scenarios (urban)||Most CQB scenarios||Backup gun|
Best Guns under $100
If your budget doesn’t cover anything over $100, there are still some good guns to try.
Price: $56.95 – Buy it now
Type: Co2 Blowback
Power: 380 FPS
I love this bad boy for the many cool features it brings at such a price! The Walther P99 Blowback CO2 is equipped with a metal slide and, due to a powerful spring the recoil is quite realistic. Not to mention, the gun is a full-size replica of the Walther P99, which is used by both law enforcement agencies and civilians all around the world.
The airsoft pistol is fully licensed and the trademarks are authentic and impress a very nice look on the design. The grip is rubberized and the texture is specially designed to allow the gun to rest firmly in your hand when you’re firing (with or without a glove).
The cool thing is that, once you cock the slider once, you don’t have to do it again until the next magazine load. This gives the pistol the capacity to fire in a rapid, semi-automatic fashion, which could save you a life on the field.
I wouldn’t recommend the Walther P99 to a beginner because the blowback is powerful and it can throw off your aim if you’re not prepared for it. The pistol only holds 15 BBs at a time, but the magazine is easy to reload and access (it’s a paddle style mag). Also, the CO2 is nicely hidden in the grip so you won’t be bothered while reloading. I like that it doesn’t leak gas after you load your CO2 container (most guns that use the same loading method, do).
- Good accuracy and range (for a handgun)
- Powerful blowback
- Metal slider
- Shoots .20g BBs
- Gas doesn’t leak after reload
- Doesn’t eat too much gas
- Slider may lock back from time to time
- The cartridge is a bit difficult to change
Price: around $70 – Buy it now
Power: 280~306 FPS
Are you looking for something impressive, powerful, and in your budget? The M3 shotgun from CYMA is the perfect choice!
It is lightweight, due to the polymer body, but durable and easy to handle in CQB situations. The shotgun comes completely assembled with one removable 30rd shot shell, but you won’t find a sling in the package (even though there are sling hooks on the gun).
The design is a standard pump action shotgun, with a wide stock that fits well against your shoulder (the butt stock is rubberized) and a comfortable pistol grip. I also like the trigger guard as it offers plenty of space for gloves. In terms of performance, the gun is accurate, but you can adjust the BB’s trajectory using the Hop Up. The cool thing is that it allows for 3-Round Burst Multi-Shot with just one pull of the trigger.
Still, you’ll run out of BBs pretty soon with the 3-round burst feature, so I recommend getting some shells for backup. It doesn’t take long to remove the empty shell and load a new one, so this won’t be a hindrance on the field.
I honestly like this shotgun, even if it’s just another pump action airsoft gun. I like the solid build, the nice internals, and the metal upper receiver. It’s also nice to hold and the weight is perfectly balanced for performance and power.
- Metal receiver
- Nice length and feel
- 3-round multi-burst feature
- Accurate and powerful
- Easy to reload
- Impressive design
- Runs through BBs quite fast
- The high power spring can be too much for a beginner
Type: CO2 Blowback
Power: 350 FPS
This is a beautiful CO2 pistol with a metallic body and a smooth-functioning slider. The pistol is created to perfectly imitate the real-steel 1911, so it does feel almost like you would hold a real pistol in your hands.
But don’t worry, the serrations on the slider and the texturized polymer grip make it easier to hold and use the pistol even in not-so-ideal weather conditions. Furthermore, the large trigger guard lets you shoot it with gloves.
Still, you need to remember that this is a CO2 blowback design, so there is a pretty punchy recoil with each BB you shoot. Luckily, the adjustable BAXS hop-up unit makes it easier to set the trajectory of the BB and keep the pistol accurate. Moreover, since this is a semi-automatic design, you are in full control of the rate of fire.
This version of Colt 1911 comes with a 17 rounds magazine that also houses the gas container and a 20mm accessory rail under the barrel for a flashlight or a laser. As such, the Colt 1911 is a fantastic pistol for target practice in your backyard or to as a sidearm!
- It has a healthy weight
- Serrated slider and polymer texturized grip
- Beautiful design
- Semi-automatic firing mode
- 17 rounds magazine
- Iron sights at the top of the barrel
- Integrated adjustable BAXS hop-up unit
- The blowback action is punchy
- Its performance is influenced by cold weather
Power: 320 FPS
This M4 AEG with a spring-powered tri-shot launcher under the barrel is a cool entry-level airsoft rifle that offers beginner players an array of options. First, you have the rifle, which is based on the well-known and reliable M4 platform.
The rifle shoots in semi and full-auto modes and has a removable carry handle that covers a RIS rail section where optics can be installed. You also get a collapsible crane stock with a rubberized butt plate that lets you adjust the length of the rifle, which is why this is the perfect rifle for CQB scenarios.
