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For many deciding whether they want to get into the sport of airsoft or not, the deciding factor is the price of the guns. As with any sport, the more you pay, the higher the quality you get. However, with advancements in technology, airsoft guns have come a long way from where they once were. We’ve taken the liberty of putting together an ideal price range for each level concerning how much you might spend on the gun itself. Keep in mind; you must add safety equipment and ammunition on top of the prices we give.
When it comes to purchasing a beginner airsoft gun, you can expect to spend anywhere from $5 to $30. Yes, you did, in fact, read that right. For a simple spring-loading, cocking airsoft gun, you can get them online for around $5. Now, what you are getting for that five dollars is the plainest gun possible.
Instead of being powered by a cO2 cartridge or battery, this budget gun simply has a spring attached to the firing pin that compresses when the slide is pulled back. At the same time, a plastic bb is drawn from the small-capacity magazine and placed in front of the pin. Then, when the shooter it ready, they pull the trigger which decompresses the spring and sends the bb going down the barrel.
Though these guns are cheap, they can still fire a bb through the air at about 220 feet per second. That’s enough to leave a welt on the enemy at 25 feet. When you consider the price, there isn’t much to complain about with the purchase of this gun.
If you are wanting to become fully immersed in the military simulation aspect of airsoft, getting a replica of the M4 rifle made by Black Ops may be what you need. For a gun such as this, you will be looking at spending between $120 and $150. However, you will be getting quite a bit more features.
For example, the electric powered rifles allow the shooter to switch from semi-auto to full automatic with just the flip of a switch. Also, the stock on most of the rifles is adjustable, allowing the user to determine the shooting stance and point-of-contact to their body.
However, what may make spending this amount money most explainable is the fact that these guns come equipped with an electronic blowback mechanism. This term simply means that the weapon simulates the real thing. Though it is not close to the real-feel of the gun, this allows the user to get an idea of what it’s like to shoot an actual M4.
By no means do we want you to believe that those are the only two price ranges of which you can expect to pay for an airsoft gun. Rather, you can find a gun, such as the Replica H&K MP7 for roughly $70. Also, you can get a combo Colt M4 and Colt 1911 set for $50.
ON the flip side, you can also pay considerably more than $300 on a high-end sniper rifle built entirely of an aluminum alloy. This particular gun is so close to the real thing that the shooter may feel like he is Chris Kyle, the American Sniper.
The final amount of what you pay regarding your airsoft gun is entirely up to you. Many local hobby shops or airsoft outlets may have a deal you aren’t going to find at one of the big-box retailers. Be sure to include these smaller stores in your search if you want to shop around. You truly never know what you will find.
Also, it may be possible to find an excellent deal on a good used gun. Though it may not be ideal for most, if you are a beginner wanting a good gun but not able to fork out the big bucks, buying a good used gun may be the way to go. If doing so, try to avoid online shops like e-bay. Instead, contact some local airsoft clubs and see if they have any for sale. These clubs and arenas tend to take superb care of their equipment, especially the guns they rent out. Often they will sell their used rental equipment to purchase new for their selves. At this time is an excellent opportunity to find a splendid deal.