Whether you're in the market for your first airsoft gun or looking for another gun to add to your arsenal, it's incredible easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of options that you're looking at. There are different models, calibers, hop-up options, and a plethora of other things you can choose from when you're picking out your weapon; here's a quick look at some of the top brands.
Ultimately it's still your decision to make, but hopefully getting some information on a few of the premier brands in the world of airsoft will help point you in the right direction.
CYMA is a Chinese manufacturer that strives to create airsoft guns of decent quality and performance for a very affordable price. Their products are clone products of top quality brands like Tokyo Marui but still are able to hold up very well.
Because of the factors listed above, CYMA guns are particularly well suited for airsoft beginners or players on a budget. They allow casual players to get involved on the field without having to initially invest heavily into the sport. Someone who is trying to gauge their interest in the hobby or someone who only plans on playing casually have everything they need to get started with one of their guns.
This brand is very popular for their guns within the AK platform. Guns like the CM 028 highlight the best that CYMA has to offer: high performance, decent durability and cheap price tag.
The first thing that makes Cybergun stand out from their peers is the fact that they're based in Paris while most of the other companies on this list are based in Asia. They've also taken the extra step of landing licensing deals with several firearm companies which allows them to make replicas or more authentic looking guns.
Cybergun offers some pistols that come in at less than $30 apiece, but also offers some rifle choices that cost roughly $200. The wide variety of prices and types of products available make Cybergun a great choice for beginners or for someone looking to add another weapon to their stockpile.
Orginally based in Germany, Umarex also has a manufacturing base in the United States which greatly improves their customer service abilities. Like Cybergun they've obtained rights to produce some very authentic looking options especially in their pistols.
Their prices do vary, and the pistols are their least expensive options still coming in at right around $100. When you get more into Umarex rifle options that number nearly triples but you definitely get what you pay for. The pistols are the only guns they offer at a price point aimed at an entry-level airsoft player, but they offer a huge array of products an very durable guns.
4. UK Arms
UK Arms are often labeled as a company that only offers cheap spring air soft guns, but that's simply not the case. They do try to keep price points down which means their guns come with plastic internals as opposed to metal, but these guns still provide much more durability than you may expect from them.
UK Arms is the ideal manufacturer for someone who is just wanting to test out their skill and interest level in airsoft. All of their guns are under $40 and most cost under $30. While they aren't the preferred gun of the more "hardcore" airsoft enthusiasts, they do provide durable guns at prices that can't be beat.
High quality ABS and metal bodies both ensure that G&G guns will last through just about anything you put them through. Tight bore barrels and fully metal internals also reduce your risk of a malfunction and set this brand near the top of the airsoft food chain. For anywhere from $150 to $300 you can pick up a high quality, quick shooting, easy to maintain gun that will constantly keep you in the game.
Based in China, JG specializes in airsoft rifles. They've hit the "sweet spot" as far as pricing with most of their options staying in the $150 to $300 range without skipping out on quality even on the less costly models. The attention to details provided by the folks at JG is evident from the outside of the gun all the way to the inside, where the internals are designed in a way to make maintenance easy without forfeiting any level of quality. This is a great company to buy from if you're a beginner, an expert, or just someone looking to add to your arsenal.
7. Lancer Tactical
Lancer Tactical is a California based company that also focuses on bridging quality and low cost. We consider Lancer Tactical to be on the higher end of the budget friendly companies as they don't cost as much as the higher end choices, but provide some better quality than some low-end companies. Their selection includes variety of different choices including highly durable polymer options as well as full metal options AEGS. Lancer Tactical also offers quality airsoft accessories including eye protection and tactical gear.
That high quality is primarily found in the internals of every gun that Lancer Tactical offers in their massive catalog. The fact that you can order anything from pistols to tactical looking AEG rifles ensures that you can find something that fits what you're looking for while still not breaking the bank.
It can be intimidating to shop for an airsoft gun, especially if you're just getting into the hobby. However, even for someone who has played for years and is just looking for a new gun there's still a lot of information to take in before making the decision.
Ultimately, the gun you buy is your decision to make based on what you're looking to spend, what you need the gun to do, and how much you plan on using it, but I'm sure that you can find exactly what you're looking for from at least one of the eleven companies on this list. Good luck on the field!