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A Brief Guide to Airsoft Brands – Part One

Airsoft guns with accessories

Airsoft as a sport and as a community has grown exponentially over the past ten years, with more and more people heading to arenas with their teammates to take part in skirmishes. The ability to upgrade, study and generally pore over guns and accessories, along with the ability to share and connect with other players from across the world has contributed to Airsoft’s continued success. People have even made careers out of sharing content on the sport through YouTube or blogging! This article is aimed at both experienced players who want to top up their airsoft knowledge and also new players who are picking up their first gun. Brands typically fit into either the performance category or the budget category, with some occasional overlap, so we’ve highlighted them accordingly.

Tokyo Marui – Performance

One of the big boys of the airsoft world, this Japanese manufacturer brings innovative and pioneering designs and products to the airsoft market. It’s down to Tokyo Marui that we have the modern AEG! Mostly a gun manufacturer with the occasional mod thrown in, the company’s products are typically on the pricier end of the spectrum. However, this is for good reason. Made with either a metal and plastic combination or a full metal design, the weapons are sturdy performers and perform to high standards. Due to legal restrictions in their home country (Japan), Tokyo Marui are lower powered than most out of the box, but they’ve ensured that when stacked up against their Chinese counterparts of the same FPS (or even higher) they will beat them hands down! Used Tokyo Marui airsoft guns typically keep their value well because of their high quality, so if you’re looking to trade in and upgrade, or pick up a pre-used item, then you’ll have nothing to worry about! Just make sure they’ve not been messed about with internally!

A&K Airsoft – Performance

A Chinese manufacturer that stands somewhere between performance and budget, although we have classified them as performance because they make ‘performance-focused’ products. Realistically, A&K is an entry-level manufacturer that will not let you down and some of their guns even have unique features, such as their one-piece outer barrels and delta rings. Their AEGs (automatic electric guns) are ideal for someone who is taking their first foray into the sport of airsoft and needs a rifle that will perform well but not hurt their pocket too much! They make great guns to upgrade and modify!

Man with airsoft gun in field

Cybergun – Budget

The first European manufacturer mentioned in the article, this France-based company focuses on replicas of both real and fictional guns. Granted, because of their focus on keeping prices low, the product quality doesn’t quite match up to brands like Tokyo Marui, but the affordability means that you can try out different weapons without worrying too much about the bank balance! As they spend a lot of time rebranding other guns with the real steel licences they own you’ll occasionally get some very high quality guns sitting next to the budget AEGs; take the Cybergun (VFC) FNX or Cybergun Sig Sauer MCX (again VFC) for example. Most of the basic guns are built using plastic, these guns make a decent starting point but should quickly be upgraded for something more substantial if you’re planning to play frequently.

Jing Gong - Budget

A Hong Kong-based company, Jing Gong’s products are based on other manufacturers’ guns, meaning they are essentially more affordable replicas. Connotations that come with this may suggest that they are ‘cheap knockoffs’, however, this is actually quite untrue as their products are manufactured to a pretty high standard, making them a great option for new players that are starting out. The JG G36 clone is a workhorse that shows up as lots of skirmish site’s rental guns. It’s there for a reason because it’s basic, it works, and if it does go wrong, it’s easy to repair!

Airsoft player crouching

Softair USA – Performance

An offshoot from the Cybergun group, SoftAir USA is a part of the French company that focuses on performance products. With only a few budget items for sale, most guns here tend to have a slightly heftier price tag. Their products are typically a full metal design which brings with it more longevity and durability, but also makes them a little heavier! Although the company aren’t leading the charge when it comes to airsoft, they make consistently good guns and should always be considered when on the lookout for new kit!

UK Arms – Budget

Known in the airsoft community as a supplier of budget airsoft pistols, UK Arms is a company that produce guns that can be found in the lower tens of pounds mark. This is mostly due to the production methods and design of the guns; as there are no moving parts they are much easier to manufacture in bulk. As an added bonus, the spring-based guns that they make can be more durable than other airsoft weapons, meaning they are ideal if you want to get into airsoft without making a huge upfront investment. These would be good for target practice but certainly not to be used as a primary weapon when heading out onto the battlefield!

In the next article, we’ll look at more performance and budget brands that you can use to get your airsoft gear from! If you’re looking to upgrade your current kit or pick up your first weapon, check out our online store or give us a call and we’d be happy to help you out!

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