When people hear the term "airsoft," it's pretty common for them to picture M4's and AK platform rifles on the field. But there is also a market for shotgun style guns in the rapidly growing sport of airsoft. Shotguns are highly underrated and add loads of fun to the field. Fortunately, there are many options and a great starter shotgun can be bought for less than 100 and even 50 bucks. With so many options available for you, it's definitely hard to know which shotgun is the best option for you. 

There are a host of things to consider when you're shopping for your next airsoft gun, and the choice can be overwhelming. While that choice has to be made based on what level of interest you have in the world of air soft; if you're a beginner you may not be looking to spend big money right off the bat. Fortunately, there are plenty of inexpensive options for you. Maybe you're a hardcore airsoft competitor and you're looking for a great weapon to take to the field for your next match; there's some great options for you too. Here's a quick look at some of the top options on the market to get you ready for your next day in the field. 

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​1. ​DE M58A

​The M500 provides the full tactical look that you're probably looking for at a ridiculously low price.  The folks at Double Eagle managed to put a gun on the market for such a low price without skipping out on any of the high quality features they're so known for.

This pump action gun has full metal internals which almost ensure that you won't experience technical difficulties and jams along with a fully adjustable hop-up so you can make this gun whatever you want it to be. With the capability of shooting up to 380 feet-per-second, Double Eagle also didn't leave you lacking the type of power that can be the difference in winning and losing in your next match. This is an incredible choice no matter your experience level in air soft. Both newbies and seasoned players love the M500.


  • Extremely affordable for quality (Best Bang for the Buck)
  • Includes speedloader (quicker reload)
  • Great Reliability and FPS


  • Low Magazine Capacity
  • Only supports single shot 

​2. ​​DE-M3

​Another option from Double Eagle lands on our list here, and while it's a more expensive choice than the M500, it doesn't take long to look at the specs on this gun and see why. This pump action shotgun that is also of shooting up to 380 FPS boasts a triple burst shot that will make you one of the most feared competitors on the field.

The newest gun from Double Eagle is arguably the top option on the shotgun airsoft market, even with its maxed out 330 FPS capabilities. All 3 of the barrels are super enforced which ensures tactical level accuracy when 3 BB's come out with every pump. This gun is perfect for both indoor and outdoor air soft matches, and is one of the most versatile guns you can buy for under $150. The M3 is a personal favorite, not only on this list, but in all of the airsoft world.


  • High Magazine Capacity
  • Sturdy and durable


  • Most Expensive Option on List
  • Users report that the pump action is too stiff

​3. ​AGM-M500

​The price tag on this gun may lead you to believe that this gun is a "cheap" option, but that's certainly not the case when you start looking at the things it offers. The 4x30 round magazines ensure that you won't have to waste a lot of time hiding to reload when you're in a heated match with your friends. The fully adjustable hop-up and 350 FPS (although some users indicate they've seen it go up to 390 FPS) capabilities make this a bargain buy for a gun that will definitely get the job done in the middle of competition.

The easy pump action, while only producing one round per pump, also boasts an incredible accuracy level which will leave you able to perform well in competition without having to spend a small fortune in order to be successful. In addition to those perks, the M500 also has an external shell holder that mounts perfectly onto the stock freeing up room in your gear belt. This lightweight yet highly durable gun is a solid choice no matter your experience level.


  • Highly Affordable Option
  • Decent FPS
  • Pump action is easy to use


  • Very popular - sometimes hard to find in stock
  • Only supports single shot

​Final Thoughts

There are tons of other options on the market if you're looking for a tactical style air soft gun. Make sure you check out everything and make the best choice for you. If you're looking for something that fits into the budget, these are some excellent choices.

How much you spend is ultimately up to you, but don't believe the lie that you have to spend a ton of money to get a high quality weapon that will get the job done on the range. Make sure you take the time to make the right choice for what you're looking for, but these options are a great place to start.