Whether you want to get your hands on the best beginner airsoft gun, a good all-around gun that’ll help you progress or the absolute best of the best, there are some great airsoft brands out there that will give you what you need.

At Surplus Store, we stock a fantastic range of airsoft guns from numerous leading brands. If you already know what you’re looking for, you can search our products by brand and manufacturer – and if you’re not quite sure, our airsoft brand guide will give you some pointers.

What to Look for in an Airsoft Brand

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for realistic replica air guns, two tone airsoft guns or any of their accompanying accessories. Airsoft brands come in all shapes and sizes, with some steadily growing throughout the sport’s history and others rising and falling in popularity.

What exactly to look for in a brand will depend on several things. Price is likely one of the main considerations, with some brands specialising in budget options. Obviously, you’ll also need to consider the airsoft guns themselves and what your needs are – is a particular brand known for offering model lines that cater to your requirements?

You may also consider reputation and whether the brand you’re interested in has a history of producing reliable products that serve customers well.

Most seasoned players will have a handful of go-to brands they know they can trust, but it is always worth seeing what else is out there. And for beginners, having a good idea of the major players in the market can help you keep your eye out for any deals.

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The Best Budget & Beginner Airsoft Brands

There are plenty of great brands that cater to beginners or occasional players that are seeking budget BB guns and don’t want to part with too much cash. While some of these brands’ products may not be as specialised or advanced as the pricer options, you’ll still find some great quality air guns among their ranks.

CYMA Airsoft Guns

CYMA is often dubbed one of the best airsoft brands for beginners, offering affordable AEGs along with copies of higher-end models, including AK and M4 replicas.

While, in the past, the quality of CYMA guns has reflected the low prices, recent years have seen some great quality models for the same affordable prices. This is certainly a solid option for those first getting in the game!

We stock a great range of CYMA products, including replica rifles, electric airsoft pistols and two tone rifles. One of CYMA’s M4 or AK47 models could be the ideal first airsoft gun, offering that classic silhouette and allowing you to get a feel for the game without breaking the bank.

A two tone blue and black Cyma rifle

Cybergun Airsoft Guns

Cybergun licence replicas and therefore offer an extensive range to choose from. The various types of guns available make them another great brand for entry-level players.

Overall gun quality is good and will provide enough durability for beginners. Pair this with affordable prices, and you’re on to a winner. Something like the Cybergun Thompson M1A1 airsoft rifle is a popular choice.

A Cybergun rifle

The Best Intermediate Airsoft Brands

If you’ve graduated beyond the slightly more cheap and cheerful brands but still aren’t ready to splash out on the most expensive best of the best, the following brands will definitely serve you well.

G&G Airsoft Guns

G&G offer the best of both worlds when it comes to quality and price, making them a well-respected brand in the airsoft community. They’re renowned for high-quality kit, with some good entry-level options that’ll keep you satisfied while you keep progressing.

This brand is known for producing reliable, precise AEGs as well as models with fantastic externals – we’ve got an extensive range of G&G guns that certainly won’t disappoint. The G&G CM16 range includes some of the most popular guns for entry levels and intermediate players.

To find out more about the brand and some of its best products, head over to our G&G brand profile.

A G&G airsoft gun

AGM Airsoft Guns

Another brand that sits between budget and high-end is AGM, or Airsoft Gun Manufacturer. Their diverse selection offers some more unique picks, specialising in replicas that’ll interest history buffs and collectors.

While their reputation is not quite as good as G&G’s, you can still find some good quality guns for very decent prices.

We’ve got a great selection of models from this brand, with the popular AGM-007 MP40 airsoft rifle being just one example.

See our complete AGM brand profile to discover more renowned models.

A AGM Bakelite airsoft replica gun

Lancer Tactical Airsoft Gun

This brand has significantly improved in quality over recent years, now offering slightly more expensive yet far better quality guns. Their range is ideal for those who don’t need something super-advanced but don’t want the most basic model either.

The Lancer Tactical M4 range is one of the brand’s most sought after.

A Lancer Tactical airsoft gun

Umarex Airsoft Guns

Umarex is perhaps one of the most recognisable and renowned airsoft manufacturers around. They specialise in producing replica airsoft guns from big gun names like Smith & Wesson and Colt.

Prices can range as their selection is so vast, but this means there are some brilliant options for the more serious player as well as the entry-level individual.

Shop our Umarex collection now to see some of their most popular products, including the Umarex Glock air pistol.

An Umarex Glock replica

The Best High–End Airsoft Brands

Getting to the more expensive and advanced end of the spectrum now, these brands offer something for experienced airsoft players and those that are prepared to spend more on a top-quality product.

Krytac Airsoft Guns

Out of the brands discussed here, Krytac is one of the most recently established, providing outstanding quality and some more than impressive specs. Their range includes some of the fastest airsoft guns you can buy along with some of the latest airsoft technology to boost your performance.

With an unbeatable internal build quality, you won't need to upgrade any of your Krytac guns. Their presence in the higher-end category does mean their products tend to come with a heftier price tag, but many serious airsoft enthusiasts are willing to pay this when they know what kind of quality they can expect.

One of the many highlights of the Krytac range includes their KRISS Vector AEG.

A Krytac airsoft gun

Tokyo Marui Airsoft Guns

Tokyo Marui has one of the best reputations in the industry, known for providing quality airsoft guns and ammo – even those new to the sport will likely have heard of this brand.

Despite their AEGs perhaps not being as respected as they have been in the past, they are still worthy of the higher price tag. Tokyo Marui has a diverse selection of products that excel in design and precision.

These days, fans of the brand are particularly drawn to their gas blowback gun range, with something like the Tokyo Marui M4A1 airsoft GBB rifle being a great option.

A Tokyo Marui airsoft gun

This is by no means an extensive list of all the airsoft gun brands you can expect to come across. We have several additional brand guides you can check out to discover various other good airsoft brands to get an even more detailed picture.

When buying from a new brand, we always recommend checking out the reviews to see what real players are saying about their products.

Buying airsoft guns from a trusted source is also one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting a good deal. At Surplus Store, we stock everything from pistols, rifles and airsoft ammo to protective gear, clothing and other accessories, ensuring every player can find what they need.

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