QUESTION Which Airsoft Rifle will be best for my sons and I.

Jul 6, 2020
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Rent your gun. This is the best answer you'll be given .

Every player has a preferred style, and you don't want to sink hundreds into a gun that you don't like. Not sure about the USA but most UK sites will rent a G36, no frills AEG (automatic electric).

If you like how a rental handles, in terms of short distance, high RPM (Rounds per minute) then aim for a cheap c.£/$200 electric AEG (length doesn't really matter, short or long depending on your preference)

If the assault rifle track is too high energy and you want better range but still fast shooting, consider getting something with decent upgradability. Have a G&G SR15 myself, upgraded hop-up and bucking, shoots 0.28g BBs well.
You can even go for an LMG but personally find them a bit pointless.

If you think you want to go the sniper route the prepare to sink in excess of £/$500 into a decent gun, and you'll need to be confident upgrading it, or happy to pay someone else to upgrade it for you. I have an AAC T10 sniper.

After you've decided your style (Assault or Sniper), then you can decide on the little details. Assault - main choice aside from length of gun is the magazine type (5.56 (M4) or 7.76 (AK) typically but you'll see some .308 which are more classed as DMR, but will work as assault unless you lock it to Semi.

Rail type is another choice, you'll see either Keymod or MLok (generally Mlok is better) and then you can also consider if you want basic electric, or an electric blowback, or a gas powered, or gas blowback. Basic electric is the simplest choice - I won't even get into HPA guns.

Look for newer releases, they'll probably have a Mosfet and be set up for 11.1 batteries. Buy a Titan Power Li-Ion battery if you get concerned about electric batteries exploding - Titans don't have the issue.

Recommended G&G SR15 for mid length, G&G ARP556 for short length or G&G TR16 556WH for long length. All mainly metal so solid builds, all are great out of the box, all have Mlok, and all have a Mossfet for 11.1v batteries.

In summary: rent, get a feel for your style of play, decide what type of gun you want first and the explore other options mentioned.

Regards,
Matt
 
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Jun 21, 2019
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#6
Rent your gun. This is the best answer you'll be given .

Every player has a preferred style, and you don't want to sink hundreds into a gun that you don't like. Not sure about the USA but most UK sites will rent a G36, no frills AEG (automatic electric).

If you like how a rental handles, in terms of short distance, high RPM (Rounds per minute) then aim for a cheap c.£/$200 electric AEG (length doesn't really matter, short or long depending on your preference)

If the assault rifle track is too high energy and you want better range but still fast shooting, consider getting something with decent upgradability. Have a G&G SR15 myself, upgraded hop-up and bucking, shoots 0.28g BBs well.
You can even go for an LMG but personally find them a bit pointless.

If you think you want to go the sniper route the prepare to sink in excess of £/$500 into a decent gun, and you'll need to be confident upgrading it, or happy to pay someone else to upgrade it for you. I have an AAC T10 sniper.

After you've decided your style (Assault or Sniper), then you can decide on the little details. Assault - main choice aside from length of gun is the magazine type (5.56 (M4) or 7.76 (AK) typically but you'll see some .308 which are more classed as DMR, but will work as assault unless you lock it to Semi.

Rail type is another choice, you'll see either Keymod or MLok (generally Mlok is better) and then you can also consider if you want basic electric, or an electric blowback, or a gas powered, or gas blowback. Basic electric is the simplest choice - I won't even get into HPA guns.

Look for newer releases, they'll probably have a Mossfet and be set up for 11.1 batteries. Buy a Titan Power Li-Ion battery if you get concerned about electric batteries exploding - Titans don't have the issue.

Recommended G&G SR15 for mid length, G&G ARP556 for short length or G&G TR16 556WH for long length. All mainly metal so solid builds, all are great out of the box, all have Mlok, and all have a Mossfet for 11.1v batteries.

In summary: rent, get a feel for your style of play, decide what type of gun you want first and the explore other options mentioned.

Regards,
Matt
Thank you, this was extremely helpful!
 

Andy Z.

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Rent your gun. This is the best answer you'll be given .

Every player has a preferred style, and you don't want to sink hundreds into a gun that you don't like. Not sure about the USA but most UK sites will rent a G36, no frills AEG (automatic electric).

If you like how a rental handles, in terms of short distance, high RPM (Rounds per minute) then aim for a cheap c.£/$200 electric AEG (length doesn't really matter, short or long depending on your preference)

If the assault rifle track is too high energy and you want better range but still fast shooting, consider getting something with decent upgradability. Have a G&G SR15 myself, upgraded hop-up and bucking, shoots 0.28g BBs well.
You can even go for an LMG but personally find them a bit pointless.

If you think you want to go the sniper route the prepare to sink in excess of £/$500 into a decent gun, and you'll need to be confident upgrading it, or happy to pay someone else to upgrade it for you. I have an AAC T10 sniper.

After you've decided your style (Assault or Sniper), then you can decide on the little details. Assault - main choice aside from length of gun is the magazine type (5.56 (M4) or 7.76 (AK) typically but you'll see some .308 which are more classed as DMR, but will work as assault unless you lock it to Semi.

Rail type is another choice, you'll see either Keymod or MLok (generally Mlok is better) and then you can also consider if you want basic electric, or an electric blowback, or a gas powered, or gas blowback. Basic electric is the simplest choice - I won't even get into HPA guns.

Look for newer releases, they'll probably have a Mosfet and be set up for 11.1 batteries. Buy a Titan Power Li-Ion battery if you get concerned about electric batteries exploding - Titans don't have the issue.

Recommended G&G SR15 for mid length, G&G ARP556 for short length or G&G TR16 556WH for long length. All mainly metal so solid builds, all are great out of the box, all have Mlok, and all have a Mossfet for 11.1v batteries.

In summary: rent, get a feel for your style of play, decide what type of gun you want first and the explore other options mentioned.

Regards,
Matt
Cool.
 
Jun 21, 2019
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#9
How old are they? How about nerf?
They are 9 and 11 years old , I have bought them nerf guns but now they won’t stop bugging me about airsoft. I figured I’d let them try it out since we have tons of gear. I will probably start them off small but I wanted to know if I should buy them guns that can later be upgraded, or what is worth buying, and what isn’t.
 
Jul 6, 2020
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They are 9 and 11 years old , I have bought them nerf guns but now they won’t stop bugging me about airsoft. I figured I’d let them try it out since we have tons of gear. I will probably start them off small but I wanted to know if I should buy them guns that can later be upgraded, or what is worth buying, and what isn’t.
Now ive seen the ages, I'd like to narrow my suggestions.

Still recommend giving them a few games with rental guns, and if they're really keen to keep going then the G&G CM16 is a great starter gun for kids. Its decent enough for upgrades, but primarily made of plastic so its lighter and less fatiguing when in use for a day.

The other guns I mentioned before are mostly metal so have more weight, but if you want something that can take more of a beating then the ARP 556 is still a solid and compact gun. Dont confuse it with the ARP9 (9mm) since the mags are expensive so still recommended the ARP556 and price isn't much different to the CM16.

Generally any G&G is a solid starter gun, but they'll fair better with compact guns. Barrel length doesnt mean much in airsoft unless you're tuning a sniper or DMR.

Regards,
Matt