A Guide to Picking Your First Airsoft Gun

A Guide to Picking Your First Airsoft Gun

Posted by The Blog Squad on Jul 30, 2023

Choosing the Best Airsoft Gun for You:
A Guide

Are you new to airsoft and having trouble deciding which airsoft gun to get? First - welcome to the airsoft community, and second - you made it to the right place - because having the right equipment can make or break your experience. With a wide range of options available, it can get pretty overwhelming but don't worry... because the Amped Blog Squad has got you covered! In this comprehensive guide, we will go over everything you need to consider when picking out an airsoft gun that will suit your needs, preferences and budget.

Understanding Your Playstyle

Before we dive into the different types of airsoft guns its important understand your playstyle. Are you an aggressive player? Do you prefer being steathy? Or are you a speedsofter, or a versatile all-around player? Knowing your preferred role on the field will influence the type of airsoft gun.


For example, players who prefer precision and stealth might run a bolt-action spring-powered sniper rifle. Aggressive players who enjoy close-quarters battles (CQB) might prefer airsoft guns with high rates of fire and large magazine capacities. Support gunners, aiming to provide suppressive fire, can opt for HPA-powered light machine guns or support rifles. Meanwhile, those seeking realism and training value might prefer a gas blowback airsoft gun because of the simulated recoil of real firearms.


Of course if you’re new into airsoft you might not know what type of playstyle you prefer. Dont worry - you'll find it in time - but until then we have plenty of versitile options that could work for you.

Milsim Airsoft
Indoor CQB Airsoft

Power Source Preference: Spring, Gas, HPA and Electric

Before diving in to all the different airsoft guns - its important to understand the four main ways that airsoft guns are powered: spring, gas, HPA (high-pressure air) and electric. Let's take a closer look at each of these and explore their pros and cons.

Spring Powered

Spring-powered airsoft guns, also known as "springers," are the most basic and affordable option. They are manually cocked by pulling back the slide or bolt before each shot, which compresses a spring that propels the BB forward. Spring airsoft guns are widely used amongst snipers.


  • Budget Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Low Maintenance
  • No External Power Source Required
  • Quiet


  • Single-shot
  • Limited FPS

Popular Spring-Powered Airsoft Guns

Action Army T11 Sniper Rifle

Action Sport Games M40A3 Sniper Rifle

Action Sport Games Short Franchi SAS 12 Shotgun

Gas-Powered Airsoft Guns

Gas-powered airsoft guns use compressed gas, such as CO2 or green gas, to propel the BBs. These guns offer a more realistic shooting experience, as they often feature blowback, which mimics the recoil of a real firearm.


  • Realism - Blowback
  • Powerful performance
  • Semi-automatic/automatic firing (Some Models)
  • Ease of use
  • Versatility
  • Consistent FPS
  • Can be used in the rain


  • Dependence on gas
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Maintenance
  • Cost of gas and magazines

Popular Gas Powered Airsoft Guns

Umarex Elite Force H&K UMP GBB SMG GEN3


Tokyo Marui HI-CAPA 5.1 Gas Blowback Pistol

JAG Arms Scattergun Reaper TS Series Gas Shotgun

Electric-Powered Airsoft Guns (AEGs)

Electric-powered airsoft guns, also known as Automatic Electric Guns (AEGs), are the most popular choice among players. They use a rechargeable battery to power an electric motor that cycles the internal piston, launching the BBs.


  • Automatic Firing (Most models)
  • Higher Rate of Fire
  • Versatile
  • Easy to Use
  • Widely Available
  • Available Upgrades


  • Battery Dependence
  • Possible Gearbox Issues
  • Upgrade Complexity
  • Less Realistic Recoil

Popular AEGs

G&G Combat Machine CM16 Raider Short Airsoft AEG

G&G SR ARP 9 CQB Airsoft AEG Rifle


CYMA Sport CM031D AK74 AK105 Full Metal Airsoft AEG

High Pressure Air (HPA)

HPA (High-Pressure Air) airsoft guns have gained popularity among players for their customizable features and performance advantages. HPA guns utilize a high-pressure air system to propel the BBs. They offer excellent consistency, accuracy, and customizable performance.


  • Consistent Performance
  • Adjustable Velocity
  • Quick Trigger Response
  • Customization Options
  • Efficiency


  • Expensive set-up
  • Additional Equipment (Ex: Line, Tank, Regulator, etc)
  • Must have a place to fill tank
  • Field Regulations (sometimes restricted)

Types of Airsoft Guns

Phew - thats a lot to consider but now that you know your play style and power source preference, it's time to choose the gun type. Common airsoft gun types include:


Assault Rifles: Versatile and suitable for various play styles.

Sniper Rifles: Long-range precision guns for stealthy players.

Pistols: Compact for close-quarters combat or as sidearm

Sub Machine Guns (SMGs): Ideal for fast-paced, close-quarter battles.

Shotguns: Great for indoor or short-range engagements.


Still not sure? Check out the Amped Bundle Kits - they include everything you need to start playing:

Amped Bundle | G&G Carbine Starter Rifle Bundle

Amped Bundle | G&G CQB Starter Rifle Bundle

Black Elite Force 1911 Tac Light & Mag Bundle


Determine how much you're willing to spend on your airsoft gun. If you prioritize affordability, and simplicity, or are primarily focused on training or casual target shooting, a springer or AEG can be viable options. However, for more dynamic gameplay or competitive scenarios, gas or electric guns may offer better performance and versatility.


If you have a limited budget, there are numerous choices you can consider that cost less than $200. But if you're willing to spend more on a gun with advanced and versatile features, there are countless other options for you to explore.

Field Rules and Location

A big factor in choosing your airsoft gun is where you plan on using it. If you have limited airsoft fields near you, you'll want to build your loadout around where you plan on playing most as well as your preferred playstyle. Different airsoft fields have specific rules regarding FPS limits to ensure safety. Make sure the airsoft gun you choose complies with the regulations of the fields you intend to play at. It's important to strike a balance between power and field compliance.


Additionally, if your local field is an indoor field you'll want a replica suitable to close quarter battles (CQB), whereas if you're outdoors you have more options that will rely on your playstyle. If you're into fast-paced, close-quarters combat, an AEG with a high rate of fire might be your best bet. On the other hand, if you prefer a more tactical, long-range approach, a gas-powered sniper rifle could be the ideal choice.

Maintenance and Upgrades

Some airsoft guns require more maintenance than others. Spring-powered guns are relatively low-maintenance, while gas and electric guns may need more attention. Consider how much time and effort you're willing to invest in maintaining your airsoft gun before making your decision.


Additionally, many airsoft players enjoy customizing and upgrading their guns to improve performance or appearance. AEGs and some gas airsoft guns offer a wider range of upgrade options. If customization is important to you, make sure to choose a gun with a high degree of compatibility and upgrade potential.

Final Thoughts

Choosing an airsoft gun that's just right for you can be a bit tricky, but it all comes down to your personal preferences, budget, and playing style. There are several things to consider, like the type of gun, the power source, field regulations, and where you plan on playing. It's always a good idea to do your research because whether you're new to the game or looking to build a new loadout, you don't want to buy something that you'll regret later.


Again - if you're new to the sport, we welcome you! If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to our support team! We are always here to help.


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