Best Cheap Airsoft Guns – 2018’s Buying Guide for Budget Friendly Guns

by Liam | Last updated 18th February, 2018 | Posted in Gun Guides
Are you passionate about airsoft but your budget doesn’t allow you access to high-end weapons? Don’t worry about it; many beginners are in your position all over the world. We’ve created a list of the best cheap airsoft guns that will still bring quality and reliability.

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 $50 to $200, so you can have your pick. So, stop worrying about your next game, and start looking for your next weapon!

Best Guns under $200

I selected the top three guns in the $100 – $200 price range that you should try.

BBTac AK47

BBTac AK47 Airsoft Gun

Price:  around $150 on Amazon – Buy it now 

Type: AEG

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.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and durable
  • Metal Gear
  • Powerful and accurate
  • Hi-cap magazine
  • Easy to hold and adjust according to needs

Cons:

  • It jams quite frequently
  • The internal wiring is fragile
  • Range not too good

Black Ops M4 Viper Mk5 Airsoft AEG Rifle

Black Ops M4 Viper Airsoft AEG Rifle

Price:  around $140 – Buy it now

Type: AEG

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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Not for MilSim situations
  • Internals are not extremely durable
  • BBs fall out when you remove the magazine

Umarex Elite Force 1911 Tac Gen3

Elite Force 1911 Airsoft Pistol Gun

Price:  around $120 – Buy it now

Type: Co2 Blowback

Power: 345 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!

Pros:

  • Full metal body and good weight
  • Great accuracy and range
  • 6mm barrel, .20g BBs
  • Adjustable Hop-up and powerful recoil spring
  • Solid build

Cons:

  • Not effective in cold weather
  • Doesn’t come with CO2 cartridge
  • Powerful blowback (problematic for beginners)

 

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
AEG AEG CO2 BB
Rifle Rifle Pistol
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.

CYMA M3

CYMA M3 Shotgun

Price:  around $70 – Buy it now

Type: Spring

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.

Pros:

  • Metal receiver
  • Nice length and feel
  • 3-round multi-burst feature
  • Accurate and powerful
  • Easy to reload
  • Impressive design

Cons:

  • Runs through BBs quite fast
  • The high power spring can be too much for a beginner

BBTac BT-M82

BBTac AEG rifle

Price:  around $60 – Buy it now

Type: AEG

Power: 200-250 FPS

Who said you can’t get a nice replica of a real steel version in under $100? The BT-M82 from BBTac 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 BT-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 BT-M82 from BBTac looks cool but I wouldn’t recommend it to an experienced player. It’s great for beginners though!

Pros:

  • Comes with plenty of tactical accessories
  • It is easy to hold in a CQB scenario
  • Lightweight and solid body
  • Good rate of fire

Cons:

  • Not very powerful
  • Only for close-to-medium range
  • Mostly for beginners

Umarex Walther 2262020

Umarex walther pistol

Price:  around $70 – Buy it now

Type: Co2 Blowback

Power: 320 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).

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Slider may lock back from time to time
  • The cartridge is a bit difficult to change

 

CYMA M3 BBTac BT-M82 Umarex Walther 2262020
ABS ABS ABS + metal slider
300 FPS 200 – 250 FPS 320 FPS
AEG AEG CO2 BB
Shotgun Rifle Pistol
30rd shot shell 45 BBs per clip 15 rounds magazine
CQB CQB Backup

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.

Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer

Umarex enforcer pistol

Price:  around $30 – Buy it now

Type: CO2

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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Quite Small
  • No blowback action
  • Extra magazines are overpriced

BBTac Airsoft Pump Action Shotgun Rifle

BBTac airsoft pump action shotgun

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.

Pros:

  • Feels nice in your hands
  • Comes with sling and Smart Loader
  • High FPS feature

Cons:

  • 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

Marines Airsoft SR01

Price:  around $45 – Buy it now

Type: Spring

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.

Pros:

  • Nice, sturdy body
  • Good accuracy
  • Large magazine
  • Easy to use
  • Powerful
  • Lots of space for accessories

Cons:

  • 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
CO2 Spring Spring
Pistol Shotgun Rifle
15 round capacity mag 14 rounds per clip 350 rounds magazine
Backup CQB CQB

 

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 Gen3 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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