Whether you’re after a good target practice gun or are in the market for a solid skirmish sidearm, the world of airsoft pistols offers some exciting options. With several brands leading the charge when it comes to innovation, recent years have seen a diverse selection of airsoft guns hitting the market, making it trickier to narrow down your search.

We've picked a few standout pistols to help you get started.

What to Consider When Buying an Airsoft Pistol

There are a number of factors that might help you decide whether an airsoft pistol is worth your time and money. You will need to consider:

  • Performance and power
  • Accuracy
  • Reliability
  • Build quality
  • Price/value for money

Skill level and how you intend to use your pistol will also play a part in which model is best for you.

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The Best Airsoft Pistols For Beginners

If you’re just starting out with airsoft pistols, you’ll likely want something relatively cheap so you can first get a feel for the shooting experience. However, you’ll want to balance this with a gun from a well respected-brand, so you know you're still getting a reliable, hardy piece of kit.

WE Colt 1911 M45A1 Black 6mm Airsoft Gas Blow Back Pistol RIF GBB

Many pistol newbies will start out with a WE airsoft gun thanks to their good entry-level prices and decent performance. This option offers an impressive improvement on WE’s standard 1911 pistol, giving beginners something they can easily progress with. At just £109.99, it’s fantastic value for money. The sleek aesthetics are complete with fixed sights, plastic grips, a working hammer and working double safety. The larger nozzle also allows for a faster travelling slide, providing a snappier feel when making shots.

WE Colt 1911 M45A1 Black 6mm Airsoft Gas Blow Back Pistol RIF GBB

Vorsk CS Hi-Capa Vengeance - Two Tone V-Blue

Another good option for people just starting is a two-tone pistol, as you won’t need a UKARA membership to purchase it or to repaint it to remain compliant with legislation. This particular Hi-capa pistol is a great starter gun that’ll look cool out on the field and give you plenty of shots. It is complete with beaver tail safety, a silencer adaptor and an under-barrel accessory rail. At £109.99, it’s a great value-for-money gun for practising your technique.

Vorsk CS Hi-Capa Vengeance - Two Tone V-Blue

Cybergun Desert Eagle Co2 Airsoft Pistol

Cybergun is another good beginner brand, and they have plenty of options to choose from. This is a replica of the famous Desert Eagle gun, which is a great addition to your growing repertoire. It’s slightly more expensive than the previous mention, at £145, but offers some solid features to get you started. The lower polymer body and metal slide make up the classic design, and the blowback action powered by Co2 cartridges allows for a powerful punch with every shot. Accuracy and gas efficiency are good, perfect for keeping you on your toes as your skills progress.

Cybergun Desert Eagle Co2 Airsoft Pistol

The Best Airsoft Pistols For More Experienced Players

Once you’ve put in a bit of practice, you might be ready to splash out on something that’ll require a little more investment.

Jag Precision x Taran Tactical International Combat Master

Ideal for target shooting, this is a great race gun straight out of the box. It has a striking look and some intriguing features that’ll make a unique addition to your arsenal. The drilled and tapped frame allows for other styles of optic mounts and the professional slide lightening cuts help increase the slide cycle speed to match the performance of a full-size Hi-capa. The non-tilting barrel design also allows for smooth cycling, regardless of compensators of barrel extensions on the end, ensuring you can make accurate shots again and again.

Jag Precision x Taran Tactical International Combat Master

Tokyo Marui 5.1 Hi-Capa Gold Match 6mm Gas Blow Back Pistol RIF GBB

Tokyo Marui has long been one of the most well-known and respected airsoft brands out there, especially when it comes to all the possibilities for upgrades. This model is loosely designed after the .45 1911 pistol, which is known for being an American military mainstay. The usual Tokyo Marui quality and visuals are what really sell this pistol. With striking gold accents against the solidly built dark body, you can’t help but look cool when sporting this.

Tokyo Marui 5.1 Hi-Capa Gold Match 6mm Gas Blow Back Pistol RIF GBB

The Best Budget Airsoft Pistols

If price is your main concern, look no further because we have several options for budgets below £100 that’ll still have you shooting with power and precision.

Cyma CM128 Hi-Capa Style 6mm Airsoft Electric Pistol

If you’re after an affordable yet reliable airsoft sidearm, you can’t go far wrong with this pistol, which costs just £80. As an electric airsoft pistol, you’ll avoid all the limitations of GBB pistols while still receiving plenty of power. The polymer body and metal slide provide a nice feel and weight in the hand. This pistol is complete with a 30-round magazine and comes with a speed loader.

Cyma CM128 Hi-Capa Style 6mm Airsoft Electric Pistol

KJ Works MK1 6mm Airsoft Gas Pistol RIF

Combining reliability, performance and a great affordable price, this pistol could be a valuable addition to your loadout. At just £60, this non-blowback pistol includes full metal internals and a strong plastic frame, making for a very sturdy sidearm for minimal cost. The magazine holds 16 rounds.

KJ Works MK1 6mm Airsoft Gas Pistol RIF

The Best Airsoft Pistols For Film Lovers

A lot of fun can be derived from building cool, referential loadouts in airsoft. Often, this’ll mean focusing on historical replicas, but there are also a huge variety of airsoft replicas taken from films, TV shows and games that’ll keep you looking sharp out in the field.

Double Bell JW3 Baba Yaga Collector Box 6mm Airsoft Pistol

Airsoft replicas of the guns from the John Wick franchise are especially popular because they give you that instant action-hero feeling – and are backed up by the performance to solidify it. This collector’s box makes for an especially exciting selection. Not only do you get the pistol in all its glory, but you’ll also find a few other goodies relating to the film. John Wick replica pistols tend to sell out fast, so keep an eye out for when they come back in stock.

Double Bell JW3 Baba Yaga Collector Box 6mm Airsoft Pistol

Armorer Works K00001 DL44 Han Solo Smuggler Blaster 6mm Airsoft GBB Pistol RIF

For fans of Star Wars, this pistol offers something a little different. Designed to emulate the blaster used by Han Solo, this gun is initially based on the WE M712 Airsoft Broomhandle Mauser. The gun itself comes as a self-assembly kit, including the pistol, mock scope and flash hider.

Armorer Works K00001 DL44 Han Solo Smuggler Blaster 6mm Airsoft GBB Pistol RIF

Cybergun 'DeadPool Painted Version' Desert Eagle L6 .50AE GBB 6mm Airsoft Pistol

This is a classic Desert Eagle model with an anti-hero twist. Painted with Deadpool red accents and logos, this full metal pistol also has a distressed look, making for an eye-catching airsoft weapon that’s sure to help you secure victory over the bad guys. We stock several pistols that embrace a Deadpool motif, so if you’re not after a Desert Eagle, there are a couple more options to choose from.

Cybergun 'DeadPool Painted Version' Desert Eagle L6 .50AE GBB 6mm Airsoft Pistol

We’ve mentioned just a handful of worthy airsoft pistols here, so if you don’t see something that meets all of your requirements, explore our extensive range available at Surplus Store.

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