A 2004 study conducted by World Bank showed that out of the roughly 500 million guns that are currently owned worldwide, 75 million of them are AK-47's. That study indicates that approximately 15% of the guns that are presently owned are AK's. As long as there have been war movies, TV shows, and video games, the AK47 has been a part of our culture. There is arguably no more easily recognizable rifle than the AK-47.

The classic look, incredible accuracy, and legendary durability make it arguably the most iconic weapon the world has ever known. But maybe you're not looking to spend the big bucks on a real steel AK, or maybe you're more of an airsoft enthusiast. Whatever your reason may be, there is an airsoft option for you in the world of AK-47 rifles. Your motivation for looking for one isn't nearly as important as finding one that fits your budget, your style, and your own personal preference. Here's a quick look at 4 of the best choices in the world of AK47 airsoft rifles.

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​1. ​CYMA CM028 AK47

It's not hard to find a cheap airsoft rifle; it's also not hard to find one that will cost hundreds of dollars. If you're new to the world of air soft rifles, you may want to find a quality gun that doesn't cost a small fortune. The CM028 is an ideal choice for someone who wants to test their skill and their interest in the world of airsoft.

This rifle costs less than a hundred dollars, but doesn't sacrifice quality in doing so. The polymer body with imitation wood stock and grip gives you the look and feel of a real-steel AK without the hefty price tag that comes with one. Internally, the mechanics of the CM028 are made of metal, providing incredible durability and a gun that is capable of shooting 660 rounds per minute at 380 feet per second. This is arguably the most bang for the buck of any rifle on this list. 


  • Extremely affordable for quality (Best Bang for the Buck)
  • Beginner Friendly
  • Low maintenance needs
  • High Magazine Capacity


  • Very popular - sometimes hard to find in stock
  • Fire selector not Left-Handed Friendly
  • Some other Mid-Capacity Magazines may not fit

​2. ​​CYMA AK-47 RIS

The CM028A is the next step up from the CM028 from Cyma. This gun still provides the genuine metal internals that solidify how the gun operates, but does allow for more external customization and a different look overall.

 Airsofters look for essentially everything that this gun offers, and yet it still comes in at just a little over 100 dollars. The Version 3 fully metal gear box enables the CM028A to fire BB's farther and faster than its non-hop counterparts. The 455mm barrel causes BB's to maintain their intended trajectory even when flying farther than average air soft rounds. 


  • RIS allows for external customization
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Huge battery space and hi-cap magazine


  • Standard Battery does not last long
  • The Sling that comes include is not comfortable for users - quality could be better

​3. ​DE AK-47 RIS

While it's the cheapest option on our list, the DE offers a semi-automatic option that can also be switched to fully automatic. With a price tag below 80 dollars, this choice is one of the only fully automatic options for less than a hundred dollars on the market. The internals of this rifle are made from polymer which still provides solid durability. The high torque gear box combined with the reinforced gear box gives the DE AK-47 considerably more power than you would expect from a gun in this price range.

To keep the price at a controllable point, this gun did have to be manufactured with a plastic receiver, but still has a metal barrel. What this choice loses in power (300-365 FPS), it makes up for with its ability to fire over 700 rounds per minute.


  • Extremely affordable
  • Compact Design
  • Decent Magazine Capacity


  • Standard Battery does not last long - upgrade advised
  • Sights quality could be better

​4. ​JG AK-47

JG's AK-47 is the most affordable rifle with the standard AK design. Priced approximately at $100, it is competitive with the other 2 choices on our list. Airsofters of all experience levels can really appreciate what this gun has to offer. On the surface, it's impossible to not notice the authentic look created by the faux wood with the black accent. 

Internally, you find fully metal options that ensure that not only is the gun nearly indestructible, it is also set up to perform at peak performance levels every time you use it. The price and functionality make this a very good beginner gun as well with some users even claiming it can outperform the cm 16 from G&G.


  • Highly affordable
  • Large magazine capacity
  • ​Very durable and reliable


  • Quality of externals could be better
  • Users report having problems with loose rear sight, selector switch and magazine

​Final Thoughts

Are there more AK-47 airsoft rifles on the market for you to choose from? Absolutely. I just believe that these four rifles are a great starting point for you if you're a rookie airsofter. If you're not looking to spend a lot of money, there's guns that you can get that will let you test out the air soft waters before you really dive in. If you're already really interested in getting into the sport, there's guns out there that can have you set up to sling some BB's far and fast. Whatever it is that you need, there's an airsoft rifle available for you.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what the brand name is on what you buy or how much you spend; what matters is finding the rifle that's going to give you exactly what you need out of one. If you're looking to have some fun with some friends on the weekend, or if you're looking to get into hardcore air soft competition, find the gun that will enable you to have the most fun every time you pick it up.