Deciding on an airsoft gun that is right for you will all depend on the purpose of the gun. There are a number of reasons for acquiring an airsoft gun; to use it for hitting targets in order to improve eye and hand co-ordination, coaching beginners on firearm safety or to join in a combat game. The police and military utilize airsoft guns during their training as it is safer and a more economical method than using real guns. Airsoft guns and Spring Airsoft guns are popular as many of them are accurately modelled on the real thing. They also have a higher level of safety, flexibility and cost less to buy; all of which adds to their appeal for the airsoft enthusiast.
There are a number of airsoft gun manufacturers. Some of the better known brands include Tokyo Marui, Classic Army, ICS, Crosman, Jing Gong and Cybergun. Whether you go for the higher quality leading brands or the economical versions, how much you are willing to pay will be a major deciding factor. This article aims to direct you towards a few things you should be aware of before deciding upon a brand of airsoft gun.
The leading manufacturer of high quality airsoft guns is Tokyo Marui. They are the largest international manufacturer worldwide and their guns have a reputation for being consistently reliable and hard-wearing. Tokyo Marui produces an excellent range of AEGs, AEPs and gas and spring powered guns. Leading the way in designing and improving airsoft products, many other brands replicate their models. As a manufacturer, they are well received by airsoft enthusiasts due to their intricate designs and detail and ability for highly accurate firing. In Japan, all metal body AEG's are banned so their guns are made using a durable ABS plastic and parts are reinforced with metal.
ICS has a highly respected standing in the airsoft community for making reliable quality guns. With a history that goes back twenty years, they use only the highest quality materials, extending to the internal workings of the gun, such as metal gearboxes, steel gears, and silicon steel bushings. Their guns have an outstanding durability and are popular with experienced airsoft players.
Classic Army are based in Hong Kong and manufacture high quality AEGs with metal bodies. Their models are particularly realistic-looking and durable. Most popular are their metal rifles with metal gears and gearboxes, precision barrels and high performance electric motors. Rifles made by Classic Army are also suited to upgrades and accessorising.
Jing Gong can also be known as JG, Golden Bow and Echo1 and manufacture high quality airsoft guns or AEG's in the low to mid price range. They are popular with experienced game players who are on a budget but still demand quality. Their guns are close duplications of the higher quality airsoft guns produced by Tokyo Marui. JG focuses more on the durability of the internal components of the guns by the addition of extra parts such as metal gears and gearboxes. A new improved version of the AEG recently introduced can shoot over 400fps and has improved internals produced in metal.
CYMA are best recognised for making low-priced and fairly low durability airsoft guns, most suitable for beginners. Recently, however, they have unveiled a new series of full metal and wood AEGs with the focus on high quality, reliability and performance. Many of their newer models are replicas of AEGs from Tokyo Mauri. Due to their updated models, CYMA are gaining popularity with softgun enthusiasts as manufacturers of quality guns at affordable prices.
Crosman are a well known America manufacturer and distributor of airsoft guns and BB guns. Their guns are known as being reliable and dependable with a reputation for durability. Their range extends from entry level airguns for beginners to high powered adult airguns. Crosman are a reasonably priced brand and well built, attracting the youthful end of the market.
Cybergun is a name you will hear amongst other brands of airsoft guns, although they donít actually manufacture guns themselves. They work together with manufacturers such as Jing Gong, CYMA and KWC to produce officially licensed highly detailed replicas with full branding of popular gun makers including Colt, Smith & Wesson, Thompson, SIG SAUER, Desert Eagle, UZI, Kalashnikov, FAMAS, and more.
These are just a few of the brand names that manufacture and distribute airsoft guns. Whether you require a gun for fun or a more serious reason you will find a large selection of companies, guns and types to suit all levels of skill and experience.