Overall, the rifle is powerful (shoots at 320 FPS) and comes with a high-capacity 204 BB magazine. Now, if you combine this with the spring-powered launcher, you get a reliable M4 rifle that can release a burst of fire at any time!
- Based on the reliable M4 platform
- Collapsible crane stock
- Removable carry handle that covers a RIS rail section
- Battery and charger are included
- Integrated pump-action spring-powered tri-shot
- Perfect for CQB cases
- The internals are made from reinforced polymer
- The included battery is not very good
- It can take a bit to get used with the two functions of the gun
Power: 350 FPS
The M900E AK-47 is the perfect AEG rifle for the beginner player. It features a polymer body (so it’s lightweight and durable) and the standard AK design that’s well-known in the airsoft community. The rifle comes with a standard AK-47 polymer magazine that can hold up to 450 BBs and supports the two firing modes: semi and full-auto.
Moreover, to increase its efficiency in the field, especially during skirmishes, the stock and the foregrip are foldable. Also, the grip is comfortable and easy to hold onto it even if you’re wearing gloves.
Lastly, the rifle comes with a built-in polymer RIS system that lets users mount multiple accessories such as optics, flashlights, or red dot sights. Of course, you can always use the sights that are already on the rifle (a fixed front one and adjustable rear one) and improve your aim with using other accessories.
- Standard AK-47 design
- Polymer body and magazine
- Lightweight and compact body design
- Integrated RIS system for accessories
- High-capacity magazine
- Perfect for CQB and beginners
- It’s not very durable due to the polymer build
- The front sight is fixed to the barrel
Best guns under $50
Finally, if your budget is on the low end and you are just testing the waters, checking if airsoft is your thing, you can get a gun that’s under $50. Now, while these are perfectly fine for the budget, you can’t expect them to behave like a high-end weapon, so you should learn to accept their flaws.
Price: $39.95 – Buy it now
Power: 200-250 FPS
Who said you can’t get a nice replica of a real steel version in under $100? The M82 ELECTRIC AIRSOFT SIG 552 is a full-scale replica of the SG 552 that works with 6mm BBs and shoots at a safe speed. Even more, the rifle is delivered with electric red-dot sight, flashlight, and tactical accessories. The accessories can be mounted on the two available rails: top and bottom, and the gun it is very easy to hold in different situations.
The body is ABS plastic, but it’s durable and lightweight so both beginners and advanced players can have some fun. The build is solid and the gun feels good in your hands, with or without gloves. I also like the transparent clip that holds 45 BBs and is easy to reload at any times – in the true spirit of a machine gun.
The M82 is specially designed to adapt to any CQB situation as it is compact and the stock is easily collapsible. Also, you can easily access the controls (fire selector that makes the switch between full and semi auto), if you are right-handed. I like that you can easily replace the orange flash hider with a suppressor and that it develops plenty of sound, due to the NiCad battery.
In terms of performance, the BT-M82 is not the most powerful on the market, but it does have a high 350-400 round rate of fire. Still, you have to consider the fact that it’s only effective for close-to-medium range. I recommend using .20g BBs if you want accuracy, because lighter ones don’t work that well with this machine gun.
At the end of the day, the M82 ELECTRIC AIRSOFT SIG 552 looks cool but I wouldn’t recommend it to an experienced player. It’s great for beginners though!
- Comes with plenty of tactical accessories
- It is easy to hold in a CQB scenario
- Lightweight and solid body
- Good rate of fire
- Not very powerful
- Only for close-to-medium range
- Mostly for beginners
|CYMA M3||M82||Umarex Walther 2262020|
|ABS||ABS||ABS + metal slider|
|300 FPS||200 – 250 FPS||320 FPS|
|30rd shot shell||45 BBs per clip||15 rounds magazine|
Price: $28.95 – Buy it now
Power: 400 FPS
For such a little pistol, the Combat Zone Enforcer airsoft pistol is pretty powerful! But this can be a nice feature as it fits in smaller hands, and you have a great backup weapon in your kit.
Given the ABS body and the size, you can imagine this is a lightweight pistol. Again, this can be seen as an advantage, but if you’re used to metallic airsoft guns, it may feel a bit weird at first. I like the textured grip, the large trigger guard and the small rail that allows you to fit a flashlight or a laser at the bottom of the barrel.
According to reviews, the pistol is quite accurate, and you have front and rear sights to help out if you’re a novice. The front one is a white dot sight, to make things easier. I like that it doesn’t consume too much gas as I’ve worked with some pretty hungry pistols in my adventures as an airsofter. This little guy can get 200 rounds out before you’d have to change the cartridge, but this is possible because the blowback element is missing.
Speaking of the cartridge, it is housed in the grip, which pops open to give easy access. You’ll find that the magazine is metallic and easy to remove, reload, and get back in the game (it holds 15 BBs per load). It’s also recommended to use RWS Chamber Lube on the tip of the CO2 cartridge to keep internal mechanisms running smooth, so make sure to keep it in mind.
Overall, this is a simple pistol, without too much fuss and fluff, designed to fit most airsoft settings, and easy to carry around.
- Compact design
- Lightweight, but solid body
- Metallic magazine
- Easy access to the CO2 cartridge
- Powerful and accurate
- Doesn’t consume too much gas
- It is durable and resists the elements
- Quite Small
- No blowback action
- Extra magazines are overpriced
Power: 200 FPS
The F4-D is an impressive entry-level AEG with a powerful visual impact. Since it is built on the M4 platform, it is reliable and features a collapsible crane stock, which makes it great for various skirmishes and action on the field.
Moreover, in the package, you’ll find several tactical accessories that can be mounted on the full-length Picatinny rail system at the top. These accessories can help with improved accuracy and overall performance, which is ideal for beginner players.
Lastly, the rifle is designed with an adjustable hop-up unit and a fixed front sight, which also help improve the accuracy.
- Impressive visual aspect
- It shoots at 200 FPS with 0.12g BBs
- Adjustable stock with rubberized butt plate
- Shoots in full auto mode
- Comes with several tactical accessories
- Great value for the money
- It is rather low-power
- The included accessories are not the best
- The body is not very durable
BBTac Airsoft Pump Action Shotgun Rifle
Price: around $40 – Buy it now
Type: Pump action
Power: 400 FPS
You like shotguns and you’ve dreamed for a while about having your own pump action gun, right? If so, this shotgun rifle from BBTac can be the first one in your collection. It comes with a free sling and speed loader, which is quite impressive considering the price.
It is powerful and durable, while also lightweight, but it only supports 14 rounds per load. Given the fact that this is a pump action gun, such a small mag is totally acceptable. However, you will struggle with putting the clip back on as it is requires some force (you must hear a click). It takes easier with time, but a beginner may struggle more.
The body is ABS, but there are some metal parts such as the metal heat shield on top (just for show, of course). Overall, the shotgun is reasonably accurate and you can adjust your BBs’ trajectory by using the Hop Up.
- Feels nice in your hands
- Comes with sling and Smart Loader
- High FPS feature
- Range is not fantastic
- It only shoots one BB per trigger pull
- Magazine is rather difficult to put back in
Marines Airsoft SR01 Spring Powered Rifle by Crosman
Price: around $45 – Buy it now
Power: 325 FPS
Spring guns are among the cheapest on the market because they implement a simple build and don’t require too many fancy elements to perform admirably. The Marines Airsoft SR01 is one perfect example of beautiful design and perfect craftsmanship when it comes to spring airsoft weapons, so you shouldn’t ignore it (especially as a novice).
First, the body is perfectly created for CQB scenarios, in an urban setting because the color blends with the environment quite nicely. Second, while it is ABS the gun features solid build with folding stock and removable flip up sights. There’s also a quad rail mounting system that gives you the opportunity to improve using accessories.
According to reviews, the Marines SR01 is perfectly accurate and comes with a 350 round magazine. However, I would recommend it only for plinking and games in your backyard with friends. Because it doesn’t allow for semi-automatic fire (you have to cock it before you fire) it doesn’t help you against a machine gun.
- Nice, sturdy body
- Good accuracy
- Large magazine
- Easy to use
- Lots of space for accessories
- The sights are a bit flimsy
- Very basic design
|Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer||BBTac Pump Action Shotgun||Marines Airsoft SR01|
|ABS||ABS + some metal elements||ABS|
|400 FPS||400 FPS||325 FPS|
|15 round capacity mag||14 rounds per clip||350 rounds magazine|
Best Overall – Cheap but Good Gun
All the guns I mentioned above are great for their budget, they truly are the best cheap airsoft guns as they’ve each been rated at least 4.5 stars on Amazon with generally glowing Reviews. With that said, if I was to choose just one weapon, I would go with the Elite Force 1911 Tac pistol. The fact that it’s full-metal and features a powerful blowback action makes it my favorite on this list. I also like the design (leaving certain aspects aside) and the performance it can offer on the field as a backup airsoft gun.
Now that you know my opinion, which one would you choose as the best overall weapon on this list?
Take it to the next level
If you’re looking to step up your game and have a larger budget available, check out our guide on the best airsoft guns (money being no object) – there’s some seriously top level weaponry in there!
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